Fyn often gets overlooked for the bright lights of Copenhagen and Aarhus, but it shouldn't be that way. The island is home to Denmark's vibrant third largest city, Odense, is the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and offers farm fresh cuisine and laid back countryside living. Continue below to get a closer look at this Danish hidden gem.
Denmark’s third largest city, Odense is often overlooked for its larger siblings Copenhagen and Aarhus, but this cozy city of almost 200,000 is home to some great museums like Brandts, an award winning zoo, and an acclaimed film festival. And of course, you can visit the home of the godfather of fables, Hans Christian Andersen. And if that’s not enough, there are plenty of cafes, cozy restaurants, and even a new city beach within easy reach.
The South Fyn Archipelago is an idyllic chain of 55 islands that is a favorite among in-the-know visitors looking for a relaxing weekend of outdoor, watersports, and leisure activities. Islands like Æro, are postcard-ready examples of beautiful and quaint old-fashioned Denmark, while others head to Bjørnø, Lyø, Avernakø for fishing, diving, cycling, or just enjoying the island life, Danish style.
While driving across the countryside in Fyn, there’s a good chance you’ll pass a mound of large stones, stacked a little too perfect to be natural formations. These are actually Viking graves, and are representative of Fyn’s Viking history. In Ladby, at The Viking Museum you can see the only known Viking burial ship, over 1,000 years old. Fyn has many well-preserved geological remains, too, such as The Lady Stone (Damestenen) and Hesselager’s Stone (Hesselagerstenen) on East Fyn. It is presumed that the almost 10-metre-high 1,000-tonne Hesselager’s Stone was carried to Fyn by ice during the last glacial period. The stone still shows scrape marks today.