Roskilde Kommune

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  • Day816

    Himmelsøen & Roskilde Viking Ship Museum

    September 20, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    A gravel path drops down to an artificial lake with a couple of tree clad islands and a long wooden pier. Our windscreen view looks out upon it from the open, grassy Himmelsøen car park, not far from Roskilde. Himmelsøen roughly translates as 'sky lake' and from our elevated position we can see where the name came from.

    We've driven the short distance from Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum where we have had a truly great day! The museum site is small and mostly open air, situated at the head of Roskilde Fjord. The chance of sailing a traditional boat initially lured us in, but with the winds from Storm Ali heading our way and knowing this activity would close for the season in 10 days, we hardly dared to hope that it would be running today. As luck would have it the kiosk attendant confirmed that the first of three planned outings was going ahead so we eagerly paid our entrance fee of £16 each and booked up for an additional £14 each.

    The site was very hands on, with a large longboat called the Sea Stallion moored at the dock that you could climb into and explore. There were perhaps 20 or so smaller vessels bobbing in the harbour, that had been made on-site, with information boards displaying their credentials. Vicky managed to video call her Dad who loves this sort of thing and we explored together for a little while until it was time to get our waterproof jackets for the boat trip.

    The captain met us and 11 others at the prearranged point and directed us into the the boat shed for a brief introduction and demonstration of how to use the buoyancy aids. We all trooped down to the jetty where we boarded Bjornfjord; a 10.2m x 2.6m shallow draught sailing boat with a 25 sq. m sail. Our captain showed the group how to sit, put the oars into place and went through what different instructions meant, before we boarded and rowed out of the harbour. There were 12 rowers and it was quite difficult for everyone to keep in time, even when the captain assigned one person at the front to set the pace. As well as the timing of the strokes, the length made a difference and plenty of people got the long, narrow wooden oars tangled along the way. With our experience canoeing we felt we both did ok.

    Once clear of the harbour and in the open fjord we took the oars in and the captain hoisted the sail, giving Will the job of guiding the heavy wooden boom from which it hung. Two of the group were put in charge of hauling the sheets that moved the sail from one side to the other and we began gliding along under wind power. The boat was very stable, only tilting when the stronger gusts filled the sails. After an aborted tack, but successful gybe, we headed back towards the harbour, where we once again got to row her. We were on the boat for more than 30 minutes but the time seemed to fly by. We both really enjoy sailing and to be able to crew a traditional boat for a trip out on the fjord was an amazing experience.

    You can watch a video of our experience on the VnW Travels YouTube channel:

    Following a quick check on Poppy, we joined a guided tour of the boatbuilder's yard. Our guide introduced himself as Silas and began by showing us the traditional boat that was being made for fjord trips, explaining the techniques and materials used, how long it took and that one of the reasons they were doing it was to keep the skills alive. This boat was made by sight; the project headed up by a master builder who didn't use drawings or models. Outside he showed us a Viking ship they were recreating based on the remains of one that had been found. This was taking a lot longer because they were building it similarly to how the Vikings would have. Instead of getting wood precut from the sawmill, they chopped and planed planks by hand from the tree trunks we could see around us. They had previously made a replica using iron rivets forged by the blacksmith on-site, but this stood as a display on land because the iron rivets split the wood after being exposed to sea water.

    Other displays at the museum included Lime bast (the inner bark of Lime trees), hanging and drying in order to make rope. A woodworker carved a figurehead and a collection of ropes made from an astonishing array of different materials, from seal hide to hazel wood, lay curled for you to pick up and feel.

    There was enough to keep us occupied for the whole day but we were beginning to tire so wandered over to the building that displayed 5 original Viking ships. The museum had created metal skeletons onto which the ancient wood was layed, to give us an idea of how the boats were initially constructed. The building also housed a 'Climb on Board' exhibition comprising of a room with two ships, complete with sails and treasure chests. Clothes were hung at the entrance and you could dress up, board the vessels and pretend to be a Viking as sound effects and visual projections of the sky and sea helped your imagination along the way!

    We probably wouldn't have visited Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum had it not been for the chance to sail the traditional boat, but we ended up enjoying so much more than this and we needed to drag ourselves away in the end!

    Thankfully the parking at Himmelsøen wasn't far. Vicky had a rest while Will took his fishing gear to the lake and got talking to someone from Devon who'd lived here 23 years. They told him the lake had only been built in the last 5 years, mainly as an attraction for the huge music festival held here every year. There was even a 'horse bathing' area provided!
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  • Day815


    September 19, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Roskilde Fjord cuts a long gash from the north shore of Zealand towards its core. It is around and across this body of water that today's travels have focused. We are parked up beside the free campground at Salvadparken surrounded by green grass where Poppy can wander off lead to her heart's content. The wooden shelter, table and firepit is a short walk from tall reeds that mark the waterline and access to the fjord.

    This morning we plotted a course for the M/S Columbus; a small car ferry that bridges the gap at the mouth of Roskilde Fjord between Sølager and Kulhuse. There are bridges further south but we enjoy travelling via boat and saw this as a way to give back a little to the country that has offered us so many wonderful facilities and overnight spots for free. Pulling up in the small gravel car park at the end of the road we paused to read the info board that displayed the list of prices, times and season dates. The Columbus didn't sail at set times, instead it travelled to whichever shore signalled for it via a fluorescent metal square on a pole that could be rotated to face to the water when needed. A simple system that worked well and was fun for us to use! While we waited we chatted with some friendly locals who were litter picking. They said that the ferry would stop in a few weeks for winter and that there wasn't much call for it then anyway. The opposite shore was mainly holiday cottages whose visitors stayed home when the weather turned cold. They described the flat landscape covered in snow with only the spires of churches standing out against the white plains.

    In what seemed like no time at all the Columbus was docking and the tractor and car it was carrying were disembarking. Parking as directed on the windward side, we hopped out and payed our £22 via card to the conductor. She confirmed we could climb the open stairs to the bridge where we said hello to the captain and took in views of the fjord. In 8 minutes the fun was over and we drove into Kulhuse harbour. There was a car park we could have stayed in, but it was right next to a few fast food eateries so we set off in search of somewhere quieter. In contrast to the eastern shore there were relatively few parking areas and the roadsides were lined with signs warning of a military zone. A roadside picnic area looked appealing and we stopped for lunch. It was an alright spot until the sound of shooting started up. The firing was close and persistent so we looked on Park4Night for somewhere better, again.

    Salvadparken fitted the bill, with only a distant sound of car engines and the occasional squawk of a pheasant. Will took the canoe for a paddle then fished, while Vicky began planning our visit back to the UK over Christmas. Time really does seem to be flying by but we are having a lot of fun!
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  • Day456

    Day 457: Roskilde Cathedral

    May 17, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Headed west today to check out the cathedral at Roskilde, our first World Heritage site in Denmark. This is a Gothic style brick building from the 13th century, but also the burial place for Danish royalty. It was quite fascinating to wander around each of the individual chapels and tombs, seeing how the styles differed and developed over the centuries. There was even a spot prepared for the current Queen, Margarethe II who's been reigning since 1972. I think she's in good health, but it can't hurt to be prepared I guess!Read more

  • Day8

    8. Etappenziel - Roskilde B&B

    June 11, 2016 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Angekommen, 87,4 km stehen auf dem Tacho.
    Wir sind in einem netten B&B untergekommen, wo wir von der Eigentümerin Pernille Svensson, ebenfalls aktive Radfahrerin und ehemalige Motorradweltumfahrerin, freundlich empfangen werden.
    Es ist ein gemütlicher Hof mit einer Pferdeweide hinter dem Haus.
    Nach der Führung durch die Räumlichkeiten bekommen wir erstmal ein kühles Carlsberg in die Hand gedrückt, dass wir uns im Liegestuhl auf der Terrasse schmecken lassen.
    Später fährt Frank noch mit dem frisch geladenen Pedelec im Turbomodus zum Marmaris-Hühnchen & Pizza-Service um uns mit Abendessen und Tuborg zu versorgen.
    Dann siegt die Müdigkeit.
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  • Day9

    Frühstück in Roskilde

    June 12, 2016 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Kaffee im B&B und noch ein nettes Gespräch mit unserer Gastgeberin.
    Dann geht es schnell die 12 km in die Innenstadt von Roskilde.
    Frühstück in der Fußgängerzone, ein Blick auf die Domkirche und zum Fjord mit dem Wikingermuseum.

  • Day4

    Helsingborg - Hillerod - Roskilde

    August 2, 2016 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Journée un peu compliquée... à faire des compromis entre les choses à voir/faire et le temps passé en déplacement. Fin de journée intense à chercher comment se rendre à notre chambre... on y est finalement arrivés avec 3 trains, un autobus, 1 km de marche et un bon samaritain... qui nous a vraiment sorti du trouble! On a quand même eu le temps de voir du pays...Read more

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