PROJECT: THE DANISH Ø-DYSSEY
Visiting all of the most significant islands across the Danish archipelago
> Our project to visit all significant islands across the entire Danish archipelago <
Remoteness in a Danish context is a small island. In Denmark, the word for an island is "ø". This letter is a Danish wovel pronounced as the i in the English word bird. Denmark is a Nordic island nation consisting of more than several hundred islands of which around 70 are inhabited. Most of the population live on the mainland plus the five largest islands. Only 102 islands are more than 0,02 square kilometers in area, so the rest are really just rocks or sandbanks with nondescript appearance. There are ferries to some of the islands; the rest needs be reached by private sail boat, fishing vessel or sea kayak. Some are very remote and difficult to reach. Others are district in nature and with wild walks in forests, deserts or along coast lines. And some are culturally unique.
In year 2017 we started a family adventure to visit and explore all significant and remote Danish islands with our kids. It’s our own Danish islands Odyssey that will take several years to complete. We call it the “Ø”-dyssey, as we will visit all the unique Danish ø’s - or islands – by sea transport, and during a long journey that is broken down into many individual sections. The most remote and special islands, of which there are more than 60 in total, will be explored in depth and pictured in our five part Danish Ø-dyssey. Below map shows the selected islands on a map of Denmark.
On many of the islands we are sleeping in the open nature for several days, and we are circumnavigating and crisscrossing each island. Some of the islands we are visiting many times, and over different seasons, from winter to summer. Altogether, this journey will take around 200-250 days. The shared dream of two islomaniacs come true, and our kids will get a lot of fresh air and have great fun. As many people have asked us: ‘you’ve seen the world, but have you seen your own country?’. To this question we can truly answer yes, as we’ve soon visited and explored all key islands in our entire archipelago.
> Islands in our Danish Ø-dyssey project <
We’ve divided the Ø-dyssey in five parts, representing different geographical regions of the Danish archipelago. The following islands have been carefully selected to comprise our Ø-dyssey:
*Updated August 2019: The Ø-dyssey is ongoing! Asterics denote islands that have been explored in depth so-far in part I-V of our Ø-dyssey. We’re currently at 30 out of
64 islands, which is 47% completion.