Welcome to the Roskilde Fiord Website.
We want to introduce you to one of the most beautiful and interesting fiord
landscapes in Denmark, and to its flora and fauna.
This narrow fiord, which cuts its way almost 40 kilometres into Zealand, is
rather shallow, with a depth of less than 6 metres in most places.
In the Fiord there are approximately 30 small islands and islets, with a largely
untouched flora and fauna. To preserve this it is important to keep human influence
at as low a level as possible.
The coastal area of the Fiord can be divided into three types: woodland, farmland,
and built-up areas. The woodland coasts are very stable, but there is constant
pressure to exploit the agricultural parts of the coast for building development.
Though our legislation tries to a great extent to counteract this tendency,
inroads are unfortunately still made, step by step, into the open land near
the Fiord. It is important to preserve the uninterrupted view to the Fiord from
the roads along the coast, and from the Fiord to the horizon, if the beauty
of the Fiord is to be kept.
Since the sixties the waters of the Fiord have become steadily purer, but after
wet winters there is a relapse due to the leaching out of nitrogen from the
agricultural areas. It is important that this pollution is reduced, even in
wet winters, if the improvement in water purity, and thus life in the Fiord,
is to continue.
The Fiord is situated in the heavily populated area around Copenhagen, and because
of this it is used intensively for recreation. If it is to retain its value
as a recreation area, it is important that we use it in a sustainable manner.
Then everyone, including future generations, can experience and enjoy this gem.
Use the Fiord, enjoy it, but above all, preserve it.