From the harbour in Gudhjem, there are daily departures to Ertholmene – the small rocky islands of ”Christiansø” and ”Frederiksø”, which, in the 1600s, were converted to an advanced naval station for Denmark – the cannons are still there today. The ferry journey lasts less than an hour, but you will feel as though you have travelled back several centuries, to a time when the English bombarded the islands several times, and attempted to invade. Christiansø stood fast, and is still under Danish rule today.
Another time machine near Gudhjem is ”Melstedgaard”, which is located close to Gudhjem Holiday Park. Here, time has been turned back to 1950, making it possible for you to experience what life was like on a farm in Denmark in those days - an interesting experience for all ages. In connection to the working agricultural museum, you will find Gourmet Bornholm’s ”Gaarden”, which acts as a kind of food embassy for local produce and products. Look forward to delicious food, and take part in the many fun activities on offer at Gaarden.
A great holiday tip: The beautiful coastal path
Go for a hike along the old coastal path, which can be accessed right by Gudhjem Holiday Park. The path continues down along the harbour, and northward to Salene Bay. According to the history books, Harald Bluetooth moored in Salene Bay in the year of 986, on his journey to his fortress ”Jomsborg”, on the east coast of Germany. However, his son Sweyn Forkbeard, with whom he had an ongoing conflict, surprised Harald Bluetooth in the bay. Harald Bluetooth’s fleet escaped, but Harald was hit in his backside by a poisoned arrow, an arrow that turned out to be deadly. As such, the area around Gudhjem played a part in a change of the Danish line of succession. You are not likely to spot any Viking ships on the beautiful hike, but you can expect beautiful panoramic views.