A Walk and a Sailing Myth

The small ferry sailing around Frederiksborg Castle resembles undeniably a little boat from Legoland.

However, many people are having a joyous day on the lake with a different view to the castle

Recently I heard on the radio that the little boat is a rebuilt lifeboat from one of the most famous vessels in Danish history:

The ship Jutlandia, a floating hospital, that went on three expeditions from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War.

That changed completely my perspective on the small ferry, until yesterday, when I did some research.

The shipping company tells the story on their website. The ferry has sailed the lake since 1952, and the story about the lifeboat is so popular that it has almost turned into a truth. Some myths are worth saving 🙂

Note

You can take a wonderful walk around the lake and through the Baroque garden or you can continue towards Gribskov and wilderness.

Click the link to see my beautiful walk towards the mountain in the forest:

Walking from a castle to a mountain on an icy day.

Hooray for Forest

We went into the forest on a very hot day looking for shade.
No rain of significance for three and a half months. Most green areas are withered and yellow.
To my surprise we found pleasant coolness and green lushness.
A fresh breeze came in on top of Fruebjerg and gave impression of being close to the sea, although the sea is about twenty kilometers away.

A Walk With A View

Just before Christmas I had a nice walk in the oldest forest in Denmark, Gribskov.
The sky was grey but when I got to the mountain Fruebjerg the sun broke through the darkness and revealed a lovely scenery.
Never let you fooled by the weather forecast.
Go out there and see for yourself 🙂

Kære danske læsere.
Hvis I har spørgsmål til turen, så spørg endelig i kommentarfeltet.
I er velkomne!

An Outdoor Adventure

This is one of the most wonderful walks I’ve been on for a long time.
Tempted by my story about Esrum Sø, my friend insisted on an outdoor adventure.
This time from the south entrance of the forest.
The huge diversity in the forest offers many nature experiences.
Forest lakes, large old pines, beech forest, larch, birch and ancient oak trees.
Fallen trees are allowed to lie, creating a unique food base for small and large birds.
Now different deciduous trees are planted.
Lakes are allowed to arise. Previously, the foresters drained the water away.
Currently, the eagles breed in the forest.
The right course is set for the forest, Gribskov ❤

Buttercups and Fairy Miners

Everything is lush and green as far as the eye can see, but after a while there is something that interferes with the green.
Golden glimpse between tall pines. Buttercups. Billions of buttercups.
As if that weren’t enough, the beautiful Icelandic horses adorn the meadow and immortalise this vibrant summer day
That’s what walking is all about:
Beautiful discoveries ❤

There must be fairy miners
Just underneath the mould,
Such wondrous quaint designers
Who live in caves of gold.

They take the shining metals,
And beat them into shreds,
And mould them into petals
To make the flowers’ heads.

Sometimes they melt the flowers
To tiny seeds like pearls,
And store them up in bowers
For little boys and girls.

And still a tiny fan turns
Above a forge of gold,
To keep, with fairy lanterns,
The world from growing old.

By Wilfrid Thorley

The sky isn’t always blue in Denmark

A few rays of sunshine, but it wasn’t comparable to September last year.
Esrum Lake is Denmark’s second largest lake.
The lake is shaped like a large bathtub with deep slopes not far from the width and a large relatively flat bottom. It is formed during the last ice age, probably because a large ice block has been left on site.

September last year

Esrum Sø
Kanoudlejning på Esrum Sø

The Small Uncaring Ways

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute,
day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
Stephen Vincent Benet

No wasted minutes on this icy cold spring day.
The lapwing cries and makes spectacular patterns in the air.
The horses play tag and roll in the dust.
It’s an outstanding day 🙂