This blue marble

– and yet it spins

Above my current home town


vejle-3Sometimes the airplane flies nearly above our house while making its approach to Billund airport. This time we flew further North, following Vejle Fjord inland to where it meets the harbor and city center. And yes, Denmark really is that flat (save for the few hills inland on Jutland and all the way North of Zealand).

(Vejle, Denmark; October 2019)

2 thoughts on “Above my current home town

  1. I like your blog, and you express yourself well :). However, I must comment on the fact that you seem weirdly obsessed with telling the world “how flat Denmark is”. This is unfortunate because you are only telling half the story. Denmark is part of the European plain, thus you will not find high peaks in this area. However, Denmark has many landscapes which have been carved and formed by the last ice age, so called moraine landscapes. This gives Denmark a considerably more varied landscape then other countries in this area, the Netherlands, Baltic countries etc. Danish moraine landscapes are found many places around the country and not only in central Jutland at all. Rebild Bakkeer (Northern Jutland) Oddsherred (West Zealand, Svanninge Bakker (South Fyn), Mols (Eastern Jutland), Norby Bakker (Samsø island) etc. etc ., Moreover, you can find sea cliffs reaching over 120 meters high and hilly landscapes on Møn. As well as high granite cliffs and bedrock on Bornholm. These are just few examples of places that challen ge the conception of “how flat Denmark is”. At least they are places which are not featured in any way on your blog.
    Finland is not exactly the Alps either. Actually the Finnish landscape is defined as being quite flat even though you of course can find bedrock and higher points than in Denmark. In many places the ice age has subdued the Finnish landscape and pushed it down so to speak.
    This leads me to the next aspect, namely the difference between actual height and prominence of a given point. You can have a high plain landscape inland which has gradually increased so the height above sea level is relatively high, but the feature of the landscape can still be experienced as relatively flat, hence the expression “high plain”.
    In Denmark you can find dramatic sea cliffs, which you won’t find in Finland for example, and the bedrock which actually does exist (not in abundance as in Finland) on Bornholm is actually quite dramatic. There are granite sea cliffs there, which I have not seen in Finland for example. Of course, you can find completely flat areas in Denmark, but you can find that in Finland, Germany, Sweden, France etc.

    • Hi Emil, wow, thank you for your interesting and educational reply! Honestly, I have nothing against flatness, and I never claimed Finland was much better. The ice age took it all. 🙂 I love the Danish sea cliffs, and Jutland is beautiful. I miss the outdoors, not as exciting here in Hovedstaden! Thank you for the travel tips, will be sure to visit some of those places!

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