Welcome to Bornholm, the Danish Island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Come with me as we drink coffee, camp by beaches and cycle around this picture perfect place.
Bornholm is the perfect combination of low key and beautiful.
Nothing is ostentatious and everything is imperfectly perfect.
The fine sandy beaches ring the island and the light is surreal.
The cafes serve gorgeous coffee and delicious cake. However this being Scandinavia we quickly became best friends with Netto, the discount grocery store.
Scandinavians seem to create beauty with simplicity and nature.
We hired bikes and cycled past fishing villages and traditional smoke houses called Rogeri.
We camped at this campsite which was right by the beach. It’s a busy site with swimming pool and kids club, but if you have a tent, you can stay in the quieter area away from the hustle and bustle.
This quirky cafe serves an enormous buffet of freshly baked cakes.
Each evening we would go and watch the sunset from the pier near our campsite.
And in the morning we would take the plunge off the end of the pier into the freezing Baltic.
I hope you can tell from the photos that this place was perfect.
The tiny island of Bornholm, Denmark.
It’s not called the pearl of the Baltic for nothing!
We drove from London (see below). Or you can fly to Copenhagen or Malmo and get the train/ferry.
What to do:
- Hire some bikes and cycle around the island.
- Explore the gorgeous coffee shops.
- Take your tent and camp at the glorious beachside campsites.
The light here is amazing!
The beach on the south east corner of the island.
The quaint towns.
The pier near our campsite.
The cake buffet at Fru Petersens Cafe.
We took a sabbatical from work and drove over to Bornholm from London – taking the ferry from Dover to Calais, driving 10 hours to northern Germany and then we took a ferry Sassnitz to Bornholm. We took our camp gear with us and continued up to Sweden and on through Scandinavia. Check out the coming posts for more on that!