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Getting There

By Car and Ferry -- From Ribe, head north on Route 11 to Route 24. Follow Route 24 northwest to the city of Esbjerg, where you can board a ferry operated by Scandlines (tel. 70-10-17-44; www.scandlines.dk for information and schedules). May to October, ferries depart Esbjerg every 20 minutes during the day (trip time: 12 min.). In winter, service is curtailed, with departures during the day every 45 minutes. A round-trip ticket costs DKK40 ($6.80/£4) adults or DKK20 ($3.40/£2) children 5 to 15, and one average-size car, along with five passengers, is carried for DKK385 to DKK425 ($65-$72/£39-£43) round-trip.

Visitor Information

The Fanø Turistbureau, Færgevej 1, Nordby (tel. 70-26-42-00; www.visitfanoe.dk), is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm, and Sunday 11am to 1pm, except from June 6 to August 23, when hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm, and Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Getting Around

By Bus -- Local buses meet passengers at the ferry dock, crisscrossing the island about every 40 minutes, with vastly curtailed service in winter. The bus will take you to the communities of Nordby in the north and Sønderho in the south, with stops at Rindby Strand and Fanø Bad. For information, call Fanø Rutebiler at Sønderho (tel. 75-16-40-10), or pick up a bus timetable at the tourist office.

By Bicycle -- Many visitors like to explore Fanø by bike, and rentals cost from DKK70 ($12/£7) per day, at Unika Cykler, Mellemgaden 12 (tel. 75-16-24-60).

Special Events

A summer highlight on Fanø is Fannikerdagene, the second weekend in July, which offers traditional dancing, costumes, and events connected with the days when sailing ships played a major part in community life. If you miss the festival, try to be on Fanø the third Sunday in July for Sønderho Day. The high point of the festival day is a wedding procession that passes through the town to the square by the old mill. Traditional costumes and bridal dances are some of the attractions.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.