10 of the best European islands … that you’ve probably never heard of

June 3, 2015

Explore Europe’s lesser-known islands and enjoy a leisurely break where walking, watersports and doing nothing at all are the order of the day

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A far cry from Norway’s jagged western fjord-filled coastline, the Lyngør Islands offer Baltic calm rather than wild Atlantic. Base yourself on the islands of Sandøya or Borøya (where you can park your car) and use the ferries to get around. If ferries are too mainstream, Norwegians rave about kayaking between these tiny islands, so expect to see lots of brightly coloured boats being hefted around by visitors. Kayak rental is available in Tvedestrand, the town at the head of the fjord. Lyngør Island can only be reached by boat: there are no cars, and the main village consists of weathered clapboard wooden houses.
Stay The Tvedestrand 58 holiday house on the island of Boroya, which sleeps up to six, costs from £455 for seven nights.
Getting there Norwegian airlines flies to Oslo from £40 return; it’s then a two-hour drive south.

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