Skallingen

Skallingen and Langli

Skallingen and Langli – an extraordinary natural experience.

The Langli reservation has a unique and vulnerable bird life. The island is closed to visitors for most of the year.

The island is a breeding ground for terns, seagulls, pied avocets and oystercatchers, and innumerable flocks of migrating birds stop here to recuperate. You can visit the island with a nature guide in the period 16 July until 15 September. The guided tour includes a 4-kilometre hike or Nature bus trip at low tide on the road from Nyeng (near Ho Plantation).

 

As close to the Wild West as it is possible to come in Denmark. 

Six hundred cattle and a lone cowboy live here during the summer months. The cowboy is actually a shepherd/drover employed by the Danish Nature Agency. He drives a 4X4 ATV. When a storm comes in from the west, the drover brings the cattle to safety and ensures that livestock are not cut off by sudden surges of seawater washing in onto Skallingen.

The Skallingen peninsula is Denmark’s newest piece of land. It was created by a storm and flooding in 1634, which, in a few short hours, completely destroyed Western Jutland's largest fishing port, Sønderside. In the centuries that followed, the winds and sea currents have created a constantly growing tongue of sand, which is now the Skallingen peninsula.

There is only one road to Skallingen. Built by the Germans during World War II as part of the Atlantic fortifications, the road was originally made of concrete. 

During the winter months in particular, it is extremely important to keep an eye on the weather. The tidal channels can flood the salt meadows within minutes. In an instant, the peninsula’s only road becomes one with the seabed. Many a tourist has been saved from a half-sunken car and many have been forced to seek shelter and an impromptu overnight stay at the old coastal rescue station at the farthest edge of the dunes.