Våde Ovn

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The coast south of Hammershus, Holger Drachmann 1870, Bornholm, Denmark. Public Domain.
Location: Sænevej 9, 3770 Allinge.
Below the ruined Hammershus castle, at sea level, accessible only by boat.
(55.2745095, 14.7544201)
Open: MAY to SEP daily 10-17.
Fee: Adults DKK 100, Children (0-12) DKK 50.
School Groups DKK 50.
Classification: SpeleologySea Cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=70 m.
Guided tours: boat ride, D=40 min.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Hammerhavnens Bådfart, Sænevej 9, 3770 Allinge, Tel: +45-56-48-04-55.
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Våde Ovn, old postcard, Bornholm, Denmark. Public Domain.
Våde Ovn, engraving 1873, Bornholm, Denmark. Public Domain.

Våde Ovn (Wet Oven) is a sea cave located between Allinge and the ruined castle Hammershus. This cave is accessible only by boat, the Hammerhavnens Bådfart sails to the cave daily during summer. The small boat even enters the cave for a short distance if the sea is quiet. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes and includes also the cliffs løvehovedet (lion's head) and kamelerne (camels), which the largest bird rocks of the country, because they are the only.

The caves on Bornholm island are called Oven, which is local custom, not the Danish word for cave. It's obviously the "wet" oven because it is flooded by seawater. The cave was formed by the erosion of the sea waves, which worked best along a vertical crack in the granite rock. As a result the cave is rather narrow but high, with a lenticular or triangular profile. As far as we know this is the longest cave of Denmark, if the length of 70 m is reliable.

While above boat tours are obviously the most comfortable way to the cave, there are actually others. The cave is only 200 m from Hammerhavn and can be easily reached with a kayak.