If you are driving from the Danish middle island of Funen to Zealand you have to cross the Great Belt Bridge. Colin has a phobia of bridges, his palms get clammy and he feels dizzy. Luckily this doesn’t put us in any danger as I do the majority of the driving. Colin just has to try and sit back, relax and remember to breathe.
So crossing the Great Belt Bridge at a whopping 18km (11 miles) was quite a big deal.
We stopped at the services in Nyborg so that we could walk up to the bridge and admire it. Or for Colin it was more a case of reasoning with himself that there was nothing to get het up about.
The bridge is in fact two bridges. We would first cross on the west bridge which is a girder box bridge. This bridge has a vertical clearance of 18 metres and is supported by 62 pillars and 4.11 miles long.
You don’t actually realise that you come off the bridge for a small section onto an island called Sprogo. This island is no longer inhabited and is now a nature reserve.
The East bridge is a suspension bridge and it is the third longest suspension bridge in the world. The vertical clearance for ships is 65 metres meaning even the largest ships can fit underneath it.
It was a beautiful day and only a slight breeze making it perfect conditions to drive across.
The bridge is a toll bridge and took about 12 minutes to drive across and cost us 360 DKK which is about 50 euros.