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Rømø Island, Denmark

Hello all,

I meant to post this after we got back from our wonderful OSD trip in Denmark. I had the text written up…just needed to upload the photos… and somehow it got forgotten. We’re dreaming of another OSD trip at some point in the future, so I wanted to finally report back to you all.

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[written in October 2010]

Antonius, our 9 year old son, and I had a fantastic time on our OSD trip in September. We drove our C30 for a week in Jutland, Denmark, then spent two nights in Copenhagen after dropping the car off in Göteborg.

Before getting to the report and multiple photos, let me give a couple tips for future OSD-ers. First, everyone here recommends not taking delivery on the day of your arrival. We ignored that advice but we shouldn’t have. We got almost no sleep on the plane and were pretty much zombies for the delivery and factory tour. In fact, we didn’t even take any pictures of the delivery! Next time we will get a night’s sleep beforehand.

Second, we had chosen to fly from Chicago via Stockholm because we were nervous about the very tight connection time at Copenhagen. But the Chicago-Stockholm flight left so early (5 pm) that we really weren’t ready to sleep on the plane. Taking the 10 pm flight to Copenhagen might have been more conducive to getting a bit of sleep beforehand.

This google map shows the places we stayed overnight (but not the detours and side trips we drove) – the trip around Jutland was in a counterclockwise direction:

We really took advantage of having a car by concentrating on small towns and rural spots, as you’ll see. Antonius speaks Danish (one motivation for our itinerary) but nearly everyone we encountered spoke excellent English. By the way, the Danish tourism board has very helpful listings of b&b’s and vacation rentals. I’ll add a link below for each place we stayed in Jutland.

Okay, on to the report. All photos are by Antonius except the Legoland one.
 

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Part 1: Göteborg.

After our meatball lunch, delivery, and the really excellent tour of the factory we drove our Passion Red C30 R design to Hotel Vasa on the edge of the Vasastan neighborhood next to the Haga district. Why not to the Radisson? Well, the night we were coming back before drop-off was during the Göteborg Book Fair, when all moderately priced hotels had been booked up as far back as April. So we opted to use the Radisson night then, and booked the Vasa for our first night (1265 SEK for a double room plus extra bed, including breakfast). Hotel Vasa was an excellent choice – a small, friendly 3 star hotel, nothing luxurious but just right for us, with free internet and garage parking nearby (120 SEK extra). We had a fairly spacious and very quiet room with a small balcony overlooking an interior courtyard, with a trundle bed that rolled out from under a couch for our son.



By then it was already late afternoon but we had a nice walk around Haga, some of the canal area, and Vasastan.


We originally hoped to eat at the much-recommended Sjöbaren but were really too jetlagged to do it justice. Instead we just stopped by during our walk and made a reservation for the night we’d be back in Göteborg. For dinner we ended up having fish and chips at “The Queen,” an English-style pub across from the hotel – they were showing the Swedish Elite League season opener on big screen TVs, much to the delight of Antonius and our son, both huge hockey fans. The food was nothing special but hit the spot.

We took the 9 am ferry the next morning for Frederikshavn, Denmark (getting in line at about 8:10) – the view of the city, harbor, and surrounding islands was just spectacular heading out to sea.



The ferry is extremely comfortable with many different lounges or cafes to sit in, or you can shop, watch a movie, play slot machines or hang out on the deck outside. We picked up some beer at the duty free shop since we would be staying in apartments with refrigerators and we knew Danish prices are expensive. Oh, also there’s free wifi on board with a surprisingly strong connection. The trip across to Denmark takes 3 hours, 15 minutes.
 

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Part 2: Northern Jutland and Jelling.

After leaving the ferry at Frederikshavn we drove up to the picturesque town of Skagen for an excellent seafood lunch at a kro (traditional style pub/inn) before heading further north to the beach at Grenen, the northernmost tip of Denmark. It was a gorgeous, sunny afternoon, with seabirds perching on the remains of German WWII bunkers and a curious seal eyeing us from down the beach.





From Grenen we worked our way down the North Sea side of the coast to Nørre Vorupør, where we stayed for one night in a wonderful, spacious apartment near the beach (free wifi here too, in fact everywhere we stayed had free internet).
http://www.visitthy.dk/internationa...6/nr-vorupoer-bed--breakfast-.htm?CallerUrl=1

The sea at Vorupør was wild and dramatic: the gale force winds blowing during our stay made it hard to spend much time hiking on the beach or through the dunes, but it was spectacular just the same.







Note the boats – there is no harbor there so the fishermen just pull their boats up on the sand. One night was much too brief a stay here – we regretted not spending more time in the remote and beautiful North.

The next morning we visited the North Sea aquarium in Vorupør (small but well designed), and bought delicious smoked shrimp and fiskefrikadeller (fish-“meatballs”) made with smoked fish at the smokehouse in town for a quick lunch. We then drove along the shores of the Limfjord south to Jelling.

Jelling is famous as the site of two runestones erected in the tenth century – the smaller one, by King Gorm, marks the establishment of Denmark as a unified country and the larger one, by Gorm’s son Harald Bluetooth, commemorates the Danes’ conversion to Christianity. (Bluetooth technology is named for this king, actually.) The runestones are set between two Viking burial mounds next to the site of the first Christian church in Denmark. There’s an excellent museum across the street.



Here is what the larger one looked like originally:



It was easy to spot our C30 from the top of the burial mound:
 

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Part 3: Ribe, in southwest Jutland.

From Jelling we drove to Ribe, a gorgeous small town, all beautifully preserved houses and streets from the medieval period. It is the oldest town in Denmark, celebrating its 1300th birthday in 2010. We stayed there three nights in a cozy apartment just two blocks from the cathedral.
http://www.visitribe.dk/polen/pl-pl...--breakfast---pa-nielsen-ribe.htm?CallerUrl=1





We thought our C30 was a small car until we spotted this one!



Besides exploring the town and enjoying more local seafood, we also used Ribe as a base for day trips, for example to Legoland, at the top of our son’s list of Jutland attractions :):



Another day we drove to the island of Rømø, in the Wadden Sea. This area is known for its amazing tides – at low tide miles of tidal flats are exposed (some islands are only accessible at low tide). On Rømø it’s possible to drive along the beach – these beaches are crowded with German tourists during the summer, but nice and empty in September:



 

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Part 4: East Jutland.

We then moved east to a B&B in the country on the edge of the Lake District, northwest of Skanderborg.
http://www.visitskanderborg.com/int...side/gdk023948/foerlev-moelle.htm?CallerUrl=1



We used this spot also as a base for day trips, for example to the Moesgård Museum, south of Århus. This is a really great museum, in a beautiful setting. The exhibit on the Grauballe man, one of the famous bog people, is fascinating, as is the hall devoted to the huge number of weapons and treasures sacrificed after a victory in the Illerup bog, which preserved much of the material intact for centuries.

By the way, an option at all the Danish hot dog places is the fransk (‘french’) hotdog, where the sausage plus condiment of your choice is inserted into a hollowed out baguette. An excellent delivery mechanism. This is from our outdoor lunch at the museum.

 

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Part 5: Göteborg again, then Copenhagen.

We returned to Göteborg by driving up the E45 highway to Frederikshavn and taking the ferry again. We made a quick stop at the Bengans music store in Stigbergstorget near the ferry terminal, then drove to the Radisson where they valet-parked the car. It was fun to be in a “fancy” hotel after a week in more rustic settings.

For dinner we strolled over to Sjöbaren in Haga, where we’d made a reservation the week before. Our dinner that night was simply outstanding – their superb fish soup as an appetizer, gravlax and smoked salmon with potatoes in a dill sauce for me, the seafood wallenberger with chanterelles, salsify and potatoes for my husband, and a small portion of pasta with shrimp and crayfish for our son. Although our son declared that he was too full for dessert, they brought him a small serving of homemade orange ice cream on the house, which he pronounced the best ice cream ever. :) We enthusiastically recommend Sjöbaren.

We also enjoyed the lavish breakfast buffet the next morning at the Radisson, after which we checked out, stored our luggage at the hotel, then drove out to Volvo and sadly said so long to our C30. A Volvo driver took us back to the Radisson; we did a little shopping in the Nordstan mall before heading over to the central station where we caught a train to Copenhagen.

We had two nights in Copenhagen – really only enough to give a taste of the city. While there we went out to the nearby town of Roskilde to see the Viking Ship Museum:



We also went to the splendid National Museum to see their treasures of the Viking age and earlier periods, walked around Nyhavn, the canals, and the shopping streets – and we spent some time at Tivoli:





We were only able to explore Copenhagen a bit -- there’s of course much more we didn’t see.

To sum up, it was a fantastic trip, we love the car and were very happy with the whole OSD experience. We would gladly do it again!
 

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Thanks for sharing your OSD experience and the painted recreation of Harald Bluetooth's runestone. I have shared that image with my wife who was fascinated by the runestones at the National museum in Copenhagen.
 

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Very nice pictures. I'm originally from Denmark so seeing these pictures brings back a lot of memories.
 

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Beautiful pictures and a great story!!! It brings back memories of our OSD's. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wonderful photos and journal...

It's never to late to share your stories and pictures from " A Journey of a Lifetime".

Thanks for posting!
 

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Very nice, thanks for sharing!
 

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Thanks for the nice words, guys. This forum was so helpful when we were first considering the purchase and planning the trip.

Just a couple more general comments: driving in Denmark was SO easy -- a great way to get acquainted with our new car! Also, for anyone who may be taken aback by how expensive traveling in Scandinavia is, consider looking for B&B's and vacation rentals. The places we stayed (links in posts above) ran about $90-100/night for the three of us (in 2010). It was easy to pick up breakfast supplies in nearby groceries. In Copenhagen, on the other hand, a "cheap" hotel cost us about $240/night (and it was NOT a good place to stay, the only poor lodging choice on the trip).
 
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