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Old Posted Jan 12, 2018, 7:27 PM
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Smile Freki presents Bornholm Island

Far far away in the Baltic Sea lies a small Danish island, twice the size of Nantucket, with a population of only 40.000.

While fairly unknown to most of the world it is a popular vacation destination for Germans, Danes and Swedes as it offers a nice mix of sandy beaches, calm nature and cozy villages.

To Danes it's popular for 2 main reasons - the first being as it has bedrock ( the rest of Denmark is old coral reef without bedrock ) and the second is that it's the island in the kingdom that get's the most sunshine.

Other famous things are the castle ruins, trolls, the rocking stone, smoked herring and bisons..


Anyways enough chatter, here's some pictures from me and my gf's trip there doing the summer of 2017

Bornholm (1) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (2) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (3) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (4) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (5) by FREKI, on Flickr

"Echo valley" - named such due to the echo from the cliff
Bornholm (6) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (7) by FREKI, on Flickr

Klemmensker
Bornholm (8) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (9) by FREKI, on Flickr

Hammershus ruins ( anno 1200 )
Bornholm (10) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (11) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Bornholm (27) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (28) by FREKI, on Flickr

Hammeren lighthouse
Bornholm (29) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (30) by FREKI, on Flickr

Natives
Bornholm (31) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Opal lakes
Bornholm (41) by FREKI, on Flickr

Sandvig
Bornholm (42) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Allinge
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Rønne - the "capital"
Bornholm (67) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Østerlars "round church" ( anno 1150 )
Bornholm (85) by FREKI, on Flickr

Næs strand
Bornholm (86) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (87) by FREKI, on Flickr

Gudhjem
Bornholm (88) by FREKI, on Flickr

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The iconic chimneys are Herring smokeries
Bornholm (94) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (95) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Bornholm (102) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bølshavn
Bornholm (103) by FREKI, on Flickr

Svaneke
Bornholm (104) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Almindingen forest
Bornholm (111) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (112) by FREKI, on Flickr

The "rocking stone" - a 35ton heavy rock that.. well rocks..
Bornholm (113) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (114) by FREKI, on Flickr

Nexø
Bornholm (115) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Bornholm (117) by FREKI, on Flickr

Dueodde
Bornholm (118) by FREKI, on Flickr

Balka Strand
Bornholm (119) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (120) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (121) by FREKI, on Flickr

Dueodde Strand
Bornholm (122) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Bornholm (125) by FREKI, on Flickr

Almindingen forest
Bornholm (126) by FREKI, on Flickr

European bison - recently reintroduced to the wild here
Bornholm (127) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (128) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (129) by FREKI, on Flickr

Lilleborg castle ruins ( anno 1190 )
Bornholm (130) by FREKI, on Flickr

Hammered ( northern part of the island )
Bornholm (131) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (132) by FREKI, on Flickr

The navy keeping the Russians at bay
Bornholm (133) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Freeroaming cows chilling on the beach
Bornholm (137) by FREKI, on Flickr

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Dueodde lighthouse
Bornholm (143) by FREKI, on Flickr

Dueodde strand
Bornholm (144) by FREKI, on Flickr

Bornholm (145) by FREKI, on Flickr

Thanks all folks!
Bornholm (146) by FREKI, on Flickr
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2018, 5:16 AM
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Wow, the first three pictures, and similar ones, could be anywhere on the East Coast of the US. It looks exactly like the Delaware beaches, the Jersey Shore, Cape Cod, or the Outer Banks.
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There's a Bornholmstraat, or Bornholm street, in the city where I live. Now I know what Bornholm looks like. Very charming, great shots!
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I could not believe my eyes when I seen Bornholm on the thread. I was just talking about it with the wife about how we missed out going there about 5 years ago. Long story short we made it to Ystad and I came down with the worst flu of my life and was held up in bed for three days missing probably the only chance I would ever have to visit this beautiful Island. Thank you for the pics.
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Very nice Frek...

Question, is the land protected? I was thinking here in the US if that land wasn’t protected it would be covered with large custom estate homes..
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Sweet. Lovely white sand.

The medieval castle is like those we didn't care about in our country.
You'll see some like this in Italy too.
In ruins.

There must be some stuff like this on Île de Ré. I forget. It's yet pricey to live out there anyway.

I don't care when the medieval era was dark. And they look like quaint ruins in the countryside.
It's like a funny charm added to rural landscapes.
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Thanks for the feedback guys!

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I could not believe my eyes when I seen Bornholm on the thread. I was just talking about it with the wife about how we missed out going there about 5 years ago. Long story short we made it to Ystad and I came down with the worst flu of my life and was held up in bed for three days missing probably the only chance I would ever have to visit this beautiful Island. Thank you for the pics.
Well if you have seen southern Sweden you do have the general idea of the island - but still a shame getting that sick on a vacation

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Very nice Frek...

Question, is the land protected? I was thinking here in the US if that land wasn’t protected it would be covered with large custom estate homes..
Other than a few areas it's no more protected than anywhere else in the Kingdom.. but they are pretty strict codes regarding look and location of new homes.

There is however a limited population and not all that many modern jobs ( used to be an island relying on agriculture and fishing ) so the young people and those with money settle on other islands ( Copenhagen is only a few hours away by car and under an hour by plane ).

It's in that regard very typical rural Denmark - all the cozy small islands are typically abandoned by the youth why move to the larger cities to study and work and left are the seniors and the few stuck in the old food based industries..

The positive side of that is that these areas are very popular for vacationing, so many of the old homes becomes 'vacation homes' for the people in the cities

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The medieval castle is like those we didn't care about in our country.
You'll see some like this in Italy too.
In ruins.
The Hammershus castle took some damage under a war with Sweden and then later when locals needed building materials they started breaking the castle down and using the stones - luckily something that was halted, but a lot of the castles was sadly lost or made into ruins like that
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Thank you for this thorough tour of a charming place that I had never heard of, well done!
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^me too!

Luckily not long to go now

( spring has been a real mess in Denmark so far - one day 13C the next 2C - quite unusual since the omnipresent sea keeps it mild and typically prevents too large fluctuations, but not this year, heck tuesday looks to only see 5C while wednesday will be around 16C )
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