in German: Kieler Förde
The home paddling waters is the deeply into the coastline of
Schleswig-Holstein embaying fjord. The fjord, opening into the
Kiel Bight and the Baltic Sea, was created during the last Ice
Age. Glaciers coming from Scandinavia scoured the basement and
pushed ice tongues southwards, forming the moraines which surround
the Kiel Fjord today. These hills are cut in the west by the Kiel
Canal and in the east by the river mouth of the Schwentine.
The fjord, 15 km long and near the mouth (Bülk in the west
- Laboe in the east) 5.5 km wide, offers a diversified waterside.
Along the tip, called Hörn and along the inner fjord,
traditional sailing ships are moored, modern business complexes,
cruise and ferry terminals and shipyards are stringed together.
Water sports are written in capial letters:
Rowing, Sailing, Diving,
Swimming and – of course - Kayaking.
The picture is completed with the Kiellinie (the waterside boulevard
of Kiel), the naval port, marine research centres and a few green
parks. The outer fjord is characterized by wide
stretches of water, bordered by beaches and woods, shipyards and
little villages with fishing harbours.
Kayaking on the fjord, which is partly a major shipping
lane, is demading. The mouth of the Kiel Canal brings
a lot of ship traffic, in addition to ferry, cruise and cargo
ships going in and out of the fjord. Furthermore, hobby captains
of all sorts and competences, fishermen and regattas add to the
hubbub. Here, the paddlers needs to have her wits about and keep
the eyes peeled. During Kieler Woche (a 10-day maritime event
in June), a “state of emergency” could be proclaimed.
Kiel-Canal, lock Holtenau
Arrival of the new Color Fantasy, Nov. 2004