Hjortø is a true nature’s paradise. The island has a rich animal and plant population as well as child friendly beaches. Here is no pub, grocery store or church. With only 4 inhabitants, Hjortø is one of Denmarks least populated islands. Hjortø is barely 1km2 big and very flat – its highest point measures 3,5 meters.
By the Hjortø harbor you will find a small museum which contains stories about the island.
You can experience Hjortø’s rich nature life by watching the many bird migrations which pass over the island. Some of the bird include majestic white-tailed sea eagles and small European wrens. You will also be able to see rare bell frogs and hares rush across the fields. The western part of the island is a protected bird reservoir where access is prohibited from the 1st of March to the 15th of July. The Copenhagen Zoo has run a program which releases rare beach toads onto the beaches for many years. These toads have become more common in nature and can be recognized by unique patterns on their belly. Herrefod cattle graze across the island´s fields and are transported to Taasinge everywhere via the cattle barge Yrsa each year.
It is possible to stay on the island overnight in a shelter or in a tent.
The journey to Hjortø can happen with the ferry Hjortøboen which departs from Svendborg. The ferry can carry 1 car and 12 passengers. We recommend booking your spot ahead of time. The journey takes an hour and takes you through the beautiful Svendborgsund and past the island Skarø.
You also have the option of sailing to the island yourself. The harbor on Hjortø has 20 guest spots. The harbor has toilets, baths, and electricity.
For more information visit Visit Svendborg: https://www.visitsvendborg.com/