The car-free island of Tunø is a small natural paradise with an amazing history and atmosphere which you will feel as soon as the ferry puts into the port. Here, are then lovely experiences which are awaiting you.
Tunø is popular with both young families and nature enthusiasts and there are many reasons for this.
Don't miss the island's most beautiful view from the unique Tunø Kirke tower which is the only one in Denmark which is also a lighthouse. At the top, you can see why some compare it to Olafur Eliasson's rainbow at Aros in Aarhus. Because, here, you also get a spectacular view in several colours. In fact, in clear weather, you can see all the way to the Great Belt Bridge.
Pick up a treasure map on the ferry and take the 8.3 km walk around the island with it in hand. If you answer the questions correctly along the way, a treasure awaits at the Tunø Merchant’s house which is a beautiful, especially made Tunø medal given to all children and childish grownups. A perfect experience whether the thermometer says 12 or 24 degrees - and it is even free.
From the west side of the island you have a view of a dozen 63-meter-high wind turbines which make up Tunø Knob, the world's oldest offshore wind farm. As they sit there on the horizon, the turbines were a great milestone for Danish wind energy when they were built by the wind turbine giant, Vestas, in 1995, and are a special sight, not least for anyone with an interest in sources of sustainable energy.
When walking through town, you will notice several milk tables along the roadside. The tables are a remnant from the time when farm owners delivered fresh milk in cans. The milk cans were collected from here by a horse-drawn carriage and brought to the island's old dairy which today houses the seaside hotel Mejeriet Tunø. Today, the tables are frequently used by passing hikers for a rest. However, as you can see from the photo, one of these milk cans is still found standing in front of Stenhuset - built in 1894.
Since 1987, the Tunø Festival Association has held the lovely, four-day Tunø Festival in early July with lots of good music, island living and a feeling of community. Later in the month, there is the three-day Montmartredage event, where many exciting artists exhibit and work on the festival grounds. On the occasion of the festival, you can buy cold draft beer on Tunø on the way to the island.
On the large playground at the port, children can take up the challenge and try their skills at the obstacle course. The course is also really good and challenging for grownups – just so you know.Close by another fun activity for both big and small is catching crabs.
Since the 1990s, the island has been home to an outdoor nursery and Tunø is known for its exceptionally good leeks, amongst others. During the summer season, the island's vegetable stalls sell new potatoes, crisp green asparagus, fresh carrots, peas, onions and much more.We are uncertain whether this is due to the many hours of sunshine, the mild island climate or the high salt content of the seawater - but vegetables from Tunø just taste better. Remember to bring cash.
The beautiful and distinctive nature of Tunø is something quite special, which is why 90 per cent of the island has been protected since 1965. If you want to experience Danish nature at its best, Tunø is a good place to go.Earlier, the island was covered with oak woods but today it consists of a varied nature with everything from meadow flowers, wilderness with wild honeysuckle, amongst others, to various types of trees such as fig and mulberry trees. They thrive in the special climate.In the steep cliffs to the south and northwest, clear moraine deposits are visible after ice-age glaciers which helped shape the island's hills.
Tunø has a rich bird life with pheasants, sand martins, gulls and the rare black guillemot, amongst others. In the winter months, you can also see common eiders, velvet ducks, common goldeneye and red-breasted merganser. Especially Nørreklint is worth a look. Nothing beats the feeling of the fresh sea breeze as you look out over the sea and enjoy the view of the many birds that breed here.While you can spot deer and hares on land, in the waters around Tunø, you may be lucky to see spotted seals and porpoises that occasionally follow the Tunø ferry, sailboats, bathers or those who walk around Tunø.