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About Bornholm

The 587 square kilometre Danish island of Bornholm lies in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Its geologically diverse landscape combines features found on close neighbours Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Embark on one of our cruises to Bornholm and you can explore craggy bedrocks in the north, white sand beaches and sand dunes in the south.

Amongst farms and forests, fortresses and fishing villages sit Bornholm's four 'round churches', which are an integral part of the island's image. Another highlight of all Bornholm cruises is the 13th century fortress Hammershus, largest medieval castle ruins in northern Europe which stands on the northwestern tip. Numerous bronze-age monoliths and rock carvings and the castle-like tower of A-Kirke church also hold historic interest.

On a Bornholm cruise you can also visit the small but lively capital of Ronne for its many shops and several interesting museums, and be charmed by the many small fishing villages, famous for their fresh-smoked herring, that slumber peacefully for most of the year, but come alive during the summer months with live music and entertainment.

 

Shore excursions in Bornholm

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Glass Art and Wine

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Bornholm is home to glass studios and vineyards and this tour will take you to one of each!

Visit the exhibition and shop of the glass artist, Lilli Carlsen. Opened in 2003 it is a special place with small windows letting enough light in to play with the coloured glass art. In addition to the shop, you’ll see Lilli’s workshop, where she creates all the beautiful works on display.

Further down the coast you’ll pay a visit to the largest vineyard in Denmark, situated in the village of Pedersker. The Lille Gadegaard vineyard started its production of wine made out of strawberries in 1995 and today makes red wine, liqueurs and spirits from the berries and spices of the island. Follow a guided tour around the vineyard and sample some of the wines and spirits produced here.

Afterwards, head inland and drive through the 3rd largest forest in Denmark called Almindingen. The forest contains several monuments as well as a rather spectacular rocky surface. A remarkable spot is the ‘Echo Valley’, which has 2 vertical cliffs rising abruptly from the ground. On good days there is a lasting echo.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers under 18 years of age will not be permitted to participate in the wine tasting. This tour involves approximately 30 minutes of walking over rough ground and gravel.

Hammershus and Herrings

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Bornholm is a popular destination for the Danes during holidays. Find out why as you explore some of the island’s treasures.

Standing proudly at the northern tip of the island is the impressive medieval fortress of Hammershus, the largest castle ruins in Northern Europe. The fortress consists of several walls and buildings, built on a rocky hilltop right on the edge of the sea – a perfect place to spot an approaching enemy!

Allinge-Sandvig is a fishing village not far from the ruins. Around the harbour and the centre of Allinge, you’ll find restaurants and cafés, which cater for all tastes. However, a visit to Bornholm would not be complete without tasting the ‘Bornholmer’ – smoked herring. Visit a traditional smokehouse to see how they prepare the herrings and finally, with a glass of beer, enjoy some for yourself.

Travelling down the coast, you’ll reach the fishing village of Gudhjem and take a stroll through its charming streets on the hunt for a souvenir or 2!

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot and may operate in reverse to that described above. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking involved on this tour, over some cobblestones and steps. There is a charge of 2 Kroner to use the restrooms at Hammershus Castle Ruins.

Svaneke and Countryside

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Svaneke is the most beautiful and well-preserved old town of Bornholm.

Cross the island to reach the fishing village of Svaneke, the easternmost town in Denmark. You’ll have the chance to walk through the charming village with its half-timbered houses, twisting streets and old stone fences. Behind these fences, you’ll find cliff gardens with mulberries and figs. Numerous galleries, glassblowers, potters and artisans make Svaneke unique and special. Of particular note is the walk along the old groove ‘Brænderigænget'.

No visit would be complete without a trip to a brew house, located in one of the historical trading posts of the village. Even if you don’t like beer, it is well worth a look. Learn about the brewing methods and then take a walk through the buildings to see the production, before enjoying some of the homemade beer.

Your return route to Ronne takes you through the changing landscape of Bornholm, passing Almindingen, one of the biggest forests in Denmark. In the middle of the island is the highest point called Rytterknaegten, rising 530 feet above sea level.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers under 18 years of age will not be permitted to participate in the beer tasting. There is approximately 1 hour of walking involved on this tour.

The Northern Highlights

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Visit Scandinavia’s largest fortified castle ruins and the charming village of Gudhjem.

Leaving Ronne, you’ll head towards the northern tip of the island to visit the impressive medieval fortress of Hammershus. Built to defend the island against attack, it is today the largest castle ruins in Northern Europe and the most popular attraction on Bornholm.

Afterwards, drive along the shore passing through the villages of Allinge-Sandvig and Tejn to reach Gudhjem (good home). Located by the harbour and built on a steep rocky slope, this is a very pretty and lively village. With its steep streets, gabled houses and several interesting shops, this is a great place to wander at leisure.

Visit Østerlars Round Church, the largest church on Bornholm Island. Dating back to 1150, it was used both as a house of worship and as a place for refuge and protection from enemies.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot and may operate in the reverse to that described above. Should a service be taking place, an alternative round church may be visited. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking involved on this tour, over some cobblestones and steps.

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