One of the great pleasures in Denmark is finding the little towns or hidden spots along the side ways. Not the places that you expect to see, but rather, precisely the tiny gems you come across when you’re not expecting anything in particular. You’re more likely to be impressed that way.
Driving up and down the coastal Strandvej is probably at the very top of the list of things I like to do around here – and when you’re not in a hurry (which is, incidentally, what you should never be in when you’re on this road, especially in the summertime when this two lane road is full of beach goers, dawdlers, and cycling packs), there are lots of nooks and crannies to take a turn in on. Niva Havn is one of those nooks. Just a little side harbor – unless you’re a Dane with a boat actually in Niva Havn, you’re completely unlikely to stop there. Apart from a walk on the pier there’s nothing to do, but yet, it’s just so quintessentially Denmark to me.
These aren’t luxury yachts but they are real boats that belong to real people. Sailboats with neatly rolled sails, itty bitty tug boats with nets suspended over the side full of flounder – and speaking of nets, you’ll see meters of them drying on traditional poles, which means that somebody was up way before you were to put something in them…If the people aren’t actually on the boats, they’ll be enjoying a beer or mug of coffee while sitting on the patios of the tiny red boating shacks, which make their greatest impression when all lined up in a row from afar.
And that’s all she wrote on Niva Havn – it’s not an attraction per se, but next time you find yourself along the coastal road, make a little time to go side ways. I think you’ll like what you find.
Other little stops on the Strandvej:
And if you have little ones in tow, check out the Toddler’s Guide to the Danish Riviera over on the other blog!