ISLANDS OFF CENTRAL & SOUTH JUTLAND
PART II - natural variation and a tales of the islands scattered around the Jutland Peninsula
> Hiking and camping excursions to 22 exceptional island destinations off Jutland in Denmark <
The small islands off Jutland's peninsula in Denmark are remarkably varied. There are 22 key island destinations that are not to be missed for the intrepid island-hopper.
In the North Sea, the islands of Rømø, Mandø and Fanø offer expansive beach, mud flat and sand dune landscapes in the so-called Wadden Sea - this is the largest tidal flats system in the world. On the other side of mainland Jutland, in the Kattegat Ocean facing Sweden, the most remote island in the Danish Archipelago, Anholt, is located. Anholt boasts remote beaches, old forests, lobster festivals, and the largest desert in North Europe. Getting there takes about three hours on a slow ferry.
Closer to central Jutland there is a handful of smaller islands in Kattegat Ocean with unique communities, colorful houses, sandy beaches and that rare sense of isolation - they are Tunø, Endelave, and Samsø, and in the bay of Horsens, the islands of Alrø, Hjarnø and Vorsø lies closer to the coast. Two islands, Vorsø and Hjelm, are unpopulated and needs to be visited by private arrangements. Samsø island has to be highlighted with its local produce, charming villages, and beautiful countryside including Stavns Bay which hosts a mini-archipelago in the central part of Samsø Island, with a handful of green islets and traces dating back to the Stone Age.
In the vicinity to Samsø island, a number of small islands that are unknown to most of Danes lies scattered in the Kattegat Ocean. Vejrø, Lindholm and Kyholm are the most significant of these with beautiful raw nature and complete isolation having very few visitors per year that come by private boat. These islands used to be inhabited about hundred years ago, however today only old remains are a testimony of harsh human communities in the past.
Closer to Sourthern Jutland and in the Lillebælt Ocean, the small islands of Barsø and Aarø offers great coastal walks and idyllic sceneries. Lille & Store Okseø are two small forested islands in beautiful Flensborg Fjord close to Germany, both of which can be circumnavigated in 5 minutes
Check our Danish Ø-dyssey introduction page to read about our ongoing travel project to visit all unique islands in Denmark, of which there are more than 100 in total.
For more fascinating islands in Denmark, check the other Ø-dyssey travel sites:
- IV: South Funen Archipelago
- VI: The South Sea Islands
Selected pics from our Danish Ø-dyssey - Part II: