The island of Samsø right in the middle of Denmark – located half way between Jutland and Zealand – is connected with the mainland via the ferry route from Hou in east Jutland to Sælvig on the west coast of Samsø. The crossing time from Hou to Samsø is one hour.
The ferry route from Hou to Samsø is one of two ferry connections to Samsø. The other ferry route to Samsø connects Kalundborg and Kolby Kaas. Kalundborg is located on the west coast of Zealand and Kolby Kaas sits on the south coast of Samsø.
The ferry route from Hou to Sælvig is operated by the ferry MF Kanhave on the photo above. The ferry was built in 2009, and has cut down the crossing time between Jutland and Samsø with 15 minutes to one hour sharp. There is up to seven daily departures from Hou to Samsø – most during the summer and fewer in the wintertime.
Even though that the ferry can carry up to 86 cars, reservations are recommended when travelling to Samsø during the summer. In July and August a smaller passenger ferry is also sailing between Hou and Kolby Kaas. However, this ferry only carries passengers and bikes but no vehicles. The crossing time on the Hou-Kolby Kaas route during the summer is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Samsø is a very popular island for tourists during the summertime, thanks to its many picture square small towns and the beautiful landscape. Samsø is among other things well known for its strawberry fields and new potatoes – and the fact that the island gets 100 % of its electricity from wind power, thanks to an offshore wind farm south of Samsø with 10 big windmills.
Facts on Hou-Samsø ferry:
Ferry Company: SamsøFærgen
Crossing time Hou-Sælvig: 1 hour
Crossing time Hou-Kolby Kaas: 1 hour 10 minutes (July and August only)
Meeting time before departure: 10 minutes
GPS coordinates Hou terminal: 55,91242, 10,25602
GPS coordinates Sælvig terminal: 55,86597, 10,54994
Address on Samsø Færgen’s terminal in Hou:
Reservation by phone:
(+45) 70 23 15 15
By Henrik Lange, Highways-Denmark.com