Living on the edge…

“If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.”
Stephen Hunt

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.

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Bag byen ligger Knud Rasmussens hus på en 30 meter høj klint

Behind the town lies Knud Rasmussen’s house on a 30 meter high cliff

The House of Knud Rasmussen
Knud Rasmussen – Wikipedia

The Habour

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.

Hundested Havn

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Hundested

 

Knud Rasmussens Hus

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.

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Spodsbjerg Fyr

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.

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Nordkyststien – Fra Hundested til Gilleleje

Sejl til Hundested Havn

Hundested Fiskerihavn

 

Der, hvor Knud boede…

Højt oppe på klinten i Hundested med milevid udsigt over havet, boede polarforskeren Knud Rasmussen.
På en tavle på huset står disse ord for at mindes og hædre Knud:

“Her var hans hjem, og herfra drog han ud
den dristigste i flokken:Danmarks Knud.

En livsomfavner-som blev favnet selv
af lyse himle og af snegraa hvælv.

Saa tav hans hjærte som et standset spil..
hans sidste slædespor føg langsomt til.

Men som et nordlys over Danmarks savn
staar skæret fra hans smil,
hans daad, hans navn.

Oppe i bakkerne, oppe ved Spodsbjerg Fyr ligger Knud Rasmussens Hus

Oppe i bakkerne, oppe ved Spodsbjerg Fyr ligger Knud Rasmussens Hus

I kan læse Knud Rasmussens imponerende CV her: Knud Rasmussen Selskabet