Sunday, 12 June 2016

The colours of Denmark

12th June.
Our time in Baltic waters is nearly over, We have new waterways to explore. We have cruised through the archipelago of islands south from Copenhagen, and as I write this post in Sonderborg, our last Danish harbour, with the coastline of Germany across Flensburg Fiord,  a lasting memory of our time in Denmark will be the colours.

'Dannebrog' The oldest national flag in the world 

Crystal clear waters

Seafarers house


Nyhavn, Copenhagen



An experience, last night while at anchor in a sheltered inlet 'Dyvig', on the island of Als, was the sight of a rare 'Harbour Porpoise' hunting for fish. These small sub arctic mammals are on the endangered list, with only an estimated 1000 remaining in Danish waters.     

Our plan from here will take us into Flensburg Fiord before heading to Kiel, the North Sea canal and up the Elbe river. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Smooth waters to Svendborg

June 1st. Following a few windy days in Preasto it is good to be underway again, and after
a careful passage across the notorious and shallow Bogestrom and we find a snug berth at Nyord for the night. an island barely a mile across.
Next port is Vordingborg, where we climb the hill a rare experience in Denmark and walk around the 'Goose tower' the only surviving remains of Denmarks' largest fortress dating back to 1200.

The Goose tower at Vordingborg

Taking advantage of calm weather we head further West towards Svendborg, stopping the night at the little island of Omo.

At Omo island, another snug little harbour

The summer sun sets around 11pm 

Omo island lighthouse

Typical thatched houses on Omo island

We reach Svendborg, gateway to the island archipelago, and home to many traditional Danish schooners and ketches.

A haven for the grand Baltic tall ships

Antiope alongside in Svendborg 

Recycling at a whole new level, 

We learn that empty cans are valuable, this machine checks, counts, and credits each can showing the recycling logo.