Designer dens: Danish island shelters perfect for outdoor breaks

A new network of architect-designed shelters from £3 a night is the perfect springboard for an idyllic kayaking, cycling and walking trip around the islands of Denmark’s South Funen archipelago

Paddling along the densely wooded coastline, the view ahead was suddenly broken by asymmetrical shapes rising up from a grassy headland. Excited, we beached our kayaks on a thin strip of sand and went to investigate.

A few metres from the sea we found two wooden trapezium-shaped shelters, raised off the ground on stilts. Chest-high at the front, clad in black tiles, the structure had a number of openings and artfully arranged portholes. This was home for the night.

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