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Århus Kommune

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  • Day771

    The Thor Forest, Aarhus

    August 6 in Denmark

    Unusually for Denmark we are parked on a piece of land raised about 15m from the sea. The car park in Thors Skov or The Thor Forest (we love these Danish names) is located just a few kilometres from the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark's second city. Sturdy Beech trees tower above us and their branches frame a view out to the powdery grey blue of the Baltic Sea. Although we can't see it from the van, a stream gushes down a crevasse which it has cut in the hillside and the sound of rushing water reaches our ears through the open windows. The stream passes a concrete building set back from the sandy beach and housing the Viking kayak club. Many people trudge up and down the steep concrete steps leading to it and we see a number of sea kayaks being paddled cross shore.

    Will has already taken the rough forest track from the other side of the car park down to the beach and had a refreshing dip in the sea. There are a number of other people doing this and we even see a couple drive up in dressing gowns covering their swimwear. The place is busy, but this isn't surprising considering its proximity to the big city.

    We decide to go for an explore on the tandem and after a short time following a rather tricky forest path we emerged onto the excellent tarmacced cycle track that led into Aarhus. On the way we passed a tall wire mesh fence with a double gate. Behind it were a herd of dear! We watched them for a while through the fence and listened to the strange long squeal made by a couple of them who seemed very interested in us. We were more than a little surprised when a group of tourists opened up the gates and went in to stroke them! Further on was another entrance with signs asking people to respect the wildlife and only feed them fruit and veg. A small caravan had set up shop here selling hot drinks and bags of carrots. We joined the 30 or so adults and children inside the park and both got to stroke the deer, who were a mix of Fallow and Sika deer. They were a little wary, but would approach you if they thought you had food. Wild boars also lived in the forest, but they were kept in a seperate area.

    We cycled onward into the outer limits of the urban area, choosing to turn back when the traffic got busy. On our return we stopped to explore a circular pier we had passed on the way in. The Infinate Bridge was built to bring people together, as the old piers that used to stretch out from the coastline used to do. Judging by the numbers gathered around and on it, it certainly seemed to be achieving its aim. We walked along its curved path, spotting several orange jellyfish with long tentacles floating underneath us.

    The following day we decided to drive the short distance into Aarhus because we wanted to give ourselves as long as possible to explore the city without worrying about Poppy. Unfortunately there was a fayre in town, as well as what we believe was an international sailing regatta, so the car parks were packed. Changing our plans, we returned to the outskirts of the forest where we left the van in the shade of a large oak tree and cycled the 2 miles to the city centre, most of which was on a dedicated cycle track, separated from the road by a kerb. Leaving the tandem chained to one of the many bike stands attached the walls of buildings, we set about sight seeing. We soon crossed over the train station and were drawn to the several hundred metres of pavement that was dedicated to double sided, double decker bike racks with a covered middle section. The provision for cyclists here is in a different ball park from what we've seen (or not) in the UK.

    First on the itinerary was the rainbow panorama at the Åros gallery. At the top of its premises the art museum has a huge circular walkway, whose sides are made up from large rectangular panes of glass, the colours of which change through a rainbow spectrum as you walk around it, giving you tinted views of the surroundings. We admired it from the ground and went in to the building with the intention of buying an entrance ticket, but at 140kr (£17) each we felt the fee was too steep for what would need to be a quick up, round and down tour.

    Den Gamle By (the old town) was next. We had visions of characterful, photogenic streets and followed the regular signs that pointed in its direction, only to be disappointed with what appeared to be an amusement park. A closed one. Oh well, never mind.

    By now it was was getting on for lunch time so we trudged our way towards Aarhus Street Food. A former garage, the industrial looking building houses a dozen or so eateries, selling an eclectic variety of consumables. We wound through the pallet benches and rainbow mix of parasols making up the outdoor seating and took a look inside. Traditional Danish dishes, hot dogs, pizzas, fish and chips, indian curries, icecream lollies and creme brulee donuts were among the offerings, along with milkshakes, fresh juices and a good selection of beers. Long wooden tables and benches filled shared eating areas, decorated with things such as lanterns and upside down umbrella frames strung with coloured ball lights. Food and drink prices were over inflated because it seemed to be marketing itself as 'the place to be'. We were pretty hungry by now, so despite this we chose 'Nord' because it offered Danish style food that was 90-100% organic. Our shared platter contained such things as toasted rye bread sticks, potato salad, salmon coleslaw and marinated beef slices. Will enjoyed it but Vicky wasn't so keen. She felt the whole place was trying a bit too hard with its hipster image, without paying enough attention to the content.

    After lunch it was time to return to the tandem and cycle back to Poppy and the van. We were glad to have looked round Aarhus, but certainly didn't like it as much as Aalborg that we visited a few weeks back. It was more spread out, pricier and didn't seem to contain that cosy character exuded by the more northern city.

    Back at the van, we noticed a couple of does and their fawns behind the wire mesh fence of the deer park. There were no gates nearby but taking a carrot from the fridge, Vicky fed one of the mothers through the fence.

    It was a hot day and we were parked close to the Infinite Bridge, so we got our swimming gear on and made our way down to the water. Will took the plunge first and was soon warned by a group of people standing on the pier that there were jellyfish in the water. Vicky recieved the same warning from a someone coming out of the sea with a child. They were the same jellyfish we'd seen the previous day, with long 'don't mess with me' tentacles. Will had the bright idea that he could stand on the walkway and act as a spotter for Vicky, who was thus able to swim a circuit of the pier without encountering any of the dreaded creatures. Will then dived in and swam to the shore where we both got out, choosing not to push our luck any further. A search of the internet later led us to believe they were most likely Lion's Mane Jellyfish; a species which does indeed have a painful sting.
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  • Day777

    Sletterhage Fyr

    August 12 in Denmark

    Sletterhage is yet another small peninsula reaching out into Aarhus Bay. We are only 20km from where we stayed last night, this time in a gravel car park alongside other vans and Sletterhage Fyr, a lighthouse. There are views over the sandy grassland to the shore, stretching up to some small cliffs. The area is known in Denmark for its low rainfall and higher temperatures, but irony likes to show her colours occasionally and as such it rained almost constantly from the time we arrived to the time we left!

    It was nearing noon when we pulled up and as there was a trailer selling simple takeaway food and drinks, Will bought a hotdog made from local Djursland pork and Vicky had a hot chocolate. We took them to a picnic bench near the lighthouse and enjoyed their warmth as we huddled against the wind, looking out to sea. When we returned to the van we found a yellow slip of paper had been tucked under our windscreen wiper. It was a little note from the lighthouse attendants, in Danish, English and German, saying that we were welcome to park for 24 hours and asking us to kindly stay in the back of the lot if we were parking overnight. Needless to say we were more than happy with these terms!

    One of the nearby information boards informed us of a 4km walk taking in views over the bay. The area was unusually hilly and it said that due to the 40m -50m depth of the bay, the waters were a great place to spot seals, harbour porpoises and even whales! Vicky was intent on getting out to do some whale spotting but with the steady patter of rain it took her a bit to persuade pluviophobe Will to join her. We got kitted up in our wet weather gear, packed up and off we went with the camera and binoculars to hand. It was a well signed route with more information boards at various points. After walking along the stony beach we climbed up through hawthorn tunnels to an old concrete German radar tower. Inside there were half a dozen swallows nests with chicks almost big enough to fledge. We climbed up two flights onto the roof and looked down on the rolling landscape and sea. There were small boards on three walls of the tower, depicting and naming the little islands in the bay, although the rain made it difficult to make out the ones farther away. Gazing down at the waves we weren't able to see any whales, but we were lucky enough to spot a pod of porpoises close to shore! After watching them for a while we noticed some activity further out; splashing and fins above the water. From previous sightings of porpoises we have learned enough to know they don't slap the water. The longer we watched the cetaceans the more we became convinced they must be dolphins. Upon doing a little research we found that a rare pod of Bottlenose Dolphins, not seen here for 20 years, had been spotted in the bay in 2015.

    With the rain persisting, we took a seat on a couple of concrete plinths on the ground floor of the building, made ourselves cups of tea and enjoyed some raw vegan carrot cake that Vicky had made. Fortified with the warmth and calories, we continued the walk through a field of Danish Forest Cattle and back down to the beach, picking some damsons and plums on the way. There is so much fruit hanging heavy on the trees in this region, particularly sloes!

    Despite Will's initial reticence to go on the rainy walk, we were both really glad we got out and Will rewarded himself with a liquorice ice cream from the catering van upon our return!
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  • Day34

    Moesgaard Beach and Museum

    September 14, 2017 in Denmark

    Today it's Ib's turn to show us his special places. He takes us for a bit of a tour of Aarhus, some bits we've seen already with Karen but we have Ib's interpretation, plus a few others. Also we go for a chemist run to top up on cough medicine and panadol etc for us with colds. It looks like Karen may have caught it too :(
    We go and see Moesgaard Strand, a beach that is very nice and looks as it would be very busy in the summertime. Then we drive through the forest of beech trees to get to the museum. We were here 5 years ago but the museum today was not there then. Then, it was a weekend get together of viking re-enactment people/festival that we could go and visit.
    This museum is built into the hill and has grassed roofs that you can walk on. The museum is not just about the vikings, it is an archeological and anthropological museum as well, so many of the exhibits are about other cultures. Aarhus Uni also have something to do with it. Ib has done work there too.
    There was an Australian Aboriginal Christmas room!! There were very clever technological interactive stations right through the museum. We spent 3-4 hours but could've spent more.
    Home for a late lunch and the usual arvo rest. This cold really makes you tired by the afternoon.
    Poor Karen, I feel bad that she may have caught our bug
    Thor is on his way home on the bus but is held up by a 12 car accident on one of the bridges so we may not see him tonight
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  • Day30

    Breakfast together at 9.
    Shopping centre to find more cough mixture for mum and dad.
    Thor takes us on a tour of Aarhus Uni and his geology campus. Complete with microscope slides of minerals.
    Go to Thor's apartment and have a lovely lunch made by Thor.
    Thor's older sister's 45th birthday. She's just moved from Sweden so go to her new house. Have coffee and cake and meet or re-meet extended family.
    Home to relax a little then tea/chat/bed.
    Julie is driving back to Copenhagen tomorrow so we say good bye to her. We probably won't see her again this trip
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  • Day31

    Washing and Aarhus library

    September 11, 2017

    This morning we catch up on our washing and just chill. I ring Steve and have a nice chat.
    After lunch Karen takes us to look at their new town library. It is very nice, so many little areas to study or read, a section for kids and babies. They were setting up an exhibition about technology aids to help with independent living. That was very interesting
    There is also a very clever carpark that takes your car and a lift thing takes it under the building and apparently then "under the sea". We are right at the harbour...so maybe..
    It rejected Karen's car "not enough clearance" so she had to park elsewhere. We watched someone else "retrieve" his car - fascinating.
    After that we pick Thor up from his place so he can have tea with us.
    I'm struggling to fight the "flu" everyone had on the farm tour. Getting into the honey and lemon drinks to try and boost the immune system
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  • Day33

    Museum, church and botanical gardens

    September 13, 2017 in Denmark

    We go to book train tickets back to Copenhagen on Monday, with booked seats this time! !
    Aros (the name of yesterday's museum) is actually the viking name for Aarhus. Visited a small underground viking museum where they actually excavated the exhibits on site in the 60's. Skeleton and all - murdered man
    Domkirk-lovely. Built over viking stones when Christians took over but now reference to that in the church. The decorations here are a lot more colourful than others but done in chalk type paint
    Also visit the Botanical gardens in big glass houses. Very nice. They have some Australian trees there too.
    Arvo snooze. Getting better.
    Ib is back. Thor is in Copenhagen
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  • Day29

    A biiigg long travel day back to Denmark

    September 9, 2017 in Denmark

    Awake at 2.30 AM Iceland time to catch the 4am bus to Keflavik Airport. Our flight isn't until 8.30 but others fly out at 7 or 7.30 so we just go woth them. Free bus! Otherwise pay a 50 euro taxi fare 👍
    Icelandair flight to Copenhagen takes about 3 hours so we all manage a bit of a snooze to keep us going.
    We then catch the right train for a 3 hour ride to Aarhus. So we managed some mire snoize. One thing - when I booked the train I apparently didn't book seats so we were in other people's seats but they were all good about it. Dad did have to play musical chairs for a while!
    Thor and his girlfriend Julie picked us up. Sooo good to see and hug my boy again!!! He was just as stoked 💕 Julie is lovely, she lives in Copenhagen and is in last year of nursing. They met in Australia!!!
    Thor brought us around to Karen and Ib's place . Nanna was there to greet us, Karen and Ib were next door at a neighbours party 🎶🎵🍻
    Nanna, Thor and Julie made us a very lovely meal. Karen and Ib came back around 8-ish. We talked until we couldn't stay awake any longer.
    Looking forward to being able to relax and just be in one spot for a while.
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  • Day32

    Sickness and Aros museum

    September 12, 2017 in Denmark

    Had a fever and sweats through the night but felt ok by morning. A few periods through the day when the lurgy wanted to claim me but I am enjoying the lemon and honey drinks 👍
    Thor took us to one of the Aarhus museums before he had Uni this afternoon. It's modern art so some pieces are quite questionable...."that's art??" ...and some were interesting. There's a huge very lifelike creation, Big Boy. It has been there for a while apparently and an Australian made it. There was also a film piece there by an Australian.
    We came back to a lovely soup made by Karen then a rest afternoon. By then I needed a snooze- the flu was getting me a bit.
    Nanna made us tea and we had a movie night with Thor. Ib and Thor usually watch movies of a Tuesday night but Ib is away tonight so we are standing in for him 😉
    We watched Red Dog with German subtitles!
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  • Day35

    Finally back on the bike

    September 15, 2017 in Denmark

    The weather fines up today, lovely and sunny.
    I hop on Karen's bike for a 12 km ride into city and back.
    Still feeling energised and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine so go on a 5 km walk up the street.
    Feeling tired by the time I get back.
    Don't see Thor today - he is busy at Uni.
    Karen might be getting our cold 😡

  • Day6

    Die zweitgrößte Stadt Dänemarks durfte auf der Fahrt nach Norden natürlich nicht fehlen - lag auch auf dem Weg 😏.
    Der anscheinend zur Gewohnheit werdende Snack am Straßenrand neben dem Meer blieb aber die einzig wirklich positive Erinnerung: Die Innenstadt war zwar geschichtsträchtig, aber leider überfüllt!
    Abends bereiteten wir uns lieber auf einem Campingplatz noch mental & physisch für die 3-tägige Fährüberfahrt nach Island vor: Melis Seekrankheit und das Schlafen in Mehrbettzimmern im Deck UNTER den Autos verursachten kaum Vorfreude...Read more

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