10 Danish Mountains You Should Climb Posted by Bjørn A. Bojesen on Jan 20, 2013 in Fun, Geography
One of the first things you’ll notice when going by train or bus in Denmark, is how extremely flat the country is. There are no mountains, only a few hills. The only klipper (rocks) are located on the island of Bornholm, between Sweden and Poland. The rest of Denmark is fladt som en pandekage (flat as a pancake). (Admitted, the Netherlands are even flatter – and even more liberal when it comes to the pleasures of life!)
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!
Happy trekking! 😉