The island’s history can be traced back more than 1000 years.
It has a history rich on battles for power over the straits of Denmark and the story of how King Christian 5th gave the island to the love of his life Sophie Amalie Moth in 1678.
Over the last couple of years, major excavations have given archeologists more information about the five castles, towers and fortifications, which date back to the Middle Ages when Samsø was owned by the throne.
Only the grounds of the castles still remain, they were located at Vesborg, Gl.
There is no doubt that it required a lot of resources to build the canal, and it’s believed that such a large construction work must have been guided by an organized, centralized power.