Postcard from The Forgotten Island, Denmark.
“Islands are reminders of arrivals and departures” — Gretel Ehrlich
Bornholm is a remote island tucked away in the Baltic sea. Although being a Danish Island, it is geographically located closer to Sweden, Germany, and Poland than Denmark. Initially settled during the Viking Age by fishermen. Bornholm has historically gone back-and-forth of Danish and Swedish rule, followed by the occupation of the Germans and The Soviets.
The island is home to 40.000 residents, and except for Rønne and Nexø, the two harbor towns, the rest of the island is made up of colorful fishing villages. Scattered along the coast are traditional smokehouses that, since the 1800s, have been smoking locally caught fish.
Being this remote from mainland Denmark, and with the historical constant change of rule, some of its locals will today refer to the island as the ‘Forgotten Island’. Indeed I am biased, as this is the island I was born on, but as long as the logs burn in the smokehouses, and sunsets along with the colorful seaside houses, the Bornholm will never be forgotten.