The Blue Eastern Jutland – In Viking Waters

Set course for the Blue Eastern Jutland and get a taste of the dramatic seafaring life of the Vikings.

Today, the Vikings are no longer just our own Danish cultural heritage; they are Europe’s cultural heritage. Nations all over Northern and Eastern Europe can genetically as well as culturally identify with our seafaring ancestors, and for this reason many visit Eastern Jutland today as tourists in order to experience the centre of the Viking empire. 

The Viking Age from around 800 AD to 1050 AD is a landmark period in the History of Denmark in which sailing plays a pivotal role, and the Viking Age in particular was Eastern Jutland’s cultural peak.

The Vikings were skilled traders, but also warlike in the extreme.

The Eastern Jutland maritime cultural landscape contains a multitude of monuments, ruins, sunken wrecks and stories that bring our ancestors’ wild seafaring life vivaciously to life. The sail was invented in the Viking Age, and the ship was the supreme means of transport of the time, as it made transporting goods and people much easier than doing it across land. 

From Vejle Fjord where secret naval bases upheld contact with the Danelaw in England, to Aarhusbugten bay where lakes, bays and covets formed the largest Viking naval base in Scandinavia, maritime Eastern Jutland is home to an abundance of legends and sites from the Viking Age. 

Sail north along the coast at Helgenæs where King Harold Bluetooth met his demise in battle, sail around Aarhus harbour where King Svend Estridsen fought mighty warrior kings from Norway, or moor at Hjarnø in Horsens Fjord where King Hjarne fell with his entire fighting force in a gruesome naval battle. Explore this exciting area that forms the setting of mounds, naval bases, Viking strongholds and the largest Viking fleet to ever sail the seas! 

The Eastern Jutland waters had particular significance for the military strategy of the Vikings, and the royal powers had major interests in the area.

Proof of this is the many Eastern Jutland town names with the syllable ”snekke” (”snekke” means warship/longship). The location of the many beacon hills that functioned as a bonfire warning system and the Kanhave Canal on the island of Samsø bear witness to a well-developed defence system in which an entire navy could be moved from one side of the island to the other to protect the Viking city of Aros (today: Aarhus).

Read and hear about Viking stories in the Blue Eastern Jutland on this page, narrated by historian Casper Clemmensen.

Good luck on your Viking expedition!

Set course for the Blue Eastern Jutland and get a taste of the dramatic seafaring life of the Vikings.

Examples of experiences
 Den Gule Parasol Café and Convenience Store, Tapas, Italian sandwiches, homemade cake, banana split, ice-cocktail, all kinds of coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine and a cozy patio. Free wifi. Eat well View on map
 Klokketårnet The yellow bell tower is used to ring the bells for services in the church of Nordby.

The bell tower was built in 1857 for the purpose of calling to service in Nordby church which is situated quite far from the town centre.
Cultural experiences View on map
 Inshore fishing, Tunø Tunø is a paradise for anglers who wish to fish from shore.

Fish species: Sea trout and garfish during the season, flounder, cod and a good chance of eelpout. In addition to the above species, you can chance upon huge shoals of grey mullet in these waters, with excellent opportunities of fishing exclusively for this muscular fellow.

Parking: As cars are not allowed on the island, the angling sites are only reachable on bicycle or on foot.

Tips: Of particular interest are Stenkalven on the north coast where the rocks lure the sea trout close to the coast, and the Sønderklint with its steep slopes which provide for the angler both shelter and trout.
Furthermore, you can see migratory shoals of the grey mullet from the sand hills.

The island is rather small, making it easy to try the fishing in all of the waters. The harbour is also a guaranteed site for grey mullet-fishing. There are also frequent stocks of small cod and pollack in the harbour.
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