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Worth knowing about Mandø

On Mandø you experience nature in all its magnificence and as a guest you quickly fall into the rhythm of nature along with the island’s 30 permanent residents.

The Wadden Sea is neither land nor sea. One moment it looks like dry seabed and 6 hours later it is completely flooded. Since the Ice Age, the water level rose and since no concomitant land rise has occurred in the south-western Jutland, the Wadden Sea emerged.

The Wadden Sea stretches more than 500 km form Ho Bay in the North to Den Helder, Holland in the south. The Wadden Sea, which is great importance to migratory as well as sedentary birds, is every year used as a stopover for up to 12 million birds. Several important fish species such as plaice and cod have their breeding grounds here, and it is also Denmark’s most important breeding area for the harbour seal.  Life in the Wadden Sea area is a challenge for both flora and fauna, which have to be well adapted to the extreme conditions.

The marsh so characteristic for the Wadden Sea area and Mandø, too, is a grass landscape with an upper layer (ca. 1 metre) formed of clay, oxygen and sand, a special type of marine clay.

A little less than 3,000 years ago, the sea level rose to where it is today, and the creation of marsh began.  Today it is possible to cultivate grass, barley, wheat and rapeseed. Further, a great many cattle graze in the area, and in the grass area west of the dike provide grazing for a huge number of sheep.

The tide
The tide is created by the gravitational attraction of the sun and the moon. The high tide occurs ca. every 12½ hours. In the Wadden Sea, the difference between the high and the low tide is ca. 1,70 metre. This difference is amplified by the new moon, the full moon and heavy winds.

6,5 km. from dike to dike.
9 km. from the dike on the mainland to Mandø Town.
11 km. from the Wadden Sea Centre to Mandø Town.

Over the counter (OTC) drugs sold at Mandø Brugs (co-op).

Koresand or west of the storm surge column.

Ca. 80,000 tourist visit Mandø every year.

Falck/Alarm dial 112.

Bicycle rentals Mandøbussen

Heart Starter you will find on the left of Mandø Brugs, Byvej 1, 6760 Ribe.

Dogs outside the home, all dogs must be kept on a leash on Mandø.

ATM is not available.

Mandø has ca. 35 inhabitants.

Available at the overnight accommodations.

Area: Mandø is ca. 8 km2

Please contact Ribe/Esbjerg Taxi by calling +45 75 14 45 00. Please be aware of the tide.

The tidal table
Contact Destination Vadehavskysten or Mandø Brugs at +45 75 44 51 02.

Tourist information
Mandø byvej 21, open daily, year round.

Public lavatories/handicap friendly: by Klithus Mandø.

Parking is free in Mandø Town. You simply park in Mandø Town and explore the island on foot or on a bicycle. Driving around the island in a vehicle is not allowed.

Please contact Ribe Police at +45 76 88 14 48 or call 114.

The mailbox at Mandø Brugs, collection all weekdays.