Visiting the Danish Island of Fur
Located in the southern part of the Limfjord in the area of Central Denmark Region, the island of Fur offers a quiet escape for nature lovers looking for beautiful views, craft beers, fossil hunting and more.
Photograph: VisitDenmark / Destination Limfjorden
Text: Kelly Kristensen
With the country slowly coming out of its second lockdown, it is hard to say what summer travel will look like this year. Many people may be looking to create yet another staycation in Denmark, and the natural areas will be where many choose to plan their trips. While deciding on which areas to explore this summer, you should consider leaving a spot on your bucket list for the island of Fur.
Well-known for its magnificent cliffs, Fur is easily accessible. With only one way to get to the island, travellers to Fur will start their trip at the town of Salling and take the 4-minute ferry over the Limfjord. This ferry runs 24 hours a day, and no reservation is required. They take passengers and vehicles on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you miss one ferry, you only have about a 10-minute wait until the next one.
Fur is also a perfect place for those new to exploring nature, experienced hikers or those wanting a great place for a weekend bike trip. With well-marked trails all throughout its area of 22 square kilometres, Fur is easy to explore. You can get a detailed trail map at naturstyrelsen.dk (in Danish) to help you plan your course of action.
Natural wonders of Fur
Once on Fur, travel along the western coast of the island. For the best views of the cliffs, you will want to park at the first parking lot near the coast just south of the entrance to the Fur Bryghus and walk northwards.
"With well-marked trails all throughout its area of 22 square kilometres, Fur is easy to explore."
The first of the cliffs is called Lille Knudshoved, Fur’s westernmost point. The views along this path and from the top of the cliffs are like no other in Denmark, and on clear days, you can see the other cliffs as they reach out for over 600 meters. Next are the notable areas of Store Knudshoved and the Knudeklinterne. Here, you will find viewing platforms made of steel that allow you a nice view of the Limfjord as well as the rainbow layers of the rocks.
At this point in time, you are just a short walk from the Fur Bryghus, which is a great place to try some craft beers (øl) and get lunch in their restaurant. This is a popular place, so you will want to make a reservation before you travel to Fur. Travelling with kids? Fur Bryghus also has a terrific playground your kids are sure to enjoy.
Other great discoveries
There are also many other places worth exploring on Fur. First, the impressive Bispehuen stone looks just like the cliffs of Fur but is located inland in Fur’s largest raw material areas. The nearby area called Den Rødsten is a rock made of meltaway sand and gravel where legends says a dragon lives. You can also visit the beach at Østklinten on the northern side of the island for a day of fun in the sun.
The Fur Museum and fossil hunting
If you travel to Fur during the summer months, you will want to visit the Fur Museum. Here, learn more about the island’s history as well as see their fascinating fossil collection. You can even go on a fossil hunt to discover life from over 50 million years ago.
Where to stay on Fur
If you are looking for a place to stay on your visit to the island, Fur Camping campground and Fur Færgekro are great options. Both places have restaurants that serve a variety of food options, and you can also find cafés in the harbour town nearby, an art gallery or quaint shop.