ISLANDS OFF ZEALAND & BORNHOLM

PART V - a smorgasbord of pristine islands scattered around Zealand & wild Bornholm

> Hiking and camping excursions to 18 unique island destinations off Zealand in Denmark & Bornholm  < 

By circumnavigating Zealand one will find a smorgasbord of different islands of which 18 destinations really stand out. Starting at 12 o’clock North of Zealand, the remote and wildly isolated island of Hesselø lies in Kattegat Ocean. Very few people have been to the island or even know about its existence. Further southwest lies Sejerø with a mild climate and hilly landscape. Closeby is Nekselø, one of the most beautiful islands in all of Denmark with a wild coastline that calls for good day treks. In the Storebælt Ocean lies uninhabited Musholm which is a great day tour by kayak. Going south in Storebælt, two islands, Agersø and Omø are silent islands with idyllic villages that have kept their original preindustrial structure.

 

Next is the unique so-called barrier islands in the South coast of Zealand, comprised of Glænø, Ormø, Dybsø, Enø and Gavnø. The islands form a border between Zealand and the South Sea of Denmark are nicknamed the South Zealand Double Shore. These islands were formed thousands of years ago when the low lying areas behind them where flooded, and thus huge lagoons formed, today indluding the fiords of Dybsø and Karrebæk. The distinct island geography includes sandy beaches, salt marshes, reed marshes and beach meadows, and thus large bird habitats. Beach camping, long walks and kayaking are three key activities around these islands to enjoy the nature.

 

Further up north in Zealand lies two long fiords, Isefjord and Roskilde Fjord, the former almost 35 kilometers in length and Denmark largest of its kind. The two fiords have a number of very small islets, but two larger islands – Orø and Eskilsø - are nice to visit to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

 

Off the Eastern coast of Zealand, Præstø Fiord has a couple of small uninhabited islands in a wild natural setting – great for kayak trips. Further north, in the strait between Denmark and Sweden, there are two must-visit but very different smaller islands. Saltholm is rather large but uninhabited today. It has a very interesting past and history – perhaps the most unknown pearl very close to Copenhagen and not described by any tourist brochure. Getting to Saltholm is actually quite difficult. The other island is Ven, which his actually Swedish. It has been included in our Ø-dyssey due to its proximity to Denmark and because it used to be Danish before year 1660. The island is wonderfully idyllic.

 

Finally, the islands of Bornholm and Ertholmene, lies far away in the Baltic Sea of East of “mainland Denmark”. The islands are made of granite rock, including dramatic formations, and has many natural and historical wonders. Perhaps Bornholm is the most touristy of all the islands in our Ø-dyssey, and also one of the geographically largest. But we could not resist the tempt of including this gem in our Danish island hopping tour-de-force

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:

- I: Tip of Denmark & offshore islands

- II: Islands off Central & Southern Jutland

- III: Islands in the Belts, North Funen, Ærø & Langeland

- IV: South Funen Archipelago 

- V: Islands off Zealand & Bornholm

- VI: The South Sea Islands

Selected pics from our Danish Ø-dyssey - Part V:

Ø-dyssey part V
Ø-dyssey part V

Asterisks denote islands visited so-far, updated August 2020

Hiking in Sejerø bugt (Bay of Sejerø
Hiking in Sejerø bugt (Bay of Sejerø

On Sejerø time goes slower and it is easy to feel a deep peace here. The island is reached by boat from Havnsoe. The picture is taken during a hike along the entire bay towards Havnsoe to reach the ferry boat.

Hike to Bolund Stone Islet
Hike to Bolund Stone Islet

The vast Bolund Stone north of Roskilde in Zealand Island is a remnant of the ice age. The peculiar preserved iceland/peninsula of Bolund is an interesting geological phenomenon in the low waters of the fjord. The flora of the hill and the meadows is very exciting.

View to Saltholm
View to Saltholm

A flat and very seldom visited Danish island located in the strait between Denmark and Sweden. The bridge to Sweden can be seen in the background

Summer trip to Saltholm with RIB boat
Summer trip to Saltholm with RIB boat
Arrival at Saltholm Island for a full day exploration
Arrival at Saltholm Island for a full day exploration
Saltholm: Eiders were nesting all over the island
Saltholm: Eiders were nesting all over the island
Walking around Saltholm island, a 15 km walk
Walking around Saltholm island, a 15 km walk
Saltholm Island: Uninhabited, but old farm house is still standing for summer guests
Saltholm Island: Uninhabited, but old farm house is still standing for summer guests
Saltholm Island: Swan nest made of sea weed
Saltholm Island: Swan nest made of sea weed
Only toilet on Saltholm Island.
Only toilet on Saltholm Island.

Flakfortet island can be seen in the background

Beach Sauna at Orø Island
Beach Sauna at Orø Island
Orø Island sunset over Ise Fiord
Orø Island sunset over Ise Fiord

A very special and tranquil place in Denmark

Baltic prawns caugt in Ise Fjord
Baltic prawns caugt in Ise Fjord

Baltic prawns, known as "fjordrejer" in Denmark, caught during foraging in Ise Fjord. They are quite easy to find using a specially designet net - a "rejestrygenet".

Thatched house, Orø Island
Thatched house, Orø Island
The Orø Island stone
The Orø Island stone
Isefjorden (Ise Fiord) at Orø Island
Isefjorden (Ise Fiord) at Orø Island
Contemporary art, Orø Island
Contemporary art, Orø Island

Of a pirate that used to roam the Ise Fiord thousand years ago

View towards Zealand from Agersø Island
View towards Zealand from Agersø Island

During 8.30 AM sunrise in the winter time

The old mill in the hamlet on Agersø
The old mill in the hamlet on Agersø
Hike towards the south tip of Agersø where the lighthouse is placed
Hike towards the south tip of Agersø where the lighthouse is placed
Agersø is branding itsel as "vandkantsdanmark"...
Agersø is branding itsel as "vandkantsdanmark"...

...meaning "the part of Denmark sitting near the water"

The famous smoke house on Agersø
The famous smoke house on Agersø
Hiking into the Hellehom Vejle Wild Reserve on Agersø
Hiking into the Hellehom Vejle Wild Reserve on Agersø
Visiting Egholm Island north of Agersø
Visiting Egholm Island north of Agersø
Hiking around Egholm Island north of Agersø...
Hiking around Egholm Island north of Agersø...

...during winter time. The hike can be completed in 4-5 hours

Agersø island village
Agersø island village
Ferry to Omø island in calm weather
Ferry to Omø island in calm weather

The small island is 1 hour south of Zealand with a slow ferry. Small place with a big nature

Omø Island: Fresh fish at the small harbor village named Kirkehavn
Omø Island: Fresh fish at the small harbor village named Kirkehavn
Omø Island: Few people and a curious dog
Omø Island: Few people and a curious dog