Final day! (38)

The plan was to go ashore for a lunch before reaching the border, marked by a stone. But after 3 hours of paddling we found ourselves in the bottom of Flensburg Fjord, right next to the border. Surprised by our sudden arrival we paddled ashore, the stone looked nothing like we expected, and after a moment of short hesitation we placed our crooked hands on granite pole and thereby cementing our completion of the journey!

Joy, confusion and relief.

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Day 37

Camped on a sand dune at the entrance of Flensburg Fjord. The journey and filming is almost completed. Tomorrow we’ll reach the finish point and we’re trying to prepare ourselves for all the media that’ll be waiting. Cameras flashing, reporters shouting and helicopters buzzing.
Think I’ll just put on my shades and try look cool, Kay is more worried about his hair….

 

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Day 36

The two kayak heroes were sitting on the deck of the clubhouse, drinking beer while watching the flies dance the sun down.

They were tired but content, the sea had been good to them and there were only two days more to go.

Marstal marina, Ærø

Marstal marina, Ærø

 

Day 35

Crossing with 11 m/s from Lolland to Langeland. Today we had yet another day with great progress and are now camped on the west coast of Langeland.

 

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Day 34

Island life. We arrived at Fejø in the afternoon. René, a local inhabitant, took us to his house and served us an excellent meal; fried smoked pork with new potatoes and parsley sauce – all locally produced. We just kept eating, and ended up consuming a kilo of pork between the two of us. Later we got a tour around the island and did some filming.

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Day 33

We have decided to take the fastest route to the finish line. That means we won’t be going around the southernmost islands on our way back to Jutland and the Danish/German border. The reason is that we lack time and are tired – and that the many islands that we’ll be navigating between makes better scenes for the film.
Navigating amongst the islands is a bit more challenging since we only have a greater overview map, but at least we know that finish lies at west – maybe 5 days from now?

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New route

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Dronning Alexandrines Bro

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Day 32

30 K crossing and now camped in a cave.

The weather was beautiful as we launched to cross Køgebugt, a large bay south of Copenhagen. The crossing took about 5 hours and started on a calm mirror-like sea. But in the last two hours the wind picked up, and we had to work for it – again.
We followed the coastline down south, along Stevns Klint, a 40 meter high chalk and limestone wall running along the coast for 12 kilometers. The wall is now a Unesco world heritage site, due to a layer of clay that reveals that the earth was covered in ashes about 65 mio. years ago.

We have now parked the kayaks in one of the limestone caves and Kay has had his first fishing lessons. We only got 4 bags of Adventure Food left (the dry food sponsored by Eventyr Sport). The thing is that we expect to be at the finish line in 6-9 days. So we better start catching some fish!

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Ah! 

Both graves and some parts of this church have disappeared into the water over time

Both graves and some parts of the church have disappeared into the water over time

The view from above

The view from above

 

 

 

Day 31

It was lovely to sleep in a real bed again.

We met around noon and did some filming in the canals. A cool thing about Copenhagen is that you are able to enjoy most of the old center and lot’s of the most important buildings from the water.
After our history cruise we stopped in Nyhavn and had herring and beer on an old wooden ship, belonging to a friend.
Now we’re camped on a small island, supporting a highway, just south of Copenhagen. It’s great to be out of the city again, and even the noise of the highway doesn’t bother us. It’s not louder than the breaking waves that normally puts us to sleep.

 

 

 

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Day 30

We entered the Harbour of Copenhagen early evening, after a seven hour paddle from Helsingør. On our way we stopped in Espergærde for breakfast with some friends.

Our feelings of arriving at Copenhagen differ. We both live here, but I feel that it interrupts the adventure – the illusion of being out on a quest. Kay on the other hand is thrilled to come home and take a shower, as he says: “We knew that we had to stop by”.
Tomorrow we’ll take a tour trough the canals and continue down south in the evening.

Day 29

Castle in sight!
Kronborg Castle is guarding the northern entrance to the strait between Denmark and Sweden.
Deep down the dungeons Holger Danske, a danish giant warrior from ancient times sits asleep. The story goes that he will wake to action if Denmark is threatened by an extrenal enemy.

Tomorrow we’ll reach Copenhagen, actually we would both prefer not to stop there, since we live there and paddle there every day, but there’s also a film to be made, so we’ll probably spend a day there filming.

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Traditional thatched house from Gilleleje

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The castle seen trough the masts in Helsingør Marina