Monday, July 07, 2008

The Great Belt Bridge

This month's contribution to Broer som Binder (Bridges between) takes us to Denmark.

girders brace the great belt of sea spanned

words & photo © gerald england, 2007

This was published here in July 2007 in response to the "body of water" theme at One Deep Breath.

A year earlier we had passed under this bridge on the cruise ship Aurora on our way from Gydnia to Oslo.

The Great Belt (Danish: Storebælt) is a strait between the main Danish islands of Zealand (Sjælland) and Fyn. Since 1997 the islands have been connected by the Great Belt Fixed Link.

The whole of the link consists of a road suspension bridge and railway tunnel between Zealand and the island Sprogø, as well as a box girder bridge between Sprogø and Funen. The suspension bridge (known as the East Bridge) was then the second longest in the world but has dropped now to third place.

Here is a slideshow of some of the other pictures I took while sailing under.

A full list of participants to Broer som Binder can be found on Runes TX-blog.


  1. That was an interesting experience! The slide show made it all the more real.

    I have passed over the bridge, through the tunnel and by ferry "in the old days", but never under it.

    Thank you for sharing!

    BTW I think I have a photo or two of Aurora passing by us lying around. Maybe I'll post it some day.

  2. I love the girders and the colours you have chosen really show the detail and feeling of the subject.
    Great stuff!

  3. WOW...that is so close to me and still so far away.

    My bridge is up to.:)

  4. I really liked your first picture, magnificent!
    I have been to Danmark many times but I have not seen this brigde yet.

  5. The engineering skills to contruct bridges over such huge spans of salt water always amaze me. TTides and weather are so powerful yet these bridges withstand it all.

  6. Very spectacular. It looks enormous! And I thought the bridge from mainland France to the Ile de Ré was big :)

  7. Just great !! Like all your other posts :-))

    And yes this is a wonderful bridge, and I have seen it myself in real life.
    Interesting slide show, and welcome to Norway again.

    Nice day to you.

  8. Impressive pictures, that must have been a great view when passing the bridge.

  9. Only seen the bridge from above when crossing from Odense to openhagen
    My wife´s favorite bridge

  10. Nice bridge and info Gerald.

    Many thanks for your kind comments for my Bridge story.

  11. I have seen the bridge from the Kiel ferry. Great bridge post and lovely shots, Gerald.

  12. that's a fantastic structure, excellent.

  13. Very interesting information! I enjoyed learning about it. Did you visit my bridge this month?

  14. I passed over the bridge last summer while in Denmark - fascinating to see it from a new perspective.