Your gateway to northern Jutland, Aalborg is a small city that has built its travel reputation on its proximity both to the coast and to the inland Limfjord sound. Although it is rare to have weather at this latitude that'll make you crave the type of relaxation only the beach can bring, there are plenty of sand dunes and breezy walks, while the appeal of open grasslands and moorlands also plays a part in making Aalborg an adventure setting.
There are a number of places near water that are worth checking out if you're staying in Aalborg. For nearby beaches that provide classic swimming and sun, there is the lengthy Bisnap Beach, while Blokhus and Løkken both have highly frequented beaches in the region. Then again, Skagen at the northernmost point of the island has earned its reputation as a beautiful seaside area, famous for its stretches of tranquil beach and the Råbjerg Mile, a massive, migrating sand dune that can be accessed close by. Head down the western coast a short ways to Hjørring to see the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse partially buried in the sand blowing down from the dunes. Also along the northern coast is the limestone formation of Bulbjerg, a small stretch of cliff reminiscent of the chalk cliffs of England that is unique in that it is the only one of its kind in Denmark.
For cyclists, Aalborg is yet another worthy destination in Denmark. Whether you want to rent a bike, use one of the free bikes provided (20 DKK returnable fee; closed in winter) or even buy one, it's the best way to get around while in the city and even provides an intriguing mode of transport to the aforementioned attractions. Thy National Park, Lille Vildmose, Rebild National Park, and the Himmerland are all accessible as day trip destinations, even if by bike. Open, green landscapes, ancient grave mounds, and local wildlife are the main attractions here; although they aren't the stuff of ambitious dreams, they are satisfying as short escapes from the nominal attractions and phenomenal nightlife of Aalborg.
A last area that bears exploring is the Limfjord. The most notable islands in this far-reaching sound are Mors and Fur. Fur is the smaller of the two and is known for its negligible population and its fossil-rich cliffs. Mors is larger and is popular for Hanklit cliff on its north coast and the over one million flower species in the Jesperhus Flower Park located in Legind Bjerg. There are numerous small ports and waterways around the sound as well, making it an exciting part of the world to explore by bike if you're one seek out authentic avenues of travel.
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