This is the perfect voyage for those who want to try out tall ship sailing.
It gives you a little bit of everything: some nice sailing and some exploring of the impressive coastline of Jutland, Denmark. Going through the Lillebaelt or Storebaelt, sailing past the coastlines up the Kattegat to Aalborg will give us opportunity to visit some historical villages and little islands.
Scheveningen is one of the eight districts of The Hague, as well as a sub-district of that city. It is a modern seaside resort with a long sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier and a lighthouse. The beach is popular for water sports.
The early settlers may have been Anglo Saxon or possible Scandinavian. Fishing was the main source of food and income. There were a series of storms which devastated Scheveningen beginning in 1470 destroying half the houses and only church. It wasn't until 1904 that a deep water harbor was constructed thereby protecting marine life and the town. The picturesque village attracted many Dutch artists over the centuries and fisherman catching their lot in the North Sea.
The North Sea is a marginal body of water of the Atlantic Ocean located between Great Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
Waters flow east to west into the North Sea through the Skagerrak Strait, an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean from the Baltic Sea.
The Jutland Coast is the coast of the Denmark peninsula, from the North Sea north through the Skagerrak Strait between Denmark and Norway, and the Kattegat (cat's throat) between Denmark and Sweden. Skagerrak and Kattegat together make up the passage between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
The Skagerrak is a strait running between the southeast coast of Norway, the southwest coast of Sweden and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat Sea area to the Baltic Sea. Some ports along the Skagerrak are Oslo and Kristiansand in Norway and Uddevalla and Stromstad in Sweden.
In both world wars the Skagerrak was strategically very important to Germany. The importance of controlling this waterway, the sole sea access to the Baltic was the motivation for the German invasion of Denmark and Norway during WW2. Naval engagements here have contributed to the large number of shipwrecks in the area.
The Kattegat (or cat's throat) is a strait 37 to 99 miles wide between Denmark and Sweden. With the Skagerrack it is the maritime connection between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The strait is important as a commercial navigation passage, and strategically, particularly World War 2, as a choke point to block the German fleet from entering the Atlantic.
The city's earliest settlements date to around AD 700. Aalborg's position at the narrowest point on the Limfjord (the water passage extendiing across the Jutland Peninsula) made it an important harbor during the Middle Ages. The city is known for its half-timbered mansions built by its prosperous merchants. Budolfi Cathedral, dates back to the 14th century and Aalborghus Castle, a royal residence, was built in 1550. Today, Aalborg is a city in transition from a working-class industrial area to a knowledge-based community.