Historic center in Vendsyssel
Løkken got its first two inhabitants in 1678. From then on, the town grew and when the Napeleonic Wars came to Denmark in 1807, Løkken had become a town of importance. So important, that King Frederik VI ordered a sconce built around it. The main goal was to secure the trading relations with Norway, which Løkken was a key part of. The sconce had 3 canons, each with an effective range of 14-1500 meter. The trading with Norway reached its peak in 1855 but after that fishing became the dominant trade in Løkken. This did not stop Løkken's growth, and a census held in 1890 revealed that Løkken had surpassed 1.000 inhabitants.
Løkken devoloped greatly during this time and many of its well-known landmarks stem from this time (e.g. Løkken Church and the Sea Mark). Løkken also became a railway town in 1913. This meant a rise in tourism, but Løkken had actually been blessed with tourists from the late 1800s. This was emphasized by a slogan, which still holds true: "Go to Løkken in your holiday and be reborn!"
The mood turned dark the fateful day 9th of April 1940. The Nazis had arrived and Løkkens beautiful beach was already plastered with bunkers in 1941. The bunker construction continued throughout the war, and the town was surrounded with mines adn barbed wire. Løkken did not suffer great loses during the war, but it was a dark period for the town.
Fishing was still the main occupation in Løkken after the war, but it had its downfall in the 1960's. The cod and lobster stocks declined, and many fishermen chose to settle by the harbor in Hirtshals. Today, Løkken is mostly driven by its tourism. But the locals definitely also have a saying. As a result, Løkken lives all year round and is still a developing town.
Much of Løkken's history can be experienced by walking along the beach, in the sand dunes and down the small streets in town. A visit to Løkken Museum and Maritime Museum, as well as Løkken Picture collection, gives an insight into the town's history and knowledge and understanding of Løkken's ways. You can also learn a lot at Løkken's Local History Archive, which is located in Løkken Skole.
Art and artistic craftsmanship
In Løkken, you can see many sculptures created by local artists.
Galleri Løkken, owned by the artist John Kristensen, is located in one of Løkken's oldest houses. The gallery is decorated as a studio and an exhibition. In the summer, the painter John Kristensen is often seen in town or on the beach behind an easel.
Do not forget Bolcheriet at the town square, a must for everyone with a sweet tooth - and for those, who want to experience the old craftsmanship and see candy being made in a traditional way!
Visit also Galleri Friis and the changing exhibtions in the art pavilion at Sdr. Strandvej. Galleri Munken south of Løkken is also worth a visit.
Keep an eye out, when you are driving around in the area - there are many exciting galleries and artists outside of town, along the main roads and country roads in the small towns! Visit Børglum Abbey, which has many exciting exhibitions and events throughout the year. The art exhibition at the abbey has a lot of variety, from sculptures to paintings, and it always has atmospheric and engaging exhibitions in any season.
If you search a bit further east, in Vrå, there is an Art museum in Vrå with Engelund's collection. The Art museum in Vrå represents Denmark at JCE Biennalen, which is an exhibition that includes a certain number of young talents and their work. Biennalen is held every second year, and it lasts for two years, during which the works from European collaboration all get their turn at the exhibition.
East of Løkken lies Vrensted and PondCottage Art gallery with bronze sculptures and ceramics. Listen to the artist, Bodil Dam, talk about her soulful sculptures during Easter.
In Nørre Lyngby and Vittrup, you will find the felt workshop, Kajoli, which provides workshops and courses with many different qualities of wool and other materials for felting. There is also a shop at the studio.
Those interested in concerts should try Løkken Concert in July. The annual concert has popular bands on the programme and it is a beautiful day for everyone at Løkken Stadium.
The second weekend in July, usually the day after the concert, there is a West Coast march on the route Løkken-Grønhøj-Blokhus, which is arranged by Sct. Georg guilds. A beautiful tradition with a good purpose.
Børglum Abbey was the setting for the Danish advent tv show in 2011. "Ludvig and Santa", and you can see the exhibitions from the setting for Santa's workshop and caves in the abbey. Deifinitely worth a visit for families with kids that love Santa.
Every year, the abbey hosts different music and organ concerts; and special Christmas weekends with beautiful decorations and access to the abbey's private chambers attract many guests every year.
For those interested in antiques, there is an antique fair in Løkken Hall every year in august.