Nordby - Fanoe's Capital
The ferry to Fanø travels from Esbjerg to Nordby. From the ferry, you will already get the first impression of the island and Nordby. A small, cosy town characterised by the many lovely houses from the 19th century and surrounded by beautiful nature. The closeness to nature is already felt at the harbour. From the promenade, one can sit and enjoy the many wading birds. Moreover, seals often lie on the small sandbank only 50 metres from the harbour.
In comparison with old photographs, you can see that many of the small streets and paths have not changed significantly for centuries. You shouldn’t let yourself miss out on the great experience it is to walk about in the small crooked streets in Nordby.
Nordby is also a modern and active little town. With its 2,800 inhabitants, Nordby is the commercial and administrative centre on Fanø. Town Hall, the Health Centre, the Public Library, the Sports Centre, the Tourist Office and other institutions are located here.
Fanø Shipping & Costume Collection
The museum displays the history of Fanø, which for centuries has created various living conditions for the inhabitants and has a special maritime culture. The exhibition displays ship paintings and model ships, all in a 1:48 scale, from a small Evert to the big full-rigged ships. On the 1st floor, there is an exhibition that shows the life of the women of Fanø and the characteristic, traditional Fanø clothing – from clothes of the children, to the fine festive silk gown with broideries and silver or amber buttons.
This is outwardly a modest building which was constructed in 1801. The museum has gone through extensive renovation and reopened in 2018. Inside it houses a comprehensive collection of furniture, utensils, tools and many other things that give you an impression of how people lived circa 150-200 years ago. In addition to the domestic pieces, there is the more exotic collection of sailors' mementoes brought to Fanø from all over the world.
This is a stately and highly distinctive church in the so-called ‘assembly hall’ style, with a beautiful and simple interior, consisting of one large room that seats 700. The altar and pulpit, both from 1622, are placed at the long, south wall. The baptismal font – a metallic ore font – probably dates from the last half of the 15th century. The church has a Marcussen organ from 1845, as well as several beautiful votive ships, and was restored in 1971-72 to its original 1786 appearance.