Hiking route: The Stonemason’s Path (Stenhuggerstien)

A hike for those who love challenging cliff walks and magnificent views from the old stonemasons’ path.

Gitte Holtze

Hiker and outdoor freak as well as journalist, lecturer and author of "jeg lever" about Gitte's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and "Gå langt", a guidebook to long hikes.


An hour and a half
Almost 6 km (round trip)
Difficulty level:
Difficult. The terrain is hilly and rocky
Suitable for prams and wheelchairs:
In the car park at Sandvig beach, at Opalsøen (the Opal Lake) or in Hammerhavn (Hammer Harbour)
In the car parks
Access to water:
In the car parks
Nature trail and rocks
Special remarks:
Take the path in a clockwise direction, which is also the way shown by the arrows.


Map of the route

Below you can download a pdf with an A4 map of the route.

Route description

Stenhuggerstien is not just steep, rocky and hilly: It’s also of historical interest. Because here on the “back” of Hammerknuden, in many places you’ll walk exactly in the footsteps of the stonemasons as they walked to and from their homes in Sandvig and the rock face to break granite or to Hammerhavn (Hammer Harbour) to excavate stones.

If you park at Sandvig beach, the route starts just north of/next to the Sandvig Strand campsite: Follow the red dots west across the grass opposite the beach, through the gate, up over the rocks and then left and steeply down again to the gravel path north of Hammersø.


The next kilometre or so is straight ahead along the lake, before you have to climb steeply to the three “floors” of the former quarry just before Opalsøen (the Opal Lake). The first part of the path runs on the remains of an old track, where the tip wagons once drove loaded with granite. Then you’re out in the open and have a great view of northern Bornholm. From up here you can see both the old stonemasons’ houses, Hammershus and Lake Hammersøen about 50 metres below you.

The route winds down again past the impressive Opalsøen in the middle of the former granite quarry and on to Hammerhavn. Take a break here before continuing up to Lake Hammersøen and the easy, undulating gravel path on the lake’s southern shore.

The last part back to Sandvig beach and the car park is on paved road through Sandvig.



Places on the route:

On this hike, you get a chance to visit the following places:


Dideriks Veranda

Dideriks Veranda is a cosy café and arts and crafts shop. It serves a delicious buffet, freshly squeezed juice, coffee and cake. You can also browse the shop, which sells beautiful handicrafts and Bornholm delicacies. See opening hours here


Sandvig Is Kalas

Sandvig IS Kalas and the café Kalas-Kalas are located in the middle of the cliffs at Sandvig Harbour. Here, ice cream is produced daily from organic milk from Bornholm and with fruit from the island’s gardens. Enjoy the freshly roasted coffee while dipping your toes in the water, or from the terrace overlooking Hammerknuden. See opening hours here



Here you can always get a draught beer from one of the island’s breweries, a nice glass of wine and a variety of salty snacks from Bornholm’s talented producers and importers.See opening hours here


Ellas restaurant og konditori

Ellas Restaurant og Konditori has more than 280 seats, split into 3 rooms, 2 gardens and a terrace. In the arms room, you can enjoy your meal surrounded by an impressive collection of both modern and antique weapons, including hunting rifles, loaders, military effects, flintlock pistols, rifles, daggers and much more. See opening hours here


Hammerhavnens Kiosk

Hammerhavnens Kiosk is a café built on love and respect for fresh sandwiches and good ingredients, as well as good coffee and homemade cakes. We also serve homemade rye bread toast, salad, toast, sausages, Bornholmer Softice, etc. See opening hours here


Salomon's Chapel

Salomon’s Chapel is a small chapel that was built in the 13th century for the many herring fishermen who came to have their catch blessed.


Hammer Odde Lighthouse

Hammerodde Fyr was built in 1895 as a second lighthouse and auxiliary lighthouse to the Hammeren Fyr lighthouse on Hammerknuden. The lighthouse is still in regular operation and can only be visited from the outside.


Sandvig Beach

At the foot of Hammerknuden on Bornholm’s northern tip you will find Sandvig beach, which is the most popular beach for swimming in North Bornholm.

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