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Attractions on Ærø particularly affected by the storm surge

Voderup Klint

You can still visit Voderup Klint and move across, up and down the cliff. However, the stairs, leading down to the beach was destroyed during the storm surge.

The pier at Gammel Havn in Ærøskøbing Ærøskøbing town is one of Ærø’s biggest attractions, and as you make your way down to the harbour here, be aware that large parts of the pier are missing in the area known as Gammel Havn.


Ærø’s little brother Birkholm was also hit hard during the storm surge. The island was flooded between the outer and inner dike. The cleanup is complete, and you can visit the island yet again.

Coastline and cliffs

The storm surge significantly changed the coastline of Ærø, including slopes and cliffs.

Therefore, avoid climbing on the cliffs or walking too close to the edges. Also, do not crawl into sand caves in the cliffs as there is a risk of collapse.

For hikers and cyclists on Ærø in 2024 and 2025

Welcome to Ærø

Since you’re reading this map, you may have chosen to experience Ærø by bike or on foot.

The map is a special edition of our regular hiking & cycling map, and it shows routes and important detours established due to the damage caused by the storm surge in October 2023.

Use it as you move around the island. And then just enjoy the picturesque landscape of Ærø as it winds its way right in front of you.

Have a nice trip

Be considerate when you move around on Ærø

We want to take good care of our island, and we hope you will help us do that. Therefore, we ask you to observe the following guidelines:

• Stick to the island’s signposted routes.

• Take your waste with you.

• Do not leave traces of e.g. bonfires.

• Stay only at established accommodations.

• Observe the rules on the signs you encounter along the way.

In case of hunting, routes and trails may be closed and alternative routes will be signposted. EXPLORE ÆRØ


A changed Ærø after the storm surge in October 2023

In October 2023, Ærø faced a storm surge like no other. With a water level peaking at 2.04m and hurricaneforce winds for 24 hours, the storm severely impacted southern Denmark, particularly Ærø.

The island was almost split in two at Drejet outside Marstal, and today Ærø is left with significant damage to the local infrastructure, where harbours, roads, paths and coastal protection systems have been destroyed.

The cost is estimated between DKK 35-50 million. The timeline for full recovery, making all areas accessible again, remains uncertain.

Detours you will encounter

On your way around Ærø, you will come across signs with temporary road closures.

This map and its descriptions give you an overview of detours along your route.

As damage is repaired around the island, the signs will disappear, and detours will no longer be necessary.

The map here will therefore not correspond 1:1 with reality throughout the period.

Routes on Ærø particularly affected by the storm surge

Cycle route 92 & The Castle Route (Herregårdsruten)

The routes have been reorganised between Ærøskøbing and Gråsten Nor until June 2024. Instead, you will have to take Nevre, Lille Risevej and Grønnæsvej.

The Baltic Sea cycle route N8 (Østersøruten)

The route has been reorganised, so you have to take Borgnæs Møllevej, Vindeballevej, Vesterløkke and Øster Bregningemark to get from Borgnæs to Ulveholm.

The Archipelago Trail (Øhavsstien)

From Borgnæs to Ulveholm, the route has been moved down to the coast as the path on land has collapsed in several places.

Cycle route 91

At Havsmarken, the route between Dunkærmark and Drejet is reorganised via Østermarksvej, Møllesøvejen and Bro.

The Coastal Trail (Kyststien)

At Havsmarken, the path from Lindsbjerg to Jættestuen is reorganised via tracks in the landscape to Gravendal and Møllesøvej. From there along Østermarksvej to Gråsten Nor.

In Oldemark, the path has been converted to a field road between Tidselhøjvej and Klintevej.

From Øster Bregninge to Voderup you can no longer walk along the coast. Instead, you follow The Castle Route to Voderup Klint.

The path is partially moved away from Vitsø/Lebymarksvej and instead runs on the south side of Vitsø and through the small forest Vorbjerg Skov.

Attractions on Ærø particularly affected by the storm surge

Eriks Hale and the beach houses on the beach The majority of the former 20 beach houses on Eriks Hale Strand in Marstal were destroyed or washed away during the storm surge.

Local forces and Ærø Municipality are working on plans to restore both the beach and the beach houses, which will begin during 2024.

The 71 beach houses on Vesterstrand in Ærøskøbing were not damaged during the storm surge.

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