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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 2,5 day ferry trip to Iceland!

Unfortunately we can't upload any pictures right now but they will follow asap.

Posted by The Minion 12:56 Archived in Denmark Comments (1)

Doing Denmark

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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 Comments (0)

About to board the ferry to the land of fire and ice

We have loaded up on supplies for our three days on the ferry. The weather in hirthals is around 20 and sunny, so pretty hot for us in our bike kit. The waters look calm, so hopefully I will not feel too bilious. We met one other biker heading to Iceland at the harbour. Both of us are excited...see you on the other side :-)

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Posted by XJR1300 03:31 Comments (1)

A quick stop off at the Faroe Islands

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After 2 days on the ferry we have arrived at the Faroe Islands for a few hours stop off. Luckily we were allowed off the boat so we have been exploring Torshavn (it's not very big) and are now using the free wifi facilities at the local shopping Centre.

The ferry hasn't been too bad, albeit a bit boring as expected. There are a few entertainment options on board, but we decided our money would be best spent on a bottle of Captain Morgan rum from the duty free.

We set sail again at 14.00 and should arrive in Iceland at 09.00 tomorrow, which we are very excited about. On our return in 3 weeks time we'll stop of at the Faroes for a few days so will have some more time to explore these Islands, which have been rated best Islands in the world by National Geographic, in more detail.

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Posted by The Minion 03:22 Archived in Faroe Islands Comments (0)

Arrived in Seydisfjordur, Iceland

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Cool finally arrived in Iceland after almost four days aboard the Norrona. We had a good time aboard and saw the shetlands and Faroe islands up close. We arrived at 9 am local time with bright clear skies and hot weather even though there was snow everywhere. The ferry was so close to the side of the fjord you could almost touch it. We disembarked and after a chat with customs were waved through.
We rode for about three minutes to the nearest campsite and setup. No need to rush, we have over three weeks to go around anti clockwise.
We took the Guzzi up out of the fjord and over the mountains to lake Lagarfljot where we got petrol and the headed for the dirt roads on the adjacent fjord. On the way the mountain was covered in thick snow and we turned off onto the route 953 which was gravel track. I don't have much experience riding on gravel and was a bit scary riding 2 up on a 1200cc bike with road biased tyres but after an hour or two got the hang of it and got the back end snaking out on corners! We went through some snow that the road carved through, it must have been around 5 meters high in some places, awesome. After exploring for a few hours we were lambasted and headed for the petrol station an hour and a half away, while dodging wild sheep. We then had a well deserved coffee and sorted some dinner out of a can, which was the cheapest option and still expensive. Too much to tell and we are both so excited to be here and happy that the weather is so good.tomorrow we head to some waterfalls and do some hiking. We need to wait a while for the F roads to the interior to open before we can try the extreme Iceland and try fjording some rivers on the way, can't wait. Here are a small fraction of the photos we took. Got some super cool video from onboard the bike, but too big to upload...

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Posted by XJR1300 14:46 Archived in Iceland Tagged motorcycle Comments (0)

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