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The suggested excursion spots below include various types of outdoor adventures involving unique, characteristic flora or fauna, waymarked footpaths or an old Ice Age landscape. More excursion ideas are available by contacting the local tourist offices.



Many parts of Langeland feature the unique, round hat-shaped hills, sometimes clustered in a row like a string of pearls. These landscapes have widely varying wildlife and scenery with countless footpaths interlacing the island. Near Rudkøbing you will find Rudkøbing Vejle and Rudkøbing Fredsskov, a beautiful wildlife area abounding with flora and bird life.


In North Langeland you can wander through state forests, such as Vestre Stigtehave and Østre Stigtehave. Here you will discover fine beech woods, coastal woodland fringes with old, gnarled trees, traces of Iron Age farmland, lush woodland meadows and much more besides.


The first section of the Archipelago Trail (Øhavsstien) has been opened on Langeland, stretching from Emmerbølle at north across to Tranekær and Spodsbjerg back to Rudkøbing and Henninge Nor, where you can walk on prepared paths.


North Langeland
Photo - Naturturisme


Skovsgaard Gods (Manor) is situated in South Langeland near Hennetved. The estate covers 384 hectares of scenic landscape with organic farmland, dense old woods with hat-shaped hills, a birdwatching tower, flowery meadows, beautiful shoreline, five different waymarked trails and the new Skovsgaard Nature Workshop with stimulating activities for all age groups.


Ristinge – a little to the south-west, offering one of the best bathing beaches on Langeland and a beautiful landscape of 30-metre cliffs – is an excellent spot to go fossil-hunting.


South-east of Ristinge is Tryggelev Nor, which was recently rehabilitated along with Nørreballe Nor into a continuous wildlife area of large lakes and lush meadow areas – all protected by the EU’s Birds Directive. The area has fine footpaths, a birdwatching tower, information boards and a mini-museum for visitors.


A wildlife attraction opened at Klise Nor, not far from Bagenkop, in 2003. Klise Nor is also a nature conservation project where wild Exmoor ponies have been released to graze the meadow areas. Walks are possible in the area where you can get quite close to the ponies.


Gulstav Mose (Bog) south of Bagenkop is a nature reserve with old coppices nearby. Fakkebjerg, a hat-shaped hill 37-metres high, has a fine vantage point with a view of Lolland, Ærø, Als and Germany in clear weather.


Dovns Klint (Cliff) at the south tip off Langeland, along with nearby Gulstav Cliff, are the remains of hat-shaped hills with high cliffs. Over the ages, wind and weather have caused many stones to loosen and tumble to the shore, where they have been smoothed and rounded by the tossing of the waves. There are fine fishing grounds and birdwatching sites from or near both cliffs.


Vildheste Klise Nor
Vildheste, Klise Nor
Photo - Naturturisme

The Faaborg–Egebjerg area

Sundet, near Faaborg, is a large lake surrounded by woodland with cycling routes and footpaths. The area affords a fine view of Faaborg and Horne, and in clear weather you can see all the way to the island of Als. 140-year-old oak trees grow in Prices Have woods which has a lake teeming with a wide variety of aquatic birds.


Helnæs Made and Bobakkerne, north-west of Faaborg, have an impressive landscape with beautiful vantage points. Both areas have fine waymarked footpaths where the beautiful salt-marshes are grazed by livestock, benefiting the area’s flora and fauna. Many aquatic birds inhabit the areas which are also the habitat of protected orchids in several locations. Fine bathing beaches are found throughout Helnæs.


One of the most attractive nature areas of South Funen lies north of Faaborg, made up of Svanninge Bakker (hills), Sollerup Woods and Arreskov Sø (lake) – a nesting area for white-tailed eagles and other birds. The characteristic features of the area include a very hilly landscape, vast varied woodland, a nature playground, small streams, a plethora of waymarked footpaths, lookout towers and much more besides. The area also includes Brændegård Sø (lake) and Nørresø (lake), both excellent bird habitats.

 Strandeng, Helnæs Made
Salt-marshes, Helnæs Made
Photo - Cees van Roeden

The Svendborg area

The woods around Svendborg – i.e. Christiansminde, Hallindskov, Gl. Hestehauge and Caroline Amalielund – are interlaced with a fine network of footpaths leading past small streams, prehistoric monuments, bathing beaches, medieval fortifications and much more besides. They are beautifully situated along Svendborg Sound and afford a splendid view across the sound to the island of Thurø.

Hvidkildeskovene, just north of Svendborg, is a large continuous woodland area (700 hectares) in a very hilly landscape, whose fauna includes the rare, protected Dormouse. The forest covers an old lateral moraine formed during the last Ice Age.

Thurø Rev

 Arreskov Søsti
The path at Arreskov Lake
 Photo - Birgit Bjerre Lauersen
               Thurø Reef
    Photo - Hans Erik Hjorth-Hansen

You can ramble through the subglacial stream trenches created by the Ice Age in Syltemade Ådal (Valley) with its beautiful, lush wildlife. To the north are the Egebjerg Bakker (hills), an old lateral moraine with an impressive upland landscape.


Across Svendborg Sound is Thurø Island, with its unique, scenic nature areas such as Smørmosen, with a fine bathing beach, Thurø Østerskov, with a colourful forest-floor flora in springtime that includes several species of orchids, and Thurø Rev (Reef) with flowering salt-marshes and coastal wildlife areas filled with brackish and freshwater lagoons.


Tåsinge Vejle is situated on the island of Tåsinge and is a large salt-marsh with abundant birdlife just south of Vornæs Wood. The shallow coves, beds of reeds and water meadows comprise one of Funen County’s most important habitats for aquatic birds, which can be observed at close range from a birdwatching tower in the area.


Further south is Monnet, a large, protected nature reserve and one of Funen’s largest salt-marshes. The area is closed to the public from 1 March – 15 July, i.e. the breeding season of the Black-Tailed Godwit, the Dunlin and other common shore birds. It is definitely worth your while to take a walk through the marsh outside the breeding season – when the area is filled with the characteristic round anthills of the Yellow Meadow Ant – to Vårø Knoll, the sight of a large colony of Sand Martins.



Voderup Klint (cliff), an elevated area consisting of large terraces grazed by cattle in summer, is situated on the island of Ærø.
Another beautiful part of Ærø is Gråsten Nor, with a marked footpath (8 kilometres) around the area leading past passage graves, grazing meadows with thousands of flowering Western Marsh Orchids in spring and an abundance of croaking frogs in the waterholes and ponds.


The Archipelago

If you would like to visit some of the area’s many enchanting islets, there is ferry service to the islands of Lyø, Avernakø, Bjørnø, Drejø, Skarø, Hjortø, Birkholm and Strynø (further details under Transport). The islets boast widely varied landscapes ranging from level landscapes to hilly subglacial stream trenches and high cliffs.


Voderup Klint 
Voderup Cliff
Photo - Birgit Bjerre Lauersen