Up to Kolding

Today has been hot and tiring. I’ve arrived  in Kolding, with 50 miles to go tomorrow. It is more than I had hoped, but achievable as long as I leave early.

On the positive side, I’ve tried three types of Carlsberg beer, to see if they are any good. They are better than the average Carlsberg, but not perhaps outstanding. Maybe there are others I don’t know about.

I also had an interesting conversation with one Marianna (who is also cycling through Kolding and is from the Netherlands) straying into questions about the Dutch monarchy and the current political crisis. Funny that the Netherlands has a monarchy, courtesy of Napoleon. I always remember the Netherlands as an historic…

Copenhagen: IT Pol and Danish digital rights

Niels Larsen, of IT Pol

I met Niels Larsen and a couple of the IT Pol (English pages) crew yesterday, so talked about the digital rights challenges in the UK and Denmark.

I talked about the current surveillance data collection proposals (the Comms Data Bill); and Niels and IT Pol told me about a few disturbing Danish policies.


Søgaard’s Bryghus: brew pub in North Denmark

Søgaards Bryghus microbrewery mash tun Sat in Aalborg’s trendy brew pub, Søgaards Bryghus, with their working, polished brass mash tuns in the corner, and huge wall size photos of beer and bottles on the walls. I’m drinking a very hoppy and unpasteurised pint of cloudy Christmas ale. The folks around are ordering Half and Half and Porter and eating healthy looking food.

The pub sits on a square of renaissance buildings,…

Top of Denmark

Skagen Bryghus: Krøyer Dansk ØlToday I reached the top edge of Denmark, just above Skagen.

After I arrived, I drank a bottle of the local Skagen Krøyer Øl, which was malty, sweet, very ale-like, and not hoppy. At least in the Skagen brewery’s opinion, traditional Danish Ales are closer to the UK tradition than German lagers.

Another time, I think it would be well worth a cycling trip aimed at visiting some of Denmark’s micro breweries. Apparently they are a very recent phenomenon:…

Tuesday: up to Hirtshals

A short note on today: I am just south of Hirtshals, a 60 mile journey. Tomorrow I will head to the top and turn south.

Today’s cycle route takes you two or three miles along a beach from Blokhus to Løkken which is used as a road. Luckily the very strong wind was to my back.

The weather was crazy, with very strong south westerly winds. So much so that they literally pushed me and my bike uphill on the road off the beach at Løkken: no need to peddle, my back and panniers worked as a sail.

Other highlights of the day included a bottle of Ørbæk IPA, at 5% almost a normal strength. A very flavoursome drink.

I’m finding that supermarkets…

English beer takes off in Denmark


Living quarters, Hanstholm bunkerToday I biked north to Hanstholm, which is in the north east of Jutland. During the German occupation, the  Danish villagers were expelled. Hanstholm occupied a strategic naval position overlooking the sea between Denmark and Norway, so a massive defence was built by the Germans as part of their Atlantic Wall.

These defences were in part preserved and a museum now…

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