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The Best of Bornholm (duration: 4 hours)

The tour departs from Rønne and heads north towards the fishing village of Hasle, passing through the beautiful wooded area interconnecting these two villages with each another. From Bornholm’s coast, it is possible to discern the coast of Sweden, only 32 kilometers away at the closest point. The impressive ruins of the medieval fortress Hammershus come into view as the bus approaches the northern tip of Bornholm. Today, Hammershus is the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe and Bornholm’s most popular attraction. The construction of the castle is assumed to have begun in the early 1200s, to consolidate the power of the archbishop of Lund over the island. In the ensuing 500 years, Hammershus was the seat of power for the island’s succession of rulers. In 1743, the king of Denmark finally abandoned Hammershus, and the people of Bornholm began to retrieve stones from the site, which gradually fell into ruin, until 1822 when it was listed on the national historic register. The tour continues along the north-east coast of Bornholm through rolling countryside and charming hamlets. The village of Gudhjem is located right on a steep rocky outcrop. A walk through the village attests to the gentle restoration and preservation of its original exotic environment. The climate – and especially Bornholm’s many hours of sunshine – provides good growth conditions for mulberry, walnut and fig trees. On this tour we make a stop at one of Bornholm four unique round churches. In addition to religious ceremonies, these churches were used as places of refuge in times of unrest and during raids by foreign invaders. The final leg of the tour back to Rønne passes through the lovely wooded area of Almindingen Forest with rift valleys, small lakes and captivating scenery.

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NOTE: the Round Churches is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and when there is a religious ceremony.

 

 

 

 

South Bornholm (duration: 4 hours).

The tour goes to Svaneke through Almindingen the largest forest on Bornholm. The forest is transected by many rift valleys giving it a harmonic, idyllic ambience. The forest also contains two medieval fortifications. Svaneke wish is the easternmost market town in Denmark. The town is excellently well preserved with half-timbered houses and old merchant houses. The harbour and town square are “linked” by many small craft artists’ shops and demonstration workshops. Visit the old grocery shop selling Bornholm specialties and other products. Visitors will satisfy their “sweet tooth” here by dropping in on Svaneke’s workshops making liquorice, ice cream, sweets, chocolate and toffee. Through the fishing hamlet of Snogebæk is especially renowned for its unique offshore harbour, connected by a long jetty to the mainland. The southern tip of Bornholm is named Dueodde and is also the location of one of the best bathing beaches in Denmark. According to legend, the sand is so fine it was once used by Napoleon in his hourglass! On this tour we make a stop at one of Bornholm four unique round churches. In addition to religious ceremonies, these churches were used as places of refuge in times of unrest and during raids by foreign invaders.

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NOTE: the Round Churches is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and when there is a religious ceremony.

 

 

Bornholm Ramble (duration: 4 hours)

Bornholm is the island of contrasts with flat sandy expanses in the south and beautiful hilly scenery in the north with rocky terrain and rift valleys formed in the last Ice Age. The first stop on the tour is Dueodde, at the south tip of Bornholm. The beach’s sand is reputed to be so fine it was used by Napoleon in his hourglass! Visitors take a short walk through this sand-filled seaside dune landscape teeming with bird life. On the way to the old idyllic fishing   hamlet of Melsted, the tour follows the east and north coast of Bornholm through splendid well-preserved villages and hamlets. The walk to Gudhjem follows the old rescue path along the coast with the village and the Baltic Sea on either side. Gudhjem is one of the most unique villages in Denmark. It lies on a steep rocky outcrop and many small rock gardens   are   found   its main street. Visitors will have time to experience Gudhjem on their own, before the tour heads back to Rønne.

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Shopping (duration: 4 hours)

Bornholm is especially renowned for its many craft artists. This trip gives visitors a gentle “peek” into the many offers available on the island. Svaneke is Bornholm’s town of artists and artisans, where its waterfront and market square provide a natural centre around which many small workshops and shops – offering a wide range of products from ceramics, art and glass – are located. The town is a gem in its own right with small half-timbered cottages and old merchant’s houses. Go for a stroll through the small streets, soak in the charm and notice how time seems to

stand still. The village of Gudhjem lies directly on a steep rocky outcrop. The narrow streets and tall houses exude a unique ambience. Fig and mulberry trees are found in many of the rock gardens. The mild climate provides optimal growth conditions. Many artists came to the village in the last century, enticed by the light, rocks and landscape, and eventually prompting many leading Danish and Swedish painters to settle here. On this tour we make a stop at one of Bornholm four unique round churches. In addition to religious ceremonies, these churches were used as places of refuge in times of unrest and during raids by foreign invaders.

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Extra: In Gudhjem there is a possibility to visit the local smokehouse to taste a smoke herring, Smoked herring is also called the “Gold of Bornholm”.  

NOTE: the Round Churches is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and when there is a religious ceremony.

 

Svaneke og Gaarden (duration: 4 hours)

Svaneke is Bornholm’s town of artists and artisans, but also for the Brewery house, who makes organic bear. We are going to get a short story and some taste of the beer. From Svaneke we go to Gaarden, here we will get a short story and some taste of some of the many products of different food and goodies, there is made on the island. On this tour we make a stop at one of Bornholm four unique round churches. In addition to religious ceremonies, these churches were used as places of refuge in times of unrest and during raids by foreign invaders.

 

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NOTE: the Round Churches is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and when there is a religious ceremony.

 

Taste of Bornholm (duration: 4 hours)

Drive through the lush countryside to the Lille Gadegaard Vineyard, an idyllic place close to the Town of Aakirkeby. The vineyard was founded in 1995 and started out making strawberry wine. Not until 2000 was viticulture introduced in Denmark, and they harvested their first grapes in 2002. This is now the largest area vineyard in Denmark. At the vineyard you will tour the premises and enjoy a little wine tasting of the three varieties. Continue across the island to the Hallegaard, a real countryside farm covering 80 acres. This farm specializes in sausages and everything is specializes in sausages and everything is organically handmade according to old recipes. Take a stroll around the beautiful farm and taste the sausages as you hear about their production. Next stop is in Svaneke (meaning small swan), on the eastern coast of Bornholm. Visit the brewery housed in an old Merchant’s house dating back to 1750. Here you will see the process of making beer and of course enjoy a taste as well. After a fun, gourmet experience, return to the pier in Rønne throughAlmindingen, one of the largest forest areas in Denmark

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Cycling incl. a smoked herring (ca. 25 km/4 hours/easy terrain).   

From Rønne the journey goes along the old Rail line to Hasle. At the Herring smokehouse in Hasle you can taste the Smoked herring witch is one of the special fish Bornholm is well known for all over. Smoked herring is also called the “Gold of Bornholm”. The best way to enjoy a freshly smoked herring is on a slice of dark rye bread, with a sprinkle of coarsely salt. The tour back to Rønne passing through a beautiful forest area.

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Visit the herring smokehouse in Hasle, with taste samples and

 

Remarks: Max 25 pax  pr. localguide.

 

 

 

 

Cycling visit ceramic Museum and hand-printed textiles (ca. 25 km/4 hours/easy terrain).  

Hjort´s Factory is a ceramic Museum and 150 year old ceramics factory still producing stoneware after the original principles. Activities in the ceramics workshop, shop and garden. From Rønne the tour goes along some of the old Rail line to Nyker. Here we will visit Bente Hammer she makes hand-printed textiles in classic, exciting and unique designs. The clothes, produced in the very best quality silk, cotton, wool and linen, hang on racks where it is easy for you to be tempted, or they are displayed in glass cases, on shelves, in the wide window sills or on small tables. You are welcome to drop in and look, touch and feel and try on the clothes. They are a feast for the eye and a gift for your fingers.

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Remarks: Max 25 pax  pr. localguide.

 

 

Walking tour in Roenne (duration:3 hours)

For those who enjoy experiencing the personality and atmosphere of a destination up-close, this is the perfect excursion. Your walking tour begins at the pier, where you will meet your local guide and make your way through the harbour to the narrow and quaint streets of Ronne. As you stroll through the town's cobblestone streets, you will be able to see many of the old timber framed houses which were built in the beginning of the 19th century. A clash of historic and modern architecture will be noticed as you pass by the many newer homes which were built after World War II, as a replacement for the houses that were bombed by the Red Army at the end of the war.
Hjort´s Factory is a ceramic Museum and 150 year old ceramics factory still producing stoneware after the original principles. Activities in the ceramics workshop, shop and garden

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Remarks: Max 25 pax  pr. localguide.

 

 

 

General remarks:

The tours will be driving in any order.

We take reservations for misprints.

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