Samsø RederiFrom Jutland, ferries depart from Hou south of Aarhus to Sælvig every two hours between 06:00-20:00. The crossing takes an hour and tickets cost 104 kr for a one-way passenger ticket in high season (52 kr in low season), and 458 kr for a car in high season (205 kr in low season). There is a bus service directly between Aarhus and the harbour in Hou (line 103).
Samsø LinjenFrom Zealand, ferries depart from Kalundborg to Ballen the number of departures a day dependent on the season. The crossing takes one hour and a half, and tickets cost 109 kr for a one-way passenger ticket in high season (62 kr in low season), and 435 kr for a car in high season (219 kr in low season). To Kalundborg there is direct train connections from Copenhagen once or twice per hour depending on the time of day.
By planeWhile it is possible to take a taxi flight from Roskilde Airport to the island's small airfield, the vast majority of travelers take one of the island's two ferries.
Samsø is ideal for bikes. Bring your own or rent one. You can also drive your own car around to most places, as most roads are paved and of a good quality. Samsø has a network of bus routes too.
phone: +45 86 59 21 50address: Museumsvej 10Visit the Eco Museum Samsø in Tranebjerg. The museum has several departments spread out across the Samsean landscape, and tries to communicate the cultural history of the island through activities, events, exhibitions and restored historic buildings. The headquarters in Tranebjerg are situated in an old restored half-timbered and thatched roof farm from 1917. It has been furnished and decorated as a Danish farmhouse from the 1850s (supposedly wealthy residents) and the garden has several activities going on throughout the summer months, including weaving, spinning and folk music arrangements. A part of the farm house has been dedicated to exhibit Samsø's pre-historic past, from the Stone Age to Medieval times. Other Eco Museum buildings on Samsø includes two old style mills, several different historic farm house types, an old post office, a blacksmith shop and archives on local history. Open from April to October all days. Some locations are only open in June, July and August. Interesting for both kids and adults.
The Morgan GarageMuseum of Morgan cars from 1937 to 2017
Samsø is great for surf fishing. The coast is varied and you can change location easily on an island the size of Samsø, so you should have a good chance of catching a nice fish. Trout, mullet and flatfish are common, great for garfish in May-June.
Soak some sun, play or swim at the beach. Nearly everywhere you go, the beaches are good and accessible. Go to the Stavns Fjord laguna on the northwest coast. Besides the beautiful scenery here, the shallow waters and sandy beaches north (Mårup strand) and west (Sælvig strand), makes for a very good and child friendly beach experience in the summer. Go on a seal safari from Langør with the old wooden fishing boat M/S Tunø in the summer.
Pick up some fresh produce from the farmers. The groceries are displayed in front of many farms, when they are in season. You just pay for what you pick up and it is good quality. Strawberries, potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, green peas, you name it. Some sell local honey, pickles or jams as well.
phone: +45 2427 3717The world's largest labyrinth
NordbyThis is the northernmost village on Samsø. It has a nice old-fashioned village charm, with timber framed houses, thatched roofed farms and a lovely central village pond with ducks. Superb options for eating and also hotels.
Nordby BakkerNordby Bakker is a very beautiful landscape on the northern tip of the island. The rolling grassy hill slopes offers excellent vistas. It is a protected area and no agriculture is allowed here, except for a few grazing sheep, that help maintain the habitat free of tree and shrub growth. Good site for a picnic.
Energy AcademyVisit the Energy Academy and learn more about how Samsø evolved into a community powered completely by renewable energy.
Samsø FestivalSamsø Festival near Ballen on the southeast coast, is an annual music festival and worth a visit if you happens to be around. A couple of other small festivals might also be worthwhile, including the Samsø Chamber Music Festival or the Children's Culture Festival perhaps.
Samsø Golf ClubPlay some golf at the 18-hole seaside golf course at Besser. Very varied field with natural waterholes, rolling hills and a great view. Certified by the Peugeot Golf Guide as one of Denmark's 14 best golf courses.
phone: +45 29651127address: Nørreskiftevej 31, 8305 SamsøAt Nørreskiftegaard near Ballen, you can try horse riding.
Vesborg lighthouseYou can enter the lighthouse and it has a café and souvenir shop.
Brattingsborg ManorYou can have a look at the romantic Manor, and for a fee you can experience the beautiful English-style garden from 1870 here. The manor also rents out apartments and cottages all over Samsø for tourists.
phone: +45 86592500address: Sælvig 48This restaurant also has take-away and they bring out all across the island for 50 kr extra. It is also a hotel.
phone: +45 61519165address: Langør 25Smokehouse and restaurant with big terrace with a great view.
phone: +45 27 29 45 20address: Langgade 15, TranebjergA cosy lunch eatery with attached café, wine, liquor and gift shop in the center of Tranebjerg. Great open-faced sandwiches, plenty of seafood options, but also other dishes. Cakes and coffee and many luxury liquors to go along. Sometimes arrangements or musical events.
Maarup Havnphone: +45 81933322address: Mårup Havn 1Cozy and quiet atmosphere at the small harbour. The menu consist of mainly seafood, but also Bulgarian tapas. The wines are from Bulgaria
Ballen has the most restaurants:
phone: +45 86591072address: Strandvejen 83, BallenLunch and evening dinners with traditional Danish food. Discotheque every Saturday night in the summer (above 18, show identity).
phone: +45 28 77 38 77address: Aavej 10, BallenGourmet restaurant with plenty of local produce. Lunch and evening menus.
phone: +45 86 59 10 18address: Havnevej 9, BallenGreat quality lunch and evening menus every day of the week. Modern Danish cuisine with plenty of local seasonal produce, including seafood.
phone: +45 20349319address: Åvej 21, BallenAmbitious restaurant focusing on products from the island.
Røgerietaddress: Havnevej 3Small seafood restaurant.
phone: +45 86 59 68 98address: Østre Ringvej 22, NordbyTry the Samsø Bryghus brewery and farm in Nordby. Here local organic brews of all kinds are produced from scratch. With more than 11 standard brews, you should be able to find a favourite. The many flavours of beer can be enjoyed in a nice attached café.The café also sells hot meals, cake and assorted organic and locally produced groceries such as wine, candy, vegetables, meat and even yarn. The meat and vegetables is produced on the farm. Every Tuesday evening in the summer you can participate in a beer tasting and guided tour. Reservation required. 100 kr.
HøstYou can have a glass of wine or champagne on the terrace. It is also a fashion store.
phone: +45 86 59 12 10A camping ground near the town of Ballen on the east coast. Bring your own tent, rent or bring your own caravan or rent a small cottage. Most sites have sea view.
phone: +45 86591799address: Aavej 21, BallenHistoric high-end seaside hotel from 1928 in Ballen. The hotel restaurant Restaurant Behrnt serves excellent gourmet food, mentioned in The White Guide (2015). Good choice for romantic weekends or mini-vacations. Several room type options.
phone: +45 86 59 17 22address: Langgade 23, TranebjergHistoric high-end and old-fashioned city hotel from the late 1800s in Samsø's capital of Tranebjerg. At Flinch's Hotel you can both eat and sleep. High quality dining. Good choice for romantic weekends or mini-vacations.
phone: +45 86 59 69 22address: Svedskegyden 2, NordbySmall charming town-hotel in Nordby with both double and single rooms open throughout the year. Dogs allowed. The price includes breakfast.
phone: +45 22 27 44 23address: Søndre Møllevej 5-7Small rooms but huge common areas. It used to be a school.
phone: +45 86 59 07 07address: Staunsvej 2Beachside camping ground in the Sælvig Bay. Family oriented with playgrounds, space for kids activities and bicycle rental. Bring your own tent or rent a hut or a room. Open from April through October.
phone: +45 86591722address: Campingvej 7, Nordby, 8305 Samsø
phone: +45 86 59 00 80You can rent one of the many summer houses on Samsø for an extended stay.
TunøTunø is a small car-free island and is perfect for a day trip. It offers good quality beaches; sandy, shallow waters that are child-friendly; and good opportunities for surf fishing as well. There is a small central village on Tunø and most of the residents are farmers. It is a beautiful, slow-paced island and there are several options for staying here overnight. You can bring your own tent to the camping grounds, or pay more and stay in a small cosy house in the village, at the old inn or you can rent a summerhouse for an extended stay. The four-day music festival Tunø Festival is held every year in early July.
- Depending on how you got to Samsø in first place, you can either take the ferry to Zealand (Kalundborg) in the east or to Jutland (Hou south of Aarhus) in the west.