Which islands are worth seeing in Denmark? Definitely Samsø. We have heard this answer time and time again from friends and colleagues. The island in the Kattegat in the Baltic Sea is known for ecological agriculture and lovely landscapes. We explored the north of the island by bike and loved it.
With the ferry from Jylland to Samsø
The ferry goes from Hou in Jylland to Sælvig on Samsø. We recommend booking the ferry tickets in advance as the journeys can be fully booked, especially on public holidays and weekends. At the port, all you must do is check in at the terminal and off you go. The crossing takes about an hour and immediately gives you that holiday feeling. The ferry is designed for both pedestrians, cyclists, and cars. We chose the bike to explore the north of the island.
By bike from Sælvig to the north
Samsø is known for being bikefriendly. The bike paths are very well developed and there are many smaller roads that are not so busy. We decided to explore the north of the island by bike and after we left Sælvig, we head north to Nordby.
We immediately notice all the little fruit and vegetable stalls. Lovingly decorated and stocked with the finest potatoes, apples, and strawberries.
The light breeze from the Baltic Sea is blowing around our noses, the sun is shining, and the sea is glistening blue on our left-hand side – that’s Denmark straight out of a picture book. After a few kilometers we arrive in Nordby and the small town also fits perfectly into the idea of Hygge and Denmark. We pass cozy thatched roof houses with hollyhocks and small cafes, shops, and ice cream stands. We continue to Issehoved, the northernmost point of the island. Here we lie on the beach, enjoy the sun, and go swimming before we get back on our bikes and head south.
Samsø did not disappoint and is well worth a visit indeed. Traveling by bike is uncomplicated and traveling on the island by bike is pleasant, as the paths are well developed, and the distances are manageable in terms of kilometers. We really enjoyed cycling, as you can experience the island at a slow pace and with all your senses. Plus, it is easy to stop anywhere to take pictures and enjoy the view.
Now we are still missing the middle and the southern part of the island, which we definitely want to explore another time.
Tips and must-dos for a visit to Samsø
- Book ferry tickets in advance here
- Stroll through the streets and shops of Nordby and have a soft ice cream
- Stop at a fruit and vegetable stand and buy goodies
- Look out over the rolling landscape of Issehoved
- Stop at Samsø Madsnedkeri (the cakes and the fish n chips are awesome!)
- Information and maps are available here