The camp is situated on a beautiful meadow right beside the sea. It is a natural environment, protected by law, so please follow the rules to preserve this natural treasure. Since the water from the shower and sinks goes into nature, please use only ecological soap! You don’t have to buy it yourself, the camp provides shampoo and shower gel.
The camp can be reached by car, it is possible to park a camper (no longer than 6m) in the car park, a little meadow right next to the camp.The tents and toilets are not wheelchair accessible. The ground is firm in most places (except for the beach). Electricity for charging batteries is 1km up the road in the old barn the camp uses for winter storage. The camp can be very dark at night, especially in new moon nights.
Life in camp can be emotionally intense and social contacts can not be easily avoided, especially during the shared duties. Please feel free to contact us before camp or talk with the activists or a woman you trust in camp, if you feel uncomfortable. If you need some time for yourself, want to go for a long walk etc., please let someone in camp know where you are.
If you feel like hurting someone else (with words or physically) we ask you to talk to one of the activists or a woman of your trust and not act upon it. If you feel like hurting yourself, please have in mind that this can affect the other women, too and make sure the situation is as safe as possible for you and others.
What to bring
Almost everything you need for a wonderful week by the sea is provided: Kayaks, surfboards, wetsuits, safety vests, balls…
Which clothes should I bring?
The summer climate in Denmark is mild. The average temperature in southern Denmark is 20°C for the day, and 13 °C for the night. However, the weather is variable:
It can be cold.
It can be wet.
It can be hot and sunny.
Warm clothes are very important! Rain jacket and rain pants are a good idea as well as waterproof shoes. A hat or cap and sunglasses to shelter you from the sun and a warm sweater, but also light clothes, sun protection or insect repellent. And something for the party nights, too! : )
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs, cats, horses, owls and all other pets are not allowed in the camp. The only exception are trained assistance (guide) dogs. Sorry, we can not make any exceptions from this.
Is there electricity in the camp?
There is no electricity. Mobile phones etc. can be sent with the truck to be charged in the barn. Bring a flashlight, it helps to find the right tent at night…
What about the toilets?
The toilet system may be a challenge in the beginning. The toilets are buckets with regular toilet seats, they are emptied into a septic tank by volunteers who take this as their daily duty. Some of the toilets are inside the toilet wagon in separate, private cubicles. Some are outdoors but sheltered by a little hut. And then there are the famous Femø ‘Out in the Open’ toilets who offer magnificent views especially on starbright nights.
What about taking a shower?
There is running water, even warm running water. So, you can take a hot shower for 10,- DKK. The solar heated “black hose warm shower” is free.
Where do we sleep?
There are big sleeping tents, they are very secure in storms, offer good company and „Femø spirit“. You can also bring your individual small sleeping tent. And as we are by the sea in a windy climate, if you bring your own tent, bring some extra string to tie your tent down. If you have a mosquito net, you might want to bring that.
There are also the so called „bivouaks“ small open tentlike structures in the dunes who allow you to sleep close to the nature and to someone you want to share moments in privacy with. The camp provides some air mattresses. Please bring a warm sleeping bag! The nights can be very cold! No individual camping stoves are allowed!
Please do not bring „illegal“ drugs into camp.
If you are on prescription drugs, make sure you have your supply with you, there is a doctor on the island but no pharmacy/drug store. Please store your medication/drugs safely!
Alcohol is to some extent part of the camp’s culture. There is also non-alcoholic beer on sale as well as various soda pops and mineral water. Tea and coffee are free.
All the tents are smoke-free, as are the meetings and the meals. Smoking is only permitted at the „smokers’ table“ and in the smokers’ tent.
Preparing the meals together is one of the „duties“ we share. Cooking together is fun, there is a big and well equipped kitchen tent with big gas burners and gas stoves and ovens. The recipes are well balanced and delicious. In International Week the cooking is vegetarian, sometimes with fish. It’s possible to have some sausages, liver paté etc. on the side. Food allergies will be taken into consideration by the kitchen responsibles. Please inform the office when you book so the supplies can be ordered accordingly.
Do I have to bring my own plates, cups…?
No, everything you need is in the camp. Washing the dishes together is one of the „duties“ in the camp.
What if I can’t come on Saturday?
The week starts Saturday and ends the next Saturday. If you can not arrive on Saturday, please be aware that you may miss a part of the group’s process together and please make sure that you get important information.
We like to sing together, so remember to bring your musical instruments and songbooks. There is a variety of rhythm instruments at the camp. And there are song books with Danish feminist songs, many of them have been written in the women’s camp and have been sung here ever since.
Ecology and the environment on Femø
The last years we had several questions and suggestions about ecology and the environment on Femø women’s camp. We decided to write this text to explain more about the ecological and environmental situation of the island Femø and on the women’s camp, to also clarify some of the choices we make on the camp.
Femø: Femø is a small island with 131 inhabitants. There are no farmers who practice organic farming and there is only some occasional selling of homegrown vegetables by the islanders. We are therefore completely dependent on food supplies ordered in advance from the mainland.
Femø sadly doesn’t offer a lot of options for recycling. We separate glass and karton/ paper, since there are containers for that at the harbor, but there is no possibility to collect plastic, metal or compost on the island. Chemical waste, like batteries, is usually taken back to the mainland by one of the participants.
The women’s camp: The women’s camp is situated on a meadow along the sea on the north side of the island, it’s a protected environment with a wide variety of grasses and flowers. Our presence, with hundreds of women walking around in that small area for two months, has a big impact on the local environment, but it miraculously restores itself every year after we have left. When we leave, we try to make sure nothing is left behind that can shift the balance. This balance is the reason we for example do not make a herb garden (because seeds may spread) in the camp. We also don’t make our own compost heap, because enriching the soil with compost, will also change the balance in the soil, which could in time, affect the growth of grasses and flowers.
If you have any questions, please contact us.