The island of Fur has been on my bucket list for years since I’ve read so many great things about the place. The island lies in the fjord Limfjorden and is famous for its majestic mo-clay cliffs, breathtaking views and local world class beer. So I was very excited to go hiking on the island last weekend with three friends of mine.
Here is the track that we followed:
Distance: 14.7 km
How to get there: You can go there by ferry from the village of Branden. The crossing takes only app. 5 min.
Where to stay: You find more accomodation establishments on the island. A cheap solution would be B&B’s.
Highlights on the track
We started our hike on the north coast and headed for the mo-clay cliffs, our first goal on the track.
Knudeklinterne – the Mo-Clay Cliffs
The mo-clay cliffs were created during the Ice Age 25,000 years ago when glaciers pushed layers of mo-clay up from the underground and formed impressing cliffs. The mo-clay was interspersed by layers of ash from numerous volcanic eruptions and formed in beautiful curves. Today the layers and curves are still clearly visible in the cliffs and are an amazing view.
The place is also perfect for fossil hunting since the cliffs conceal numerous fossil fish, insects, reptiles and plants.
The Red Stone
Another amazing attraction on the coast line is the beautiful red sand stone rock shooting up on the beach like a giant red wave.
The red stone consists of meltwater sand and gravel connected by iron compounds. When the water from the fjord and rain strike the stone, the iron corrodes and colours the stone red.
During the Middle Age the red stone was used as a construction material for churches (e.g. the cathedral of Viborg) since the stone was easily formed og thus useful for complex building projects.
Pitstop at the Fur Bryghus
As you may have noticed I enjoy exploring local cuisine and beverages every time I go hiking in new areas. On this hike I stayed true to tradition and decided to visit Fur Bryghus, the local brewery, near our track.
Fur Bryghus is famous for its world class beer that is made of high quality raw materials and the unique water found on the island. The Fur water is perfect for beer brewery since the water is enriched with natural minerals and salts when filtered by the numerous layers of mo-clay and volcanic ashes in the ground.
A great thing about the brewery is that it offers beer tapas allowing the guests to taste various beer types served in small glasses. In addition, the brewery has an excellent cuisine. So if you are looking for a high end meal at a fair price while visiting the island, the place is very recommendable.
The Mo-Clay Quarry
Close to the brewery you find a mo-clay quarry. This is indeed a must see if you enjoy studying the distinct geology of the island.
On the remaining part of our hiking adventure back to our starting pont we followed the track on top of the cliffs to enjoy the spectacular view to the main land and neighbouring islands of Mols and Livø.
Enjoy your trip to the island of Fur
Now that I’m back home writing this article the below wise words pop into my mind:
“No matter how many times you’ve heard about a thing, you won’t really understand its beauty and meaning, until you see it“.
The Island of Fur was a great adventure for me and I was surprised how much the small island has to offer. So if you ever go to Denmark the island is indeed a must-see.