Isle of Bornholm
Spoilt by the sun the Danish Isle of Bornholm is also called “Capri of the North”. Like a dinghy following its mother ship Denmark on the stern side, the island lies on the map. Situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea it is an ideal destination for sailors. Forest, sand and cliffs accompany the trip and when on shore you can go on discovery tours at a slight distance. There are 27 harbours on Bornholm and on the small neighbouring island of Christiansø and each has its own charm and appeal. The range of harbours includes the large fisheries harbours in Rønne and Nexø all the way to the small harbours to the north of Rønne and around the northern tip of Hammerknuden, all the way to Snogebæk in the south-east of Bornholm. When a storm is raging ships find shelter “to the stern of Bornholm”, the coast of South Sweden is only 40 km away.
Particularly the small harbours are often fully booked, therefore you should always inquire for a berth or mooring in advance.
The Bornholmers always had to deal with settlers and conquerors over the centuries, a reason for their reserved heartiness. However, when they have recognised a guest to be one, they give him all their zest for life. According to old traditions the houses are always painted red at Whitsun, the windows blue and the ships and boats are freshly painted in green. Art and handicraft is maintained at a level of high quality and the Bornholm round churches are renowned throughout the world. Despite the modern cosmopolitanism of the island, the islanders have kept their belief in fairies and ghosts – the small troll “Krølle Bølle” is a branded label of the island.