LearnDanishwith Us!Start Learning!
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
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! 😉