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Around Denmark 2011

skapad 2011-07-24 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

WHAT: A paddle journey around the Danish coastline in sea kayaks.

WHEN: Starting on 7th August; it will probably take us about 4-5 weeks.

WHO: Ulrika Larsson - Green Adventures and Nick Cunliffe - Kayak Essentials

WHY: Why not?


A few years back, I paddled the Swedish coastline, from Svinesund to Haparanda, in a sea kayak. The 2-month trip gave me lots of new paddling experience and endless beautiful days on the water. Even if, weatherwise, it was one of the worst summers in history (lots of rain and lots of wind) I wasn´t ready to give up paddling when I reached my final destination in Haparanda. In fact, I had already started to think about the Danish coastline a few days before my Swedish paddle journey was over.

So what is it about the waters of our neighbours that is so appealing? Well, I think it´s a very different kind of journey to do, compared to paddling the Swedish coastline. Denmark is made up of lots of islands and the main purpose about this trip is that you have to include the three islands of Jylland, Fyn and Själland. You have a few choices to make, depending on weather, your paddling skills and of course how much time you can spend on a trip like this. ”The rules” are set by the Danske Havkajakroerne and they have taken them from the Swedish Havspaddlarnas Blå Band. This means that if you manage to paddle around Denmark you have completed the Red and White Ribbon. The Swedish version is the Blue Ribbon, which I completed in 2007.

On this journey I think we´ll meet different kinds of challenges. The west coast is notorious for its exposed coastline with big, crashing waves rolling in from the Atlantic Sea. Great sand dunes stretches out into the sea, creating shallow inshore waters and navigational difficulties. At the start of the trip we also need to think about what the tides are doing when we plan our paddling days.

Denmarks coastline is also quite densly populated and we want to make sure we don´t disturb either people or animals when pitching our tent in the evenings. But course it will be lovely to meet the Danes and spend nights in the beautiful locations that we´ll find along the way. Let´s just hope there are enough kiosks that sell ice cream, then everything else will be fine!

Last time I was away on trip like this, I was paddling on my own. Now I will have company all the way and that might be a challenge too...

I will be updating the Green Adventures Blog along the way, so if you´re interested to follow us around Denmark, you´re more than welcome! And if you subscribe to the blog, you´ll be sure you won´t miss anything :-)

I hope they have tasty ice cream in Denmark...

I hope they have tasty ice cream in Denmark...

The fish and chips eating member of the team.

The fish and chips eating member of the team.

And the Swedish ice cream eating part of the team.

And the Swedish ice cream eating part of the team.

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