HANNA'S WALK

The Vikings’ secret defense in Roskilde Fjord

I will take you back to March 28, 2014, on a beautiful sunny day at Roskilde Fjord.
Roskilde Fjord is a beautiful area. I was born at the sea, but grew up in this fjord environment.
Always being near the water brought me many lovely experiences.
The fjord is idyllic, and you can plan many a good walk.
The history is exhilarating, and exceptional relics are left by the Vikings.
My walk starts at the ridge at Skuldelev. The silence is striking except for the song of the larch.
It is unusual to find silence today, but it is still possible here.

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You can see the Skuldelev Ås in the background.

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Skuldelev Ås is 5 kilometres south of Frederikssund, and is Denmark’s best preserved ridge. Most of the four kilometres ridge is publicly available.

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Out there in the fjord is the two islands Peberholmen and Kølholmen.
This is where they found the Skuldelev ships from the Viking Age.
Five ships were sailed out to block the entrance to Roskilde for enemy ships, as a part of a deliberate defence strategy.
The ships were filled with stones, and the only important task was that the ships were properly positioned when they sank.

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The Skuldelev Ship; The Sea Stallion from Glendalough was supposed to block the two major shipping lanes with its 27 meters. The ship could almost reach over both channels simultaneously.

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Here is the Sea Stallion under reconstruction at the Viking Ship Museum.

See the most beautiful photos from Sea Stallion’s many voyages.
The photos are taken by Werner Karrasch: Sea Stallion

Wish you a happy walk and leave no trace behind you unless they are of significant importance 😊

Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed;
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still round the corner we may meet
A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
Tree and flower, leaf and grass,
Let them pass! Let them pass!
Hill and water under sky,
Pass them by! Pass them by!

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
Apple, thorn, and nut and sloe,
Let them go! Let them go!
Sand and stone and pool and dell,
Fare you well! Fare you well!

J.R.R. Tolkien

Mølleådalen

The journey is the goal, a waterfall path

“The journey is the goal”.
This is how the waterfall path in Krimml is presented, and the path is indeed a goal in itself.
Stunning views and enjoyable exercise.
Krimml Waterfalls has a drop of 380 meters and is located in the National Park Hohe Tauern, Austria, near the border to Italy.
We had a wonderful climb along the waterfalls years ago and ended in a beautiful mountain valley with flowers all over.
Take a dive in The Krimml Waterfalls

About counting the days

It was a birthday present to my friend. The hike in Austria. I was responsible for the logistics. The train ride was with a sleeper, a return trip Copenhagen – Munich.
To be honest, it was a bit tiring to find available hotels, checking time tables, get a solid map so we didn’t lost our way in the mountains etc.
At a point I decided for myself that I needed some relaxation before returning to a busy everyday life.
So I let go of the attention to time and timetables. Only for a couple of days or so. That’s all!
But on the train ride home towards Munich my friend suddenly asks me what date it is.
Would you like to check the tickets, I ask.
I’m aware! We lost the train in Munich, we are a day late.
As a whole the trip was a success, and I will write one more post from that summer.

I got the inspiration to this post from Steve Hindley:
ACROSS THE RIVER, TO ANOTHER WORLD

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