Hiking and ‘Hygge’ in Denmark
All of our walking holidays in Denmark include charming hand-picked accommodation, luggage transportation, detailed route notes, maps and GPS tracks.
More and more people are discovering the beauty of the smiling landscape of Denmark, which of course is best explored by lacing up the hiking boots. There are no mountains in Denmark, except of course for Himmelbjerget (“Sky Mountain”) the ironically named 150m-high hill overlooking the Silkeborg Lake District. The landscape is pleasingly diverse, however, with rolling hills, valleys, lakes, forest, heathland and coastal trails, offering an impressive variety of walking trails.
Denmark has its own Camino route and our section of the historic Hærvejen pilgrim trail passes numerous historic sites on the way from Viborg to Lake Bølling. This can also be combined with a walk along the old bargemen’s towpath follwing Denmark’s longest river through the pastoral landscapes of central Jutland.
The island of Zealand (Sjælland in Danish) is best known for being home to Denmark’s vibrant and cosmopolitan captial, Copenhagen. The area north of Copenhagen is surprisingly green and has many excellent hiking trails through areas of pristine forest and lakes. This region is also home to the kingdom’s most impressive castles and palaces. On our week long walking holiday in North Zealand, you can follow peaceful forest trails between lakes and fairy-tale castles, finishing at Hamlet’s castle in Elsinore.
Many consider Northern Jutland (Nordjylland) to be the most beautiful part of Denmark. Here, the migrating sand dunes have created some truly spectacular features, such as the sand-covered church and the mini ‘desert’ of Råbjerg Mile. The North Sea Trail follows an exhilarating hiking route along dunes, forests and wide sandy beaches to Denmark’s northern tip, where the North Sea and the Baltic collide in a dramatic crashing of waves.
A walking holiday in Denmark also gives you the opportunity to experience the famous Danish hygge (very loosely translated as cosiness, but the only way to truly understand it is to experience it), which you will find aplenty in the charming old inns where you will overnight. Here you also have the opportunity to sample traditional Danish cuisine, served with a cool beer from one of the many local micro breweries.
Of course the walks can also be combined with many other types of activities such as sailing, fishing, bathing etc.