>Several one-day, weekend and week-long camping, hiking and canoo trips in Denmark 

 

 

More and more Scandinavians have discovered that rural Denmark is a wonderful place for small excursions. Denmark does not have Norway’s high mountains or Fjords, or the wilderness of northern Sweden and Finland. Nevertheless, Denmark has a small number of significant wilderness expanses mostly set around a core of vast lakes and nearby woodlands, creeks and open terrains.

While growing up in Western Funen, at a very early age our dad and older brother used to take us hiking and camping in these wilderness areas and to the lakes. We learned a lot of stuff and obtained basic cooking, camping and outdoor endurance skills, including cold management skills during the Danish winters. Nowadays, we bring our own kids into the same areas on hiking, camping and canoeing excursions. Denmark has a lot to offer during all seasons, and even in the most remote parts, you will most likely be able to find a primitive shelter or camping ground.

 

We often do very spontaneous trips to the lakes and/or on the rivers when the weather is either super good or the complete opposite. Going into rural Denmark is just as fun during a snowstorm in February as during a heat wave in July. If we had to choose, we simply love the Danish wilderness between September and May, which is definitely low season, and for which reason we often have it all to ourselves. Our favorite spots are the the Central Lake Highlands, Hald Lake & Dollerup Hills, Tange Lake, and the Jels Lakes. Also, love the different creeks and have done several canoo trips on Gudenåen (Guden Creek), Kongeåen (King's Creek), Skjern Å (Skjern Creek), Odense Å (Odense Creek), etc. 

 

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THE DANISH LAKES & RIVERS

Into the wilderness of rural Denmark

Center of the Lake Higlands District
Center of the Lake Higlands District

Søhøjlandet - or the Lake Higlands District in English - is shaped with hills, forests and lakes, and is one of our favourite areas for outdoor activities and camping. Over the years we have done 20+ trips in this area and we simply never get tired.

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Crossing Borre Lake...
Crossing Borre Lake...

...in the Lake Highlands during an autumn canoo trip

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Lake highland map
Lake highland map

The major part of the Lake Highland is shown.

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Kayakking in early morning
Kayakking in early morning

Across Brassø lake in early morning - very refreshing!

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Taking a break on Birk Lake
Taking a break on Birk Lake

The many lakes in the Lake Highland District are best explored during a canoe trip. It is easy to find a place to rest or sleep along the way, either in shelters, in the wood or on camping grounds.

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Arrival in the Paradise Islands...
Arrival in the Paradise Islands...

...which is a small archipelago sitting in Borre Lake in the Lake Highlands. The picture is taken in early autumn during heavy rains and a semi-thunder storm. During the autumn the Danish weather can be extra tricky, switching between sudden downpours and warm sunny weather. The trick is to pack wisely and keep raingear within reach in the canoe.

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Dusk at Julsø Lake during canoo trip
Dusk at Julsø Lake during canoo trip

The canoe has be tucked on land, the fire is glowing behind us, Irish coffee is prepared on the cooing kettle, and the sun is setting over Juelsø Lake.

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Canoo trip, Silkeborg to Randers...
Canoo trip, Silkeborg to Randers...

...along Gudenåen River, the longest river in Denmark that runs trough the Jutland peninsula. It flows a total of 176 kilometres, and this is one of our favourite parts.

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Desolate road between two lakes
Desolate road between two lakes

Small road among spring flowers, in between Gudensø Lake and Mossø Lake. It was early in morning during the flowering season in May; what a sight!

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Winter kayak trip on Kulsø and Kvindsø in the Highlands
Winter kayak trip on Kulsø and Kvindsø in the Highlands
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Cleaning after cooking...
Cleaning after cooking...

...during camping a weekend on the Paradise Islands in Borre Lake in the Lake Highlands.

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Canoo trip from Silkeborg to Randers
Canoo trip from Silkeborg to Randers

...reaching Tange Lake.

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Hiking in Nørreskov Woods...
Hiking in Nørreskov Woods...

...with a view towards Juelsø Lake and Møgelø Island in the lake. This is part of the core of the Lake Highland District.

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Winter forest at Ravnsø Lake
Winter forest at Ravnsø Lake
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Shelter stay on Hærvejen route with chicken for lunch. Vrads Sande area
Shelter stay on Hærvejen route with chicken for lunch. Vrads Sande area

Vrads Sande is a unique inland dune area formed by the sand drift over many hundreds of years, in the heart of Jutland

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Camp at Tange Lake
Camp at Tange Lake
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Inside the underground tombs beneath the earth...
Inside the underground tombs beneath the earth...

...at Vrads Sande Hearfulness Meditation Center

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Canoo trip from Ry to Silkeborg...
Canoo trip from Ry to Silkeborg...

...along Knudsø Lake, Birksø Lake, Julsø Lake, Borresø Lake and the Paradise Islands, and finally Brassø Lake.

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Another trip to the Paradise Isl....
Another trip to the Paradise Isl....

...in Borre Lake in the Lake Highlands during early autumn

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Camping in Ry Sønderskov Woods
Camping in Ry Sønderskov Woods

One of our favourite hikes is from Silkeborg over Ry to Skanderborg in the Lake District. The hike is 50 km, and can be undertaken in two long days.

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Goodmorning - view outside our tent
Goodmorning - view outside our tent

On the Borre Lake which is part of the core of the Lake Highlands District

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On the slopes of the Sindbjerg hills
On the slopes of the Sindbjerg hills

The southern parts of the Lake Highlands District is perhaps the most dramatic due to the vast expanses of forest and lack of villages. The northern part, however, is also very beautiful especially around the Nordskoven Woods and Linå Vesterskov Woods on each side of Sejs and Svejbæk. Here, we are on the slopes of the Sindbjerg hills during a hike from Silkeborg to Laven. Nadia, Anders’ middle child, is sitting in her comfy bag while being carried the entire hike.

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Top of the Sindal hills...
Top of the Sindal hills...

...on the northern expanses of the central Lake Highlands

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Sunrise 5 AM at Mossø
Sunrise 5 AM at Mossø

During one of our many hikes from Silkeborg to Skanderborg, along Lake district.

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Lake highlands Winter trip with a tent oven/stove
Lake highlands Winter trip with a tent oven/stove

At Silkeborg lake area and four kids - the loved to stay in the hot tent while it was pouring down outside.

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Hike from Silkeborg to Skanderborg..
Hike from Silkeborg to Skanderborg..

...here in the Østerskov Woods in the Lake Highlands District

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Unpacking canoes
Unpacking canoes

At many time we pack alot so we can stay for several days. Incl. dry wood for the camp fire. Here on a trip from Silkeborg to Ry - upstream all the way

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Lunch time, Brassø
Lunch time, Brassø
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Breakfast in the woods
Breakfast in the woods
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Late campfire and swimming
Late campfire and swimming

In the sommer and autumn we can stay for half and whole nights near the camp fire, switching every thirty minutes between a dip in the semi-cold lake and being heated by the fire. Is this the Danish version and what the Finnish sauna?

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