Denmark 1999: Page 2

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Half a day's drive away back on the mainland was our next hotel, the Stor Restrup manor house near the northern port of Aalborg. Our four-poster bed was pine this time, and though the building isn’t quite so imposing, the service and food were again first-class.
Aalborg is more working port than tourist resort, but it does have a charming little town centre theme park called Tivoliland. Like most tourist attractions in Denmark, the prices are seldom more than you would pay at home, and you never feel you are being ripped off because the service is so good and the facilities so well-kept.
This was even more true of the Nordseemuseum at Hirtshals on the north coast. This has a lot in common with the Sea Life Centres in Britain, but its central attraction is simply breathtaking -- a 4.5million litre aquarium with a viewing window the size of a large cinema screen and the seating space to match. When a diver plunges in at feeding time swooping shoals of fish and prowling sharks home in on him until he's at the centre of a writhing, glistening ball. With that to whet your appetite you can try the modestly-priced fish restaurant (what else), or use the comfortable tables set aside for families who prefer their own packed lunch (a feature that ought to be compulsory in Britain).
Råbjerg Mile aside, the star attraction of the northern coast is the huge spit of sand east of Skågen which is the meeting point of two great seas. If you can find a space in the surf among the crowds, it’s possible to stand with one foot in the North Sea and the other in the Baltic – and you can even see the line in the water where the two currents meet.
As a fitting conclusion to a holiday filled with unexpected delights, our final day on the beach was interrupted by an entirely unexpected sound -- the skirl of bagpipes. I walked through the dunes and found two middle-aged Danes in kilts and sporrans playing Highland reels on the pipes and drum. They were on their way to play at a wedding in Skagen and had stopped in the beach car park for a last-minute run-through. They also got to star in an improbably surreal final scene for our holiday video.
VERDICT: Denmark is full of surprises – but you can sure of a good time.
An edited version of this article was published in the Sunday Mirror of May 7th, 2000