Reaching the Baltic Sea
Denmark is the first country we’ve cycled on the clockwise route that properly borders the Baltic and so nearly a week after leaving Hull we have reached the beginning of the planned Baltic route (or Eurovelo 10). The route is goes up through Denmark and then along the coasts of Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. In Germany we will head away from the coast towards Düsseldorf which would bring us to the end to the Baltic Sea tour and the beginning the cycle ride home.
Our first Danish town was Nykøbing Falster, and the first town to truly feel European. The streets were full of colourful umbrellas hanging down and there was a traditional market selling all kinds of interesting foods. The buildings were also a completely different architecture, with orange roofs and round steeples.
The new bridge over to Denmark’s main island is immensely busy so we cycled across the old bridge. It turned out to be a good decision as we had a wonderful view of a sparkling pathway over the water and could stop to take a photo.
A small problem travelling through so many countries is that we don’t know the languages. As our knowledge of Danish is limited, shopping is sometimes guess work. We spotted this carton in the milk section of a supermarket….
…It turned out to be fermentated yoghurt, originating from Mongolia! Needless to say, our tea tasted odd and looked disgusting. The Danish for milk is mælk, which we would probably have realised if we had stopped to think about it.
In the late afternoon we swam from a pier by the campsite and enjoyed the blazing sunshine. The swimming consisted of constantly dodging hundreds of clear jellyfish whilst swimming up and down the beach. The jelllyfish tended to be in the warmer shallow waters so as long as you stayeda bit further out it was ok. It was a tad risky but the water was warm and we wanted to refresh ourselves after the day of cycling.
In the evening there was a beautiful sunset which made a large factory in the distance blaze like it was on fire. The water at Ore Strand camping was an incredible texture, I think its the only place I’ve ever seen it slightly rough yet looking silky smooth. The photos show it better than I can describe!
We cycled further up the coast and spoke to a local who explained that the white jellyfish are the bad stingers, the clear ones we swam with are ‘just a bit nasty’. If I’m being honest, both sound unpleasant so I’m glad neither of us got stung. We past by fields bright red from poppies growing amonst the crop.
On the second night in Denmark we stayed with more friends about 30 miles from Ore Strand. They have a beautiful garden full of flowers and insects, after a few attempts I managed to get one of a hoverfly on a firey red flower.
The next day their family gave us a lift to Copenhagen and introduced us to one of their friends who lives in a small apartment in the center of the city, he agreed to have us for the night so we spent Sunday resting and exploring the city. He showed us a magnificant pair of antlers hanging on his wall, and told a story about how he once went on a research(?) trip to the most northernly tundra in Norway and found it shrouded in mist. He subsequently got seperated from the group and wandered around lost for a bit before stumbling on this huge pair of adult antlers. He picked them up and managed to find his way back to the group, where they decided it would be a good idea to call it a day and head home. We decided to keep an eye out for some on our cycle through Sweden and Finland.
The cycle tour so far:
England – Cornwall to Wales
Ireland – Winding Westwards
Ireland – Starting the Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland – The Wild Atlantic
Ireland – Causeway Coastal Route
England – Stopover in the Peaks
Netherlands – Bicycle touring through the Netherlands
Germany – Hamburg and Lübeck
Denmark – Reaching the Baltic Sea