I spent a weekend with a good friend from way back on the island of Anholt, which is, she informed me, the place that is furthest away from anything else in Denmark. Anholt is absolutely gorgeous – the colours are incredibly vivid anywhere you turn, and walking through the main city made me feel almost like I had stepped back in time – just narrow gravel roads connecting houses of all imaginable styles, with the island’s only supermarket at its center.
I arrived by air. There is one plane that flies between Roskilde and the islands of Anholt and Læsø in the summer, and conveniently the tiny airport (really just a landing field and a small office) lies just 10 minutes walk from my friend’s house.
If I were to describe my stay on Anholt in two words I would probably pick Animals and Water. My friend has 4 beautiful cats (of which I only thought to photograph one), one dog and a horse which we took out for a walk on the last day.
Saturday was spent on the water. We got a call in the morning if we wanted to come along for a sailing trip in a small sail boat – we said yes, cake was baked, beer was found and off we went. The weather was fantastic and we had a wonderful day. My head slightly resembled a tomato in the evening in spite of liberal sunscreen appliance, but it was worth it I’d say.
Look at the colour of that water..!
Anholt is home to Northern Europe’s, if not Europe’s, biggest desert. Man made in fact, because some old king fancied having a lighthouse in one end of the island, and therefore needed a lot of stuff that could burn. So there went most of the trees – what is left is a very interesting looking, and actually rather large, area of sand and small bushes and not much else. What do you think it’s called? Why, The Desert of course.
The last of my time there was spent picking blackberries, wandering the beautiful beaches and admiring the view from Sønderbjerg (South(ern) Mountain), the highest place on Anholt at 48 meters.
The view from Sønderbjerg with a part of the desert underneath. Below you can see the infamous lighthouse in the distance.
The beach at Nordstrand (North Beach), and my friend with Bella the dog.
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