Aarsdale Harbour is an active fishing hamlet situated along the east coast of Bornholm, two nautical miles south of Svaneke.
The harbour was founded in 1869. Here, too, the harbour has shaped the village, which is renowned for its many smokehouses.
Aarsdale was once one of the island’s biggest fishery communities with more than 30 fishing vessels. Aarsdale has its own meeting place and grocery shop – ”Høkeren” – right on the waterfront where visiting yachters can meet the locals and stock up on provisions.
The harbour’s striking commercial fishery building, which no longer processes fish, is being rebuilt. In the near future, it will be possible to savour interesting craft beers here.
The fishing hamlet features an active smokehouse and fishmonger’s close to the waterfront where it is possible to buy a complete selection of seafood.
The harbour still has its own boat builder. One of the best-preserved smock mills in Denmark towers over the harbour.
The mill is the hamlet’s landmark and was built in 1877. It still uses wind power to grind a wide variety of flours from Bornholm grains. The milling process can be experienced by visiting the mill, where visitors can also experience Bornholm granite being made into jewellery.
Over the years, the hamlet’s tranquillity has made Aarsdale a home for artists and craft artists.
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