The Danish island of Samso nestles between the Jutland Peninsula to the west and the island of Zealand to the east.
Nicknamed ‘the island in the middle’, it was used as a meeting point in the Viking Age due to its centrality in Scandinavia. Today, it’s most notable for being the world’s first 100% renewable energy powered island.
Samso offers a snippet of Denmark’s beautiful scenery and provides a welcome break from the sometimes chaotic European tourist hubs, so take your time to admire the lush farmland, green hills and the large bay with its cluster of pretty islets.
There’s plenty to do during the summer months too. Just north of Ballen harbour lies a beautiful beach with excellent swimming conditions and by the Marup Osterstrand area to the north, you’ll find another stunning yet largely untouched stretch of immaculate sand.
Learn everything you need to know about the island with a visit to the Samso Museum in Tranebjerg. Interestingly, it actually consists of various activities suitable for all the family, offering detailed insights into the island’s history, landscape and culture. It includes a stop at a traditional blacksmith, greeting adorable piglets at a local farm and a tour through the historical museum gardens.
Samso is also renowned in Denmark for harvesting excellent new potatoes which are considered a great delicacy, so be sure to try some. However, due to their quality they can be expensive.
There are a number of ferry crossings each day from Kalundborg on the island of Zealand to the port of Ballen on Samso’s east coast.