Bødehuset i Østerby

A bike ride around Læsø

Photo: Turist og Erhvervsforeningen

by Folmer Hjorth Kristensen

This year we will both start and end our cycling tour in the Port of Østerby. Remember that it is opposite Vesterø Harbor! The trip is approx. 30 km depending on how many small side roads you want to explore. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to swim, look at heather meadows, beach meadows, old seaweed and exciting nature that you have to walk a little off the beaten track to find.

We will start at Østerby Harbor, in the middle of the harbor, where we can see Østerby Harbor Office, Thorsen Fisk, Læsø Røget Fjæsing, Lyngfeldt Hotel, Min Grocery, Læsø Kunsthal, Østerby Hotel and Læsø Spisehus. In summer, the harbor is filled with fishing boats and pleasure boats - most Swedish, as Sweden is only 50 km away.

We cycle along the Smedievejen, where we notice the Østerby Shipyard, Læsø Rescue Station, the large playground, Gallery and Shop Anne Julie as well as Marina Park. The Smedie road ends at a large parking lot, where there is a beautiful view over the Kattegat, to the north Rønner, and where on the horizon in good weather you can glimpse Pikkerbakken in Frederikshavn. Here is also a nice, white sandy beach right next to the harbor. The beach continues to Vesterø Harbor, so if you want, you can choose to walk the 11-12 km walk. The bus is free of charge, so take it. it back.

Otherwise, we continue up Finlandsvej and turn right onto Peter Daniels Vej through the Nordmarken. Just before the 18-hole seaside golf course is a small white house. It is the house in which the famous Professor Johansen lived. At the time of Johansen, the whole of Nordmarken was one large, violet heather rug during the month of July-August.

We cycle on, past one of Denmark's finest golf courses, which is very difficult to play when it blows - and it often does out here! Up Professor Johansen's road until we reach Læsø Seaside Golf- & Badehotel. It is a complex of 23 lovely holiday cabins, restaurant and golf clubhouse, all beautifully situated overlooking the sea and heather heaths. We descend to the slopes, and here we encounter a fascinating sight: partly the many stones in the water's edge that play in different colors depending on the weather type, and the presence of spiders, beach damage and topped shell gulls moving around between the stones and along seashore.

Back to Peter Daniel's road. Here we have two opportunities to get to Bovet. The first is the road to the left, Hals Kirkevej, which leads us past the place where Hals Church was located. The church was buried in sand during the sand escape and has today been taken down - its stones and materials have since been used for other purposes on Læsø.

The other option could be to take Nørholmsvej, which will lead us past the large cottage areas also called Jollerne. Here, tucked away in the woods, there are a lot of holiday homes. What is special about these areas is that they look like forest, because it has been decided that all the land must be 5,000 m2. When we reach Banstensvejen, we can choose to continue straight out or turn right, both will lead us out to the sea with a welcoming beach and almost no people, even in the middle of the high season.

We continue across the lane road and come out to Østerbyvejen, which we cross to reach on the other side to the double-directional cycle path. And there lies Bovet so - right in front of us! We look into something similar to infinity, where heaven and sea go together, and where spring and autumn rest in thousands of birds. Therefore, the area has also been laid out as a bird sanctuary, where birds have the first to rest and goof up thick and fat so that they have enough fuel for the long journeys to the north and east. It can for example. be it the dark bowed goose or the Icelandic ryle flying to and from breeding areas in Siberia and the northern areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland. There is a nice car park here, where we can. can eat and rest a little while at the same time enjoying nature.

We continue on Østerbyvejen, which at one point changes its name to Gammel Østerbyvej. Suddenly, some large, open clearances appear right and left. It is Læsø History Park with the garden garden Ægirs Garden marked with two large stones at the driveway. Here you can buy herbs and fine vegetables and visit the Læsø Labyrinth, which is an art installation made by American Herbert Parker and some volunteer Læsø residents. Further north is the Tangvig Hus Hedvigs Hus, carefully restored and preserved and run by Hedvig's Hus Laug, but owned by Læsø Museum.

Østerby Church is a newer church built in 1867. Look into the cemetery - there is plenty of evidence that the sea is a dangerous workplace. - In the old town of Østerby you could see buildings such as school, utility and mission house. Today, only the mission house still has the function for which it was originally built. The school has been a magazine and archive for Læsø Museum for many years, but it has now been moved to Byrum.

We now turn right down the alley between the mission house and the beautiful seaweed house. Where the asphalt road turns 90 degrees and the road continues as a dirt road, we must make some important decisions. Cyclists with strong bikes and who are not afraid that it bumps a little and can not stop because there are only two wheel tracks, can continue and turn left up Kongenshusvej. It's a bit of a "wild jungle" to run into, but it's exciting and nature is close. On the other hand, if you do not belong to the tanned part of the cycling people, you can instead turn right out onto Kongenshusvej and sit in the grass and enjoy the view to Evbakken, Bløden Hale, the island of Knogen and all the lovely areas that the eyes can find resting by consider. At the time of Christian the 4th, a liner could go to Evbakken, so the king had set up a customs office here from which the fleet could operate. It is said that the soldiers were regularly very full, and there are also several reports of murder here.

Those who prefer to stick to the tarmac can now cycle back and turn right and continue north. In this area there are many old seaweed houses that are now being restored. Read more at www.tangtag.dk

We now cycle further along Snebærvej until we meet Danzigmannvej. Then we follow the right and continue towards the open plains, where suddenly the landscape opens up to us with heather and sky and a mare-clad dune: We are heading towards Danzingmann Dune. And here again, a choice must be made. Those who either do not want or

has the power to take the last 4 km to the Bløden Hale plus the 4 km return again, can possibly. take your swimwear and lunches, climb over the dune and find a hot "pot" where they can enjoy the view, the sea and the fresh air. Far out on the horizon you can see the very busy shipping route between Denmark and Sweden. And in good weather, and when it gets dark, you can see a flashlight running up and down the horizon. It is the TV station in Gothenburg.

The really tanned cyclists who can hardly get enough challenges in terms of dirt roads, holes in the roads, dust, etc., yes, they continue on to the heathered "savanna" towards the Soft Tail. We cycle right here smelling out in nature, nature and nature to finally stand, dusty and tender in the body, on the square at Bløden Hale. From here we can see on the moors for hundreds of sheep walking and enjoying themselves before we even go down to the beach, turn right and further down to the tip of the tail. Right here there are only nature and birds, and out on the little islands are the seals (it would be a good idea to bring a pair of binoculars). The island of Knogen is the island of birds. Here, several different species breed, and here at night rest is kept on the birds' path to and from the breeding sites north. Here we also find giant pebbles of seaweed, and if you look carefully for yes, then you may find a few of the beautiful yellow lumps that can be lightly brushed with sandpaper and toothpaste and hung around the neck to forever commemorate the trip to Læsø.

The home tour gives itself - though just with a small detour to Jegens Vej and up on the dune to look over the seal dog reef - here there are sometimes seals plus a few birds.

The whole farm oozes of old days - of wooden ships, tar and wool. The nice thing about this farm is that it is not modernized. The old stalls for pigs, cows and horses are still there, but the animals have been replaced with inviting designs in plaids, sweaters, hats, shoes and quilts - a god bless of all colors and sizes. If we go all the way into the small quilt room, here we can get a description of how these quilts are made. There are plant colors in all the known colors, nothing is left to chance.

We are now nearing the end of our bike ride. We cycle down Tyvhulvejen and continue all the way to Kattegat, where a different view of the harbor of Østerby awaits us than the one we normally see. If we follow the asphalt to the left down towards Østerby Harbor by Gærdesmuttevej, Sneppevej or Rylevej - which all lead to Mågevej - we are back again at Læsø Fiskeindustri and at the harbor in Østerby.

We can also choose to return to the main road and follow it down towards Østerby Harbor. Then we will see on the left side of the road just by the city sign a very impressive rhododendron park, whose entrance is marked with flags. It is Lise and Søren Madsen who have created this beautiful park. If we continue straight out, we end up where we started: in the heart of Østerby Harbor.

Hope you enjoyed the trip!