A Danish island getaway in off-season
The first place in Denmark to see sunrise is the island of Bornholm, adrift in the Baltic, closer to Sweden and Poland. The short yet intense summer season is still two months off – catch it now, just after most local businesses have come out of hibernation. Røgerier (smokehouses) and ceramic art are two claims to fame on an island that’s celebrated both for the catch landed in its thatched fishing villages and the quality of its light that draws artists to its shores.
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Near the island’s northern tip, Nordlandet has hotel rooms in pared-back Nordic style (most with sea views) and an equally fine restaurant (from £145; hotelnordlandet.com). A half-hour pottery workshop at Hjorth’s Fabrik, plus firing and glazing, costs £15 and is available from April (bornholmsmuseum.dk). Nordbornholms Røgeri (reopens late March) is one of the island’s best smokehouses and serves a fish-focused seaside buffet for £23 (nbr.dk). DAT flies to Bornholm from Copenhagen (from £90; dat.dk), and also from Aalborg and Billund, all of which have flight connections to the UK. The widest choice is via Copenhagen (from £45; ryanair.com).
CLOCKWISE FORM TOP LEFT Nordlandet hotel’s restaurant; its lounge; the pottery at Hjorth’s Fabrik; steps down to the beach from Nordlandet