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Our Scandinavia: Sun over Gudhjem (Denmark)

August 1, 2013 | Leave a comment

This week, we’re all about the beautiful island of Bornholm. Our Rebekka is part-Bornholmer and is currently holidaying on the sunny island with her family.

Gudhjem is a lovely village on the Northern side of the island. Population 782, getting to Gudhjem means flying to
Copenhagen, then getting yourself on the bus to Ystad then the ferry overnight to the island. Once there, you need to get across Bornholm to the Northern side.


Gudhjem is a quaint fishing village. Head to the harbour and enjoy the famous open sandwich ‘Sol over Gudhjem’ which means Sun over Gudhjem. Dark rye bread with freshly smoked herring, raw onion, radish and a raw egg.

Here’s where to stay if you decide to pop by – a lovely sweet small place by the sea. Here’s a handy village map.

Bornholm is Danish, even if it is closer to Poland and Sweden.

Why? At the peace agreement of Roskilde in 1658, Sweden got given Bornholm. The Bornholm people were not happy so they revolted in 1660, killed the Commander and went back to the Danish King and asked him to take them back (It probably had
something to do with the price of beer in Sweden. Maybe).

In other news: someone found a poo on Bornholm dating back 140 million years and the local nature guide’s surname is Mr Sillehoved, which means Mr Herringhead.

Bornholm is well worth the long trip to get there.


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