Day 4: A small trip to Løkken just before sunset.
Just a warning; This posting is with jpeg’s straight out of the camera. I’m looking forward to get home and edit the raw-files. I have cropped the jpg’s and made simple adjustments in the Ps Express app on my tablet. Almost all jpeg’s are in Velvia and shot with the XF18-135mm lens.
Løkken is one of the largest sommer holiday cities in the Bay of Denmark in Northern Jutland. Originally Løkken was a fishing village, but already from 1860, guest were visiting the village in the summer season. Today, tourism is the main source of income. The beach is perfect around Løkken; broad, flat sand and picturesque sand dunes.
In 1895 the local hotel ‘Løkken Badehotel‘ placed 15 small cabins at the beach in order to let guests from the hotel change into swim suits ‘in private’. Today, you can find almost five hundred of these privately owned small cabins lined up in the sommer season. In the city, there are not many fishing families left, and many of the old fishing houses in the city are converted into B&B or summer cottages. Around the old center of the city, there is thousands of summer cottages; some very basic from the early 1900’s and some very luxurious from this century. However, in the winter, very few tourists visit Løkken and the streets are quite empty.
The fishing boats
My fiance and I arrived to Løkken almost hour before sunset. We parked the car in the center of the city and headed for the beach. It was a sunny day, and there was very little wind. The road from the city to the beach ends by the natural harbor; a piece of flat sand. The sun was already hanging low, so I took a shot of one of the old wooden fishing boats.
The natural harbor is protected by a pier, and the boats are dragged up on land by a huge motorized wrench and a thick wire… These fishing boats without keels must be rather unstable at sea!
Going for sunset
We went for a long walk along the beach in the sand. The sun was hanging low over a calm ocean, so we needed sunglasses. The walk ended at the iconic landmark of Løkken; a star-shaped beacon on top of the sand dunes.
I took a few shots of the sunset, but with no clouds in the sky, it was almost too dull. So we went for a cup of coffee in a café at the city square.