ISLANDS OFF FUNEN, ÆRØ & LANGELAND
PART III - remote and wild islands off Funen, and circumnavigating Ærø & Langeland
> Hiking and camping excursions to 20 unique islands off Funen in Denmark, including the two larger islands of Ærø and Langeland <
Funen is a large island in the center of Denmark, and it is sourrounded by almost 100 small islands and islets. The largest concentration of islands is the stunning South Funen Archipelago, which is the theme of Ø-dyssey part IV.
However, surrounding Funen is a number of fantastic islands that are individually more isolated and not in clusters. In total 20 islands in this area have been added to our comprehensive list of key Danish islands to pay a visit. 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 porpise 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 deers. 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.
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 III: