Tips for your Samsø holiday
With its long coastline, Samsø offers a wide variety of beaches, from the child-friendly, broad sandy ones with shallow water to the more stony ones with great fishing opportunities. Here, you will have a chance of catching garfish and sea trout as well as mullet and various flatfish.
All the beaches have crystal clear water and are never crammed with people.
Villages on Samsø
The 22 villages of Samsø are strung out like pearls on a string, and each has its own charms and characteristics.
Tranebjerg is considered the main town of the island, and here you can get all the practical stuff sorted, but you can also enjoy a meal or a trip to the cinema, or get your shopping done in one of the town's shops.
If you arrive on the ferry from Zealand, the harbour village of Ballen will be your first taste of the island. It features a large marina as well as the ferry berth. At the harbour, you can buy fresh fish.
If you are staying in a holiday home close to Ballen, you will also find shops, eateries and cafés here.
Nordby is situated on the northernmost part of the island. This village was once named the most well-preserved village in Denmark thanks to its original timber-frame cottages, its village pond and wells and its clock tower.
Also worth a visit is the village of Permelille, which, in spite of having just 40 inhabitants or so, offers shops as well as decorative crafts.
Pillemark is one of the largest villages on Samsø and is also home to one of the island's largest strawberry farms. Every summer it draws berry pickers from all over Europe, and the young people add quite a special atmosphere and charm to the village.
Activities and attractions:
If you want a bit of exercise during your holiday home stay on Samsø, you will have plenty of activities to choose from, for all tastes and ages.
Measuring 60,000 sq. m and boasting 5.5 kilometres of paths in total, the Samsø Maze is the largest maze in the world and is recognised as such by Guinness World of Records. There are 8 different pathfinding goals in the maze and 50 different activity themes in varying levels of difficulty for grownups, children or families.
The maze walk is an experience in itself, an if you are lucky, you will see and hear several of the island's wild animal species while you are in there.
Art and history
For generations, Samsø has been a hub for artists, and across the island you will find galleries featuring changing exhibitions and art types, and several artists also open their private workshops to the public during the summer months.
At the Samsø Museum you can experience what life was like in a prosperous skipper's home at around 1850. The timber-frame building serves as a living museum during the summer months, with weaving, spinning and lacemaking activities as well as folk singing evenings.
The Vesborg Fyr lighthouse has an exhibition on Samsø's medieval castles. The lighthouse is situated on the site of what in medieval times was one of the country's largest ramparted castles: the castle of king Valdemar Atterdag. The exhibition tells the story of each of the five fortifications, and if you go to the top of the lighthouse, you will get an idea of the scale of this great castle, which is not as easy to gauge from ground level due to the overgrown ramparts and moats.