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Pilgrimage routes and hiking routes in North Sealand

North Sealand offers a range of different habitat of nature, ice age landscapes and rare species. If you want to go hiking, the possibilities are plenty. Walk around in Denmark’s history in a landscape where the Vikings have vandalised, kings have reigned, and legends have arisen.

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Tisvildevejen i Nordsjælland. En vandrerute med smukke naturoplevelser på Sjælland.

Kierkegaard: “If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right”

Walking with sound in nature– in Kierkegaard's footsteps

In the summer of 1835, Denmark's famous philosopher Søren Kierkegaard stayed for eight weeks in Gilleleje. He loved hiking in the area, and Gilbjerghoved became one of his favourite places. He went for his walks down the narrow, winding paths along steep slopes towards the Kattegat, pondering over the great questions of life. The path is signposted 'Gilbjergstien', so it's easy to find your way. On the path, you can also enter into a kind of conversation with the old philosopher by downloading the app Useum on your smartphone and selecting Kierkegaard by Nature.

Hikes in North Sealand

The pilgrims have walked here since the Middle Ages and our own Søren Kierkegaard used the area to take a mental break. For instance, he wrote: “if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right”. In North Sealand, you find all you need as a hiker. So, pack your backpack, tie your hiking shoes and have a great experience in the unique nature! Do you prefer a more rough and severe experience, and are you able to make your own camp, gather your own food and light a fire? Start your mornings with a dive in the sea or one of the lakes approved for bathing. Here, you can also pull the plug, forget the time and go hiking in your own mind. 

TIPS AND GOOD ADVICE WHEN YOU ARE GOING HIKING

 

  1. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots
  2. Pack a windproof jacket and rain clothes that don't take up much room in your backpack
  3. Public transport runs to most of the walks' starting and finishing points
  4. Remember water, sunscreen and a hat
  5. Stretch out before and after walking – to avoid aching muscles

 

 

    Kilometres of trails

    North Sealand has kilometres of hiking, exercise, nature and activity trails. And they all pass through beautiful nature and varied landscapes that invite you to get out into the fresh air and be active. Head to one of the many beautiful natural areas to enjoy a picnic lunch and a lovely walk. VisitNordsjælland's website has more information about hiking trails and walks in the North Sealand countryside. Here you can also find inspiration for accommodation along the way – from hotels to hostels, campsites, cabins and shelters.

    Hiking map Esrum-Tisvildevejen
    The association Esrum-Tisvildevejen has published four detailed hiking maps and an accompanying book, where you can see photos and read about 74 selected places of interest on the route. Buy it here VisitNordsjællands booking

     

    Esrum – Tisvildevejen – through idyllic countryside

    Esrum-Tisvildevejen is a 77 km long walking route from Esrum Abbey to Tisvilde. Aculturally historical route brimming with unique experiences that perfectly encapsulate North Sealand's nature, culture and local foods. The route is created by volunteers and runs through eight small villages in some of the most beautiful and most interesting landscapes in North Sealand. Along the way you can spend the night in villages, both in the open air and at bed & breakfasts. Join the arranged day hikes or hikes over several days, such as the very popular summer pilgrimage.

    Take the slow route through North Sealand’s wonderful cultural and historical landscape. Whether you plan a pilgrimage or prefer a brisk walk, North Sealand offers kilometres of excellent trails for both short and long walks. Discover well-preserved churches and monasteries, authentic small villages, local produce from farm shops and warm welcomes at small hotels and bed & breakfasts.

    North Coast Trail 

    With dramatic nature, The North Coast Trail is actually a cycle route but works just as well as a walk along the beautiful North Sealand coast. It offers stunning views of unique nature, dunes, cliffs, and you can see as far as Sweden.

    The trail starts in Hundested and takes you past idyllic coastal towns such as Liseleje, Tisvilde and Gilleleje, eventually finishing in Helsingør. There are lots of interesting and atmospheric places to take a break, e.g. charming Kikhavn, the Troldeskoven forest, Gilleleje Harbour and Rudolph Tegner's Museum and Statue Park in Dronningmølle. There aren't many shelters along the trail, but there are many other accommodation options.