Nobody has done it before, no one has tried to swim around Denmark. But it is nevertheless what I (Lars) intend to do this summer.
See how my mother reacted
- Can I swim? No, not really, approx. 50 meters crawl
- Have I swum in open water before? Yes, 200 meters.
- Am I an elite sports athlete? No
- Am I an elite soldier? No
- Is my mother coming with me? Yes, in a kayak.
As you can read, the prerequisites are not so great, but the will and belief that we can succeed is strong. As we have said on our 7300 km long kayak trip from Copenhagen to Istanbul;
If you can paddle 10 kilometres, pitch your tent stay the night and copy that the next day. Then you will reach your goal, if you have enough time.
Our plan is to start the 5 of June at 9 a clock and swim approx. 1200-1300 km. from Vidå lock near the border close to Tønder (south west Denmark), up and around Skagen, from Mols to Zealand Odde (if possible), but probably down to Samsø and over to Zealand, then to Copenhagen, further south around Falster, over to South Funen and then end at the first border stone in Flensburg Fjord. The whole trip will last around 3-4 months, where I will daily try to swim between 10 to 20 km. My mother will be next to me, kayaking and will also be the oldest person to kayak around Denmark.
We will stay in tents, possibly, caravan if my dad is with us, but we hope to meet a lot of nice people along the way, who might want to take us in for a single night.
We support the Julemærkefonden and DepressionsForeningen. I have been teased at school and had to move school. Still remembering how I stood and cried in front of the school, thinking about hiding and then go home again when the school was over. My mother has been struggling with depression for many years and has been hospitalized several times. In addition to this, both my little brothers have struggled with depression. That’s why it makes sense for us to support these two amazing organizations that make a big difference in peoples life. And unfortunately, their work is probably not less relevant in the future.
The reason we go is to get a real adventure in Denmark. You can ride a bike or run Denmark quickly but to swim Denmark, it’s wild. Then we both, my mother and I, thought it was time we got together on a real adventure. Suzi and the children would like to have a summer in our house, so it fitted perfectly. I hope, however, they come out and greet us along the way.
I’m training a lot at the moment, have just been in Sweden where I met the amazing Kerstin Nordén (IronWoman), who is training for the Ironman world championships in Hawaii. I’m very pleased that Kerstin will help me with this huge project and it has already made a big difference in my swimming style. (I had no style, now I have one) If you like to learn to swim longer with less effort, see more on Kerstin’s website www.simstart.nu
It’s a huge project and beside raising money for the Julemærkefonden and DepressionsForeningen, we hope to find sponsors who can help with our equipment and/or expenses of the trip. Write or call if you want to support us.