Take the plunge!
Indulge in active holiday full of sunshine, wind in your hair and packed full of experiences, all to be enjoyed in one of the most amazing natural environments in Denmark.
Whether you’re a sailor, angler, cyclist, golf enthusiast, horse lover, rambler, all of this or your interests lie somewhere completely different, then Ærø has it all to offer, with activities spanning across all ages, physical agility and type of holiday you desire.
It is with good reason that Ærø is a popular and well-known destination for yachtsmen and women from all of Northern Europe. The breath-taking coastline, clear blue water and lovely marinas, all of which greet you as you make land fall at Ærø by boat, epitomizes the Danish summer.
Anchor along the winding coastline and enjoy the luscious panoramic view of idyllic bays, beaches and spits of all shapes and sizes. Berth in one of the three inviting marinas and make a lovely meal on one the provided barbeques; in Søby, you could even garnish with fresh herbs, which you would find growing in the freely accessible garden beds.
Adventure on two wheels
By bike, you can cover much of the island in a relatively short time. Ærø is covered by fantastic scenic cycle paths. Like being in a beautiful painting, you will be taking in the view of idyllic half-timbered houses and cottages, nestled between spectacular hedges of colourful lilacs, leaning poplars shaped by decades of wind, and grand old beech trees, all with the ever-stretching blue archipelago as the backdrop. Your only reminder of reality would be the sound of gravel scrunching under the tires.
The winding and twisting Øhavsstien takes you along the coastline, revealing a surprisingly varied landscape around each corner that you turn. Pack yourself some hardy sandwiches and a flask of hot coffee; after a climb up and down the impressive Voderup Klint, a walk around the spectacular Vitsø Nor, or a trip to Sankt Albert along the nature trails by Gravendal and Gråsten Nor, you will find that the food tastes even more delicious.
An opportunity to climb the high ridge and be amazed by the views; an opportunity to get a closer look at historical churches from the Middle Ages; an opportunity to go all the way to Skjoldnæs Fyr, which is also the most westerly point of the island. And if your legs can still carry you, climb the lighthouse and enjoy the view of migrating eiders and greylag geese, and playful porpoises in the sea.
Horses, golfing, angling – the list is almost endless!
At Skjoldnæs lies one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe, complete with a 180 degree panoramic view. Available to everyone, even if you just want to play for a few hours.
Horses are also available to hire at several locations across the island.
Ærø is a paradise for anglers, with amazing opportunities, all the year round, to experience nature at its best and possibilities for an impressive catch of sea trout, mullet, turbot and cod, to name a few. You will find cleaning- and freezing facilities for your catch at many of the places of overnight accommodation.
For the sporty of mind and body, don’t miss the hidebound marathon Maritimløbet in Marstal, which takes place in May each year and attracts runners from all over the country. Anyone can take part, as you can chose from completing the 1/11 marathon (0,4km), 1/10 marathon (4km), 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 – and of course the full marathon.
If you want an active holiday Ærø is the place to come.