King's garden on Ertholmene

I sit down at one of the benches - Everything is tiny on Ertholmene - Even the "forest" of trees sheltering the small opening in between the walls, where the locals sometimes meet to celebrate and picnic a five minute walk far away from the fishing village

Fisherman's cottage

In their spare time since more than a hundred years ago the fishermen and soldiers would build tiny granite cottages and small granite walled gardens to grow vegetables on Ertholmene. These unique tiny stone huts stands close together, making a very special place

The secret tunnel

From sea the 3-5 m. high defence wall looks massive and impressive... but what you can't see is the tiny rift valley leading into a secret tunnel that makes it possible for the defenders to attack from a different angle

The defence walls on Ertholmene

The Ertholmene islands are ringed by more than 2 km. of strong, massive granite defence walls, bastions and platforms. Build carefully, and skilfully hundreds of years ago, not even usen mortar - Just stone on stone, many of the walls being several meters in hight

Migrating birds on Ertholmene

In the spring and autumn Ertholmene is a welcoming resting place for many migrating birds and on cliffs and in shelter of the towers and among the rocks, many small birds rest, before continuing their journeys out over the water

The round defence tower

The ancient and massive, tall, heavy granite defense tower from 1687 is one of the most legendary buildings on Ertholmene. It can be seen even from Bornholm, more than an hour away on boat, as a clear cut form standing out in the mid of the Baltic Sea

Boat on Ertholmene

There are no cars on the islands, no cars at all. But there are boats... from tiny row-boats, to fishing boats, to sailboats, and even a couple of rescue boats. Many of the locals taking part in the rescue service, whenever they are called on duty

View to Christiansoe

Walking from Christiansoe, to Frederiksoe, across the natural tiny harbor between the two islands, on an old swinging foot bridge, I turn around to look back at the largest of the islands

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