Although much nearer to Sweden, the island of Bornholm has been a Danish possession since 1522 and was once an important Baltic trading port. Today, the islanders make their livelihood from fishing, farming and, increasingly, tourism. Visitors from Scandinavia and Germany flock to Bornholm and the town of Rønne each summer to enjoy the scenic beauty. The south features a coastline of white sand beaches, while the north boasts rugged cliffs; the wooded interior is crisscrossed by hiking trails. View more
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Bornholm offers a wide range of different types of handicraft as well as locally inspired art, you will experience during this half day tour to the Baltic Sea Glass, one of the islands large glass blower workshop and exhibitions.
Photo stop - Hammershus Castle Ruin
Depart the pier and proceed north of Ronne passing some of Bornholm's beautiful forests, farmland and small villages. Some of the drive will follow along the rocky coastline and you will catch several magnificent sea views. A photo stop will be made to take a short look at Hammershus Castle Ruin an old fortress, one of the biggest of its kind in entire Europe.
Baltic Sea Glass
Next, proceed to the Baltic Sea Glass that was established in 1981. The founders of the company Maibritt Jönsson and Pete Hunner, built the first glass studio in their house in the countryside. Now it has been moved into an old egg-farm which has been turned into their workshop and studio. With a base in design and production of functional tabletop glassware, Jönsson and Hunner also concentrate their energy in creating one-of-a-kind works for galleries and museum exhibitions throughout the world. Some time is available to shop and look around.
See how they work and create their outstanding glass-art. A glass of champagne will be served in one of their hand made glasses on the rocky lawn outside the workshop.
Continue to the fishing village Gudhjem. In the town and at the harbour you find lots of liveliness as well as the narrow charming streets of the village. Enjoy some free time to explore the village on your own - perhaps visit one or several of the many other specialized boutiques to indulge yourself in homemade caramels or chocolates.
After this memorable journey proceed back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking .3 mile (500 metres) and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair due to walking on uneven gravel and inclined grounds. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Bring local currency for any purchases made.
Embrace the scenic beauty of Bornholm in a unique new way during this half-day bicycle excursion.
For more than 25 years the Regional Municipality of Bornholm has been establishing a network of bicycle routes throughout the island with a total length in excess of 148 miles (230 kilometers). Today, Bornholm has one of the best and most beautiful cycle networks in Northern Europe. It takes cyclists through the fascinating Bornholm landscape and the picturesque fishing hamlets along the coast on a network of paths, forest tracks, quiet roads and marked cycle lanes on main roads. Many cycle routes run along Bornholm's now abandoned railway network.
The tour starts from the pier in Rønne, where your bikes will be awaiting you; you are equipped with a bicycle and helmet and receive a short safety briefing before starting out on the cycling route. Start your tour through the capital city of Rønne and bike your way slowly out of this peaceful hamlet with its cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Soon, you find yourself in the beautiful countryside, enjoying a lovely and very scenic bike ride partly along the old railroad track and partly on small forest paths.
Along the way, stop at Nyker Round Church, the smallest round church on the island. The Round Churches are a very unique feature of Bornholm - completely circular churches with massive stone walls from the 11th and 12th century, when churches were used for fortification as well as worship.
Continue on into the forest and head towards your next stop, a well-deserved refreshment stop at an idyllic inn in the middle of the forest. Enjoy your coffee and homemade cake at this scenic location before biking the last stretch back to Rønne.
Afterwards ride on a car-free, long stretch of Bornholm's 250 km bicycle route network through the forest of Rønne.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity 13 miles (22 kilometers), and is recommended for guests who have previous biking experience and are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers, and sun protection. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Helmets are provided, and must be worn throughout this tour. Tour operates in all weather conditions with the exception of extreme weather. Minimum age to participate is 12, accompanied by parent or guardian over the age of 21.
Taste the delicacies of Bornholm. Quality and taste experiences go hand in hand on a visit to Bornholm's small food-making enterprises.
Hasle Smoke House
Depart the pier for a scenic 20 minute drive to Hasle. Smoking is one of the oldest methods for preserving food, and at the Herring Smokehouse in Hasle, the master smoker gives visitors an interesting insight into the noble art of smoking fish according to old-fashioned methods. Smoked herring is also known as "Bornholm Gold". Enjoy a sample of a hot, freshly smoked herring served with a slice of rye bread, coarse salt and some chives!
Mostballaden Apple Plantation
The Mostballaden Apple Plantation is located close to the town of Olsker. The plantation dates back to 1938, and they produce 10-12 different apple juices, schnapps and wine, all made rom apples from all over the island. Visit the outlet where samples of the various products will be served.
Continue to quaint fishing village of Gudhjem where you will visit a chocolatier. Enjoy samples from Bechs Chocolate.
After this gastronomic experience, board the bus for return trip to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces and incline grounds at all stops with a few steps. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or guests with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Tour may operate in reverse order.
Explore the picturesque farmlands and coastlines of this tiny Baltic Island during this comprehensive half-day tour.
Hammershus Castle Ruin
After a brief encounter with the capital city of Rønne, drive north through small villages to Hammershus Castle Ruin, one of the largest in Northern Europe. The setting is dramatic and well-chosen: It provides an excellent defense installation and a prominent trading post in the Baltic region. The castle was built in the early 1200's and served for close to 500 years as a fortress, prison, storage and administrative seat before being abandoned in the early 1700's.
Driving along the shore passing through villages as Sandvig Allinge and Tejn we will soon reach Gudhjem. Pay a visit to the charming little fishing village of Gudhjem. This is probably the most scenic of all Bornholm fishing villages. Meaning 'Home of God', this quaint village of only 780 permanent residents, clings to the side of a rocky bay on the North-Eastern side of the island. Fishing and whaling were the main sources of income but have since been replaced by tourism. Gudhjem was also the first place to start smoking and exporting herring, a tradition that was to become the 'signature delicacy' for the entire island. Enjoy approximately one hour of free time to explore this quaint fishing village on your own.
Then, continue to one of the round churches, special to this island and parts of Southern Sweden. These types of churches are named for their completely circular structures and were a popular type of construction in the 11th and 12th century when churches not only served as places of worship, but as defensive structures in uncertain times. Enjoy an inside visit to this fascinating old church before returning back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate to extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility as there is uneven and inclined grounds at Hammershus as well as gravel. There are steep streets in Gudhjem and several steps inside Round Church. The tour sequence may vary. If religious services are in progress, an inside visit to the round church may not be possible.
Explore the splendid, Old World beauty and history of Bornholm during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to Svaneke.
Roenne, Svaneke, Cliff Gardens and Houses, Galleries, Workshops, and Glastorvet
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive across Bornholm en route to Svaneke, the most beautiful and historic town on the island. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through this charming fishing village. As you stroll along the twisting and turning streets between the old stone fences, pass by lovely cliff gardens and see well-preserved, half-timbered houses situated in the cliffs above the harbour. A flood of galleries, glassblowers, potters and artisans, some of them with open workshops, make Svaneke something unique and special. Between the harbour and marketplace, along the old groove of Brænderigænget, pass by Glastorvet. Here, a number of craftsmen have created a common artistic oasis where ideas and creations flow freely.
Next, a visit is made to the Svaneke Brewhouse, located in one of Svaneke's historical trading posts.During visit, taste some of their local brews, while listening to explanations about their methods and background, from one of their brewing specialists
Bornholm Landscape, Almindingen Island and Forest, and Rytterknaegten
Leaving the brewery, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier. En route, traverse the Bornholm landscape and pass by one of Denmark's biggest forests, which is located in the middle of Almindingen Island. Here, the highest point on the island, Rytterknaegten, rises approximately 531 feet (about 162 metres) above sea level.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.