Endelave Aktiv Ø (active island)
The island of Endelave offers many sports activities to both visitors and permanent residents during the summer and autumn holidays. All activities are led by volunteers and are free of charge.
Each year, Endelave draws up a list of activities that can make inhabitants, guests and tourists get on their feet and get their heart rates up.
In the name of Aktiv Ø, Endelave Idrætsforening (sports club), along with many volunteers, offers great vacation weeks packed with fun, amazing and even peculiar activities. Try for example the KANINO or the Mini-KANINO.
The KANINO – hike with a view
Endelave has a lot to offer, and most opportunities are found out in the open in the beautiful landscapes of the island. Many people have come to Endelave to hike, and it was obvious to name the hiking route around the island after the many wild rabbits that live on the island (KANINO is a contraction of the Danish word for rabbit, kanin, and the legendary pilgrimage, the Camino).
On Endelave you can find both the “Mini-Kanino” of 12 kilometres, and the much longer route of 20 kilometres that take you all the way around the island. You walk along the coastline most of the way around the island. Here you can experience flat and shallow salt meadows, Øvre, which is comparable to Denmark’s northern tip, Grenen – and Klinten that resembles the archipelago of southern Funen.
During the hike, you have a great view of Jutland, Funen, Æbelø, Samsø, Tunø and even Zealand in the right weather conditions.
You can also discover the flourishing bird life, roe deer, pheasants, wild rabbits and seals lingering at the shoreline.
Aktiv Ø and Endelave Idrætsforening also organise cross fit, football school and sailing school. Furthermore, you can play golf at the world’s only (probably) 5-hole-golf course. The course can be found on the private lot of one of the island’s farmers. He also serves as the gatekeeper during high season.
The multitude of activities is good for the whole island in many ways. Concurrently, some of the local business owners organise their own exciting schedule of events and activities. There is something for everyone on Endelave, and if you want to stay for more than just one day, then there are several good accommodation and eatery options.
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Grejsdal Valley is one of Denmark’s deepest and most magnificent gorges surrounded by 50-70 meter forest-clad hillsides. The southern end of the one-kilometre valley river, which springs from the area around Fårup Lake, was originally the site of as many as 15 early industrial mills, two of which are still in operation as museum mills.
The northern end of the river runs through a protected nature reserve with meadows and wetlands rich in birdlife.
Unique to the Danish landscape, the area is rich in travertine rock used to build many of Denmark’s earliest stone churches, such as those in Hornstrup, Hover and Jelling.
Many of the old industrial buildings have been preserved, and several of them have been turned into interesting new homes. These include Hammerværket and Wittrups Klædefabrik.
There are several opportunities for hiking in the area, including along Grejsdalstien, which is a 16-kilometre hiking route between Vejle, Grejs and Jelling.
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The anchor from the frigate Jutland
The great anchor from the frigate Jutland is the landmark of Juelsminde, and after having been placed at the entrance to Juelsminde, it was in 2011 moved to the pier at Juelsminde harbor. From its current placement it can be seen from Sandbjerg Cove where the frigate was anchored from 1912 to 1925.
The frigate Jutland was built at Holmen in Copenhagen in 1860. It was with its long and slim hull the fastest ship in the fleet, heavily armed and maneuvereable.
In 1864 the frigate Jutland was part of the battle of Helholand along with the frigate Niels Juel and the the corvette Heimdal. During the 2 hour long battle 611 shots were fired from the frigattes 40 cannons and in the end the enemy, the austrian and preussian ships fleed to neutral waters.
The ship had its last expedition in 1886 and was in 1908 sold for scrap.
However, two energetic men, fishing inspector Christian Løfting and ingeneer Carl Holtermann, succeeded in saving the frigate and in 1912 Christian Løfting seeks out Manor owner Schou from Palsgaard. He had heard that Schou had a national awareness and also was pretty generous.
Christian Løfting proposed his business in the hope of getting a contribution for the good cause.
Ejnar Schou told him to wait while he went into the room next door to speak to his wife. When he returned 10 minutes later he exclaimed: ”We’ll buy the ship”.
The frigate anchored in Sandbjerg Cove and became a large tourist attraction.
During its stay in Juelsminde, the frigate Jutland was used as a radiotelegraph station for the telegraph school in Svendborg. There was daily contact with the sender in the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and when the clock hit 12 noon, Captain Christensen fired a salute cannon. That way all of Bjerre Shire could set their clocks accordingly.
Cannon accolade from the frigate Jutland seen from the pier.
In 1914, manor owner Schou held a memorial party (50 years) for the battle of Helgoland. He invited all veterans who had been part of the battle as guests on the frigate, hired the musicians of the guard and paid for lunch onboard the ship and dinner at night at Færgekroen. 254 veterans participated.
One winter, the frigate froze stuck in the ice and at thaw, it went with the ice out of the bay and lost one anchor – the greatest one. It was later found by a fisherman and brought to shore at the great pier.
The anchor brought to the pier – drawing by Søren Knudsen 1923
As the memorial park for Ejnar Viggo Schou was opened in 1933, the anchor was moved to the corner of Odelsgade and Ejnar Schous Allé. In 2011 it was moved back to the pier.
After the passing of Ejnar Schous død in 1925, the marine ministry bought the frigate for scrap. But yet again there was a will to keep it and the following years 400.000 dkk were collected. The frigate was restored and the government agreed to maintain the frigate for 50 years.
For several generations of kids from the provinces, the mandatory school trips to Copenhagen included a stay at the frigate Jutland. In 1936 – 1959 approximately 200.000 schollkids spent a night on the ship.
In 1960, the battered frigate came to Ebeltoft, but it wasn’t restored until 1989 where it received economical help from Mærsk McKinney Møller and a nationwide collection.
In 1994, the restored frigate was inaugurated.
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