Sunday, 15 June 2008

2003 Scandanavian Circle - Heading East

We awoke at 08:30 and went to the restaurant for a very good buffet style breakfast after which we met up with Mark again. An Australian that had shared Mark’s cabin with him came and joined us. They were both complaining about another in their cabin who insisted on having the light on all night! At least I only have Ian and Guzzisue’s snoring to put up with.

The ferry docked in Esbjerg at midday and we passed through passport control without a problem and headed east on the E20. Once again we had temperatures above normal for Scandanavia, causing us to stop for petrol and water twice before reaching our destination.

At one of the stops we met up with a group of Honda CX 500 owners returning home on their bikes having been to a rally.

We crossed the Storebælt Bridge on our way over to Hundige Camping, where we had booked a camping hut for a few nights.

Denmark consists of the Jutland peninsula and more than 400 islands of which the largest are Zealand and Funen. Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is located on Zealand.

Among the many ferry routes which have linked the Danish islands for centuries, by far the most important has been the route across the Great Belt between Funen and Zealand. Over the years, however, storms and hard winters have frequently disrupted ferry services across the Great Belt.

On June 10, 1987 the Danish Parliament approved the construction of a fixed link across the Great Belt. Following 12 years of intensive construction work, H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark inaugurated on June 14, 1998 what had then become the largest engineering project in the history of Denmark, The Great Belt Fixed Link.

The Link comprises the East Bridge, a 6,790 m long suspension bridge between Zealand and the small island of Sprogø, a 6,611 m long combined rail and road bridge between Sprogø and Funen and an 8,000 m long immersed rail tunnel between Zealand and Sprogø.

The campsite had given us excellent directions on how to get there and the hut was just as impressive. The beds were comfortable and there was a fully equipped kitchen, minus sink, but the wash area was just across the way. As it was Sunday all the local shops were closed so we dined on a pizza from a nearby takeaway before Ian decided to crash out for the next 12 hours.

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