|Example of 3 different routes
Note that the general idea of the route is to paddle around Jutland, Zealand and Fyn. You may pass Denmark's smaller islands as you like. Depending on the route chosen, the length is between 1100km and 1500km.
You can start the trip by carrying the kayak over the dike at Vidåslusen . Alternatively, you can put the kayak in the water behind the dike in Vidåen (paddling in Vidåen is allowed). A good place for this is at the Højer sluice gate or at Rudbøl. The sluice is opened for free all day, but only for low tide.
Paddling requires two things:
Chart No. 60 (Nordsøen, Fano Sylt) is necessary to avoid the many restricted areas (bird protection and ammunition dumps). In addition, the map is necessary to find the small fairways and avoid shallow areas.
Tide tables are necessary to take advantage of the tides. You should expect the tidal current in places to run at about 3 knots. DMI disclose the tide on their website 5 days in advance.
It requires common sense to paddle along the west coast. Avoid being caught outside the surf in increasing winds. One can easily be stocked on land due to strong winds for several days along the rugged coast. Note that the prohibited area along Skallingen west and north does not apply to smaller boats, including kayaks.
Be aware of fast ferries between Ebeltoft -Odden and Aarhus-Odden . The ferries schedule can be found at the Mols Linien website.
The Great Belt can be crossed in many places, but the two most obvious crossings are Samsø-Røsnæs and along the bridge. Be aware of the shipping traffic and currents. In DMI's forecast of medium and long waves, they give information regarding the currents in the Belt.
Ferry traffic between Helsingør (Elsinore) and Helsingborg is very intense. Be aware and show consideration.
In the September 2001 issue of Sea Kayaking Info, Ravn Hamberg wrote a number of good tips for the trip.