Hven is a small island, it’s area is only about 7.5 km², so it can be hard to imagine that such a small island has much to offer. But there are actually numerous of things to see and do on this beautiful island in the strait Öresund. Some of the things makes the island very unique. Here are the top ten characteristic things you can see and do on the island.
1. Enjoy the view from Sankt Ibb’s old church
At the top of the hill in the harbour of Kyrkbacken lies Sankt Ibb’s old church. The church has been there for about 800 years and is a famous landmark in the strait of Öresund. The view from the church is amazing and it is most beautiful during sunset and sunrise.
2. Visit the Tycho Brahe museum
In the 16th century the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe lived on the island. He built a castle named Uraniborg, a observatory named Stjerneborg and a paper mill. Today not much of the buildings remains, but a museum dedicated to his life and work was established in 2005. There you can learn about Tycho Brahe and see the reconstruction of his observatory and the beautiful renaissance garden.
3. Hven’s backafall – nature reserve
Almost the entire coastline around the island is a nature reserve because of it’s rich flora and fauna. If you follow the trail on the southern side of the island you will see a stunning view towards the Danish side of the strait, up to 40 meters above the sea level.
There are also some historic sights at the beach around the island. Old rock carvings from the bronze age, located at the southern beach. Fortifications are other sights, which you can see around the entire island. The fortifications were part of a defense project called “The Skåne line” or “The Per Albin line”, which had the purpose of protecting Sweden during the second world war.
4. Follow the trail of Skåneleden
Skåneleden is a over 1100 km long hiking trail, divided into smaller parts, around the entire province of Skåne. Since 2017 you can also follow this hiking trail on Hven. The characteristic orange signs takes you on a 12 km long tour around the island.
5. Rent a yellow bicycle
Riding around with a bicycle on the island is the absolutely best way to experience everything on the island. If you forget to bring your own bike you can rent one of the characteristic yellow bikes and ride around the island.
6. Travel through the lover’s lane
In the summer the lover’s lane is a beautiful green tunnel that you can travel through. If you follow Skåneleden’s signs you will eventually find this little oasis.
7. Meet the alpacas
8. Taste the islands own whiskey
Close to Norreborg you will find Backafallsbyn and the whiskey distillery Spirit of Hven. The whiskey distillery on Hven is the only one in the province of Skåne and the southernmost one in Sweden. There you can experience the process of making whiskey and of course taste it. Absolutely one of the most characteristic things to do on Hven if you like whiskey.
9. Try some durum bread
Hven is one of the northernmost places where durum wheat is grown. As a result of that there is a durum bakery where you can buy delicious freshly baked bread and buns made of durum wheat, grown on the island.
10. Visit Nämndemansgården the museum of local history
Towards the southern tip of the island you can find Nämndemansgården, a folk museum that gives you a tour through the islands local history.