Copenhagen lifts algae alarm at popular beaches

A number of popular bathing areas in the Copenhagen and Gentofte municipalities have been declared safe after authorities previously issued health warnings.

Copenhagen lifts algae alarm at popular beaches
Bellevue Strand beach at Klampenborg north of Copenhagen on July 24th. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Municipalities in the two areas on Wednesday advised the public against bathing at Svanemøllen, Bellevue and Charlottenlund Fort.

But the advisories were lifted again on Thursday, Politiken reports.

Warnings against going into the water were issued due to blue-green algae, which can cause rashes and other allergic reactions, being observed at the beaches.

Copenhagen Municipality had expected more beaches to be affected by the issue as algae float in from the Baltic Sea, according to the report.

But the alarm has since been cancelled for now.

“Our inspectors at Amager Strand [beach, ed.] can see a likelihood of algae there. We are monitoring it, but it is okay to bathe there for now,” head of department Jørgen Lund Madsen of Copenhagen Municipality’s environmental protection unit told Politiken.

The situation in both Gentofte and Copenhagen could change in a matter of hours, however.

It is therefore advisable to keep an eye on the visibility of seawater, Ritzau writes.

A rule of thumb is to stay out of the sea if your toes are not visible in knee-deep water.

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These are Denmark’s 13 new perfect swim spots

Thirteen new beaches, lakes and pools have been added to Denmark's list of elite "badepunkt' swimming spots this year.

These are Denmark's 13 new perfect swim spots
Vedersø Klit Strand near Holstebro in northwest Jutland is one of the 13 beaches tobe classed a Badepunkt this year. Photo: Visit Nordvestkysten

The ‘Badepunkt’ scheme aims to give a Nordic spin to the Blue Flag marker for clean, safe beaches. 

“In the Nordic countries we have a lot of small beaches which are super nice and have clean water, but not a lot of facilities, which is more the Blue Flag thing,” Sune Møller Petersen, a consultant for Denmark’ Outdoor Council, or Friluftsrådet, which manages both schemes. 

“We started up the Badepunkt to show the beaches with good bathing quality and safety but which also have a good story around them, just a nice place to go, we thought of it as a ‘Nordic flag’, more specific to how Nordic conditions are.”

Beaches marked Badepunkt fly this flag. Photo: Frilufts Rådet

The idea is for spots on beaches, lakes or rivers awarded Badepunkt status to in some way promote the local identity of the area around the sport. 

This summer there will be 51 Badepunkt flags flying at beaches and other swimming spots around Denmark. Here are the 13 which are new for this year.

Source: Røsnæsrundt

Nyby Havn 

On the Rosnæs peninsular pointing out of the northwest corner of Zealand you find Nyby Havn, a popular marina for small boats in the summer. In 2017, the local Kalundborg municipality completed the construction of Aktivitetshuset (the activities house), which offers kayaking, changing facilities for swimmers, and a nice café to warm up in afterwards. 

Sandager Næss

The white sandy beach on this peninsular near Assens on the island of Funen is a popular bathing spot, with good facilities at the nearby campsite. As the water is shallow close to the beach, there’s a pier going out to the deep water. The beach is 200m long and between 10m and 25m wide. 

Photo: Visit Assens

Mariandal Strand

Mariendal Strand near Assens looks out over the Little Belt straight between Funen and Jutland and boasts a sandy beach 200m long and pier for swimmers. 

Photo: Løgismose Camping

Løgismose Skov 

This beach near Assens is only 5m wide, with a large grass verge which is perfect for sunbathing and picnicking. There is a pier going out into the water to give easy access. 

Assens Næs Strand 

Just to the west of the city of Assens, you find a 650m long sandy beach, with a pier to give you access to the water. The municipality puts on events on the beach throughout the summer. 

Photo: Visit Nordvestkysten

Vedersø Klit Strand 

This long beach on the northwest coast of Jutland near Holstebro is already justly well-known among Danish and German holidaymakers, with a Badehotel and extensive facilities. 

Photo: Visit Vesterhavet

Søndervig Strand 

Søndervig has been a popular resort since the 19th century, thanks to its long, wide sandy beach. The beach has this year gained Badepunkt status. 

Sidselbjerg Strand is another long, sandy beach on the northwest coast that has long been popular with holidaymakers, but which has only gained Badepunkt status this year. 

A view of Nørre Lyngvig Strand. Photo: Visit Denmark

Nørre Lyngvig Strand, Hvide Sande Strand, and Ringkøbing Camping Strand

These three beaches near Ringkøbing have long been favourites with holidaymakers and all three have been given Badepunkt status this year thanks to the efforts of the local municipality. 

The first two are long sandy beaches on the narrow strip of land separating the Ringkøbing fjord from the North Sea, and the third is on the other side of the Ringkøbing fjord, with a new bathing pier giving better access to the water. 

Hjerting Strandpark 

Photo: Destination Vederhavskusten

This park on the shallow Wadden Sea on Jutland’s southwest coast boasts playgrounds, sculptures, and also great places for a dip. It was created as the outskirts of Hjerting were being developed as it is illegal to build on the coastal zone. 

Hjerting Strandpromenade 

This long walkway to Hjerting Badehotel was the result of an architectural competition part-funded by the Realdania charity and restricted to architects under the age of 40. The walkway has a ramp that takes you out to a sea platform where you can access deeper water.