Covid-19 has ruined lots of travel plans this summer. Just to state the obvious. But we’re determined to stay positive and get the most out of it. In some ways, it has been a blessing in disguise. A reason to explore some of those local and not so far spots that we’ve been wanting to go to but never get around to.
A bunch of us would normally have been at Roskilde Festival in the first week of July – another thing that Covid-19 got in the way of. But what better way to spend the week than with a group pf like-minded ladies outdoors? Thus Jenter på Eventyr Festival was born. Four days of campfires, new friendships, pushing boundaries, beers and girl power.
The inaugural Jenter på Eventyr Festival took place on Bornholm – a Danish island in the Baltic Sea just south of Sweden. It mainly consists of granite which has given it the nickname “Klippeøen” (rock island) and its coastline is quite different from the rest of Denmark.
We set up camp in the woods belonging to Egeløkke – a lovely old-style farmhouse a short five-minute drive from the small town Allinge in the northern part of the island.
The first two days, Bornholm lived up to its second nickname “Solskinsøen” (sunshine island) and we took full advantage – SUP’ing close to the ruins of Hammershus, rock climbing in a nearby stone quarry, swimming in the Opal Lake, late-night fireside hangouts.
Friday night peaked when two of the girls cooked homemade Calzone on the bonfire. This was something non of us had tried before and it was delicious. Definitely a recommendation for everyone who thinks camp-food has to be canned tuna and biscuits.
While the ladies were cooking dinner, another girl made a small outdoor hair salon, where we all could get a nice haircut before dinner. In our amazing goodie bag, we also got some nice beauty products from Suri Suri to keep our skin hydrated. Who said camping had to be greasy hair and no showers for days?
Then came the rain. It started Friday night and continued through Saturday morning, and to be honest, most of us were not super optimistic about the prospect of a full day off in pouring rain. Especially since we had a mountain bike trip coming up. But it all sorted itself out.
Two early-bird-jenter defied the rain and picked up a massive tarp to provide shelter around the fire and when we were getting ready to leave for the bike trip, the rain stopped. It stayed dry while we biked the beautiful Skovly-track – 6 kilometers that takes you through forest, oceanside, and around a lake with multiple obstacles along the way.
(Psst. Dobbelt click on the video above to see some real Jente-MTB Stunt – No one got hurt!)
Two of the girls had done the track multiple times before but the rest of us were complete newbies and we all made it through with lots of laughs, cheering, a few crashes, and probably some bruises. But all worth it and it was so awesome to try.
We made it back to camp just before the rain set in again and spent the night fireside with an acoustic performance by Jersie.
On Sunday, we spent the last morning at the fire with banana pancakes and packed down the camp before the rain came back. We left with our hearts full of memories and a campfire-smell that we might never get rid of (seriously) and we’re planning on making this Jenter på Eventyr Festival the first of many. Hopefully, we can invite the rest of you next year when all this stupid Coronavirus is over.
Thank you so much…
Tine for getting us all together
Gitte and Trine for the loveliest, homemade goodie bags
Nicole and Marina for getting that tarp – and for guiding us around the island
Jersie (Marina) for the acoustic fireside concert
Nynne and Sonia for cooking AMAZING bonfire-calzones
Marie and Lisa for bringing massive good vibes despite arriving later than the rest of us = just in time for the rain
Laura for amazing ‘bread on a stick’ and banana pancake skills
Nikoline for being a mad DJ
Cat for filming – she brought a drone, how cool is that?
Kirstine for the pop-up hair salon
Tanja for tick removal
Frederik for showing us how to prep our 24hour meals
Egeløkke Naturlejrplads for having us
Soundboks for helping us break through the noise
Surisuri for keeping our faces fresh
24 Hour Meals for feeding us
Underprotection for sustainable swimsuit swagger
Holms Cykler for providing us with mountain bikes
Text by Tanja Brinks Toubro
Photos by: Cat Koppel