Christian Jensen was born on 13th May 1822 in Brahetrolleborg in Fyn. After working as a lieutenant in the navy during the Three-Years-War in 1848 to 1851, he travelled to Liverpool to work as a ship builder.
Sand migration can be very destructive to vegetation, either because it becomes buried in sand or because the roots of the vegetation lose their grip. On the other hand, some vegetation keeps sand from migrating, if the plants get the time to put down their roots before a storm comes.
The small cemetaries in the villages didn't have the capacity nor the space to bury many people at the same time; but that wasn't the only reason why they buried the dead in 'dødemandsbjergene' (Dead Man Dunes).
You couldn't know for certain that the deceased were christians, and in case they were not they couldn't be buried in consecrated ground. The locals also knew that you had to bury the dead quickly because of health risks.
In the entire Hvide Sande and Ringkøbing Fjord area there is an abundance of fish species. That is because the area has both saltwater, freshwater, and brackwater in the fjords, lakes, streams, and rivers.
In the years around the early 20th century, the area by Nymindegab was regarded as more exotic than Italy and it was only accessible through a sanded track. Western Jutland was generally considered a distant and impassable area, which attracted a lot of artists. One of them was Laurits Tuxen, also known as one of the Skagen painters, who portrayed local people working.
Peace and quiet, the special light, and the absence of trees which steal the view and change the colors attract a creative sort of people who are happy to open up their doors and workshops and let others see their work. They display this work in both permanent and alternating exhibitions with particular themes. All you have to do is look them up and go for a visit.
Hvide Sande and the 30 km long strip of land called Holmsland Klit is flanked by the fjord on one side and the sea on the other side. The water and the white dunes and beaches reflect the light in many directions and create a particularly soft and bright atmosphere. Combined with the raw and wild forces of nature that the western winds and the roaring waves are, this is an almost magical thing to experience.
When Denmark experienced a serious energy crises during WWII, lignite was called 'the brown gold'; the huge lignite mines east of Videbæk became a massive economic influence on the entire area.
Mining for lignite is a hard and dirty job, but for those willing to do the work there was money to be made. Many young male workers lived and worked in the area, dreaming of buying a place of their own and raising a family some day.
The annual festival of sand sculptures is unique! Here, some of the world's best and most talented sculpturists gather to create works of art out of sand to the admiration and fascination of visitors, throughout the summer.
The theme changes each year and in 2019 the theme is: Robots. The sculpturists begin building the enormous sand sculptures in May and spectators can follow their construction while having a chat with the sculpturists.
The topgallant sailing schooner Maja has not sailed all the seven seas, but she's been around; in 2009 she was brought to Hvide Sande to sail tourists out to sea.
Maja's story begins in 1919 in a shipyard by the river Rhine. Back then, Maja travelled to the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and local Danish waters.
There are plenty of opportunities for going horseback riding with your family here