I enjoy getting recommendations from locals before I go on a trip, but they are not always easy to find, and thus I decided to write recommendations for my own country, Denmark, in this series, Guide to Denmark.
This post is about the smaller island in Denmark and what they have to offer: Femø, Langeland, Læsø and Samsø.
Femø is a very small island near Lolland. You get here by ferry (50 minutes) from Kragenæs on Lolland unless you have your own boat or a private plane.
There are three reason to visit Femø: 1) The Jazz Festival in July-August 2) The Women’s Camp 3) Your want to completely relax and get in touch with nature. I went on the latter occasion, but saw where both the festival and camp takes place. All the summerhouses are in the same areal, but the Island will never be bussing with tourists like the Louvre in July. There is 35 km of road on the Island and only a few things to see: a beautiful church, a gallery and the restaurant at the harbour, Alice. The beaches are nice, so bring your bathing suit and lots of books and you are ready to relax. Remember to taste the local fresh apple juice.
Langeland is one of the larger smaller islands. It is situated between Funen and Lolland. You get here by driving from Svendborg on Funen to Tåsinge to Langeland.
Rudkøbing is the biggest town on Langeland. An attraction in Rudkøbing is Rudkøbing Apothecary and the Apothecary Gardens. H.C. Ørsted was born in Rudkøbing in 1777. His father owned the apothecary and H.C. Ørsted grew up in the apothecary home. Over the years a lot of famous Danes have visited the apothecary home in Rudkøbing. Other towns on Langeland is Humble, Bagenkop, Lohals, Spodsbjerg, Tullebølle and Tranekær. Tranekær Castle is a beautiful red castle originally dating from 1200 AD. You can get a tour of the castle in the summer and the gardens are open to the public. Another attraction is Langelandsfortet from 1953. It was a part of the Danish military defence until 1989.
Langeland has a beautiful and special nature. There are about 700 “hat hills” shaped from the last ice age. On the southern tip of the island is Dovns Klint, a cliff where it is popular to go fishing and bird watching.
Also Langeland has a music festival. Langelands Festival is in July.
Læsø is a small island in North Jutland. You get to Læsø by ferry from Frederikshavn. It is a popular destination for a one-day trip, as you can get around the island on one day by bike. Besides bikes you can get around the island with bus and on horseback.
A must see is Læsø Salt Works where salt is made the old-fashioned way. You get to watch the process and hear all about it. The huts are reconstructions of old ones from 1100 AD. The salt is also used in the Læsø Kur housed in an old church in Vesterø. You can get wellness treatments in salty water, and there are special treatments for psoriatis patients. It is really worth a visit if you want to relax for a while.
Also worth a visit is the Museum with the original seaweed roof of Læsø. There are only 19 houses with seaweed roofs left on the island and the museum’s is the one most well preserved.
You can also get beautiful experiences in the nature on Læsø. In the middle you find the moorlands and from the harbour in Vesterø you can go with the boat Seadog to the reef Borfelt, where there are a lot of seals.
You do not need to go hungry on Læsø. There are 11 restaurants on the island and a microbrewery. In August there is a festival of lobsters in Østerby.
A popular souvenir from Læsø is the tasty salt with iodine and minerals.
You can also buy artful ceramics, glass and woollen clothes.
I have never spent the night at Læsø even though I have been here on several occasions, so I can’t make any special recommendations.
Samsø is a small island located between Jutland, Funen and Zealand. You can get here by ferry from Hou in Jutland or Kalundborg on Zealand. From Jutland the crossing is one hour and from Zealand one hour and 30 minutes.
Samsø is famous for the potatoes and vegetables grown on the island, as they are especially delicious. Lots of things can grow here, so a holiday on Samsø will offer lots of experiences in the beautiful nature. Besides the nature you can also enjoy walking in the villages with the old houses. Samsø has a lot of concerts and cultural events throughout the year. The most famous is Samsø Festival in July.
You can of course enjoy the potatoes and local vegetables on Samsø. The island has a brewery, which is also a café. In the summer it is possible to get a tour and taste the different kinds of beer.
There are hotels, summerhouses and camping sites on Samsø. We stayed in a cabin at Sælvigbugtens Camping, and it was very nice and easy to go about the rest of the island from here.