Most Southerly Point in Denmark!September 10 in Denmark
The three of us are perched on top of the clay cliffs at Gedser Odde on Falster Island. The pointed peninsula is the most southerly place in Denmark and we have panoramic views of the sea. Scandlines ferries, sailing from Rostock, occasionally power past, on their way to dock at Gedser a few kilometres to the north west of us. Close by the red and white Gedser Fyr (lighthouse) stands guard, ready to warn vessels of their proximity to this finger of land.
We left the friendly Lolland Island marina where we'd spent two restful days and stopped in at a large Fotex supermarket. We really appreciate the range of organic products available in Danish supermarkets and we stocked up. Interestingly the receipt grouped the items under their product types rather than the order in which they came. Soon afterwards we crossed over the straights between Lolland and Falster Island, via the 1km long bridge at Nykøbing and headed south. Gedser
mainstreet was lined with poles proudly flying the red and white Danish flags, ensuring those who arrived on the ferry from Rostock knew in no uncertain terms that this was no longer Germany.
Our quiet overnight car park had a set of wooden steps leading down to a stoney beach where battered wooden groynes did their best to preserve the shoreline. A sign told us the building a few hundred metres away was a bird station and we were keen to explore, but Vicky was having a bad health day health so Will stayed and looked after her. As has often been the case, Martha proved herself a great 'bird station' when a Sparrowhawk used the stairpost as a perch and we were able to observe it from just 15m away! Will also managed to spot a seal poking its head out from the waves! Despite the uninviting overcast skies he couldn't resist following in its err... flippersteps? and going for an evening dip. We were at the most southerly point in the country after all!
Offshore we could see the same wind farm as we'd had sight of from Stubberup Harbour on the previous two nights. From our new position we got to view the setting sun colour the sky behind the turbines come dusk. Night time brought wind and rain but the latter was intermittent and in the morning we nipped out between the spells to explore the bird station and very tip of the peninsula. With schools back in full swing and the weather driving many indoors, it was just the two of us most of the time. Buried in the grass alongside the path leading to the point, we found a dozen or so tiles decorated by children with images of local wildlife such as seals and Eider ducks. Approaching the building we saw coordinates on the wall in large white letters, reminding us of last year's journey to the Arctic Circle and the most northerly point in mainland Europe, where we frequently saw the latitude of these significant spots. We couldn't resist a photo! The centre itself displayed boards with information on the windfarm and local wildlife. It told us there were 162 turbines, but of course Will already new this. If you put a mathematician in sight of such an array for 3 days what else do you expect them to do but count? Interestingly the display showed an image of the flight paths of tracked birds and how they interacted with the windfarm. Many skirted its perimeter but it seemed a considerable number plotted a straight course between the rows.
We made our way down to the beach and clambered out on an uneven stone jetty, taking this to be the most southerly point (we may well have been mistaken but it provided a good focal point). To the east a number of rocks stood proud of the waves. Cormorants roosted on two, while Eider Ducks occupied a low platform that they could easily hop up and down from.
We made it back to Martha just as the rain began, so quickly packed up and set off to find our next adventure.Read more