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The Ø-dyssey

OFF FUNEN: 25 remote islands off Funen, Ærø and Langeland - a true islandhopper's playground.

Funen is a large island in the center of Denmark, and it is surrounded by almost 100 small islands and islets. We grew up here, so to us this is true homeland. We simply love and adore this part of the vast Danish archipelago.


The largest concentration of islands is the stunning South Funen Archipelago, which however is the theme of Ø-dyssey part IV. This part covers the "rest" of Funen, plus Ærø and Langeland. Check out our different maps, and you will see that there is a strong logic around how we've categorized the islands. 


Surrounding Funen is a number of fantastic islands that are individually more isolated and not in clusters. In total 25 islands in this area have been added to our comprehensive list of key Danish islands to pay a visit.


Hiking and camping excursions to 25 unique islands off Funen in Denmark, including the two larger islands of Ærø and Langeland

Let's take a tour around this part of the Danish archipelago:


Torø, our child hood nest, is a small and uninhabited island with a beautiful natural harbor which has a number of shipwrecks, above and below sea level. Next, Baagø and Brandsø in the Little Belt Ocean have great beaches, the latter being uninhabited and thus more difficult but rewarding to pay a visit. In the more Northern part of the Little Belt Ocean, the islands of Svinø and Fænø are known for high numbers of porpoises (Dolphin-like marine mammals) off their coasts. The porpoise is a small whale, and the Lillebælt strait, which winds and flows through the beautiful coastal landscape, has the highest density of whales anywhere on Earth.


Æbelø off the North shore of Funen is wonderfully isolated with no inhabitants and can only be visited by going through the sea at low tide. Next to Æbelø lies the islands Dræet and Ejlinge which are truly off the beaten track. Next, in Odense Fiord and off Fynshoved are a number of isolated but nice islets named Vigelsø, Stigeø, Tornø, Mejlø and Bogø, with huge bird colonies. Romsø in the Great Belt Ocean, which is often dubbed 'the last wilderness in Denmark', is a rare pearl; completely covered by old forest which has been untouched for hundreds of years and a wild population of deer. South of Romsø, the island of Sprogø is known for its spooky past and prison where women considered too easy and promiscuous were isolated from society from 1923-1961.


Finally, the larger islands of Langeland, Ærø and Tåsinge have the nicest old villages in all of Denmark, hundreds of kilometers of coastline with beaches, and idyllic nature - great for summer bike trips and tenting. Siø is a small island enroute to Langeland, with good snorkeling spots. Finally, there is a must-visit, tiny, 7-island archipelago inside the Lindelse Nor fiord of Western Langeland, which is a unique diving destination with flooded stone age villages on the sea bed.

Background information about the Ø-dyssey project and our selection of 130 islands to be visited in total can be found here.

Check out our other Ø-dyssey travel sites:

PART I: Tip of Denmark & offshore islands

PART II: Islands off Central & Southern Jutland

This part

PART IV: South Funen Archipelago 

PART V: Islands off Zealand & Bornholm

PART VI: The South Sea Islands


Selected pics from all islands - part III:

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