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Outdoor adventures on Bornholm

Outdoor adventures on Bornholm

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Bornholm for the first time in almost a decade. Unlike lots of Danes I haven’t been to Bornholm at school camp, so my first meeting with the rock island was as an adult. I’ve visited Bornholm on several occasions, but as mentioned, not recently. To put it mildly. My previous visits have been quite touristy, focusing on the classic sights such as Hammershus, the quaint and very Bornholm-esque round churches, glassworks and the likes.

This is the sight greeting you from Leonora Christina, as the high speed ferry from Ystad to Rønne is about to dock in Rønne.

This is the sight greeting you from Leonora Christina, as the high speed ferry from Ystad to Rønne is about to dock in Rønne.

This time it was different. Very different. I was invited on an outdoor adventure tour by Dansk Ø-ferie to get a glimpse of the amazing outdoor possibilities we Danes have in our own country. Up until now, when someone has mentioned rock climbing, rappelling, and demanding mountain bike tracks, I haven’t really thought of Denmark. Because where would you find trails and the likes hilly enough for that? On Bornholm, it turns out.

Beautiful rock formations at Vang granite quarry - as my kids love sparkly things I brought them home a few pieces of the white granite. It went down a treat :-)

Beautiful rock formations at Vang granite quarry - as my kids love sparkly things I brought them home a few pieces of the white granite. It went down a treat :-)

And I’ll say that we got to see, what the island has to offer. Not only did we go rock climbing and rappelling, we also went on a trail run, a nature walk learning how to recognise edible plants in the forest (and cooking them afterwards), rummaging around on a mountain bike trail and bobbing around in high wind in a sea kayak.

HIghland cattle grazing (and looking aloof) at the windswept fields neighbouring upon Bornholm's Art Museum and Helligdomsklipperne (best translated as The Sacred Rocks).

HIghland cattle grazing (and looking aloof) at the windswept fields neighbouring upon Bornholm's Art Museum and Helligdomsklipperne (best translated as The Sacred Rocks).

It sure sounds like a lot of hardships, right? Well, it wasn’t. Not at all. Because not only did we hook up with professional and really nice instructors, the outdoor adventures were teamed with mouth watering gourmet experiences and a comfortable hotel. So we wanted for nothing.

Hotel Nordlandet - our accommodation for the trip. Wonderful rooms and even more wonderful food; I can't wait to tell you all about it. 

Hotel Nordlandet - our accommodation for the trip. Wonderful rooms and even more wonderful food; I can't wait to tell you all about it. 

The next couple of posts will be about my trip to Bornholm, telling a bit about some of the things we experienced there. Focus is on outdoor and gourmet – and the ever present exploring. There is so much to explore and experience everyday, if we’re just open to take it all in.

Have you ever been to Bornholm – on outdoor adventures or otherwise?

Hold on tight! Rock climbing and rappelling in Vang granite quarry, Bornholm

Hold on tight! Rock climbing and rappelling in Vang granite quarry, Bornholm

Into the wild - ish

Into the wild - ish