We drive up to the Sjællands Odde which is a long stretch of land at the end of the island of Zealand. The area is mainly used as an area for summer cottages and a transportation hub since there is a ferry connection to Jutland from here which reduce the travel distance from Copenhagen to the northern part of Jutland significantly compared to drive across the Great Belt Bridge.
Not far from the ferry port is a small village which used to be a fishing port but by now it has been transformed into an area serving the people coming up to enjoy the sun and relax at the harbor eating lunch in a restaurant or get an ice-cream at one of the shops.
The area has actually a special history as a destination for people who wanted to fish big fish – or more specifically tuna. The big fish has been rare guest in Danish waters for many years but a century ago a tuna fishing adventure started at this area.
When the first tuna was bought there was a problem – the fish was too big and considered odd by the locals and nobody wanted to by the fish. Finally they tried to cut it up in smaller pieces and selling the tuna for cheap. The sales were not much of a success. Finally the fishermen found somebody who wanted to buy the fish – the fish shops in Copenhagen were buying the big tuna. They didn’t actually sell the fish – instead they just used them as a part of their display in the window to try and attract customers.
The success of the tuna industry in the area changed when words spread about the possibility of big game fishing. People started to come to the small village from far. People came in from England – they would fly to Copenhagen on the brand new route and then drive for a couple of hours to arrive at the harbor. Then they went out to search for tuna and try to catch one. The fishing was fairly big until the Second World War when the English guest no longer could come to Denmark.
Fishing of tuna continued during the war – but after the war the tuna became increasingly rare. By 1960 the commercial tuna fishing stopped and the last tuna was caught in 1981. The tuna disappeared and were gone from Danish waters for several decades. The tuna has actually started to come back in recent years – but it is not allowed to catch tuna in Danish waters so the tuna fishing industry has never restarted.
There is a small tuna museum which tells the story right next to the harbor. It is a nice little museum to visit before or after you take a little walk around the harbor.