Legend has it that this small island between Landskrona and Denmark was formed when a giant dropped a lump of earth into the sea. Today, the small island is known for its beauty of cliffs that drop straight into the sea, white beaches, quaint cottages, cosy cafés and fun hills for cycling down in the iconic yellow tandem bikes. The iconic yellow bikes might actually be the first thing that pops up in Swedish peoples minds when you mention the island Ven since the best way and almost only way to explore the island’s beauty is by bike, which you can rent as soon as you step off the ferry.

 

Family going to Ven by ferry
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Family enjoying the journey to the island of Ven by ferry
Children enjoying the journey to the island of Ven
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Children enjoying the journey to the island of Ven
The island of Ven from above
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Amazing bird's eye view of the island of Ven

How to get here

The easiest way to get here is to take the boat from Landskrona, follow the stream of people up the hill to get to the bike hire facilities. You'll see an ocean of yellow bikes, waiting to get picked up. Rent a tandem, a bike with a trailer, a bike with a baby basket or an ordinary two-wheeler with however many gears you’d like. Grab a map (for free) and then you’re good to go!   

                                                   See timetable for the boat between Landskrona and Ven here

Bikes line on the island of Ven
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The iconic yellow tandem of the island of Ven
Bikes line facing the horizon on the island of Ven
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Bikes line facing the horizon on the island of Ven
Dog sitting in a bike basket on Ven
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Dogs can enjoy biking tours on the island of Ven

 

What to see and do

If you love sweets you should start your day by biking to Hvens ice cream factory, where you can cool off before continuing along the gravel road to activities on Gamlegård football golf and fun adventures. Further down that same road you will come to Ven's beautiful cliffs where you can snap some great Instagram photos.

If you are into science and astronomy, you should take the only tarmac road that crosses the island and start your sweaty journey upwards, to the Tycho Brahe Museum, the observatory, gardens, cafés, restaurants and the church. Take a guided tour, then have a glorious descent with a steep slope and thrills all the way down to the harbour. At the bottom of the hill, you will find a quaint fish smokehouse, a beach and a restaurant for those wanting to stop and grab a bite o eat. Oh, and whatever you do, don’t miss Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn, a resort with a four star hotel, gourmet restaurant and the producer of Sweden's premier whisky bar where you can join one of their whisky tastings.  

Winding paths, birdsong, fields that shine bright green and shimmering gold surround you before you arrive at new beaches and a campsite – you can then cycle alongside the sea before arriving back where you started and can return your bike. If you would like to spend the night (or several) on the island, Ven has both cabins, a campsite and guest houses for visitors. 

Boy biking on Ven
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Boy biking through wheat fields on the island of Ven
Family at an ice cream truck on the island of Ven
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When biking on Ven make everybody hungry...
Man biking through the fields on the island of Ven
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Enjoying the colours of Ven on a bike
Man jumping into the sea on Ven
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A refreshing dip in the ocean
Parents and daughter eating ice cream on Ven
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An ice cream break is a must on Ven
Girl feeding a goat on Ven
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Feeding animals is fun!
Couple tasting whiskey at Spirit of Hven
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Happy moment at Spirit of Hven, famous for its whiskey
Man tasting whiskey at Spirit of Hven
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Whiskey tasting at Spirit of Hven
Family biking along the sea on Ven
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Ven's seaview will impress you

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