The island Fur is one of Denmark’s most distinctive islands. The tiny island consist of many layers of volcanic ash and a special kind of clay called moler. Along the north-western coast and in the many clay pits the layers are clearly visible making strange and beautiful formations. The island is also an excellent place for finding fossils.
The northwestern part of the island is small enough to explore on foot and there are several beautiful trails to follow. I used this map (in danish) to pinpoint the sights and followed both the red, the white and the yellow trail.
With the ferry to the island Fur
Fur is situated in Denmark’s largest fjord Limfjorden. A small car ferry sails from the port in Branden and the trip takes only 3 minutes. If you are traveling with public transportation (like me) there is a train station in the nearby town Skive. From here a bus departs once every hour to the port in Branden.
After arriving at Fur, I walked along the western coast to the north-western tip of the island called Knuden, while the sun went down across the water. A stunning 6 km hike.
The ferry timetable
5.00-19.00 – departure every 15 minute (00-15 -30-45)
19.00-01.00 – departure every 30 minute (00-30)
01.00-05.00 – departure every hour (00)
20 DKK per person, or 120 DKK for a car including all passengers
The bus from Skive to Branden
Hiking along the layered north-west coast
The steep layered coast is Fur’s main attraction. Follow the trail from the car park at Knudevejen to the cliff Lille Knudshoved. Walk a little further along the beach and you’ll reach the even more impressive Store Knudshoved. In the evening the cliffs looks stunning in the golden light.
After the trip you can visit the nearby Brewhouse Fur Bryghus for some lovely beer and food.
The largest cliff Store Knudshoved looks stunning in the golden evening light.
The smaller cliff Lille Knudshoved
The view from the top of Lille Knudshoved.
The mo-clay pits at Fur
Even though they are man-made, the clay pits on Fur are just as fascinating as the coastline. Digging for mo-clay (which has been sold as cat-litter) has left deep holes in the landscape and exposed strange rock formations, making the many layers of volcanic ash and clay visible. Take for instance this one bellow called Bispehuen which means the Bishop’s Hat.
If you want to explore the clay pits on Fur, go to the grey-marked areas in this map (in danish)
An odd but beautiful rock called Bispehuen.
Accommodation at Fur
If you want to stay on the island find the different options here (in danish)
I stayed in a small cabin at the camp site Fur Camping. A lovely camp site with a restaurant and great facilities. But the best thing is, that it’s situated only 500 metres away from the beautiful coastline. The island is so far away from cities and light pollution and the sky so clear that it was possible for my to photograph the stars above my cabin.
Just as clear are my memories from Fur. I leave the island with the feeling that I have discovered a hidden gem – I special island that not many others find their way to. A place unlike anywhere else in Denmark.
It’s a wonderful thing to stay so close to nature. One morning I woke up to the most beautiful frosty morning.