The Islands Lyø - Avernakø - Bjørnø - Svelmø

Lyø
Lyø is situated 7 km south west of Faaborg. The island is 605 hectare and 4 km wide and it has 100 residents. In the middle of the island you find Lyø city and the village church with the round churchyard. The narrow alleys wound through beautiful, old half-timbered houses and five village ponds. The city houses are mainly from the 18th century and some of them are even older. Lyø city is one of the most exciting village settings in Denmark. The bell stone on Lyø is a more than thousand year old dolmen which makes bright sounds when you hit it.

The island has both nice beaches and fishing areas. Lyø harbour with 100 berths is on the northside. There is hedgerow made of willow and poplar and a rich bird- and animal life on the island where aquatic birds, wading birds and terns are breeding. Lyø has also experienced royal drama when Valdemar Sejr was assaulted by Henrik Schwerin in 1223 and kept as prisoner in the castle of Danneberg. The count warded off the following assault of the Danes and in 1225 Valdemar had to pay a ransom of 45000 mark and make a promise not to take revench. Residents association of Lyø, Rasmus P. Andersen, Lyø Byvej 7, 5600 Faaborg, Phone +45 30 70 97 39, mail@lyoe-ferie.dk, www.lyø.dk, Lyø Culture Centre, Roestoftvej 8, 5600 Faaborg, www.lkbc.mono.net. Time table and prices to Lyø and Avernakø, Ø-Færgen, Kanalvej 13, 5600 Faaborg, Phone +45 72 53 18 00, oerfaergen.fmk.dk

Avernakø
Avernakø is situated in the South Funen Archipelago and is reachable by ferry from Faaborg. the sail lasts 30 min. and 70 min. if the route passes by Lyø. The island is about 8 km. long and accommodates about 100 residents on its 600 hectare. the businesslife of Avernakø is dominated by agriculture. Avernakø was originally consisting of two independent islands - Korshavn and Avernak. but in 1937 the two islands were connected with a dam which is called Drejet. Avernakø has a lengthy form with 19 km coastline with nice beaches and fishing water. there is a rich birdlife. it is also possible to hear the rare fire-bellied toad in some of the waterholes. 

Avernakø is known for its maytree and maypole which can be seen in Avernak and Munke. Once a year, on Whit Saturday, the residents are gathered around the tree. Besides from Strynø, the maytree is only existing on Avernakø. In 1685 one of the most brilliant prehistric find was made on the island, it was 6 goldbowls with sun symbols. Today the finds are kept in the National Museum. You can see the copies in Avernakø Church. Residents association of Avernakø, Connie Storm, Munkegaarden, 5600 Faaborg, Phone +45 62 61 72 90, munkegaarden@mail.dk, www.avernak.dk 

Bjørnø
Bjørnø is situated in the South Funen Archipelago, 3.5 km south of Faaborg with about 40 residents. The island is roughly 3 km long. the trip from Faaborg, with a small ferry, lasts about 20 min. bjørnø is only 150 hectare so it is possible to walk around the island the coast in a couple of hours. The trip offers flat tidal meadows with a rich birdlife and high cliffs with the most beautiful view to Funen and the neighbours in the South Funen Archipelago. There is hedgerow, stone walls and - in the small village - beautiful old half-timbered houses.

The Water surrounding Bjørnø attracts both anglers and bathers. There is no actual harbour on Bjørnø only a jetty which accomodates 10 boats. Bjørnø is very hilly including the highest point which is 24 metres above the ocean surface. A large number of aquatic- and wading birds are breeding on th tidal meadows and in the moor in the middle of the island. You can also meet the rare and preserved green-coloured beachtoads. Redidents association of Bjørnø, Susanne Nim, Bjørnø 12, 5600 Faaborg, Phone +45 27 63 03 04, Susannenim@gmail.dk, bjørnø.dk, timetable to Bjørnø - bjoernoefaergen.dk.

Visit Svelmø, contact, Jan Villebro, phone +45 20 85 51 95, www.svelmø.dk

Places to eat: Café Lyø, Roestoftvej 8, 5600 Faaborg,Phone +45 42 36 59 50. Café Højen, Revvej 10, Lyø, 5600 Faaborg, phone +45 21 76 30 30. Avernakø Havnecafé & Avernakø Landhotel, Phone +45 29 80 99 86. Avernakø Købmand og Grill, Hovedvejen 31 D, Phone +45 62 61 72 39. Rent bikes: Avernakø Landhotel and Avernakø Havnecafé, Hovedvejen 18, 5600 Faaborg, phone +45 29 80 99 86. Avernakø Købmand, Hovedvejen 31 D, Phone +45 62 61 72 39.  It`s possible to rent bikes on Lyø, phone +45 50 90 87 10.

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