Spring is coming, right? RIGHT? Somebody please confirm. Time to start thinking about day trips to lazy harbors, and outdoor fish lunches and long walks on the water topped off with a libation of choice. Over on Toddler in the Trees, I mentioned that it’s been a long weekend here – a bout of stomach something or other with both children and another weekend of gray days didn’t exactly help. So we passed the time thinking about some of our favorite days (and favorite playgrounds if you ask the diplo-tot). Right at the end of the summer, we made it down for a day trip to Hundested Harbor for all of those things we were dreaming about in one go.
Hundested is at the tail end of the Danish Riviera, so to speak, but rarely gets mentioned in the guides and articles. In fact, it might give you the most local flavor of all the towns on the Riviera, probably for that reason. While we spoke English to each other (and to Danes), we didn’t come across a single other English speaking native, if that tells you anything.
The town, like most seaside towns, was a huge mainstay of fishing (and from what I understand, of seal hunting before that) but that industry is not quite at the same level it was. Or maybe more accurately, that level of fishing is no longer enough to compete on a global, industrialized economy. There are still fishing boats docked, and dry docked and scattered about everywhere, along with personal boats, but the town actually took a more proactive stance than most and started to convert the harbor as a residence and viewing place for local arts. As you walk around, there are countless sculptures and many of the artists have sheds or shops right on the water. When we went, they were open to varying degrees but there is definitely lots to look at and absorb in addition to the seaside itself.
There are a few restaurants as well, although Halnaes Bryghus stood out for us and was our pick for lunch. There was a large outdoor seating area, their own brews, and I remember having a rather fine cake for dessert. Nothing overly fancy, but definitely good.
There are lots of nooks and crannies to wander about in, and our favorites were all the boats in various states of repair (or disrepair?). But despite that, there are still so many that are clearly well loved and well traveled – I practically wanted to invite myself to whatever party they were planning on the one with the flags and bunting down below.
The town was just wrapping up a sand sculpture festival – I think there had been a lot more of this earlier but we still caught a few of sand viking sculptures near the playground.
And since we’re in Denmark, we couldn’t do a post without featuring just a few perfect bikes now could we?