On Saturday we woke up to hazy sunshine. We went over the dune on to the beach and for a short time into the water (which was extremely cold). When we got back to our tent, it had become strangely foggy. I’d never seen coastal fog before, so it was an odd experience.
The fog looked just like clouds at ground level, rather like being on a mountain. It seemed very different to the winter fog I’m more used to. Apparently in Scotland, they use the term “haar” to describe the fog that is brought in from the North Sea.
We bought some supplies in the local supermarket branch and walked down to look at Hörnum’s lighthouse. This was barely visible until we got close, which seemed somehow ironic. But I suppose, the poor visibility only really highlighted the need for a lighthouse here.
The lighthouse was surrounded by a small wooded area. Tom remarked at how strange this seemed as there were so few trees on the island.
Walking back along the beach seemed to take a lot longer than our journey there. The weather got much warmer and the midday sun felt quite intense, although for a time, we couldn’t see beyond a few metres away.
We stopped for a beer and an ice cream on a stick. The weather felt heavy and was weirdly tiring. We became very aware of how affected this place is by the weather and how obviously exposed it is to the sea.
After sitting for a while, we noticed that to our north, the sun was breaking through. Back at the campsite, it had become a beautiful clear afternoon and we prepared some food on a disposible barbecue.