The three creators: the world of water
Water can be calm, ferocious, hot or cold, dark or light. It can take the form of a calm stretch of sea, a tinkling brook, or a capricious bog. You are never far from the coast in Denmark, but it is rare to have the coastline as omnipresent as it is here in the South Fyn Archipelago.
On the Archipelago Trail, you can follow the water all the way from where it lands as rain on the hilltops of Trebjerg, Lerbjerg, Bregninge Kirke, Egebjerg Mølle and Fakkebjerg. Sometimes, you will find yourself right next to the water as you make your way alongside streams and rivers (remember to pack dry socks!), and almost everywhere you go you can see the gorges and valleys that the water has been cutting through the landscape for more than 12,000 years. Syltemade Ådal Valley is a very special example of this. Down at the coast, you can see the water spread out in front of you. The South Fyn Archipelago was once the gateway not just to Denmark, but to the whole world. It is here that many a young boy and girl dreamed their way off to distant lands, and where many a seaman’s wife prayed for the safe return of her husband.
It is the water that created the islands of the Archipelago when, around 9,000 years ago, it suddenly began to rise, raising the sea level by more than 100 metres all over the world. It was at that time that the giant glaciers melted away, pouring enormous volumes of water into the seas. Hills became islands, and the world suddenly looked completely different. Take a walk along the beach, look for tools from the settlements that were flooded, and imagine the life of a Stone Age fisherman, paddling his dugout canoe away from the shore to spear eels in the shallow water.