The remote fishing village of Skagen, close to the northenmost point of Denmark, was from the beginning of the 1870´s up to the turn of the century a venue for Danish and other Scandinavian artists. The artists´favourite motifs were local fishermen and their cottages, the beautiful landscape with the bright Nordic summer nights and the artists´ lively social life.
The unofficial leader of the artists´ colony was the Norwegian-Danish Peder Severin Krøyer (1851 - 1909), maybe the most beloved of the Skagen artists. Other artists at Skagen included writers Holger Drachmann, Georg Brandes and Henrik Pontoppidan, and the painters Michael Ancher and Anna Ancher.
Today Skagen is a very popular tourist destination in the summertime. But a visit to Skagen is worthwile even during the off-peak season. The main attraction is the excellent Skagen Museum, dedicated to the famous Skagen artists.
Skagen from the air: