The debut season for Aarhus’s new connected harbour and city could not have been better.
The period from May to the beginning of August 2018 sets out to beat previous Danish summer records in terms of sun hours and high temperatures from 1947, 1976 and by 1997. That same period also framed the realization of Aarhus’s vision of bringing the city and the nearby harbour together as one united urban area.
The first apparent step was taken with the opening of Havnepladsen (Harbour Square). With its quay and location between the big commercial port and the city centre, it seriously proofed its worth as the multifunctional place for gathering during the summer’s World Cup in football, where it provided a big screen and a lively venuefor the national TV coverage of the match.
Later, during the decade’s best summer, Havnebadet (Harbour Bath) opened in what once was the port’s container terminal. Now, the container terminal of the present day is eastward, with its post panamax cranes and the weekly light blue and black giants from Maersk Line and MSC, as a unique backdrop for bathers.
As a culmination of the debut year, Aarhus and its harbour hosted the Hempel Sailing World Championships from the beginning of August with 1,400 sailors from 90 nations and their total of 1,100 sailboats. These photos are from the first two days of the sailing event, which combined with the weather and summer holiday for many, created a wonderful bustling atmosphere – all along with the busy commercial port present in the background.