10 beautiful walks: A guide
Relish the peace and quiet and soft forest floor under your feet as you head out on one of Fjordlandet’s many walks. Whether you’re a family, prefer to enjoy a book, go for a swim or take a hike, there are walks for all types of people. Stick your mobile phone in your pocket, take a deep breath and enjoy the varied landscape, fresh country air and history that surrounds you.
1. A historical walk
Skjoldungestierne – about 40 km
Skjoldungesti is a hiking trail that traverses a unique landscape with a variety of cultural history. The network of paths wind their way through Skjoldungernes Land National Park, from the city of Roskilde across the hamlet of Gl. Lejre to the town of Hvalsø. Walk through meadows, forests and open farmland, along lakes and streams, tracing the footsteps of the Vikings and passing cultural-historical sites such as ancient mounds, stone walls, watermills and manor estates.
Please note that some stretches of the path are unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs.
Smartphone users can download the national park’s app, which contains a map with various routes, showing the location of sights and facilities along the way, for example parking spaces and restrooms.
A shelter site with a lovely view of the Roskilde Fjord is located in Boserup Forest near Roskilde. It is accessible by foot via the Skjoldungesti path or you can arrive by canoe or kayak.
2. A long walk
Fjord Path no. 40 – 275 km long
Fjord Path no. 40, which takes hikers all the way around two of Denmark’s most beautiful fjords, Roskilde Fjord and Isefjord, is for anyone who wants a challenge. Stretching 275 km, the path has built-in rest stops because completing the entire trip around the fjords requires taking four ferries. If you prefer to break up the walk into shorter sections, overnight nature campsites are available along the way or find a comfortable B&B nearby.
Enjoy the varied landscape along your walk and expansive views over the water. You’ll encounter the charming island of Orø and sights such as Selsø Castle and the thousand-year-old Royal Oak in the North Woods. Signs mark the way.
3. For children and flower enthusiasts
Ejby slopes and river valley – ca. 2.5 km
The slopes of Ejby river valley are the perfect spot for a walk for flower lovers, butterfly enthusiasts and older kids with energy to burn for exploring the steep slopes formed 12-15,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age as sea levels varied and geological upheavals occurred. The calcium in the water is the secret behind the rich array of flowers. Walk along the edge for a magnificent experience with expansive views over Isefjord. Or go for a dip, say hello to the cows, look for mushrooms and keep an eye out for the bronze sculpture of a seal on a stone in the water.
4. A child-friendly walk
Heide Overdrev grassland forest – about 8 km
Located south of Lejre, Heide Overdrev grassland forest is an inviting, natural gem and a great place for a traditional picnic with the entire family. Accessible by prams, the walk leads through the forest in a varied landscape with several highlights, for example, protected grasslands and Avnsø, a forest lake created when a large ice deposit from the last Ice Age melted. The lake is clean and has a jetty, making it ideal for swimming. There’s a bench to rest on while the kids catch small creatures along the shore of the lake. The path also leads past an old forest bog, now populated with rare wild plants. The vantage point at Valdemarsvej is a nice place to have a leisurely picnic lunch.
5. Tranquil open spaces
Little Kattinge Lake – about 8 km
This walk takes you around a small lake west of Roskilde across a beautiful hilly landscape, past ponds, streams, reed beds and rich birdlife. Various highlights include impressive hilltop views, grazing cows and fun for the kids, with a small cable ferry that allows you to pull yourself across a stream
6. Manor estates and white-tailed eagles
Around Skarresø lake near Jyderup – about 11 km
Skarresø near Jyderup lends itself to a walk around the entire lake, with the hilly terrain adding to the pleasure. Along the way are four peaceful forests, two of which are owned by neighbouring manor estates. Birdlife abounds and, in the summer, you might catch a glimpse of a white-tailed eagle at the lake from the bird observation tower at Åstrup Manor. Skarresø lake is part of the Åmosen Nature Preserve.
7. Orchids and ancient mounds
Tuse Næs – about 15.5 km
Along this walk you’ll encounter ancient monuments, protected nature and unique views of the peninsula of Tuse Næs near the city of Holbæk. The peninsula is surrounded by fjords on three sides, Lammefjorden, Isefjord and Holbæk Fjord. The trip takes you past two ancient mounds that provide unparalleled views of Isefjord, with Roskilde Cathedral visible on a clear day. Wading birds, wild orchids and remnants of ancient refuse heaps from the hunter-gatherer Stone Age are just some of the area’s attractions. The beach at Løserup Strand is a great place to take a dip along the way.
8. Hilly glacial landscape
Tuse Næs – about 15.5 km
Discover how the Ice Age formed the peninsula of Tuse Næs near Holbæk, the landscape taking you on a journey thousands of years back in time. Experience the nature in the woods of Hørby Skov, which features a rich birdlife and a breathtaking carpet of anemones in the spring. Along the way you’ll encounter Hørby Kirke and Udby Kirke, two distinctive red churches. Finally, Hørby Færgekro is an inn dating back to the 1700s that offers traditional open-faced Danish sandwiches, not to mention a gorgeous view of the fjord.
Harbours with beaches, firepits and shelters are located along the way.
9. A literary walk
Hornsherred peninsula – about 21.5 km
The renowned Danish author Henrik Pontoppidan (1857-1943) spent part of his life on the peninsula of Hornsherred near Frederikssund, and the area left its mark on his authorship. This walk takes you in his footsteps, past the rural village of Østby, where he lived with his family. In 1917 Pontoppidan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark”, including a collection of tales in “From the Huts” and the novel “The Promised Land”. Both works were clearly inspired by the daily life of the rural population and his experiences from the time he spent in Østby.
This walk also leads past a picturesque church, Selsø Kirke, through the village of Skibby and on to Skuldelev.
10. The countess and the tranquillity of the forest
Jægerspris – about 17 km
This is just the trip if you’re seeking the peace and tranquillity of the forest. Mile upon mile of beautiful scenery lets you soak up nature’s meditative energy. Begin at Countess Danner’s back garden, the castle wall at Jægerspris Castle, where she lived with her husband, King Frederik VII. From here, enter the North Woods, especially known for its oak trees that are over a thousand years old: The Royal Oak, the Stork Oak and the Twisted Oak. Civilisation awaits at the other end of this walk at a small harbour called Kulhuse, which has a beach and an inn. From here, a ferry sails to the fishing hamlet of Sølager.
REMEMBER: Good shoes, plenty of water and map or an app so you can find your way.