Nordby, Samsø: The Best Place to See Half-Timbered Houses in Denmark!

March 18, 2019 10 Comments

During my visit to Samsø, I stayed in Besser and took a day trip up to Nordby. It was chilly and rained the ENTIRE time I was there, but Nordby, Samsø was so pretty, even covered in puddles! Half-timbered houses in Denmark are my favorite kind of houses, and Nordby had more than enough for me to photograph 🙂

Nordby, Samsø: The Best Place to See Half-Timbered Houses in Denmark!

Nordby in Samso, Denmark

Getting to Nordby, Samsø

I took a bus from Besser to Nordby, and the ride was pretty scenic! I did run into a little trouble with the buses, so if you go to Nordby, learn from my mistake! The buses don’t run very often on some days, and I visited on a Sunday when they really weren’t running often. I was going to get the last bus back from Nordby to Besser, but Google Maps directed me to the wrong place for the bus stop and I had to literally chase after the bus waving my hands around so I could get on and not be stranded in Nordby for the night! Don’t listen to Google Maps, the bus stop is in the city center, and you will see a little street sign for it.

Pond in Nordby, Samsø

Pond in Nordby, Samsø

Grass-roof house in Samsø

Grass-roof house in Samsø

Grass-roof house in Denmark

History of Nordby and the famous half-timbered houses in Denmark

Nordby is the northernmost town in Samsø, and it literally translates to “north town.” It dates all the way back to the Viking Age when it was a fort village. Farms and houses built up around the area, and it turned into the town it is today.

Today, Nordby only has 214 inhabitants, but there are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, and even a brewery! Like I said before, there are tons of half-timbered houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and because they are so well-preserved, Nordby was named the best-kept village in Denmark. Most of the time I was in Nordy, I just wandered around and took photos of all the colorful half-timbered houses!

Nordby also has a historic bell tower where farmers would gather for town meetings, and there’s also a historic maypole, post office, library, and lots of wells scattered around the town. And there’s a cute pond in the center of the town that would make for some great reflection photos on a sunny day!

Grass-roof house in Denmark

Grass roof house in Samsø

Grass-roof house in Nordby, Samsø

Straw roof house in Denmark

Pond in Samsø

Straw roof house in Denmark

Bell tower in Nordby, Samsø

House in Nordby, Samsø

Red well in Denmark

Nordby, Samsø

Yellow house in Samsø

Straw roof house in Samsø

Pink flowers in the rain

Field in Samsø

Wheat field in Samsø

Grass roof house in Samsø

Samsø Bryghus

I stopped by a cafe for a cup of tea to warm up when I first got to Nordby, and for lunch, I went to Samsø Bryghus. You can take guided tours of the brewery, but there weren’t any going the day I went. I got a beer and ordered lunch, and everything was great! There were a few groups of people who got drinks and food, but it was mostly empty the whole time I was there. Since the weather was so rainy and chilly, I hung out at Samsø Bryghus for a bit and read a book I brought, and it was a great place to escape the bad weather.

Samsø Bryhgus

Samsø Bryhgus

Samsø Bryhgus

Straw roof house in Samsø

Straw roof house in Samsø

Red well in Samsø

Half-timbered houses in Denmark

Spring flowers in Denmark

Straw roof house in Denmark

Straw roof house in Denmark

Half-timbered houses in Nordby, Denmark

Half-timbered houses in Nordby, Denmark

Half-timbered houses in Nordby, Denmark

Downtown Nordby, Denmark

Shops in Nordby, Denmark

There are a few shops you can explore!

Half-timbered houses in Nordby, Denmark

Scandinavian style houses

Colorful houses in Denmark

Colorful houses in Samso

Nordby, Samso

Yellow door in Denmark

Half-timbered houses in Nordby, Denmark

If you’re looking for a place to see half-timbered houses in Denmark, you need to go to Nordby, Samsø! It’s such a pretty town with great shops and restaurants, and it would be an even nicer place to visit on a warm, sunny day 🙂

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nicole

    September 22, 2019

    It looks like such a charming place. Your photos are gorgeous!

    • Reply

      Julia

      September 23, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂 It’s such a pretty island!

  2. Reply

    Kimberly Leatherwood

    April 27, 2019

    Amazing photos!!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 28, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  3. Reply

    Tina

    March 22, 2019

    Your photos are so amazing! It inspires me to be a better photographer!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 22, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. Reply

    tonya

    March 21, 2019

    OMG! These half timbered houses are so cute and colorful!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 21, 2019

      I wish we had some in the US!

  5. Reply

    Kristen Gregor

    March 20, 2019

    They’re so pretty! I love the color palette too. Very timeless. I wonder what’s on the roof? Are they covered in moss?

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 20, 2019

      The colors are my favorite! Some have moss but most are covered in straw!

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