Island Stories 2018 / The Ice Cream Kalas

An unrestrained and awesome ice cream feast from organic and local ingredients – Sandvig, Bornholm.

Christina, Magnus & Christian outside of the Ice Cream Kalas

An entrepreneurial spark was ignited when the couple Christian Heide Petersen and Christina Andreasen took up residence in the little town Sandvig. Today, their ice cream dairy and café named Kalas-Kalas attracts locals as well as travellers from near and far - all coming to get a slice of the cake. Literally.

They just couldn’t stop dreaming about how life with their two little children would be if they left their urban flat for a place with much greener surroundings. How life would be on an island like Bornholm with more opportunities for a balanced and family-friendly everyday life.

Today they make a living by running one of the island’s most popular ice cream outlets, Sandvig Is Kalas, which has its own production and café located on the rocky sea side with plenty of nature-made seatings and picturesque spots. This was something they didn’t see coming.

"‘Kalas’ is the swedish word for ‘party’ or ‘feast’, which is the vision of the café and dairy."

“It’s interesting, all these things that emerge because we pursue our own interests. The ice cream journey has been fun and stimulating.”

“Our goal was to use organic milk from Bornholm and as many local ingredients as possible. It was a marvelous experience when the machine produced the first liters of ice cream! Never in our lives had we predicted that it would become this kind of success. What happened was that the ice cream parlour and the café became the focus of a social life that had been missing from the town up till then,” says Christina and Christian.

And continue: “Even though our children are grown up now and have left the island for a while because of their studies and other things, this is still the place where we meet and spend time together with each other and all the wonderful people who stop by at our ice cream café. On summer evenings, it has become an important place for the locals too.”