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Island pass: Go island hopping on the Danish islands

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Use the island pass in Denmark for your summer holiday this year. Then you can keep track of which islands you have visited and which ones to write on the list for the next trip.

Island pass: Go island hopping on the Danish islands written by Pernille Smidt-Kjærby

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Denmark is a really nice place - and many of us will get extra pleasure from the coming summer.

As it looks right now, there is a rather small prospect of new exotic stamps in the 'beetroot-colored' right from the first. For many, this year's summer holiday will again be spent in the Danish summer country.

But that should not stop us from going on adventures. And it does not get much more exotic than an island hop around the Danish islands.

The idea for the island pass originally also originated under slightly more exotic skies. A former travel agency colleague has told me that she took an island passport home from another trip Seychelles, and that her godmother, Britta Leth, seized the idea and made the Danish island passport based on inspiration from here. And from there it picked up speed.

The island pass is an ingenious invention and one of the reasons why our children think it's extra cool to explore the Danish islands with us. In addition, I think that - in terms of marketing - it is a bit of a stroke of genius when it comes to enticing us Danes to explore our own country. There is a bit of mini-competition in collecting as many stamps in our island passports as possible while we discover new islands and experience our beautiful landscape.

I usually rarely write about the experiences that our 'backyard' offers. But that does not mean that we do not regularly take the children out and enjoy the Danish nature and all the experiences that await out there. It is for both us and the children fantastic family time that connects us extra much and gives us one on the experience.

We do this regularly on weekend trips throughout the year. And when in the spring of 2017 we got an island passport from my sister, the hunt for the coveted 'island silhouettes' began.

What is an island passport?

It may well be that the prospect of stamps in the beetroot-colored passport has slightly long prospects. But a stamp in an island passport tastes a bit of adventure, and we are shown by many travel nerds with longing who are hungry for it. 

The island passport is of course not a real passport, but a booklet full of inspiration and facts about 38 Danish islands. It is a mini guide to a part of the Danish archipelago, which can be reached by ferry. Denmark consists of more than 400 islands, so if you finish the first 38 and have a taste for island hopping, then there are still plenty of islands to tackle.

In the small booklet, which for confusion looks like a passport, you can collect stamps in the form of fine 'island silhouettes'. At the back of the island pass there is also an overview list where you can cross the islands as they are visited and thus keep track of which islands you have visited.

Each island has a double page in the island pass, with a map of each island and some info about experiences and ferry connections. A QR code sends you directly to the island's own website, and in a small white circle in the lower right corner, space has been made for your stamp.

You stamp your island passport at the port, on board the ferry or at the island's port / tourist office. Keep an eye out for a small wooden board with a metal outline of exactly the island you are visiting.

The island pass is stamped by holding the side with the white circle over the metal silhouette on the plate and rubbing over the silhouette with the small metal pen.

The hunt for new stamps in the passport

As is also the case when we go on adventures around the world, the goal of the island trips is of course not just a stamp.

It is of course to experience a little more of 'Vandkantsdanmark', the varied nature and life in the small cozy island communities. You are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised by all the fun, quirky and creative details and initiatives that the islands offer.

But still, it can be a bit sporty to collect stamps. And in particular, it can be a motivating factor for children - and adults - to go on a trip. And a way to make the island holiday in Denmark even more fun.

Before we got our island pass in the spring of 2017, we had already visited several of the islands, but the lack of stamp is just another motivation to return. At the same time, we have opened our eyes to new smaller islands that we had never heard of.

In a small country like Denmark, many islands are accessible on a day trip. Several islands are even located in such a way that you can easily island-jump and get more stamps in one weekend. But it can be recommended to spend more time.

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Where can I get an island passport?

The island pass is completely free and is published in collaboration between VisitDenmark, Danske Småøer, Færgesekretariatet and Færgerne.

It is available for free use at most tourist information, but in some places you have to drop a flat 20s - or you can have it sent for DKK 35 which covers postage and shipping. Order it here.

And then it's really just about getting out and experiencing some of the little Danish island gems.

With us, 2020 offered 3 new island silhouettes from respectively Fur, Venø and Aarø. We are looking forward to more stamps in our beautiful island pass, so next time the trip goes to Anholt.

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About the author

Pernille Smidt-Kjærby

Traveling is Pernille's great passion. She writes about her experiences on her blog, and also works in the travel industry. Her husband shares the same passion for traveling and going on adventures, just as her two children are already globetrotters, and have e.g. participated in Uzbekistan, Indonesia and Colombia.



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