Day 06: Ribe, Denmark.
Whether we just hadn’t noticed this for the last few days or whether it was because we’re further North AND because it was Mid Summers eve, it was still light at nearly midnight last night. CRAZY!
We had a great nights sleep with the chorus of moaning and groaning cows in the background. Some of them know how to belt out a moo or three.
Up at relative time today and after a coffee, some love island catch up and a shower we were on the road and heading West towards the town of, Ribe.
The Oldest Town in Denmark
Ribe wins two awards when it comes down to it. Winning both the oldest town of Denmark and the prettiest town of Denmark, too. I can most definitely vouch for the second one. But having not lived during the 12th century it’s hard to confirm the first one, sorry.
The roads across to Ribe were so quiet and peaceful. It really does feel like we’re back in Scandinavia. Everywhere is quiet, spread out and the scenery always beautiful.
The old town of Ribe still has quaint cobbled streets, wonky buildings, odd shaped windows and some beautiful Danish colours.
After what was a very sketchy wrong turn into the centre of town, taking Doris down streets you could literally touch the house across the road in was squeaky to say the least. But navigating the streets and no damage done we got to our car park safely.
We spent a couple of hours walking the cobbled streets, down the old harbour and around the stunning cathedral.
Obviously we had a pit stop for some pastries and boy were they delightful. AND HUGE!
Unfortunately the Viking Centre was closed today so we didn’t manage to visit it but apparently it’s incredible and well worth the visit. That’s if you do your research and come on the day it’s actually open!
Once back in Doris we headed towards the bridge we’ll cross to get over the water and closer to Sweden. Stopped in a town called, Fredericia.
It’s a lovely port town with motorhome parking right on the water. It did say 10 maximum on the app, but when we pulled up and since we’ve been here there must be at least 20 of us. I can’t see anyone saying anything as there are no signs to say otherwise.
Back on the bikes and to head for the supermarket to pick up our tea. Denmark isn’t the cheapest place for food, but surprisingly it’s relatively cheap for diesel. Stocked up with some chicken and cider, the staples, we were back in Doris and fed for the evening.
After both being out in the sun all day we decided to take an hour or so to chill and not do much. After that we got back out on the bikes and headed for a small cycle along the harbour front.
Fun Fact: I’ve got a mjolner tattooed on my arm. Do you know what one is?
The harbour here is busy with fisherman and loaded with huge cargo boats ready for their cargo! Along the cycle path were small secluded beaches and incredible waters just asking to be swam in. Unfortunately it was absolutely freezing and the sun had gone down. Plus the thought of being wet and cycling back didn’t really appeal that much, ha!
Tomorrow we’re planning on being up early. We mean it this time! So that we can make it across and closer to Sweden. We’ve some thousand KM’s to cover yet to reach out destination and time is slowly dwindling away so we’re conscious of that.
With that said, Denmark is absolutely beautiful and I’ll 100% be back to explore this incredible country when we’ve got more time and less agenda!
Tonights camping location: Frederica, Denmark. (CamperContact: Click Here)