Spirit of Adventure blog
Our final three ports on this Baltic itinerary consist of three very different spots, scattered from one side of Denmark to the other.
The first was a charming little village nestled on the eastern coast of Bornholm, a small Danish island sat conveniently in the south-western part of the Baltic Sea.
Gudhjem is a charming little fishing village, and gateway to wider Bornholm and all it has to offer. Forests, castles, beaches, lighthouses, the city of Ronne and its old quarter are but just a few highlights.
The weather maintained its very summery theme, providing a delightful day here, and that theme continued overnight and into the next day, when we nipped westward across to wonderful Copenhagen.
Well, where do I start with Copenhagen…?! So much to see and do. A delightful spot to go for a cycle – which is what I did on the day. Observing the threat of showers from mid-late afternoon, I set off at around 11:am in order to be back after lunch; nobody likes a sodden bike ride.
I took myself around the main harbour and the fringes of the city to a little hidden gem called Reffen street food market – an excellent spot for lunch. Stalls representing seemingly every foreign national food scatter a derelict area of the port, almost every one constructed entirely of disused shipping containers, pallets, oil drums, etc.
Early evening came about and it was time to head up to our final Danish stopover, right up on the Skagerrak peninsula. Skagen is primarily a fishing port, snuggled on the sheltered tip of the Baltic-facing coast amid miles of golden sandy beaches.
Wartime exhibits (this area played an important part in Hitler’s Baltic sea defences) including massive fortifications, bunkers and museums are on the to-do list here. As well as a nice walk or cycle ride; ideal on the pleasantly flat terrain.
Fish & chips are a popular must-do in the town itself, a scattering of traditional red & yellow wooden houses front an enormous harbour filled with fishing boats (and of course, one cruise ship). Early the following morning, it was time to set sail back to old Blighty again – this time into a North Sea with which we are more familiar, rather than the flat calm version experienced upon our entry…
Captain Kim Tanner
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