Day trip to Hven island

Day trip to Hven island

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.

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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).

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

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!

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

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.

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Never losing sight of the sea for more than a minute or so.

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Somewhere along the way, we passed this group of alpacas, who had recently been shorn and therefore looked super goofy!

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

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.

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

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?!

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

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.

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales Day trip to Hven island - The Copenhagen Tales

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!

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8 thoughts on “Day trip to Hven island”

  • My mother (a Danish native who came to the States upon marrying my father) finally visited Hven after years of longing to. She was charmed and especially enjoyed the Brahe Museum.

    (Ah, the fickle Danish summer lol!)

    • Hi April – glad to hear your mom enjoyed her trip to Hven. As I wrote, we prioritized a hot lunch over a visit to the museum this time around, but I’d love to check it out another time. Thanks for your comment!

  • That place is the loveliest! I wonder if kids who grow up there just want to leave and go to the big city. That’s how I felt about the small town I grew up in, but I could definitely see myself settling down somewhere like that.

    • Hi Marina – great question! I guess as a little kid it’s super fun as you get to be outdoors a lot, but as a teenager, I can see how it might feel quite boring! :) I do agree with you on the settling down part – this place would be perfect!

  • Your blog, with all the lovely pictures, makes me miss Denmark a lot! If I return (which I most likely will!), I’ll be sure to put this on my list of places to visit! I didn’t get to take in as much as I wanted because I was with a group. and kept getting led away. :)
    Thanks for posting (and so often), you’re a great blogger!

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