The first island in the world completely powered by renewable energy. People try to consume as much local food as possible. They even have a saying “You haven't had a potato until you've had a Samso potato." Simply the paradise for environmentalists. But bikers too!
  • Travelling time: 1:50h
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Why we love it: Sustainable and green island full of relaxing activities.
  • Length: 27 km
  • Total Elevation Gain: 28 m
  • Way to travel: by bike
  • Cost: 0 €
  • Our Advice: Visit the island during summer or May.

The combination of deep relaxation in the nature and great holiday activities. The landscape and short distances between cities make this island a perfect place for cycling. The island is 100% CO2 neutral with 8100 hectares of area used to grow potatoes, berries and vegetables.


If you want to relax your mind and soul, visit the island, book a place to stay and attend yoga classes with Anette. Yoga retreats are open during the whole year. Between the classes, take a bike and make some trip around the island. You can choose between several routes- for example green, dotted or yellow. So, pack some yoga pants, mat and bike and enjoy the amazing retreat of mind, soul and body in one of the most beautiful Danish islands.


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Today, we will introduce the green route of 27 km. It is quite relaxed tour of south island. The itinerary starts in Tranebjerg.


Tranebjerg is island´s commercial centre, where you can find stores, enjoy a meal in restaurant or drink a good cup of coffee in the café. Since 1890, it is island´s capital. You can find The Organic Museum, Tourist Centrum or Cinema in this lovely city.


Via beautiful Østerløkkevej, you will soon get to Ballen.


Ballen is a city meeting the sea, so if you are in Samsø during the summer, enjoy the beach life and swimming in a bit colder sea. Ballen is a favourite vacation spot, so you will find many stores, cafés, restaurants and hotels here.


Follow the route via Nørreskiftevej to Ørby and on towards Brattingsborg Gods. On your left, you can see a forest, so if you feel like, you can visit it and go all the way to the ocean.


From Brattingsborgvej, continue to Kolby. In Kolby, you will turn left towards lighthouse called Vesborg Fyr. Enjoy the atmosphere of lighthouse and after a while, come back to Kolby.


Continue towards Hårmark, Pillemark and via Pillemarksvej back to Tranebjerg.


The route can be also started in all other cities, based on your stay. All you need to do is following green marker.


Church in Samsoe
Photo by Bob Collowân via Wikimedia

Author: Nikola Meciarova

Cover Photo: Photo by Marcelo Medeiros via Flickr  


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