I’ve never considered myself to be an outdoorsy person who would sleep in a shelter – I’m more like the friend you have who is always cold. But after we got kids we tend do to more and more outdoorsy stuff. Maybe it is because you don’t have to clean up nearly as much when you play outside.
Anyways – this post is about going on shelter trips with kids. We have tried it a few times as it is a cheap and refreshing way to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind for at few days. The first shelter we ever stayed in was at Horne Næs – a place on Funen, Denmark.
On the danish website www.bookenshelter.dk you can find shelters on Funen and the south Funen archipelago. The archipelago is a unique area of 55 islands in the Baltic Sea. If you have any specific requirements you can filter your search. We, for example, like to have a toilet nearby, and then we also always want to stay close to the sea and have a place to build a fire.
Close to the beach
At Horne Næs the shelters are located in a forest with only 30 meters to the beach. There are three different shelters, two of them more modern and one old fashioned. I really like the old one because here you have the full view of the forrest when you go to sleep.
In recent years the municipalities on Funen have had an increased focus on attracting active travellers who enjoy doing things in the outdoors. That means most of the shelters are in a really fine condition. Some of them are even completely new. And it costs you less than a cup of coffee bought at a fancy place to stay at them.
While we stayed at Horne Næs we did what most people do when they spend time in nature. We swam in the ocean, made a fire in the night and simply just hung out. After a full day in the fresh air you naturally get tired, and it is simply magic to fall asleep in the open air listening to the sounds of the forest.