My Fanø - Island of undreamed posibilities. Fanø 2013 Guide
MY FANØ - Island of undreamed posibilities
Af Per Hofman HansenSince 1965 I have spent summer holidays in Sønderho. Here I first met the culture of Fanø, the building traditions and the maritime history. Here I first learned about the painters Julius Exner, Johan Rohde, Heinemann, Dohm and many more; here I first met the Wadden Sea and the rich birdlife there, the dunes, the heather og the meadows. By reading a.o. N.M. Kromanns “Fanøs historie” and Niels Frederiksens “Sønderho – en skipperby i Vadehavet” (New edition will be published April 2013) I became engaged in the amazing history of the island.
Havside Bjerge Hike
You cross Fanø. The easiest way is to start your hike from the beach – from the “Be Free” bunker. On the hike, where you most likely will be on your own, you meet a piecefull but very varied landscape with heather, meadow, bog and dunes of all kind.
The Duck decoy Hike (Fuglekoje-turen)
The Wadden Sea and the meadows of Fanø towards the east – that is what you get under your skin when you take the decoy hike. This hike gives you the possibility to visit the three open duck decoys of Fanø. Start the hike at “Farmen” a bit north of Sønderho and follow the lane towards north. If your eyes are open you might be lucky to find the rather uncommon flower Marsh Gentian. The first duck decoy you meet is Sonderho Fuglekoje (established 1888) – hiding on your left. Here you might meet deer, dragonflies and wild ducks.
Next decoy is Sønderho Gamle Fuglekøje (Sonderho Old Duck Decoy establish 1866) – a kind of an open-air museum. To visit this decoy is a must. It stands like it did originally and there is an inspiring exhibition. From the tower in the decoy you have a stunning view over the Wadden Sea and far over Jutland. Albue Fuglekoje is the most northern of the duck decoys.
A group of enthusiastic summer guests at Peter Meyers Sand with Fanø's nature guide.
Peter Meyers Sand
If you are offered the possibility to go for a hike to Peter Meyers Sand with a nature guide – do not let go of it. On this hike you will get a unique insight of the greatness of the Wadden Sea, the tide, the sandbanks, the renderings, seafaring of the past, floods and bird life.
Many rather rare flowers are growing on Fanø, a.o. orchids such as Marsh Helleborine and Hammarbya paludosa but also the beautiful tiny Round-leaved Wintergreen, Marsh Grass-of-Parnassus, Field Gentian and the newcomer the Yellow Hornpoppy. Many grow in different localities close to the beach of Sønderho.
Of course Fanø and shipping belong together. I have learned this history by visiting the “Skibsfarts- og Dragtsamling” (Museum for Shipping and Traditional Dresses), the churches in Sønderho and Nordby with their seamen graves and church ships; and also the recently reestablished seamark "Æ Kåver" in Sønderho. If you have the time to make a trip on board “Rebekka” – the only sailing evert in Denmark – do not miss this. Here you can experience sailing and navigation from days far gone.
Per Hofman Hansen
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