Travels with V

Bornholm

Island in the sun (continued)

The landscape on Bornholm is varied and rich, and there are some fine forests here with exotic and domestic trees. In springtime the forest grounds are covered with light green garlic-smelling ramson .

An iconic attraction is the old fortress of Hamershus near the island’s northern tip (pic on top of this page). It was built in the 13th century in times of conflict between the king and the church, the bishop of Lund was in reality the ruler of Bornholm at this time. But from the end of the 17th century the castle was used as a free-for-all stone deposit so now only ruins are left standing.

Not far away from Hammershus is the  Nordboholm nature park, with two lakes, Opalsøen and Hammer Sø. They are actually old stone quarrys and cliffs with vertical slopes surround them. This is a perfect spot for rappelling, which we tried. In later years a zipline letting brave guests fly over the lake has been built here.

In the video above, that we have borrowed from the Danish Camping Union you can actually see me taking some photo shots on the ground as V is rappelling down.

This was not my only adventure, I also had to act bullfighter when a Highland cattle cow suddenly came rushing for me. I don’t know why but she suddenly gave me a blow with her impressive horns!

This happened in another forest area, the Almindingen. Here you can go by horse and carriage through the beautiful forest, visiting different sites such as Rytterknægten, a tall lookout tower, Ekko valley and Rokkestenen, a big stone boulder that many have tried to move, but very few have succeded. 

In another forest called Döndalen you’ll find the tallest waterfall in Denmark. Just twenty meters high, but still… 

Bornholm is blessed with some very unusual circular churches. They are called “rundkirke” and there are four of them, Österlars being the largest. It is commony believed that the circular form is a parallell to the round chapel at the Holy Tomb in Jerusalem. Since they were constructed in the very early middle ages it’s believed that the idea for this form was brought back home by nordic crusaders.

ÖSTERLARS ROUND CHURCH
INSIDE ÖSTERLARS ROUND CHURCH

Bornholm has been compared to Skagen (north Jutland) in terms of that attractive northern light so popular with painters. In fact one of the leading Skagen painters, Michael Ancker, was born on Bornholm and often returned to the island. And in the airy Bornholm Art Museum you can see works of artists from the island, both from classical and modern periods.

Turists come to Bornholm mostly from Germany and Denmark. Not so many from Sweden, for som reason. But the island is a great place to visit and hopefully soon this destination will become an attraction for travelers from both near and afar!

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Jag som gör den här resebloggen heter Lars Aldman och jag har tidigare jobbat som journalist mm på SR och SVT. Och "V" som jag reser med är min älskade hustru Veronica, journalist och fotograf.

Vår favoritsysselsättning är att resa runt i världen och se andra kulturer och samhällen. I flera år har vi äventyrat i Asien, Afrika och Latinamerika, och även naturligtvis i Europa. Och vi vill gärna dela med oss av våra erfarenheter och glädjeämnen, och hoppas att ni vill följa med oss!

PS. På sajten aldmangallery.com hittar ni mina bilder från både när och (mest) fjärran. Djur, natur, samhällen och människor.
Resebloggar finns det gott om men vi har en lite annan tanke med våra berättelser. Vi vill främst beskriva våra upplevelser av udda platser, människorna vi möter och miljöer som är rätt annorlunda mot vad vi möter hemma.

Därför hamnar vi ibland i avlägsna indianbyar i Guatemalas berg eller bland andetroende bybor på en ö i Indonesien. Men också på mer kända platser som Machu Picchu i Peru eller sandstränderna i Goa. Allt sett genom våra ögon och kameror.

Den som vill ha restips får också sitt - varje resmål har en avdelning med sånt vi kan rekommendera. Eller undvika. Vårt fokus är framför allt att sporra er läsare att göra som vi - resa rätt ut i den vida världen.

Jag heter Lars Aldman och har bl a jobbat som journalist mm på SR och SVT.  Och "V" som jag reser med är min älskade hustru Veronica, som också är journalist och fotograf. Vi älskar att resa och uppleva andra kulturer. I flera år har vi rest omkring i världens fyra hörn och vi vill gärna dela med oss av våra erfarenheter och glädjeämnen på dessa upptäcktsfärder. Hoppas ni vill följa med!

Hej!

Vår senaste resa gick till Albanien där vi under tre veckor upplevde detta okända men så spännande och vackra land. Från de hisnande höga bergen i norr, de gamla städerna och de djupa floddalarna i landets mitt, till de långa stränderna med sitt klara vatten i söder. Klicka på Albanien och läs om landets dramatiska historia och dess vänliga och gästfria invånare.

NYTT!

There's now a new addition to the blog, about our trip to Albania. During three weeks we traveled up and down this unknown but beautiful country. From the high mountains in the north to the ancient towns and the deep valleys inland, to the sandy beaches and the clear green water in the south. Click on Albania in the map and read about its dramatic history and kind and hospitable people.

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I'm Lars Aldman from Sweden. I worked for many years at the Swedish National TV and Radio, but now my main interest is traveling around the world with "V", my lovely wife Veronica, who is a freelance journalist and photographer.
For the last ten years we have traveled through Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. We love to experience different cultures and societies and we hope you'll join us!