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How’s that for impact! The coaster emerges from its tunnel beneath the lake


Opened on 4 June, Orkanen at Fårup Sommerland is one of the freshest new


rollercoasters this season in Scandinavia. The Suspended Family Coaster by Vekoma, whose name translates from Danish as “Hurricane”, features many exciting twists and turns, plus a thrilling dive beneath a lake


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Hurricane hits Fårup Sommerland


he storyline for the ride, which inspired the accompanying promotional campaign, concerns a fierce hurricane which hit Fårup bay. Trees were ripped up from the ground and boats thrown ashore. And now on Orkaknen, riders can experience such forces of nature for themselves. “The Hurricane fully lives up to its name by being the epitome of speed and excitement,” says Fårup Sommerland managing director Per Dam Jensen. “However it’s not too wild for anyone to dare try it; in fact it is a family thrill ride at its very best. It’s a very smooth coaster and it feels great.”


The new attraction was officially opened by the chairman of the Fårup Sommerland board, Ole Mølgaard, after which 250 lucky “test pilots” were given a ride following a competition on Facebook. Vekoma’s Stefan Holtman and various rollercoaster enthusiasts from Denmark, Germany and the UK were also on hand to enjoy the celebrations. For most park guests, the first opportunity to ride Orkanen came on Danish Constitution Day (5 June), which was also Father’s Day in the country, when season ticket holders were given priority access from 8am onwards to check out the new attraction. Built at a cost of DKK 40 million ($7m/€5.4m), Orkanen is Fårup Sommerland’s most expensive rollercoaster to date. The Vekoma ride has a track length of 453 metres, a first drop of 20 metres and a top speed of 75kmh. Up to 670 passengers per hour can enjoy the attraction, with riders as short as 105cm eligible to ride.


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