Stenbjerg Landingsplads

The landing site in Stenbjerg has been a starting point for coastal fishing for centuries. Commercial fishing ceased in 1972, but the picturesque fishermen's equipment houses have been preserved. One of them houses the first visitor information center of National Park Thy

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Idyll by the Landing Site

At Stenbjerg Landing Site, a collection of the characteristic white equipment houses from the time when coastal fishing was carried out from the beach can be found. Here, fishermen would pull their boats ashore using winches, and the catch was processed in the houses before being sold. Coastal fishing was risky and subject to the forces of nature, and by the early 1970s, commercial fishermen had relocated from Stenbjerg to Hanstholm Harbor. Today, the boats are smaller and can be handled with a tractor.

Thanks to local efforts, the buildings have been maintained, and the Landing Site continues to provide an authentic environment. Many people are drawn to the picturesque houses and the sometimes fierce waves, which stand in stark contrast to each other. On good summer days, you can swim at Stenbjerg, and a walk along the coast is always popular.

One of the houses houses a small staffed visitor center for National Park Thy. Here, in the summer months, volunteer hosts provide great tips for nature experiences, and you can purchase maps, coffee, and ice cream.

The Information Center is the first of the National Park and was renovated in 2023. Photo: Poul Christian Madsen.

Practical Information

Stenbjerg Landingsplads 4, 752 Snedsted

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The information center is open from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM during the period from April 1st to October 31st.

There are restroom facilities at the Landing Place.

Volunteer hosts are present at the center during opening hours. There is a small exhibition about the nature near Stenbjerg, and you can purchase hiking maps, coffee, ice cream, and more.

The Stenbjerg Cultural Trail is a circular route that starts at the Landing Place, goes through the dunes to Stenbjerg Village, and returns past Stenbjerg Beacon and the beach. The 6.2 km hike provides a wonderful insight into both the village and nature.

Stenbjerg Village and Dune Heath

Stenbjerg is named after the limestone formation in the subsoil that extends into the sea. This formation provided excellent fishing opportunities, as the fish could shelter by the 'mountain.' Therefore, in the late 17th century, a small collection of houses emerged, which has since grown into what is now Stenbjerg.

The history of Stenbjerg is closely tied to fishing, and many of the town's streets - such as Arkens Vej, Lykkens Håb, and Ebenezervej - are named after the landing place for fishing boats.

In the late 19th century, technological advancements like engines, nets, and fishing tackle became significant for coastal fishing in Thy. Stenbjerg transformed from a humble fishing village, and in 1898-99, fishing in Stenbjerg and Vorupør yielded as much as all the other fishing along the entire coast between Bulbjerg and Nymindegab.

The Stenbjerg Cultural Trail takes you through both the village and out into the dune heath, which also played an important role for the residents of Stenbjerg at the time. Here, they could graze a few sheep, and they could gather blackberries and bog cranberries.

The trail also passes by Stenbjerg Beacon, one of the three remaining sea markers in Thy. The others can be found at Bøgsted Rende and Vigsø.

The Lifeboat Station in Stenbjerg dates back to 1931.

Stenbjerg Lifeboat Station

At the Landing Place, you'll also find the distinctive lifeboat house, built in 1931 with red bricks and a flag on the green door in the gable. The lifeboat station in Stenbjerg was established in 1894 and was originally located within the town where the lifeboat crew resided. From the 1920s, shipwrecks and strandings became less frequent along the west coast, and there was consideration of closing the lifeboat station in Stenbjerg. Instead, in 1931, a new lifeboat house was constructed at the Landing Place, and the primary task of the lifeboat became more focused on assisting distressed fishermen. In 1969, the Stenbjerg lifeboat station had its final operation.

The historic lifeboat house, which is protected as a historic landmark, now houses an exhibition about the lifeboat service. The exhibition is open during the summer season.

Folk og Fisk

Every Wednesday during the school summer holidays and in the autumn break in week 42, you can enjoy 'Folk & Fisk' (Folks & Fishes) at Stenbjerg Landing Place.

If you're in the area, don't miss this popular event, developed by three of the national park's volunteers and expanded to also include "Berries & Herbs."

Local guides share stories about the people and the fishing culture at Stenbjerg Landing Place. They talk about coastal fishing and life by the sea, as well as the indispensable role of berries and herbs for fishermen and rural communities in the old days. You can also taste samples of smoked and dried fish, and if you're lucky, a small selection of schnapps and jams.