Dive into Bornholm’s stunning scenery
TEXT: SIGNE HANSEN | PHOTOS © BORNHOLMS OUTDOORCENTER
Bornholm is famous for its unique, rocky landscape, and what better way to enjoy it than backing out over the edge of a 40-metre-tall cliff and rappelling your way down?
Mountain biking, diving, kayaking, climbing and rappelling – these are just some of the adrenalin-inducing ways to get up close with the spectacular landscape of Bornholm. The activities are all offered by Bornholms Outdoorcenter, an activity centre owned and managed by local adventure sports enthusiast Anders Pedersen. As a keen rock climber, Pedersen was first attracted to the island for its distinct, rocky landscape. In 2012, he decided to move there, and, shortly after, he set up Bornholms Outdoorcenter.
Today, he spends most of his time introducing the island’s many visitors to new and exhilarating ways of exploring the island’s land, rocks and waters. “I started out small but quickly had a growing interest from both Danes who visit the island regularly and tourists from abroad,” says the 29-year-old, who has worked as a professional guide and instructor for the last eight years.
Many of the activities offered by Bornholms Outdoorcenter are guided by Pedersen himself, who has been a keen practitioner of various adventure sports since his teenage years. Thanks to the varied landscape of such a small island, he can introduce his participants to most aspects of it. “It’s a small island with various types of terrain, so you don’t have to drive far to find different experiences,” says Pedersen. “And, when it comes to diving, you will find that the water is clearer than most other places in Denmark, and there are a lot of cliff formations and wrecks around the island.”