Thy National Park

Denmark's greatest wilderness

Around Thy National Park

The national park covers Thy´s western coast line by the North Sea. The characteristic and unspoiled dune heaths have been created by the sea, the wind, the salt and the sand. Large plantations and some of Denmark´s cleanest lakes complete the picture of Denmark´s largest wilderness. A perfect place for plants, birds, animals and humans who enjoy a lot of space, high skies and lots of fresh air. The extent of the dune heaths in Thy, you will only find at few other places in Europe. The nomination to status of a national park guarantees the protection and preservation of the dunes and the dune heaths for the future. The national park contributes to visitors experiencing great nature without causing damage to the vulnerable countryside.

Experience nature

Everywhere nature shows signs from the wind and the rough environment. Hiking between leaning, crooked, wind-shaped trees, or staying overnight in shelters listening to the roar of the waves are attentive nature experiences. Here is a lot of fresh air and no crowds. A vast number of hiking- and biking paths are described and shown on maps in the hiking folders of the Nature Agency.

Animals and plants

Lookout towers and points near the hiking trails give you the opportunity to watch animals and birds, especially if you bring binoculars. Thy National Park has got a nice population of red deer and roe deer. You may also be lucky to hear and see cranes breeding in the open areas. The plantations are dominated by pine trees and spruces. Hardy plants, able to live in the low nutrient sand and wet hollows are growing in the dune heath, such as crow berries, bog bilberries, heather and willow.

History of civilization

Nature´s powerful forces have always been of great importance for the life of the people of Thy. During several periods sand drift has damaged cultivated areas and forced the inhabitants to move. Beach grass and trees were planted to protect against the sand, making up the national park´s large plantations today. Formerly the fishing was exclusively done from the beach in small boats – at the high risk of loss of human lives. Therefore it was a great improvement when lighthouse and lifeboat services were developed seriously during the 19 th century. Lighthouses and sea marks were built, still towering the landscape along the coast. Today all trade fishing takes place from the modern port of Hanstholm. But in the villages along the sea you can still meet anglers setting out in their boats from the coast catching crabs or plaice.

Thy National Park in short

Where: Northwest Jutland, along the coast from Hanstholm to Agger. North to south: 55 kilometres, east to west: 5 – 12 kilometres.

Type of nature: Coast, dune, dune plantation, low nutrient wet hollows, lakes and coastal limestone cliffs from the stone age, dune heaths with a great number of conifers. 

Founded:  August 22, 2008 as Denmark's first national park.

Area: 244 square metres.

Outdoor life : Marked hiking and cycling trails, places for a bonfire, primitive overnight  accommodation, some with shelters, forest playgrounds, bird watching  and other lookout towers, marked mountain bike trails, horse riding trails, and fishing and bathing possibilities in the sea and lakes. The facilities are described and shown on maps in the Nature Agency´s hiking folders.

How to find Thy National Park

By car: Route 181 from the south and ferry from Thyborøn to Agger Tange. Route 11 from Oddesund to Thisted has several slip roads towards the west to Nationalpark Thy. Route 26/571 from island Mors towards the west to Stenbjerg.

By train: To Thisted and Hurup. From there various bus connections to the coastal villages.

By bus: To Thisted. Line 888 from Copenhagen and Århus to Thisted. X-bus from e.g. Ålborg, Vejle and Viborg. Local lines from Thisted to coastal villages and from Hurup to Agger.

By airplane: From Ålborg or Karup airport.

Information for tourists

Thy Tourist Office, Thisted and Hurup, phone +45 97 92 19 00, www.VisitThy.dk

Summer offices in Hanstholm, Vorupør and Agger.

Maps: Maps in the Nature Agency´s hiking folders. North Sea Trail folder Agger – Bulbjerg

National Park Centre:  Thematic centre at Stenbjerg Landingplace, Address: Stenbjerg Kirkevej 120, 7752 Snedsted, opened April 1 – November 31, 13 – 17 h. Exhibition, information and hiking folders.