Christiansø and Bornholm Islands, Denmark
It’s official; the guide books always list the two Danish islands of Christiansø and northern Bornholm as the two sunniest parts of Denmark. Here they sit, lying out in the Baltic, 200 long km from Copenhagen, its capital city. Sometimes they are right; after all this is the only place in Denmark where you can grow figs. Still the destination where all the Danes like to come for their long six-week summer holiday to tan their bodies and lower their stress levels. Statistics boast over 600,000 visitors year-round. The Danes fantasize all winter long about coming here to sit in the sun, drink beer, and eat smoked herring (røget sild), very often in the converted smokehouse restaurants located on the northern coast near Gudhjem.
Instead, for our arrival to Christiansø, we are greeted with mist, fog, light rain, and a cool westerly ocean breeze.
May 21, 2013
National Geographic Explorer