Kaniner på Endelave

The island Endelave is a small gem

Photo: Peter Marczak

Here, you will find everything worth knowing about the island of Endelave. Great tips for activities and experiences in town and nature as well as the best places to eat and spend the night.

Guide to one of Denmark’s finest islands

Endelave is one of the country’s finest natural islands and boasts an abundance of plants, animals and natural habitats, unique experiences for children and a mini version of a proper tidal flat with a rich birdlife and wildlife.

There is also the deciduous forest Troldeskoven, a "Skagen point", a seal colony and, not least, lots of wild rabbits, giving the island the nickname "Rabbit Island".

 

Go on a safe island getaway with the Endelave ferry

In the Kattegat, south of Horsens Fjord, you find the island Endelave which you may reach on the Endelave ferry.

The sailing time is one hour and, along the way, you may enjoy the views of Møllegrunden with its many seals and maybe you will even spot porpoises and birds.

Teeny-tiny cruise and big experiences

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Daily departures

Find available ferry tickets to Endelave now.

Check out the list: 12 experiences

We gather the best places to visit at Endelave.

Personal stories from an Endelave resident

Get up close and personal with island life, the wild rabbits and the good stories with the Endelave guide Tove Yde who will show you the varied nature of the island.

Guided tours of Endelave

Photo: Endelave Aktiv Ø

Small portraits of Endelave

Endelave Town

In the town of Endelave you find many farms and houses and the town has maintained its cosy, country-style charm. There is also a school, a library, a grocery store, shops and eateries.

The wild rabbits

Seeing a small wild rabbit jumping happily around is not an unusual sight on Endelave. Endelave is often referred to as the ”Rabbit Island”. Since the late 1920s, the island has been populated by wild rabbits.

The rabbits are light brown. You can distinguish a hare from a rabbit by the rabbit being smaller and having shorter ears. Also, the tips of a hare’s ears are black, and its hind legs are much longer. The breeding season starts in February. During the ten-month period in which they breed every year, they can have between three and four litters, each of two to eight cubs.

Did you know that wild rabbits migrated to Denmark from Germany in 1920? Today, the rabbits are primarily found in Southern Jutland and on the islands Fanø, Als, Lolland, Bornholm and Endelave.

From 100 to 15,000 rabbits

The population varies greatly from year to year. Some years there are only a few hundred and other years there may be up to about 15,000 rabbits. If the population becomes too large, its usually regulates itself through disease.

Endelave is also a popular destination for hunters. From 1 September to 1 February, hunting rabbits is allowed. Approximately 5-6,000 rabbits are shot on the island every year.

If you want to go exploring and immerse yourself in the nature of the island, then bring snorkelling gear, binoculars, bicycle (bike rental is available on the island) and walking boots, not least!

Here, you can enjoy a (delicious) bite to eat

Stay a couple of days and take it all in

Should you fall in love with the lovely island atmosphere, we recommend that you spend the night at e.g. Kærhuset, the inn Endelave Kro or at Skippergårdens Bed & Breakfast.

Good to know

Øvre – experience the 'Grenen' phenomenon

At Endelave’s northern tip, "Øverste Ende", you can experience the same phenomenon as at "Grenen" near Skagen; a surf created by onshore wind on one side and calm waters on the sheltered side.

Jump in the water if you like. The water is very clear and suitable for diving. Because of the clarity of the water, you can see a lot of marine flora and a rich marine wildlife.

The "Øvre" area is a nature reserve and you can meet grazing cows and sheep which maintain the landscape. .

Ride your bike around Endelave

A good way to experience Endelave’s splendid nature is from the saddle of your bike. A 20-km-long cycling route – NaTour de Endelave – takes you close to the flora and fauna of the island. Along the route, you will find information boards where you can read about the island. The route starts at the harbour where you also find an introduction to the route. In some places you will have to get off your bike and pull it along. The route covers asphalt, walking trail and the beach.

Of course, it is also possible to walk around Endelave. The hiking route, Kaninoen, takes you all the way around the island, but some of the way you will be walking in sand or rocks on the beach or other places that are impassable on a bike. On Kaninoen you can get even closer to naure, and maybe you are lucky enough to spot a wild rabbit.Endelave Aktiv Ø (active island) frequently organise tours on Kaninoen. You can also participate in one of the many other sports events that they organise that take place on the island throughout the year.

Find your hiking route

Of course, it is also possible to walk around Endelave. The hiking route, Kaninoen, takes you all the way around the island, but some of the way you will be walking in sand or rocks on the beach or other places that are impassable on a bike. On Kaninoen you can get even closer to naure, and maybe you are lucky enough to spot a wild rabbit.Endelave Aktiv Ø (active island) frequently organise tours on Kaninoen. You can also participate in one of the many other sports events that they organise that take place on the island throughout the year.

In fact, there are four marked hiking routes on Endelave. You can therefore pick the one that fits your hiking level, mood and form of the day and take the walk all year round without the need for a tour guide. All the routes start at the pier, a couple of hundred metres from the ferry landing. Find them here or grab a brochure aboard the ferry. Kaninoen at 21 kilometres is blue, while the mini-kanino of 12 kilometres is green, and additionally you will find the yellow rabbit route of 5,5 kilometres and the red rabbit route 3 kilometres.

Have a great hike!

The Kanino (the rabbit trail)

Photo: Travel Dudes

NaTour de Endelave (PDF)

Photo: Endelave Aktiv Ø

Endelave Active Island

Photo: Endelave Aktiv Ø

Medicinal herbs and herb routes

Extend your meeting with the island by collecting herbs for your very own aquavit along the Endelave herb routes. Depending on the flowers, stems and roots you choose for your mix, your aquavit will be ready to drink in either a few days, a few weeks or in months.

Put on your walking boots and set out on one of the six routes which we 3 km, 4.5 km, 6 km, 6.5 km, 7 km og 13 km (bike route), respectively. Download a leaflet, showing you the routes and where you may find the various herbs. Endelave Medicinal Herb Garden has produced the leaflet.

The Medicinal Herb Garden also arranges a number of guided tours on topics like aquavit, amongst others.

A rich bird life – find the best spots for birdwatching

If you are lucky, you can spot up to 65 of Denmark’s 200 nesting bird species while visiting Endelave. The best place to watch the birds is in the north-western bay between the harbour and Øvre – a spot which is known as “Flasken”. The tide plays an important part in this area, as it is almost completely dry at low tide. The area is a wildlife reserve and hunting is prohibited.

You have a good view from the birdwatching tower. Remember your binoculars and spot your favourite bird.

Here are a few tips to how you may be lucky to spot some of the different birds.

 

Flasken

Home to many waders and waterfowl. The populations of especially plover, sandpiper, curlew, godwit and Brent geese can be especially dense here.

 

Kloben

Here you will find general waters and waterfowl. There is also a chance that you may spot gadwalls, little ringed plovers and reeves near the coast and on the tidal meadows.

 

Klinten

Here you may spot sand martins and the very rare breeding bird black guillemot.

Møllegrunden seal reserve

On a narrow sand reef to the north-west of Endelave, you find an important breeding reserve for the seals of the Kattegat. This is where the common seal breeds.

Apart from the seal, Møllegrunden is home to many birds – often, you will be able to spot large flocks of cormorants. The reef itself and the sea surrounding it is a no-access zone; however, if you sail past it – either on your own boat or on the ferry – there is a good chance that you will see the seals.

Troldeskoven – the forest at the old manor

In the area around the manor Louisenlund, you will find the largest deciduous forest of the island. These the remains of the centuries-old manor forest.

The forest contains many old Danish trees. In some places, ivy and honeysuckle wind their way up the trunks like liana and hang between the trees, giving the forest a jungle feel.