Silkeborg

We tour the Silkeborg Lake Region this morning. It is a gentle boat ride through canals and across lakes for an hour to reach Himmelbjerget. There are swans and ducks paddling the waters. Houses, both old and modern, border the lakes, each with its own motor boat moored in front, just like cars on a street.

Silkeborg

There are boaters, canoers, kayakers and rowers plying the lakes, out for exercise or a tour. The reeds and trees along the shore are lush and healthy.

Silkeborg

We pass many moorages with many boats, motor boats and sail boats. Summer’s hot weather must bring the crowds to this region to enjoy the water.

Silkeborg

Once at our destination, we climb to the Himmelbjerget, the fourth highest MOUNTAIN in Denmark. It rises a grand total of 147 m above sea level. We eat our meager lunch on a bench enjoying the vista, watching the boats travel the lake and the wind turbines spin in the far distance.

View from Himmelbjerget

View from Himmelbjerget

On our return journey to Silkeborg we ride in the Hjejlen, the “world’s oldest coal fired paddle steamer” which has been operating in this area since 1861.

Hjejlen

Hjejlen

She is a grand lady even if she belches a bit of black smoke. We sit up front chatting with a couple of ladies and snapping photos.

Hjejlen

Hjejlen

We have the captain of the boat drop us off at the stop near the Museum Jorn, a museum dedicated to showing the works of Asger  Jorn, a famous Danish artist. We wander the museum looking at his works and influences and the other exhibits. I do find his works very dark, both in the colours he uses and his themes. Not something for our living room.

By this time, I am tired and we go back to the hostel for a short rest. Gotta be ready to ride into Aarhus tomorrow.

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