A couple of weeks ago, we went on a day trip to a tiny island called Hven.
Situated in the middle of the Øresund between Denmark and Sweden, Hven (or Ven, in Swedish) is a small and super idyllic island – it’s only about two and a half kilometers wide and four and a half kilometers long. According to Wikipedia, around 360 people live there permanently, but it seems to be a very popular place for summer houses.
To get there from Copenhagen, you can take a ferry from Nyhavn that departs in the morning and returns in the afternoon. Since we were going with the entire family, we opted for a smaller skipper boat from Rungsted Harbor (north of Copenhagen).
After a trip of about 45min, we were greeted by the small harbor of Kyrkbakken (church hill).
The weather wasn’t ideal – the sky was mostly grey and we were met with an on-and-off drizzle of rain, but we came prepared (mostly) and did not let the lack of sun deter us from exploring the island.
The best way to get around is by bike – you can either bring your own on the ferry or rent one. Trust me, there are plenty! The boyfriend and I decided to go on an adventure and rented a tandem bike! Neither of us had tried riding one before, and especially for me, it was a bit of a trust exercise as I was in the back and couldn’t see or do anything!
Our trip took us around the island, on a route mostly following the coast line. We cycled along yellow canola fields, small summer cottages, no less cute all-year-homes, and on small trails that led us through thick, green brush.
Never losing sight of the sea for more than a minute or so.
Somewhere along the way, we passed this group of alpacas, who had recently been shorn and therefore looked super goofy!
I feel ya, buddy – that’d be my reaction, too, if I came back from the hairdresser looking like that!
We had a little stop at Bäckviken harbor for some ice cream, before continuing our excursion up a quite steep hill and towards the Tycho Brahe museum, dedicated to the famed Danish astronomer Thyge Ottosen Brahe.
We didn’t visit the museum this time around. After a couple of hours biking in the rain, we were in desperate need of some warming-up, so we headed to the cafe next door for a warm lunch and a little break from the weather.
Our first stop, Pumpans Café (the Pumpkin Cafe), had a super cute garden area, but unfortunately only limited seating inside – I’ll have to come back for a coffee in the garden on a sunny day!
We opted for the museum cafe instead, and the hot tomato soup did wonders to warm me up again. The simple things are usually the best, aren’t they?!
On our way back to the harbor, we stopped at the bar at the Spirit of Hven distillery for an Irish coffee or gin and tonic. Their gin is really delicious, and definitely a “gin-lovers’ gin” with its strong juniper and citrusy notes. I would’ve loved to bring a bottle back home, but don’t forget that Hven belongs to Sweden and therefore, alcohol can only be sold through Systembolaget (the alcohol monopoly). Staff at the distillery will happily provide you with a list of retailers in Copenhagen, though.
After a couple of hours exploring the island, it was time to get back to our little boat for the trip back. The cutest little lighthouse greeted us on our way out of the harbor, and the eerie light made for the softest-looking, shiny waves on our trip back to Rungsted.
Hven is a super cute little island, and would be a great destination for a weekend getaway from Copenhagen. There are plenty of things to do and explore – and if you have kids, they’ll find playgrounds, swimming, and other fun stuff to do there as well.
I can’t wait to go back on a sunnier day!
Have you been to Hven? Or would you like to go? Let me know in the comments!