Wait – no mountains? In 2005, the Norwegian Roger Pihl proved us all wrong. With a dash of irony and a lot of love for Denmark, he published a book which in Danish got the name Guide til Danmarks bjerge – Guide to the Mountains of Denmark.
”Denmark is a fjeld-land (mountain-country)”, Pihl writes. ”Even if the peaks protrude no more than 100 meters, the view can be just as impressive as from the Norwegian mountains, where you can add a zero to the height.”
Denmark has an average height of 31 meters, and Pihl argues that in that perspective, every hill with a height above 100 meters should be considered a Danish bjerg [b-yaᵒᵒ] (mountain)!
Here, then, are the
- Ejer Bavnehøj/Møllehøj in Ejer, Jylland. 170.86 meters (above sea level).
- Yding Skovhøj in Yding, Jylland. 170.77 m.
- Rytterknægten in Almindingen, Bornholm. 162 m.
- Rye Sønderskov in Gammel Rye, Jylland. 157 m.
- Them Bavnehøj in Them, Jylland. 153 m.
- Sorring Loddenhøj in Sorring, Jyland. 148 m.
- Himmelbjerget in Gammel Rye, Jylland. 147 m.
- Ottehøje in Bryrup, Jylland. 145 m.
- Aborrebjerg on Møn. 143 m.
- Alvildas Høj in Gammel Rye, Jylland. 142 m.
Notice how mountains in Gammel Rye dominate the chart! Of these, the most famous is Himmelbjerget. It has a tower, a souvenir shop and a restaurant on its top! The view is as breathtaking as it gets in Denmark, so there’s no reason to laugh about the name, which means … Sky Mountain!