Ringkøbing – with its white sand beaches, colorful summer houses and bountiful offerings of summer activities – is without a doubt, Denmark’s summer capital.
The warm weather reaching 30 degrees celsius, plus the generous sunny days make summer 2018 especially different from the previous Danish summer, which was characterized by either rain or chilly weather. Since this year is a huge exception, it is therefore not a surprise to find countless foreigners – mostly from Germany and other neighboring countries – flock to cozy Ringkøbing and enjoy every inch of sand, water and many other fun activities under the warm Danish sun.
The town is said to be founded in the 13th century and was considered the only real harbor town in the Danish west coast
Ringkøbing is located in the West Coast of the Jylland Peninsula. The town is said to be founded in the 13th century and was considered the only real harbor town in the Danish west coast. Today, the town contains countless restaurants, shops, cafes, modern summer houses, restored streets that lead to the harbor, and last but not the least, the classic Plesner houses, named after the 18th century architect Ulrik Plesner, the designer of elegant red brick houses and tiled roofs. Most of Plesner’s works are admired and preserved until today, and can be seen mostly in Copenhagen and Skagen.
The long stretch of clean, white sand beaches is Ringkøbing’s ultimate lure. To view and experience them, you have to walk up and crisscross ribbons of sand dunes held together by healthy marram and beach grass. Once you reach the top of the sand dunes, lo and behold, you’ll definitely be impressed at the spectacular sight of the wide open blue sea in front of you. Then look back from where you’ve been, having reached the top of the sand dunes would make you appreciate the colorful summer houses situated perfectly in between these open waters. It’s on the top of the sand dunes that you experience the glory of Ringkøbing. The sound of the waves, the charm of the sea, the pretty sight of colorful summer houses, the carefree seagulls doing their daily routine, and the wild landscape of these fabulous dunes. Spectacular, totally breathtaking sight. Ringkøbing is hands-down a clear natural ace.
It’s on the top of these sand dunes that you experience the glory of Ringkøbing.
Søndervig’s Sand Sculptures
Not too far from the sand dunes is another one of Ringkøbing’s wonder-sand offering. Yes, wonder-sand, a term I personally coined in honor of this beautiful Danish town. Here is where sand enchantment and wizardry happen. Here is where you enter a world of sand art at Søndervig’s Sand Sculpture Festival located in Søndervig, Ringkøbing.
The yearly sand sculpture festival opened in 2003 and has since become more and more popular. Last year alone, a total of 130,000 visitors viewed this spectacular art exhibition.
The festival is today the biggest and longest sand sculpture festival in the world
The festival is today the biggest and longest sand sculpture festival in the world. It opens in May and closes in October. Larger-than-life sand sculptures that match the year’s theme are displayed for the spectators to see.
This year, the theme of the exhibition is Wizardry and Magic, and 40 world-renowned sand artists from different parts of the globe came to Ringkøbing and created their art, all made within 10 days. The festival utilized around 12,000 tons of West Jylland sand to make impressive and jaw-dropping sand sculptures. They are not just impressive, though, they are most importantly environment-friendly, as sand sculptures require only water and sand from start to finish.
The festival utilized around 12,000 tons of West Jylland sand to make impressive and jaw-dropping sand sculptures
The idea behind this awe-inspiring festival started with Erik August Frederiksen, who was so inspired by fabulous sand sculptures he experienced when he visited China more than 20 years ago. Coming back to Denmark, he managed to bring the idea to life and opened Søndervig’s sand sculptures in 2003.
The beauty of creating wonderful sand art continues as Søndervig’s Sand Sculpture Festival annually invites and bring in sand artists from all over the world to sculpt their sand art and interpretations in Ringkøbing’s abundant sand.
Text and photos by Cathy Perez
Written 27th July, 2018