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With its long coastline and many small islands, Denmark is often called “the country of ferries”. Denmark has more than 400 islands most of them connected to the mainland by ferries.
The two legendary Ox-Islands with an amazing flora and a rich animal life are located in the Firth of Flensburg (Flensburg Fjord). In the summer season there is hourly sail to the Big Ox-Island (Store Okseø) from the place Sønderhav, but when you ring a bell at the bridge, this yellow boat arrives immediately. Only four constant inhabitants live on this island, the smaller Lille Okseø is uninhabited and owned by the Danish Teacher’s Associaton which has established a summer school (the white building in the background).
The islands are an ideal anchorage for sport boats, and on the Big Ox-Island there is also a small port and a very small shipyard since the Flensburg Fjord is one of the most famous sailing areas in Northern Europe. The restaurant “Øens Kro” (the Islands Inn) has been a very popular place because it was really “hyggelig”, this special mix of cosiness, comfort and warmth that is so typical for Denmark. And the fried eel was a treat! But some years ago the owner died and today the four inhabitants (they are Germans from Flensburg) collectively try something new and quite different: arranging concerts, exhibitions and lectures at “Øens Kro”.
The skipper has just finished his hard day’s work, bringing tourists to the Big Ox-Island and before he takes home again he is enjoying a “hyggelig” small talk with the other man.

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