All Photos © Joakim Lloyd Raboff

I visited Bornholm, Denmark sometime in the very early 1980s while attending Munkebäck high school in Göteborg, Sweden. I have zero memories from that visit, but I know the objective was to bike around the island and I am pretty sure we did just that.

This time around, in the late summer of 2022, I brought all kinds of cameras with me to document Bornholm’s famously beautiful coastline, bike paths, and picturesque fishing villages.

Whereas most Swedish seaside towns and countryside cottages are painted red and white, in Denmark, in general, and on Bornholm in particular, houses are almost playfully colorful and well-kept.

One could argue that much of Denmark consists of larger and smaller islands with Bornholm being one of many, many. What makes the island unique is perhaps it’s location, closer to Sweden than Denmark and in the Baltic Sea. But what also differentiates Bornholm is how easy it is to get around the island on a bicycle.

The fact is, there are 12 bike routes and 7 hiking paths to choose from. Whichever you pick during a stay, you will inevitably ride along the gorgeous coast, through beautiful meadows, thick birch forests, and passed medieval hamlets and ancient churches.