Aarhus’ Industrial Port

For the past two weeks, the weather in Aarhus has been confused at best. It’s hard to tell exactly when it is going to snow, rain, hail, or be sunny and calm. So when the sun began shining one afternoon, I had to take advantage of the weather to walk around one of Aarhus’ least explored areas: the port.

One of the reasons that Aarhus’ port isn’t the biggest tourist attraction is because of its industrial nature. While the city has a project to turn this area into a chic residential neighbourhood, their project is far from completion. At the moment, it seems more like a collection of industrial buildings and construction projects than an up-and-coming district.

Despite this sometimes unwelcoming appearance, I actually quite enjoyed strolling through the port. I discovered another side of Aarhus that I had yet to see; and although I am not a fan of industrial areas in general, I have always been attracted to port cities.

Along the water, there is a beautiful view out to the open sea. This perspective can sometimes be obstructed by large shipping boats and ferries but when the sky is blue, the water shimmers and dances. I am trying to figure out whether this is the Baltic or the North Sea. Any ideas?

There are also some wacky finds in the old buildings that line the port. These old windows featured lace-like patterns that went almost unseen as I passed. I had to look twice to catch a glimpse of them.

Aarhus is quite stunning in full daylight; even this rough green space comes to life under the sun’s warm rays.

The Isbjerget apartment buildings have become of of Aarhus’ landmarks. Every ship that enters the port is greeted by these white giants. They are some of Aarhus’ most luxurious apartments with the smallest flat rumoured to cost 5 million kroners. I would have loved to have taken a closer look at the architecture but I was blocked by the construction that surrounds it.

My favourite find of the day was this small harbour. Many Danes keep their private sailing boats and motor vessels docked here. There is a lovely path that runs along the shoreline; it is a peaceful oasis in the centre of the busy port. One of my classmates saw this photo and was surprised to know that it is in Aarhus.

This little guy was keeping a tough watch over the private vessels. At first, I thought that it was a duck. However, this dark bird seems to be another kind of waterfowl and I don’t know its name. This is unfortunate because I love capturing wildlife on film in all its beauty. Hopefully, my cute new friend will keep an eye on my new hideaway until I return.

All photos copyright Kait Bolongaro. You can follow the author on Twitter or Facebook.

By kait • February 5, 2013

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Welcome to Linsen Projektet. Kait Bolongaro captures her Danish experiences through the lens of a camera. Peer into the life of a foreigner studying, traveling and working around Denmark. An Italian-Canadian journalist, Kait is settling in Denmark for one year to complete a Masters in Journalism.
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