ISLANDS OFF FUNEN, ÆRØ & LANGELAND
Danish Ø-dyssey Part IV - across remote and wild islands off Funen
> Several hiking and camping excursions to islands off Funen in Denmark <
Selected pics from our Danish Ø-dyssey - Part IV:
We grew up in this Bay near Torø Island off the bigger Island of Funen. It still is an amazing playgrund with access to sunken ships in the bay and good beaches. Torø offers easy hiking and good camping spots. Picture taken on the beach that our parents own, right in front of their house where we grew up.
Torø Isl.: During every 4th or 5th winter the entire ocean usually freezes completely for up to 1-2 km offshore. During these winters we love to hike along the beach and onto the frozen sea, and often also camp in the wilderness to maintain our cold management skills. Torøhuse, near Assens, Western Funen.
Growing up in the Bay of Torø Island in the summertime, we would go fishing for eels very early in the morning at 4 AM together with our grand dad, Harry.
Big thunderstorm rolling in during summer time. Torø Island lies right off the beach where we grew up (to the right in the picture). It was here that we learned to row, sail, snorkel and where we got interested in SCUBA-diving. In the bay several shipwrecks lie on the sea bottom, and can be explored with snorkeling gear and good stamina. The island of Torø is easy to visit but very few people go here.
Torø Isl.: Torøhuse still has many active fishermen who go to the sea every morning. It is one of the few authentic fishermen's villages that still remains on Funen Island.
Torø Island has been a colony island for more than 30 years, and therefore we few people live here. In the winter time there are no permanent residents; perfect for a couple of days with total isolation
...during December, here near Ammoniakhavnen (Ammoniak Harbour) in the Lillebælt Strait. This strait between the peninsula of Jutland and Funen island calls for the most adventurous diving in Denmark.
...outside Ammoniakhavnen (Ammouniak Harbour) in the Lillebælt Strait. Being a narrow strait it sees a lot of water flow, and it has good depths, up to 30meters/90 feet, and often very strong currents, allowing for great drift dives.
Here with a view towards the old bridge that connects Funen Island with the Jutland Peninsula and mainland Europe.
Sveral times we've traveled far and remote around the globe just to visit and explore a single shipwreck. Perhaps the interest for such encounters was sparked in our childhood as we grew up just next to the wreck named "Verka" off Torø Island. During childhood we used to row to this wreck at any given opportunity to snorkel and jump from its mast.
In the Lillebælt Waters between Fyn Island and Jutland. A small island with only 25 inhabitants. We have been on the island many times from early childhood and forward, to visit the great beaches in summer time. A great day tour from the mainland. As kids we used to camp here in all seasons to learn basic outdoor living skills by our big brother
Bogø Island, Lillebælt Strait. With some of the nicests beaches in all of Denmark (which in fact has a coast line of 7300 km)
A small and beachy islet called Egholm juts off the north Bogø coastline from 'Nordet'. A good place to collect crab shells.
Cycling trip to circumnavigate and cross thethe small island of Bogø, a gem in the Lillebælt Ocean between Jylland and Fyn
The Little Belt (Lillebælt) separates mainland Jutland from the island of Funen. A lot of water runs through this narrow channel, which makes it one of the best dive sites in Northern Europe. There are possibilities to do wall dives, drift dives and deep dives at the various sites.
Diving on the 'Kontiki' wreck close to the old bridge between Fyn and Jutland. Visibility was not the best this day, but good get some saltwater in the face and a regulator in the mouth, and practice dive skills in cold water