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Doing Denmark


From Germany we headed into Denmark, where we have spent 3 nights. We only saw a little of Denmark during our last trip so it was good to explore this Viking country a bit more.

Firstly we headed for Rømø, a small island on the east coast, taking the usual scenic route. We hit a but of rain on the way and when we arrived at the campsite we were surprised to hear from the Dutch employee (yes, the cloggies are everywhere) that Denmark is experiencing a bad draught as it has hardly rained for months. As I joked about bringing the rain with us, the heavens opened up! Luckily it was just a short downpour and we were soon set up, grabbed some supplies and ready to braai. Afterward we walked along the beach in search of driftwood to burn, unfortunately there was none to be found but we enjoyed the walk anyway. Before heading to bed we took a shower in the outside facilities. They have inside showers too but we thought it would be nice to enjoy the views, and it didn't disappoint as we had one heck of a shower!

The next day we were heading for Jelling, but stopped off at Ribe along the way. Ribe is known for it's Viking centre which is based on authentic excavations. It was turning out to be a hot day so we had to brave the Viking experience in full bike-kit but luckily the kind guy behind the counter let us leave our jackets there. We fought of the day-tripping schoolkids with our swords and axes (we kitted up in the iron variety, they were only allowed wood) while immersing ourselves into the Viking history. We have recently been watching a few Viking programmes and documentaries so could vividly imagine what life would have looked like way back then. After the Viking centre we heading into the old town for an expensive but much needed coffee (we didn't realize we sat on the terrace of the larniest hotel in the region).

By the time we hit Jelling we were cooking in the midday sun. We were over the moon to find the lake-side campsite we had pulled in to had an outside swimming pool. So first thing we did was go for a refreshing dip, setting up camp came second. Once all was organized we headed into the main square to see the famous Viking runes commissioned by the king. By the end off the day we had both caught a but of sun, although Greg thinks it might be booze-rash.

This morning we hit the motorway to make it up to the tip of Denmark: Skagen. We're camping just a few metres from the beach, which is litters with old, impressive bunkers. It's another humdinger of a day so we took a lovely stroll along the rigid beach, including some sun-tan lotion and a sun-hat! We've just enjoyed the evening sun with a cold beer on top of a bunker. Tomorrow is the big day; we set off on the 3 day ferry trip to Iceland!

Posted by The Minion 13:11 Archived in Denmark

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