You may drive eastward towards Hadsund along the beautiful Mariager Fjord from the little smiling town of Mariager. If you turn left at Fladbjerg and follow the fjord past Kongenshøj, today a summer house area, but the name goes back to the times of the shipment of materials for King Christian IV´s building works, a bit further along you will come to Akzo Nobel, Scandinavia’s only salt factory. The Salt factory gets its raw materials from a salt dome at Hvornum, to the west of Hobro, where the salt has seeped up to a height of about 200 meters under the earth’s surface. The salt is led through a pipeline to the modern factory at Assens where it is processed and distributed.
Then we drive into the Dania area by “De Gule Huse” (the yellow workers' houses), past the houses for the salaried workers and the old Director residence, into the actual factory area. The buildings here have been beautifully restored, and now houses many small industries. But also more service-minded businesses such as a motel, community house and Smith museum with open workshop have found their home in this pleasant environment. For naturelovers and those who are interested in archaeology the whole area offers an abundant range of hikes both in the country and along the fjord. Around the whole of the present Assens the many burial mounds witness of the fact that Stone Age and Iron Age people have lived here and utilized the natural possibilities for hunting and fishing.