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 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.
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.
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.
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?