March 27, 2022

Tour Report: Fish Factory "Last Summer"

This abandoned factory in Denmark was a fish factory for a short time only. It was originally part of a dairy company that was pretty well known for producing blue cheese. Only for a few years during the 1980s, it was used by a fish export company that set up a fillet factory on the site.

Together with our friends Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland, we chose this spot for our first tour of 2019. It was a cold, rainy and rather windy morning in January, when we drove roughly 250 kilometers through the rural Danish landscape until we arrived at the location. Upon arrival, we found that there wasn't really an opportune place to park the car, because the factory was right in the middle of a small settlement, and there was only flat country around it - so there was no way that we wouldn't stand out with a car with German license plates...

We decided to take the risk and parked pretty close to the factory, hoping that the early hour and the weather would keep the neighbors from walking around outside. We got our gear and started walking around the factory to find a way in. All the access points were tightly locked, and previously broken windows had been boarded up. The only way in was a window that was pretty high up above a door and presumably unreachable for us. We had almost given up, when one of our companions decided to try and climb through the narrow window and see if he'd fit. He did fit and disappeared into the building. Shortly thereafter, the door opened, and we were in.

It seems that the owners (or the neighbors) were doing a good job keeping people out. There were hardly any graffiti or vandalism, and despite the fact that at the time of our visit the place had been abandoned for more than 30 years, there wasn't the amount of decay that you'd expect. There were even some machines and equipment left, so this place was really worthwhile.

In one of the upper floors, we found a poster on the wall that asked people who entered the place to keep their fingers to themselves, not destroy anything and leave no graffiti - otherwise they would regret it. To us, it sounded like people that were only there to take photos were kind of allowed to do so ;)

When we exited the factory after about one and a half hours, we hadn't been discovered yet, so we decided that we would keep stressing our luck and check out the abandoned place right next door - the remaining buildings of the old dairy company...

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March 12, 2022

Tour Report: Iron Ore Mine B.

Our last excursion in 2018 took us to the remains of an abandoned iron ore mine in the Harz Mountains in Germany. We had once walked around the place about three years before, but at the time decided to call it a day because we were in danger of being eaten alive by an army of mosquitos.

So around noon on New Year's Eve, we decided that the risk of encountering a similar amount of insects was fairly small and gave it another try.

The actual mine has been turned into a show mine, but the  above-ground operating facilities, along with the imposing colliery house, that were used as a vacation home during the final years of the GDR, are now abandoned and are easily accessible.

The day had started out really sunny, but as we drove to the mine, clouds started filling the sky, and the temperature began dropping. As we arrived at the parking lot of the show mine, the sun had completely disappeared behind a gray veil of clouds. It was only a short walk to the abandoned buildings, but on the way, a thick mist started creeping from the trees across the fields towards the houses...

The fog got thicker during our exploration, and this really was the first time that I saw fog creeping into a building through the windows and filling the rooms. It was an amazing sight, and I am glad that I managed to get a few shots of it.

Although this is one of the less spectacular locations that you can visit in the area, the fog and the absolute silence that came with it on this final day of the year made this exploration really special.

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