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B like Bagenkop – A to Z Challenge (April 2nd FFF)

 

I was invited (well, not personally, but still…) to join the Fandango’s Friday Flashback!

Fandango scrolls back, every Friday, and gives a second chance to a post he had published on the same date, years before. I thought it was a great way to remember some of the stuff I did a while back, and I decided to participate…

So here it is!

Previously published on April 2nd of 2019, here is my ”B” for that year’s A to Z Challenge. The plan was to list 26 Danish towns or cities and write a little article about each one of them. Bagenkop was one of my favorite surprises, during my first trip to Vikingland. I hope you’ll enjoy this (again). And where ever you are, stay safe and well!

 


 

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Region: South Denmark

Population: 453

 

One thing I absolutely love about Denmark, is the fact that it is such a small country, that you are always just a short ride away from a city, or in this case, total wilderness.

Bagenkop is a small village at the tip of Langeland. Most travel guides won’t even bother telling you about it, because quite frankly, there is nothing touristic about the place. If what you like about traveling is to enjoy big cities’ life, architecture and shopping, forget about Bagenkop.

 

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But if you want to get in touch with nature, this is THE place for you!

I found Bagenkop when a friend mentionned that this part of Langeland had a park where wild horses could be seen. Wild horses? As in untamed, running free horses? Yes, indeed, and it was enough of a reason to take my bus ticket to Bagenkop.

 

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Bagenkop’s Station

 

From Bagenkop Station, you have two choices. To head towards the village, or away from it. The choice was easy for me, but I did my homework in case you’d prefer the other way around.

Bagenkop is mainly a fishing harbour. Probably due to its remoteness, it is one of the places where the use of English was the least helpful. Which is not something to overlook if you don’t speak Danish at all.

An exhibition presents the fishermen’s history through time, in the village. You can also visit the cold war museum, and a golf course is waiting for you, about 9km away from the center of the little town. (Come to think about it, it is the first time I notice a golf course through my travels in Denmark)

If you wish to stay overnight, you won’t have to make heartcrushing choices. Bagenkop Kro is the best (ok… the only) Inn in town. It is said to serve delicious seafood, but you’ll have to tell me, because I haven’t been there, myself.

 

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But I didn’t come to Bagenkop for the fish… I came for the horses.

From the station, it is a good walk to the park, but an enjoyable one. Quickly the straw roofed houses get farther and farther from each other, and soon the only signs of modern society are the huge white windmills here and there, in the fields.

 

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And before you know it, you get swallowed by Nature.

 

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There are several trails in the natural park, but I recommend taking the path that follows the cliffs along the sea shore. Between the sound of the wind in the tall trees, and the breaking of the waves on the pebble beach, downhill…  If you don’t feel alive, nothing will make you!

 

 

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The park itself would be worth the bus ride to Bagenkop, but the special thing about it is the presence of wild horses.

By definition, wild horses are free. They are not performing any show, and they are not there to entertain. So there is no guarantee you’ll get to see them. The access to the park doesn’t cost a dime, so there is no one to complain to, if the horses shy away, when you come to see them.

And that is exactly what makes it so very special, when you finally spot one walking over a hill. And then two… And when you spot the whole herd, running freely, it doesn’t matter at all, that your legs are soar from all the walking.

 

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Here is a short video, borrowed from YouTube, to conclude this second stop on my A to Z Challenge journey… I hope you are enjoying the ride so far!

 

 

 

To find the links to the others posts of my 2019 A to Z Challenge, click here

7 thoughts on “B like Bagenkop – A to Z Challenge (April 2nd FFF)

    1. Bagenkop wasn’t even on my itinirary when I decided to take a day off from my planned trip, and take a little detour. But it was sooo worth it. I think I hiked for about 4 hours, and I would have kept going if I hadn’t been scared of missing the last bus out of town… I definately recommend it to any Nature lover! 🙂

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  1. Cool post. I wouldn’t have expected wild horses in Denmark. It’s always fun to explore off the beaten path places. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but always an adventure.

    I spent a week in Venlo, Holland on business, with a side trip to Bremner Haven, Germany on the train. My contact was an excellent host and showed me a lot of every day life…including little old ladies riding bicycles. Met a cabby who wanted to know everything I could tell him about America. Wonder people, great experience.

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    1. Thank you, Hokey! I absolutely agree with you… It makes me smile when people get ”jealous” of the adventures that happen to me when I travel (especially when I travel on my own). They wonder how I get myself in these amazing situations… But the trick is so simple. Just be curious, open, and spontaneous a little. I also think that most people have the false idea that it is a young-people thing to go somewhere new and just wander around. As if the grown up way to travel ”has” to be super organized. Pfff… No way! 😉

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