Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Treasure Hunt

On Saturday, we took an easy hour long bus ride to Ebeltoft, a quaint bay town to the northeast of Aarhus.  A good bit of the bus ride afforded some picturesque views of the bay.

As we walked through the town, we admired the brightly painted 17th century houses and cobblestone streets.  Charming!

Then we came upon the first reason for our visit to Ebeltoft, the Fregatten Jylland, the world's longest wooden ship, and a piece of history from the Battle of Helgoland of 1864.  (Yes! That bistro in front of the ship is "Karen's Bistro" - a nice reminder that my name is of Danish origin.).

We were greeted at the front desk of the maritime museum for the frigate with an offer to participate in a treasure hunt. Find all ten clues and you find the coordinates for a treasure! The boys were stoked: "Let's do this!" they cried and off we went, searching high and low, following where the clues on the treasure map lead us.  We followed clues to the ship's carpenter's workshop out back to find a broken mast, and all the way out on a promontory to a little lighthouse for another clue:

We then ran back to the frigate in hot pursuit of another clue:

We had to search around the impressive anchor for another:

(The ship looked mighty big from down here!)

On the top deck, there was no clue for treasure, but there was a great view, and a double ship's wheel to explore.

After exploring the captain's cabin, the royal living quarters (the frigate also served as Christian IX's family's royal yacht from 1874-1886), the mess hall, the gun deck's forty-four canon's, the sailors' tiny bunks and even the privy, we collected all the clues.

The "treasure" was three gold chocolate coins apiece, which were devoured instantly by our young treasure hunters, and the finer booty was the grand tour of the frigate we got from the pursuit.


  1. "577 litres of beer and 48 litres of spirits are consumed during the almost 2 hour long naval battle at Heligoland 9th May 1864." - Guide book, Frigate Jylland.

  2. Yes. While fighting for their country and their lives, they kept track of how much they drank.