Driving to Mandø, an isolated island accessible only at low tide



~~~ sponsored post ~~~

Back in October we went to Ribe, an old Danish town full of charm and history. Ribe makes an excellent base camp for day-trips to the Wadden Sea National Park (inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list) and the close by islands of Fanø, Rømø and Mandø. Reaching each of these islands is done in different ways. The island of Fanø is connected to the mainland by ferry while the island of Rømø is connected by a 10km causeway. Mandø, however, is a tidal island so getting there is a bit more tricky yet manageable as access depends on the tide. Our local friend Ida had told us about the road to the little island Mandø. She was literally praising it and ensured us, that this trip surely was not one to miss out on. Going to Mandø allows for an unique and intimate experience with the powers of The Wadden Sea, so when planning this weekend, there was no doubt - we had to go to this isolated island! We packed some rubberboots and headed down south, ready for a weekend up and close with nature.


Getting to the little island of Mandø on our own, we had to take the 5km road Låningsvejen during ebb-tides. There was a short time gap of a few hours before the tide would rise again and swallow the road between the island and the mainland. It is possible to both walk or drive the stretch; we decided to drive and made multiple stops on the way to admire the tranquility of the salt marsh and the tidal flats. There is something spectacular about setting your feet on the ocean floor. A feeling of freedom rushed over us as we stood there in our rubber boots on the muddy seabed and gazed over the endless horizon. There was enough time for us to venture further out there into the 'open' sea. So we did - but with the high tide in our mind. One should never take things lightly when it comes to the power of nature.
Admire nature. Interact with nature. But most importantly, respect nature. For anyone visiting the Wadden Sea in Denmark this road is undeniably worth taking.

Before heading out to defy the forces of the sea it is advisable to study the tide schedule closely and refer to locals for advice, and just letting people know of your whereabouts if something unforseen should happen. There are stories of people, who have been caught by the tide and had to call for rescue from the top of their car roof!


The drive down Låningsvejen took a little longer than expected as we were simply marveled by The Wadden Sea magic that was unfolding itself right before our eyes. We were therefore left with little time to explore the island itself, but managed to pass by Mandø town. Here we walked the high dunes leading to the storm surge pole, which commemorates the many storm surges that have flooded Mandø over time. Again we found ourselves gazing over the sea - painting pictures in our heads of the breahtaking sunsets you could experience from this point. Going back to town we passed by the old Rescue Station now operating as a handicraft and souvenir boutique, and Mandøhuset a former sea captain’s home now turned into the district museum. However, what really caught our eyes was the old windmill. Oh boy, do we love windmills! They are a rare sight when we drive through the countryside of Denmark. However, once in a while one of these nostalgic beauties will cross our road and it just fills us with excitement.


Ebbevej is another ocean road connecting the island Mandø with the mainland of Denmark, however this road is reserved for the official tractorbusses and icelandic horses. Nevertheless, we drove over there to have a quick walk around. Unlike Låningsvejen, this road is often flooded and therefore marked with willow brooms for visual guidance. These nude sticks really added depth to the otherwise desolated scenery. Both Låningsvejen and Ebbevejen is found near the Wadden Sea Center, which to our unfortune was closed as we passed by. However, this gave us more time to admire the dynamic ecosystem of the Wadden Sea, and to simply take in some fresh air while enjoying the extensive mudflats and tidal marshes encircling the island of Mandø.


This weekend-getaway to Ribe and the Wadden Sea National Park really made us realise what marvels are hidden within this country and why Denmark can be just as rewarding to travel in. There is still much to be uncovered of this unique natural landscape and we can't wait to step our feet back onto the ocean floor. Hopefully we will have time to go back in the nearest future, while the oyesters are still edible (Oyester hunting season from October till May) and while there is still a chance to catch the dancing starlings as they return from their winter break (in late March/early April).

~~~

Our stay in Ribe was made in collaboration with Danhostel Ribe

For more inspiration on what to do and see in the Wadden Sea National Park, check out Danhostel Ribe's guide

15 comments:

  1. I forstår altså at få det bedste ud af selv gråvejr :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe - vi synes nu det var ganske udfordrende opgave, men tak! ;)
      Vi må derned igen en dag, hvor solen får hele havet til at glister!!

      Delete
  2. Oh! I love the wadden sea, such fantastic nature.
    And your pictures are so perfect - seems like a really nice trip.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I saw some pictures from the island Sylt in the Wadden Sea the other day and also read about Mudflat hiking in the Netherlands ... was totally sold! Would be fun to explore more of the Danish Wadden Sea but also the Dutch and German parts someday :)

      & thanks Majbritt, we did have a great time! ^^

      Delete
  3. Åh, jeg får lyst til å dra dit med det samme! Jeg har vært i Danmark så mange ganger at det er umulig å telle, men nesten alltid på Nord-Jylland. Jeg tror jeg må utforske de sørlige delene av Danmark også etter hvert!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ja, kom og nyd sydens sol i det sydlige Danmark :D Jeg er helt sikker på, at du vil elske det. Vi har også læst om en anden ø "Sylt" i Vadehavet, som også skulle se ret lækker ud. Sig endelig til når du svinger forbi Danmark igen og om du har brug for selskab. Kunne være så hyggeligt at mødes!

      Delete
  4. Wow, I just found your blog and i am really impressed! Your pictures are wonderful!
    Greetings, Lisa
    http://nordlicht-fotographie.blogspot.de/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lisa, many welcomes to you - it is always a pleasure to have new visitors :) Thanks for the kind words, we hope we can continue showering this internet with wonderful pictures. Looking forward to checking out your blog later tonight :D

      Delete
  5. Jeg elsker at I er så gode til at tage på eventyr i vores egen baghave! Jeg har nok haft en tendens til ikke at tænke på Danmark som en egentlig destination med gode fotomuligheder og oplevelser, men jeg må vidst lige få ændret den tanke snart.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vi har jo egentlig haft den samme manglende opfattelse som dig før hen - det er først sidste år, at vi virkelig har prøvet at gøre noget mere af at komme rundt i Danmark. Tilgengæld er vi også blevet overbevist om, at der virkelig er noget at komme efter i vores eget lille smukke land ^_^ Men det er jo aldrig for sent at begynde at gå på opdagelse. Måske vi kan gøre det sammen en dag? :)

      Delete
    2. Jeg er også blevet overbevist efter at have set jeres resultat af opdagelserne rundt omkring i landet ;) Og ja, det kunne være hyggeligt at tage afsted sammen på et tidspunkt!

      Delete
  6. For noen nydelige bilder - som alltid! Du kan virkelig fange stemningen på bildene dine :-D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 1000 tak for den dejlige kommentar, Maria!! Det er ved at være frygtelig længe siden, at jeg har fulgt med i dine rejser. Generelt har både Sheena og jeg ligget lidt på den lade side mht at læse med hos andre, hvilket er en skam! Håber snart at kunne stikke hovedet forbi din blog igen :)

      Delete
  7. These photographs are seriously so beautiful.

    ReplyDelete