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Published: 31 March 2015
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
In Thy, on the west coast of Jutland, you’ll find a special wilderness formed by the sea, wind, sand and salt.
Thy is home to Denmark’s first national park, which is a perfect place for hiking, birdwatching and cycling. You can enjoy a unique landscape formed by the forces of Nature: North Atlantic dunes, dune heaths, wetlands and lakes host a number of rare species – from birds and amphibians to insects and plants.
The common crane and wood sandpiper have their primary Danish nesting sites at Thy National Park – and, following a 199-year absence from Denmark, wolves have once again been spotted in the wild. The first sighting was at Thy National Park in 2012.
By the coast you’ll also find small villages Agger, Stenbjerg, Vorupør, and Klitmøller, where you can stay for the night, buy local produce or enjoy a meal. Known as ‘Cold Hawaii’, the coast has some of the best surf spots in Northern Europe, with Klitmøller hosting part of the professional World Cup in windsurfing every September.
Thy also has a strong focus on renewable energy; wind power, solar power and geothermal energy provide most of the power needed for electricity and heating.