The dunes

The dunes

Apart from the beaches and the North Sea, the signature attraction of the west coast is the ribbon of sand dunes that stretches north and south. At Badevej in Søndervig the ribbon consists of just a single row of dunes while north and south of the seaside town the ribbon is up to 500 m wide. The dunes house a wealth of plants and animals both on the lee side and close to the ocean. Growing closest to the beach and sea, marram grass and beach grass blow in the westerly wind while their roots keep the sand in place. Further inland, blueberry bushes, rose hip bushes, midland hawthorn and many other hardy species struggle for a spot because it takes a robust plant to thrive in the salty air by the North Sea. It is worthwhile to take an excursion to go flower hunting in the dunes in the spring.

Humans on their way to the beach are not the only ones that travel the numerous paths crisscrossing the dune landscape. Despite the harsh climate, there is lots of life in the dunes by Søndervig. Seagulls are the first animals you note as you approach the North Sea but if you lower your gaze, you can also see deer, myriads of insects, toads, lizards and sunbathing vipers. You can see many of them if you tread carefully in the dunes.

The dunes by Søndervig are ready for your visit year round and are a unique feature of the Danish natural landscape summer and winter alike. The wind, sun and sand are waiting for you.

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