Before I tell you about the cool little place called Malmö, let’s back up a bit to last night.

When we arrived in Copenhagen, which is literally just on the other side of the Øresund bridge and tunnel, we learned that Denmark only accept Danish Krone (DKK). This meant our Euros were useless and we had to withdraw money to cover our train tickets to Sweden.  In the arrivals hall at Copenhagen airport you only have 2 choices for the overland trains; Track 1 will take you to Sweden and Track 2 that will take you to Copenhagen City Centre. As Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden) are only 12 km’s apart, we decided to be adventurous and take Track 1 to Malmö.

Upon arrival at the platform outside the airport, we were again checked by border control and police before boarding our train to cross the bridge and tunnel to Sweden.  English is not the main language in either Denmark nor Sweden so we had to consult one of the locals to confirm exactly ‘where’ our stop is. His word were: “You must get off at the first stop as this is the stop where the Swedish police will get on the train to look for drugs.” It was at that exact moment we realised we made a brilliant choice for choosing Track 1.

It took the train about 12 minutes to cross the amazing Øresund bridge between these two countries and at our first stop in Sweden we were again met by Swedish military and border control officers to check our passports. Now let’s quickly stop and talk about the Øresund bridge as this is no ordinary bridge…

The Øresund bridge is a combined railway and motorway bridge between Sweden and Denmark. The bridge itself runs about 8 kilometres from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm in the middle of the sea. The crossing is completed by the 4 km Drogden Tunnel to the Danish island of Amager. This means that when travelling from Copenhagen to Malmö, the first 4 km’s is underwater through the tunnel and the last 8 km’s are over the bridge. It looks like this:

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Ok, back to Malmö.

This morning we woke up in Sweden’s 3rd biggest city, Malmö. The city is on the coastline and we spent the entire morning on the beach just enjoying the beautiful scenery. If you sit on the beach and look to your left, you’ll see the Øresund bridge. If you look straight ahead of you, then 12 km, on the other side of the sea, you see Denmark. And if you look to your right, you see a small little harbor where most people in Malmö park their sailing boats. It’s simply a beautiful little town!

Some pics:

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Lauren and Abe are on their way to Malmö to pick us up. I think we’ll spend the afternoon in Copenhagen and then head South to Svendborg.

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