The sunshine island in the Kattegat. Spot a rare black guillemot, explore the historic grocery store and visit Gniben Lighthouse with its amazing view. Rumour has it that Sejerø is one of the places in Denmark with the highest number of sunshine hours and the lowest amount of precipitation.
The harbour is easy to enter. It is a ferry harbour with plenty of space between the pier-heads. Note, however, that the western pier-head has been known to sand up.
The well-visited marina has plenty of berths, both along the long outer jetties and at pile moorings in the inner marina.
The harbour is a former fishing harbour, now only a few dinghy fishermen remain. With luck, you may be able to purchase fish for your dinner.
Eat well – and find island-fresh produce
Roughly one kilometre (0.6 miles) from the marina, you will find atmospheric Sejerby village. The island has many eateries – from gourmet dining to grill bars and pizza, don’t forget to make reservations. In the island’s farm shops you may purchase local goose, beef and lamb meat and island-fresh vegetables. You may order breakfast in the kiosk at the marina.
Island activities and marina market
The island has a weekly program with activities for young and old – trips into nature, guided tours of the church, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. Grab a brochure at the harbour master’s office.
During peak season, there is a daily marina market with arts and crafts, jumble sale, wool, produce and much more.
Children’s beach and great conditions for crab hunters
You will find a great bathing beach right by the marina. The water is pure Kattegat water, the bottom is white sand, the depth is child-friendly. If you travel with a crab hunter on board, the best chances of a good catch are found in the innermost part of the marina at the small beach along the stone kerb – here you will also find a playground.
The lighthouse – a must-see
You may rent bicycles in Sejerby. The roads are narrow, so keep an eye out as you may be in danger of colliding with local chickens and dogs. Gniben Lighthouse is a place you simply must visit, the view is enchanting. You will feel you are standing ‘in the middle of geography’ – the information board tells you the directions and names of the islands and provinces on the horizon.
Find the lighthouse keeper’s phone number on the door – He will be happy to give you a tour of the lighthouse.
Black guillemots and geese
On the eastern side of the island, you may be in luck and encounter 10,000 free-range geese honking around in the green hills, happily ignorant of the goose breeder’s sinister plans for the Martinmas feast.
One of Denmark’s largest colonies of the auk black guillemot can be found on the southern part of Sejerø. The activity brochure includes guided guillemot sightseeing tours.
Don’t forget to visit the grocery store…
On Sejerø, the grocery store is kept exactly the way the old grocers’ couple left it when they closed their store in 1978 without clearing it out. The boy on the quaint old Foska oatmeal packages is smiling down at you from the shelves – definitely worth a visit.
Behind the grocery store you will find an art exhibition.
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