Jutland - Art & architecture in ‘continental’ Denmark

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24 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
Duration: 5 nights
Ref: 19JUTL
With: Dr Anne Anderson


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Reputedly the happiest people in Europe, the Danes have built an envious reputation for prosperity and equality, without losing sight of the importance of family and community values, encapsulated in the concept of ‘hygge’. But Denmark was once also heir to a Kingdom which stretched from the Arctic to Eastern England, and its many artistic and architectural treasures reflect this long history. Stretching out northwards from the German border, and dividing the North Sea from the Baltic, the Jutland peninsula is the only part of Denmark joined to the European mainland. At three times the size of the rest of Denmark, Jutland is a region of wide open spaces and geographical contrasts. East Jutland, where our tour is concentrated, is an enticing landscape of undulating forests, sandy shorelines, and deep fjords, and our base will be Aarhus, capital of East Jutland and Denmark’s second city.

Not only will this new Art Pursuits Abroad tour take in some of the region’s finest museums and galleries, we will also visit the World Heritage Site of Jelling, where the Kingdom of Denmark was founded, truly a chance to travel off the beaten track.


Anne is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster with a background in archaeology, who is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. As an art historian, Anne specialises in art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly the Aesthetic movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism. She lectures widely for many organiastions including the Arts Society.

DAY 1:

Afternoon flight at c. 4pm with BA from London Heathrow to Billund. Transfer by private coach to our hotel in central Aarhus for check-in and dinner.

DAY 2:

The day begins with a walking tour of Aarhus, taking in the main architectural and historical sites of Denmark’s second city. In the afternoon, we visit the ARoS gallery, one of the most significant institutions of its kind in the whole of Scandinavia. The gallery holds works from the Golden Age to the present day but also has a considerable focus on architects and architecture. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration.

DAY 3:

This morning we travel to Silkeborg to visit the Jorn art gallery. The collections were first assembled by Asger Jorn, the Danish painter, sculptor and ceramicist, between the 1950s until his death in 1973, and have since doubled in size. As well as housing an extensive collection of Jorn’s own works, the gallery also holds over 20,000 works by more than 500 other artists from around the world — those represented include Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, Fernand Léger and Man Ray. In the afternoon, we travel on to Jelling to view the rune stones celebrating the effective foundation of the Kingdom of Denmark by King Gorm the Old. We will also visit the newly-opened museum and the adjoining parish church, along with the Jelling Stone ship, which, at over 350m, is the longest ship in Scandinavia. We then return to Aarhus for an independent dinner.

DAY 4:

Our first visit of the day is to the Moesgard Museum in Hojberg. This museum of archaeology and ethnography contains an unrivalled collection of artefacts from Denmark’s ancient past, including the Grauballe Man, the world’s best- preserved bog body, and the large ritual weapon caches from Illerup Ådal, testifying to the power struggles and warfare of the Iron Age. After a group lunch at a waterside restaurant, we return to central Aarhus to visit the open-air museum Den Gamle By (The Old City). The museum consists of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships across Denmark — visiting is an immersive experience that will allow us to learn more about the urban history and culture of the country. The museum buildings are arranged in the form of a small town of chiefly half-timbered structures, all of which were originally erected between 1550 and the late 19th century and later moved to Aarhus during the 20th century. The evening is free for an independent dinner.

DAY 5:

Morning visit to the town of Kolding, where our first stop is the ‘Koldingshus’ fortress, which was founded in the 13th century and has stood as both royal residence and ruin. Today the restored castle is a museum containing collections of furniture from the 16th century to the present, Roman and Gothic church culture, and Danish arts and crafts. In the afternoon, we move on to the internationally-renowned Trapholt museum, a celebration of modern art and design. Alongside a large collection of Danish furniture and product design, art, ceramics, and textiles, a beautiful sculpture park contains works by contemporary Danish artists. As the grandfather of modern Danish style, Arne Jacobsen is of course represented here, and his Kubeflex summerhouse in the museum park is a must-see. In the late afternoon, we return to Aarhus, reconvening in the evening for a final farewell dinner.

DAY 6:

After breakfast we transfer to Billund airport for a late morning flight to London Heathrow, arriving at c. 12.00pm.

Please note that at this stage the programme is still provisional. Although we aim at the greatest degree of accuracy from the outset, some details, especially the order of visits, may be subject to change.


Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:

This tour involves a fair amount of walking on level ground and well-paved streets. Museum and site visits require prolonged periods of standing without the possibility of a rest.

Please note that all our Study Tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps and inclines. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participents' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and / or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking.


Twin/double share: £2490 per person
Double room for sole use supplement: £430
Price of the tour without flights: £2390 per person
Deposit: £200 per person


  • Scheduled return flights (economy class) with BA between London Heathrow and Billund
  • Five nights B&B in the comfortable and contemporary four-star Radisson Blu Scandinavia
  • Transfers between airport and hotel and excursions by private coach
  • Two dinners and one lunch
  • Services of the lecturers
  • Guided visits to all sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturer and a tour manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
  • Small group between 12 and 22 participants


  • Transport between home and London Heathrow
  • Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to be covered by adequate travel insurance

Radisson Blu Scandinavia****

The towering Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, offers spectacular views of the cityscape. Located in the city center, it makes for discovering the Danish capital with ease.


  • Minibar
  • Coffee machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Television
  • Minibar


It offers 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a casino and a gym.