“If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.”
This was his summer cottage. I overheard the conversation between two women passing me when I was going down the hill.
A summer cottage I thought? Knud Rasmussen was preparing for his expeditions as a polar explorer and wrote his travel books, scientific reports, tales and legends in this place.
In the windswept house overlooking the sea, he shared his adventures with us.
It’s a grand tale of a man who always were out on an adventure. In reality or in his thoughts.
Knud Rasmussen died in 1933, 54 years old.
Peter Freuchen, another great polar explorer and friend wrote these words after Knud’s death:
“Knud Rasmussen was a man who endured to be viewed close up without losing in value.”
Did Knud Rasmussen take up to much space? He only became 54 years old, but he achieved much more than most people do in a lifetime.
Behind the town lies Knud Rasmussen’s house on a 30 meter high cliff
Some years ago, I took the train every morning from Hillerød towards Hundested to work.
At Christmas, I could see a Christmas tree brightened up the harbor area from my window. It was lashed to a crane in the harbor. An evocative sight.
The harbor is the focal point of the town. In summer, the town is filled with travelers, but I like it best in winter. Nature becomes more present due to sea storms and the changing light from the sea. Maybe I’m biased by my penchant for ships and water, but the harbor is a very exciting place.
If the weather was fine finishing work hours, I walked up past Knud Rasmussen’s house and further along the coast down to Kikhavn. From here I went along small country roads to the nearest train station. Always late supper 🙂
In the year 2013 Hundested was selected as the best port in Denmark because of the many wonderful activities.
Knud Rasmussen planned his next polar expedition from his study with a tantalizing view over the sea.
Her sad Knud Rasmussen, og planlagde de næste ekspeditioner til polarområdet med udsigt til Kattegat fra arbejdsværelset.
I nogle år tog jeg toget hver morgen fra Hillerød mod Hundested for at arbejde.
Ved juletid kunne jeg se et juletræ lyse smukt ud over havneområdet fra mit vindue. Det var surret fast på kranen nede i havnen. Et stemningsfuldt syn. Havnen er omdrejningspunktet i byen.
Om sommeren er byen fyldt med feriegæster, men om vinteren er byen bedst. Naturen bliver mere nærværende i kraft af havets storme, og det skiftende lys. Måske er jeg forudindtaget med min hang til skibe og vand, men havnen er til stadighed et spændende sted, også om vinteren.
Hvis vejret var fint, når jeg skulle hjem fra arbejde, gik jeg op forbi Knud Rasmussens hus og videre langs kysten ned til Kikhavn. Herfra gik jeg ad små landeveje til den nærmeste togstation. Altid sen aftensmad 🙂
I året 2013 blev Hundested Havn valgt som bedste havn i Danmark på grund af de mange dejlige aktiviteter.