How to Have a Blast in Bornholm: A Weekend of Wonders!

Authored By:

Zoie S.

A fun weekend in Bornholm, Denmark. I studied abroad in Copenhagen for spring block 3 2022. During my block in Copenhagen, we had a break over the Easter weekend when some of my friends and I decided to go to Bornholm! This was definitely one of my favorite trips I did during my time abroad and would highly recommend it if you are able to go! If you have any other questions about Copenhagen feel free to reach out to me at !

How to get there:

In order to get to Bornholm from Copenhagen you need to take a bus into Sweden, and then you take a ferry from Sweden to Bornholm. I will say this ferry ride can get into some rough swells and I did get seasick on the way there. Once you get into the city of Rønne and get off the boat you will likely need to take a local bus to get to where you are staying.  Make sure you have cash as it makes this process way easier. 

Where to stay:

There are plenty of Airbnb places to stay that you can look at! Below is a link to one where we stayed, that had a host who was very helpful and nice! There are likely more affordable options to consider if you are going in a smaller group. This house was gorgeous and in a very secluded area. Getting to the house sends you on a dirt road and past horses that would come up to the fence and greet us as we walked by!   


How to get around:

We rented bikes in order to get around the island to different towns! I would recommend renting the electric models.  The extra money for them makes it totally worth it with the extra distance you can travel. The local buses are also super easy and the drivers will often drop you off as close to your place as possible if you ask. They also let you take your bikes inside the bus if you decide you want to bus back from somewhere. You can also take a taxi but you have to book them in advance.  They were easy to schedule and the drivers were super nice and gave us ideas on what to do while we were there.


What we did:

The first night we taxied to a town called Gudhjem, where we watched the sunset and went for a hike. I also bought some of the best salt ever at a local store there! It is a super cute town and definitely worth the visit. 

On the second day, we woke up early and went into Rønne to pick up our bikes. After that, we stopped at the grocery store to get snacks for the day and then rode all around the island. I will add the route we took. Each stop was super cool, unique and totally worth the ride. All of the towns are unique and cute, and then we also went to a beach called Dueodde that had gorgeous sand and cold water!  This was a long day but we were able to see a lot of the island just by bike. 

On the third day, we went to Hammershus castle and Opalsøen (a lake hike that is right next to the castle). You can walk up around the lake and then onto a cliff lookout near that has lots of sheep and mountain goats! This was one of my favorite spots for the whole trip. 

On the last day, we woke up early, packed up our bags, and biked our bags back into town where we dropped off the bikes and took the ferry back home. 

This was a super fun chill weekend trip that was definitely one of the prettiest places I have visited. It was also very calm and low on tourists if you are looking of a little secret island getaway while you are abroad.