5 days

Walk to the top of Denmark’s most famous ‘mountain’ and explore the gorgeous lakes and woodlands in one of the most beautiful areas of Jutland. With more than 50 lakes and a forest area which stretches for more than 224 square kilometers, the Silkeborg Lake District is the largest natural resort in the entire country.

Enjoy a heavenly hiking trip in Denmark’s lake district with gorgeous lakes and woodlands.

Climb to the top of Denmark’s most famous ‘mountain’ with a stunning view of the lake district.

Cruise the lakes of Silkeborg on the world’s oldest coal-fired paddle steamer.

Explore charming Silkeborg, which is one of the most beautifully located towns of Denmark.

Walk along Gudenåen and enjoy splendid views over the lakes to Himmelbjerget.

Hiking the Himmelbjerg Route: Discover Denmark’s ‘Sky Mountain’

Self-guided walking holiday along Himmelbjergruten

The Himmelbjerg Route is one of the most beautiful tracks in Denmark, as well as being extremely well-marked and easy to walk. Your walking holiday begins in Ry, with lovely views over lake Knudsø. You will spend the first night in Knudhule Badehotel, which was named as the best ‘badehotel’ (sea- or lakeside hotel) in Denmark in 2019. From Ry, you follow Gudenåen – Denmark’s longest river – through Jutland’s largest and most famous lake and woodland landscapes. You will climb to the top of Himmelbjerget, which is the most famous ‘mountain’ in Denmark, and finish at Skyttehusets Camping where you can get a good lunch in the café situated at the edge of Gudenåen. You will be picked up at the camp site and transferred to your next accommodation; a comfortable B&B in the Lake District capital of Silkeborg. Here you will find many interesting attractions, including the AQUA Aquarium & Wildlife Park and a museum dedicated to the famous Danish painter Asger Jorn.

The next day you board Hjejlen; the world’s oldest original coal-fired paddle steamer. Enjoy a gentle cruise back to Skyttehusets Camping where you finished yesterday’s walk. From here you walk back to Silkeborg, where you have another night in your cosy B&B. From Silkeborg you return to Ry along a beautiful track, which sometimes follows the banks of Gudenåen and sometimes veers onto woodland paths. On your way back you have an overnight stay in a hut in a beautifully-situated camping site close to lake Julsø, with lots of activities for both adults and children.

5 DAY TOUR From €520 per person sharing*

*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers


You will stay in a hotel, a B&B and in a camp site hut. The rooms in the hotel and B&B have en-suite facilities, while the hut on the camp site have good shared bath and toilet facilities. It is recommended to bring your own towel and bedlinen to the hut. Alternatively, you can rent it for a smaller amount at the camp site.

Some of the accommodation providers we work with are listed below. If one of the places are occupied, then we will inform you about it and try to find an alternative.

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 15th and September 15th.
4 nights in hotel, B&B and camping hut
4 breakfasts
1 boat ticket
Luggage transfers while you walk
Detailed maps and route notes
GPS tracks
24/7 telephone support
Flights and travel insurance
Transport to and from Ry
Lunches or dinners
Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)
Any other items not mentioned in the program
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Singe room supplement

Day 1: Arrival in Ry

Your hiking holiday starts in Ry, where you stay in Knudhule Badehotel, which is situated by lake Knudsø about two kilometers from the center of Ry. Knudhule Badehotel was named the best ‘badehotel’ (sea- or lakeside hotel) in Denmark in 2019. It is possible to bathe in Knudsø and there is crazy golf at the hotel. Dinner is available at the hotel restaurant (not included in price).

Overnight: Ry (Knudhule Badehotel)


Day 2: Ry – Himmelbjerget – Julsø

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 175 m | Descent: 175 m | Time: 4 hrs approx.

The first day’s walk starts from the center of Ry, which you can reach by foot or by car from Knudhule Badehotel. From the center of Ry, you walk about 600 m towards Gammel Ry where you turn onto the track towards Himmelbjerget and Silkeborg. You then walk around lake Birksø and continue through a varied forest landscape. After about 6 km and a 125 m ascent you reach the top of Himmelbjerget (147 m), where you can enjoy your lunch and a fantastic view over the lakes. Visit the small shops selling souvenirs and snacks and read about the historical folk meetings on the ‘mountain’. You might also climb the Himmelbjerg Tower to get the ultimate view over the Lake District.

From Himmelbjerget you descend to the edge of Julsø lake, where the ferries dock at Hotel Julsø. It is possible to have lunch or coffee here. From Hotel Julsø you continue along a small path, that runs along the banks of Julsø with a beautiful view over the lake. After a few kilometers you veer away from the lake to follow a tranquil forest path, before returning to the banks of Julsø and Gudenåen. You will find Skyttehusets Camping on the banks of Julsø at the Svejbæk passage.

Here you can enjoy a refreshment in the café that has a lovely lake view. You can also take a small solar-powered ferry or rent a rowing boat and row to the other side of the Svejbæk passage (88 m) to have a bite to eat at Ålekroen – an old inn with tables by the water known for its great food. In the afternoon you jump on one of the historic steamboats (ticket included) and enjoy a gentle cruise to the Lake District capital of Silkeborg. From the harbour of Silkeborg it is only a short walk to your next accommodation.

Overnight: B&B in Silkeborg


Day 3: From the Svejbæk passage to Silkeborg

Distance: 13 km | Ascent: 130 m | Descent: 133 m | Time: 4 hrs approx.

After breakfast you get a lift back to Skyttehusets Camping, where you finished yesterday’s route.

Today’s route will take you through the Lake District along a well-marked path, which brings you through the forest and down to the lakes where you will have beautiful panoramic views. You walk along the lake Borre Sø with another lake, Slåen Sø, on your left. The water in Slåen Sø is said to be so fresh and clean, that you can drink it. You continue along a narrow strip of land between lakes Brassø and Vejlsø down to Gudenåen, which you follow into the heart of the beautifully located Silkeborg. On your way you pass AQUA Aquarium & Wildlife Park and Museum Jorn, both of which are well worth a visit either on the way or after you have checked in to your B&B.

Overnight: B&B in Silkeborg


Day 4: From Silkeborg to Gammel Laven

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 195 m | Descent: 155 m | Time: 5 hrs approx.

Walking out of Silkeborg, you follow the Himmelbjerg Route along the railway across Gudenåen to the northern side, where you continue along the banks of Gudenåen towards Sejs, looking out at the barges and canoes on the river. After eight spectacular kilometers you reach Sejs/Svejbæk, where it is possible to have lunch at the old inn Ludvigslyst or, if you prefer, you can take a detour of 600 m down to Ålekroen at the Svejbæk passage.

From Svejbæk you follow the track away from Gudenåen and climb 120 m through a large forest landscape before starting your descent to Gammel Laven. Here you will find Terrassen Camping where you will stay in a hut with a fantastic view over Julsø. Terrassen Camping has a swimming pool, play areas, activity rooms and crazy golf, and during the high season there will be several planned activities for children as well as adults. Dinner can be ordered as take away from Ry.

Overnight: Terrassen Camping


Day 5: From Gammel Laven to Ry

Distance: 8 km | Ascent: 69 m | Descent: 101 m | Time: 3 hrs approx.

You leave your luggage at Terrassen Camping, and from Gammel Laven you walk around the eastern end of Julsø towards Birksø through forest and over meadow, before following the path between the lakes Birksø and Knudsø into the center of Ry. Here you can have lunch and afterwards you have the option to rent a canoe or a motorboat for a few hours and do some sailing on Gudenåen and Birksø. When you are finished in Ry you can take a barge, the train or your car back to your luggage at Terrassen Camping, where the tour ends. You can continue your onwards journey from here by train or car.

If you wish you can prolong your trip with an extra night at Terrassen Camping, Knudhule Badehotel or Hotel Ry.

Getting to Ry

  The nearest airport is Aarhus Airport (75 km approx.). You can also fly to Billund, Aalborg, Copenhagen or Hamburg airports.
From Ry train station you can either walk the last 2½ km to the hotel or take a taxi.

Forest hiking on the Sky Mountain Route
An info board with the map of the Sky Mountain Route (in Danish: Himmelbjergruten)
The path that leads to the top of Himmelbjerget (the Sky Mountain)
A glimpse of the lake Julsø from the path towards Himmelbjerget
The landscape surrounding Himmelbjerget
Hiking from Himmelbjerget towards Lake Julsø
The Sky Mountain tower seen from below
The world’s oldest original coal-fired paddle steamer 'Hjejlen' on Lake Julsø
Lavender by Lake Julsø
Hiking along the Sky Mountain Route at Svejbæksnævringen
The paddle steamer 'Hjejlen' and a canoe in Silkeborg
Boats in Gudenåen close to Silkeborg
A forest path close to Silkeborg
The lake Slåensø is the cleanest lake in Denmark and it's lovely for a swim
Fallen tree over Lake Slåensø
Beautiful sunset seen from Himmelbjerget
Sunset over Lake Julsø seen from Himmelbjerget

Tour Reviews

4.00 based on 1 review

Veltilrettelagt tur i varierende landskab i en af de smukkeste egne af Danmark. Variation var der også i overnatningsstederne – fra badehotel til camping – og alle steder mødte vi venlige og imødekommende værter. Gå ikke glip af et måltid på Knudhule Badehotel.

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