My favourite part of that two hour journey is the 20 minutes when I drive over the Great Belt suspension bridge which links Zealand to Funen.
Driving home from a family visit in Copenhagen I have to cross two bridges by car. From Zealand I cross the Great Belt by the 18 kilometres long bridge called Great Belt Bridge. When I drive over the island of Funen, I cross the Little Belt by the 1.7 kilometres long bridge called Little Belt Bridge to reach Jutland. Shortly after I reach my destination Kolding, which is the city I live in.
My favourite part of that two hour journey is the 20 minutes when I drive over the Great Belt Bridge. Perhaps, it is the soft pastels colouring the sky or the endless blue horizon viewed from the bridge building construction, combined they always make me feel insignificant in a good way. Like being a small dot in the greater picture.
The link over the Great Belt consist of two types of bridge building structures. The East Bridge – a suspension bridge goes from Zealand to a small island called Sprogø. This island is uninhabited and only holds an old lighthouse which is of symbolic use today. It is not allowed to make a pitstop on Sprogø, as it is a protected nature area. The West bridge which links Sprogø to Funen is a combined road and rail bridge. When driving on the West Bridge heading for Funen I always think of the wind farm in the deep water like a one-sided windmill avenue.
The Great Belt and its bridges are a remarkable hub for both elements of Nature, massive engineering skills and human nature – so perhaps this is the essence of why my rather monotone car driving from Copenhagen always peaks the moment I reach the Great Belt.
Link to Great Belt Bridge website https://www.storebaelt.dk/english
Photography by Dea Simonsen
Words by Dea Simonsen