6 great hikes in Denmark
An under-appreciated trekking destination.
Camønoen is known as Denmark’s friendliest hiking trail and stretches 175km around Møn, Nyord and Bogø. A good starting point is Møns Museum, where you can find out more about what there is to see, book accommodation and print out a personalized hiking map. One of the highlights of the area is Møns Klint, white limestone cliffs over 100m high with a sheer drop down into the sea. There’s also an experience center here with interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D movie theater and guided tours along the cliffs. Camønoen is part of the Sjællandsleden trail that stretches across the island of Zealand.
One of the longest
At 220km long, Øhavsstien on southern Funen is one of Denmark’s longest hiking trails. It passes through a beautiful cultural landscape, featuring poppy fields and country estates, and is never far from the sea. The trail is divided into seven different stages and these can each be divided into shorter day hikes.
Det Sydfynske Øhav contains descriptions of all the stages, together with tips on things to see along the way. Parts of Øhavsstien are on the route of the Fjällräven Classic Denmark, a major trekking event that takes place 5-8 July this year. Why not combine your hike on Funen with a visit to some of Denmark’s castles, such as the 17th-century Valdemar’s Castle?
Walk trough a diverse landscape
Along the Bornholm coast a historical coastal path winds through a diverse landscape of cliffs, sandy beaches and unspoiled nature. The trail also passes through a string of little fishing villages and charming towns where you can find both a room for the night and a good place to eat. In other words, the ideal trail for those wanting to experience a bit of Danish hygge. The entire round trip is close to 120km. It can be done in three days, but if you want to see all the sights and enjoy a more leisurely pace, a week is recommended. The Bornholm Rundt March takes place from 30 June to 2 July, when the entire route is covered in three days.
A legendary trail
Hærvejen, also known in English as the Ox Road, is perhaps the most legendary walking trail in Denmark. It runs the length of Jutland from the German border to Hirtshals, and parts of it date back over 4,000 years. Through the ages, the 500km trail has been used by pilgrims, armies and merchants, but is now a well-organized hiking and cycling trail, that passes through heathland, forests, sand dunes and farmland.
You can choose from a 14-day, seven-day or simply a one-day walk. If you decide on the longer routes, you can stay overnight at hostels along Hærvejen, 12 historic farms and buildings that offer hikers plain food and accommodation. If you want to do the walk but without worrying about baggage, accommodation or evening meals, Vagabond Tours can organize this for you.
Walking across Jutland
Coast to coast trail
On this walking trail across Jutland, you’ll experience some of the most beautiful nature in Denmark. From the tidal waters of the Wadden Sea National Park and the wild North Sea at Blåvandshuk, to gentle river valleys, forests, heaths and hills. The trail is 130km long and along the way you can stay at basic camping sites with water, WCs and campfires.
You’ll also see lighthouses, nature centers, Medieval churches and German bunkers, plus plenty of tempting stores to buy provisions on your journey. If you buy a fishing permit, you can also catch your evening meal in the River Varde, famous for some of the best salmon waters in Denmark. You can download a walking map with GPS for your trip here.
Walking and cycling trail
Bindeballestien at Vejle is a 36km walking and cycling trail through the beautiful Vejle Ådal valley, where you’ll experience the everchanging but always spectacular nature and numerous cultural heritage sites along the way. The landscape includes heather clad hills and sand dunes, Ice Age slopes, gorges and forests, plus an Iron Age sacrificial bog. Reconstructed Iron Age farms, 13th Century frescoes, the historic Haraldskær Hovedgård Hotel, Iron Age museum and nature center are other sights to look out for.
To make the most of your walk, it’s a good idea to allow a couple of days. The trail ends in Billund, which has an airport, the Lalandia holiday center and the legendary LEGOLAND.