The Harbors of the Southern Coast

A trip down Strandvejen, between Snekkersten harbor and Espergærde harbor, is a trip through a vibrant strip of Northern Sealand, with well preserved harbors, clean beaches and exclusive mansions down Strandvejen.

When considering the small, bobbing leisure boats in Snekkersten harbor, it is hard to imagine that the area was, in the middle of the previous century, a maritime centre with widespread tune fishing, and quick ferry access to Helsingborg. Today, the ambience of the harbor is peaceful and idyllic rather than busy and effective.

The peace and quiet is a constant companion when taking the trip down Strandvejen, but the history of the village is always along as a passenger. Between Snekkersten and Skotterup, locals have spent a great deal of time trying to maintain the small fishing town ambience, for example my preserving a number of old fishing tools, two old staking fields for drying nets, and the old tar wagon from the 1900 has been reestablished.

The small, low-roofed fishing houses in Snekkersten and Skotterup, with their white fences and well-maintained front yards, displays a romanticism much unlike life in the fishing village of the past, with their low-roofs, poverty and hardship. The cosy ambience has also replaced the business in Espergærde harbor. Both during the weekdays and weekends, when locals and visitors come to buy fish, eat ice cream or just relax in the sun during the parties in the harbor, held each year down the southern coast.

Until the end of the 1800s, Snekkersten was one of many humble fishing villages on the Øresund coast, and the harbor was not constructed before 1872. But in the end of the 1800s, the new Feriedanmark tourist agency discovered the wonders of the Øresund coast, including Snekkersten, and the small fishing village was supplemented by boarding houses, inns and holiday homes. Large areas were also subdivided for the construction of additional holiday villas.

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  1. 23. september 2012 Helle Christensen, 3070 skriver:

    Snekkersten havn er rammen og centrum for livet i og omkring livet i Snekkersten

  2. 23. september 2012 Eva Stennicke, 3000 skriver:

    Eva Stennicke, 3000, skriver:

    En gruppe frivillige “Stejlepladsgruppen” har restaureret fiskernes tjærelad og efter gamle fotografier og opmålinger genopført deres rebslagerhus med tilhørende reberbane.
    Børnefamilierne kender måske bedst den 200 år gamle pil – et godt klatretræ.
    I det hele taget et dejligt sted at opholde sig.

  3. 23. september 2012 Helle Josefsen, 3060 skriver:

    Miljøet omkring Espergærde Havn er et sted, hvor der er plads til alle. Både den hyggelige middag på en af restauranterne men også den uformelle kop kaffe på en af bænkene. Alle aldre, alt slags vejr.

  4. 23. september 2012 Bo Vikens, 3070 skriver:

    Turen fra der hvor Ny- og GL. Strandvej deler sig i Espergærde til Helsingør langs Strandvejen. Fordi det må være en af de smukkeste strækninger i Danmark. Det store minus er at der mangler cykelsti fra rundkørslen ved Stubbedamsvej til færgerne. Det gør det livsfarligt at cykle denne strækning.

  5. 21. september 2012 R. Jordt, 3070 skriver:

    I 1943 blev over 7000 af Danmarks jøder reddet fra deportation blandet andet ved en stor indsats af kommunens kystbefolkning

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Espergærde Harbor

Espergærde harbor was established in the 1880s, when the fishermen of the area wanted more than the one landing bridge. They began to collect money in the hopes of establishing an actual harbor, and in 1883 enough money was collected that the landing bridge could be expanded into a large pier. In 1904, the northern pier was moved farther to the north, and the harbor now had its current appearance. Today the major fishing business has moved elsewhere, and the harbor is primarily used by leisure boats. The same happened around Espergærde harbor, where numerous summer mansions were constructed around 1900.

The Jew Transports

Thousands of Danish Jews fled, in October 1943, over the straight to Sweden. Many from Gilleleje, Helsingør, Snekkersten and Espergærde.
In Snekkersten, Jews were ferried from the beach and harbor over the straight. H.C. Thomsen, innkeeper from Snekkersten Inn (later known as Kystens Perle) founded the well-known Thomsen-route. The organisation of the escape routes from the Elsinore/Snekkersten area was fairly complex, and often overlapping.
The 11th of November 1943, H.C Thomsen was arrested when Gestapo was informed of the transports, that often went on right in front of German noses. H.C. Thomsen went free, but during the month of May 1944, most of the routes had been discovered and closed. When H.C. Thomsen was arrested again, in August of 1944, a sad, definitive end was put to the activities in Snekkersten. H.C. Thomsen was sent to the concentration camp Neuengamme in Germany, where he perished in December the same year.