Wadden Sea oysters

In the Wadden Sea National Park, you can pick your own oysters directly from the oyster banks.

Oysters in the Wadden Sea National Park

The Wadden Sea National Park invites for unexpected and overwhelming experiences, and there are many ways to observe the world's most important tidal zone, the Wadden Sea National Park and UNESCO's World Heritage. For stimulation of all your senses make a trip into the habitat of oysters. You´ll go into the sea by low water, just a few hundred meters from the coast, where you can pick up lots of oysters - the world's most perky raw material.

Psst .... Did you know?

The Wadden Sea oyster is an invasive species, which means it did not originally live naturally in this area.

In fact, the oyster species that today can be picked from Rømø and the South Jutland coast, namely the Pacific oyster, was imported from Japan in the 20th century.

Before the Pacific oyster, the European oyster lived in large populations, but was almost completely exterminated by a disease and other conditions in the sea. Today, however, one can still be lucky to come across a European oyster, but not at all in the number that the Pacific oyster is in.

You can pick Wadden Sea oysters on the northeast and southeast side of Rømø. There are also many oysters from Hjerpsted / Højer. 
The oysters are often collected in large groups also called oyster banks.

The oyster season often starts from late October to late April. The oysters can only be eaten when the water temperature is cold enough so that there are no toxic bacteria in them. 

In the Wadden Sea around Rømø and up the coast to Esbjerg, you can find many oysters of the species Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas).

This is because in the 20th century, oysters began to be imported from Japan to Europe, as the original European oysters had begun to become extinct due to disease.

When the tide is low enough, oyster banks emerge from the Wadden Sea. You can find the oyster banks just a few hundred meters off the coast.

Once you have found an oyster bank, you must find the oysters that have spent the least time over the water, so that the bacteria that may could lie, has been caused away by the sea water.

We recommend that you bring a guide if you have not tried it before.

Book an oyster trip

Together with local guides, you can have the very best experience out on the water, where millions of oysters lie and are ready to be picked and brought home.

Oyster stay for 2 people

Combine an overnight stay with an oyster trip and have a weekend with your partner you will not forget.

Oyster season

In the cold months leading up to September / October and up to the month of April, you can collect oysters yourself, bring them home and enjoy at home or enjoy them in the fresh air. The oyster can be eaten in many ways, in fact it is almost only the imagination that limits how you can cook an oyster. A good tip is to drink wine or cold beer for oysters.