Sitting on ancient rocks, more than 1.7 billion years old, looking at the water that floats around them, I wonder what they have witnessed so far. Must be amazing things
For a long time the birders lived in a small hut, but then they took over the Mill house ( Møllehuset) situated on top of the island Christiansø, with perfect views to the migrating birds - I remember being invited in...
I sit down in the grass with a warm, freshly smoked herring. Not often this happen... The small old white chimnies are easy to spot from a distance. They were build to smoke herring and other fish and even today, from time to time, the locals celebrate the old times, smoking fish and drinking beer on Ertholmene islands
I sit down at one of the benches - Everything is tiny on Ertholmene - Even the "forest" of trees sheltering the small opening in between the walls, where the locals sometimes meet to celebrate and picnic a five minute walk far away from the fishing village
In their spare time since more than a hundred years ago the fishermen and soldiers would build tiny granite cottages and small granite walled gardens to grow vegetables on Ertholmene. These unique tiny stone huts stands close together, making a very special place
From sea the 3-5 m. high defence wall looks massive and impressive... but what you can't see is the tiny rift valley leading into a secret tunnel that makes it possible for the defenders to attack from a different angle
The Ertholmene islands are ringed by more than 2 km. of strong, massive granite defence walls, bastions and platforms. Build carefully, and skilfully hundreds of years ago, not even usen mortar - Just stone on stone, many of the walls being several meters in hight
The legendary "Christiansoe herrings" where for many years made in a small house, just under the fierce looking round naval fortress defence tower " small tower" Still remember the days when...
In the spring and autumn Ertholmene is a welcoming resting place for many migrating birds and on cliffs and in shelter of the towers and among the rocks, many small birds rest, before continuing their journeys out over the water