The hidden treasure of Denmark, as the Danish call it. If you are looking for places to visit in Denmark, the island of Fur should definitely be at the top of your list!
Do not dismiss the island of Fur for its size! When we were planning our vanlife trip through Europe, we were curious to find out what to do in Denmark. When we heard about the island of Fur, we couldn’t believe that so much diversity could be packed on such a small island. It is just one of those places you must have seen.
In order to reach the island of Fur, you have to take a five-minute trip by ferry from Selde. We spent 120 Danish kroner to make the cross with a camper van weighing in under 3500 kg. The trip back to the mainland was free.
To help you create a list of things to see in Denmark, here is our top five of places you must visit on the island of Fur!
1. Travel back in time and explore Fur’s rich history
On the island of Fur, you can almost see the history happening before your eyes.
Fur is known for its moclay soils. There are a two large digging sites, located at the center of the island. In between these sites, where moclay is extracted to form bright orange bricks, the most stunning soil profiles have been put on display.
These soil profiles clearly show the history of this island. Millions of years ago, volcanos erupted on (what we now know as) Greenland and the United Kingdom. Ash from these volcanos traveled thousands of miles and has formed thick black layers within the soil.
Located at the north of this island, you can follow a beautiful path on cliffs along the water. Not long after leaving the parking lot, you’ll find a glacial meltwater channel, also known as the Langstedhuller. It dates back to the ice age, when water that creeped from the melting glaciers slowly formed a path.
The meltwater channel is now beautifully covered in lush green grass and pulls your eyes towards the sea. It’s definitely something you should not miss out on during your stay on the island of Fur.
2. Dig for fossils
Within the soil on this island, many fossils are hidden. This island wasn’t always above sea level. Animals that ended on the bottom of the ocean (or within layers of what we now see as the island) were covered in sediment. After which only a fraction fossilized into the fossils we see today.
At the largest extraction sites, called Stendal Graven, you’re even allowed to dig for your own fossils! The moclay extraction sites are dug so frequently that new layers of rocks are revealed every week. This means that there’s a good chance of discovering a fossil that you can call your own!
We explored the site, but sadly didn’t find any fossils ourselves. It was probably due to the weather, though! With 28 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, we were burning away! Besides digging for fossils, you can also admire a rock called Bispehuen, which is put on display here.
If you want to be sure to see some fossils, head over to the Fur museum where numerous fossils are on display.
3. Visit the cliffs
Since the island of Fur is small, you’re always near one of its edges. Although you can find beaches all along the coast, in many places the water touches the island at cliffs. This offers very unique and extraordinary views.
In the most western part of the island, you can find a particularly beautiful cliff called Knudeklint (at Lille Knudshoved). It really stands out in the landscape. The Knudeklint is surrounded by the clear blue ocean on one side and lush forests on the other. The owner of the visitor center explained that they are currently working to get it on the list of UNESCO World Heritage List!
4. See the red rock (Den Røde Sten)
The island of Fur has two massive ‘red’ rocks. One of them is a rusty red, the other is mostly dark grey. The first one is creatively called Den Røde Sten, which translates to The Red Rock. It is located along a beautiful beach, whilst the other can be found within a forest.
These rocks contain high amounts of iron. Whenever they get in contact with the salty sea water, the iron oxidizes and turns red. This oxidation creates the red color we see today.
5. Meet the locals
As with any destination, it’s great to familiarize with the culture. Well, talking to the locals is incredibly fun on the island of Fur. Everyone we talked to was friendly, and they were all equally fluent in English. Which is always handy as tourist.
During one of our hikes, we met a lovely older couple. The man asked whether or not our dogs had eaten already, so they wouldn’t eat him. It seemed to be the running joke of the island, as another couple said the exact same thing just fifteen minutes later! He then kindly shared some information about the area we were walking through, and we both continued on our walk.
An hour or so past, and we ran into the same couple again. The man simply continued with his story like we had never parted ways. His way of talking was so enthusiastic and we could feel his love for the island, it was contagious! And who wouldn’t want some insider knowledge shared by a spontaneous local?
When to go
We’d recommend visiting this island on weekdays during the months of May, June, or September. Those would be calmer days without many tourists. We clearly saw a difference between the weekdays and weekends. On Saturday, there were many Danish tourists that visited the island. Whereas during the weekdays, there were hardly any other tourists around.
The Island of fur should certainly be on your list of places to visit in Denmark. If you’re not yet convinced, we haven’t even covered all of the island’s tourist attractions. Besides our top tips, you could also pay a visit to their brewery to taste their local beers; take a look at their beautifully build church; step on to one of Fur’s beaches for a refreshing dive in the sea on hot days; enjoy the view from the heather fields; or relax in Fur’s harbor.
Have you been to the island of Fur? Share your experiences below, we’d love to hear your stories!