The Wadden Sea’s wildlife is unique, and it fills both the air and the flat water.
It is not possible to experience so many migrating birds as here. Between ten and twelve million waterfowls travel through the Wadden Sea’s area every year on their way from or to their breeding grounds. The Wadden Sea has Denmark’s largest population of harbour seals, and the shallow waters are breeding grounds for many of our most important fish species.
When the tide pulls away, it opens up a true cornucopia of food for the Wadden Sea’s birds. Some people find nice things. For instance, some people collect oysters; others search for amber or even study the rich birdlife. If you are lucky, you may even see seals very close.
You will find forests, heaths, beaches, trails, running routes and mountain bike trails in the large Marbæk Plantation north of Esbjerg. Marbæk Plantation has over 30 km of marked nature trail, 15 km of bridle paths and 3 km of mountain bike trail.
The beautiful and varied area invites you to many outdoor activities. The lakes with their abundant bird life, the wide net of trails, the beaches and the dunes are just waiting for you to explore them.
There is a green oasis in the middle of Esbjerg, where Vognsbøl Park and Deer Park are located. Vognsbøl Park and Deer Park offer nature experiences for young and old people. If you stroll around the park and the lakes, you have the opportunity to feed the ducks, goats and several different kinds of deer in the Deer Park.
The green areas are ideal for ball games and other games, and they are the stage for a series of races and musical events every year.
Some of the best beaches in Denmark are located under 30 minutes from Esbjerg. The North Sea is one of the preferred holiday destinations for many tourists, who enjoy the impressive sand beaches along the west coast. It takes 30 minutes by car to get to the famous beaches of Blåvand. If you prefer an island atmosphere, it takes just 12 minutes by ferry to Fanø, where you can enjoy many kilometres of magnificent beaches.
Additionally, Esbjerg Municipality is part of Denmark’s largest national park – the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is one of the world’s most valuable tidal areas. It is a unique nature reserve full of life and experiences. The Wadden Sea is calm, and it has glittering inland waters and waves that bang into the other side of the dykes.
Hjerting is located in the north of Esbjerg. It has a charming 660 meters beach promenade. There you have the opportunity to take a tour in the waves, play sports at the beach, bask in the sand, take a sunbathing, take a walk with a big ice cream or just enjoy the view.
There are two beach volleyball courts on the beach. There are piles, which are used to mark the soccer goal, and piles that are used to somersault bars. A maritime platform is used as furniture at low tide, and as a floating island at high tide. The platform was designed as a solar and bathing deck. There is a sailing club for sailors, surfers and winter bathers at the end of the beach promenade.
Esbjerg has enough water and wind. Therefore, it offers fantastic opportunities for water sports. The wind and the waves get your heart rate up and give you energy. The beach and the sea are perfect for kitesurfing in Hjerting. Here you have enough wind, and the waves are not too strong. The facilities at the yacht club together with the wind and the water make Hjerting one of the best places in Denmark for kitesurfing.
You have the opportunity to experience nature in an exclusive way in Esbjerg Municipality. The list below shows an overview of different major visit areas and inspiration for your nature experience in Esbjerg.
If you like speed and action in nature, you are not far away from the nearest mountain bike trails. They are both challenging and beautiful. They are likewise an excellent way to experience nature.
Marbæk Plantation is located in the north of Esbjerg. Stensbæk Plantation is located in the east of Ribe. In Fanø, you can experience Fanø Plantation, and near Varde there are Sønder Heden Plantation and South Plantation (Søndre Plantage). You will find great mountain bike trails in all places.