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Children in nature on Djursland

Outdoor Experiences for Families with Children on Djursland

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In Djursland, the landscape is simply calling you and your entire family to come and have amazing experiences there. In every direction you look, you will find scenic areas that are perfect for exploration by young as well as old.

Go on a child-friendly hike or an outing to great vantage points with spectacular views of cliffs, woodland, or beaches.

Outings for the entire family

Feel the winds blowing at Djursland’s highest point or find exciting objects from the past. Pack your picnic basket and go exploring in Djursland’s beautiful landscape.

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Karlby & Sangstrup Cliffs
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Karlby & Sangstrup Cliffs

Karlby and Sangstrup Klinter is a fantastic excursion spot for the entire family. Here, you can take in the view of the spectacular cliffs and gather unique fossils at the same time.

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Sletterhage Fyr
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Sletterhage Fyr

The trip to the lighthouse at ‘Sletterhage’ is appreciated by many people. The surroundings invite you to a quick walk to the ‘Tyskertårnet' (radar installation from WW 2) or ‘Lushage’. Maybe just a s...

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Kalø Castle Ruins
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Kalø Castle Ruins

As you travel the 1,5 km distance along the dam to Kalø Castle Ruins you are also travelling 700 years back in time. The castle was built in the Middle Ages and it is incredibly well preserved.

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Agri Bavnehøj
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Agri Bavnehøj

The highest point at Mols Bjerge, Agri Bavnehøj (beacon), is situated 137 meters above sea level. From here you get an amazing view.

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Jernhatten
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Jernhatten

Jernhatten, which is a part of the National Park Mols Bjerge, is 49 m high. Here is a lovely view over the sea towards the island Hjelm.

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Trehøje
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Trehøje

The three Bronze Age mounds of Trehøje, 127 metres above sea level, offer a panorama view from Aarhus to Ebeltoft, including four inlets: Kalø, Begtrup, Knebel, and Ebeltoft.

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Fornæs Fyr
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Fornæs Fyr

There has been a lighthouse at Fornæs since 1939, but the beautifully formed lighthouse that stands there today is from 1892.

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Child-friendly Hiking Routes

Djursland has wonderful hiking routes for everyone. Here, you can find information on some of them – and off you go!

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Ahl Plantage på Djursland
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Ahl Plantage - 3 km

The route winds its way up the coast, from where you can take in the stunning view of a bird sanctuary as well as Ebeltoft. You will come past the child-friendly beach, Ahl Strand, and from here, you can see the peninsula of Helgenæs and Mols Bjerge. On your way back, you go through the forest, so you are sure to see the diversity of the Danish countryside.

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Familietur i Mols Bjerge på Djursland
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Mols Bjerge - 7 km

Since the path runs through Mols Bjerge National Park, you will see some exceptional views along the way, and who knows? Perhaps you will spot a rare butterfly while you are there, as 80 percent of all Danish butterfly species are found here. This route is part of the longer Bjergetapen, which in total is 20 km long. So, remember to bring the route description found in the link so that you will know when to take a short cut. The route is not very well-suited for bringing prams etc.

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Molslaboratoriet på Djursland
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Molslaboratoriet - 3.5 km

Molslaboratoriet is the starting point of two separate paths that will take you either 3.4 or 3.5 km around the landscape. The terrain is not suitable for bringing prams etc. But make sure to bring coffee for lovely stops at the ’coffee spots’ along the paths. If you head out on the full stretch, you will walk among loose cows, horses, roe deer, and adders.

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Kalø Castle Ruin in National Park Mols Bjerge on Djursland
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Kalø Castle Ruin - 3 km

The walk on the dyke to and from the fortress ruins is just 3 km in total, however, you should take the time to stop for a break at the ruins and follow in history’s footsteps. At the car park, there are free brochures, and during school holidays, a Mols Bjerge National Park guide is present, as Kalø Slotsruin is also part of the park. The guide will be happy to lead you on a free tour of the area, if this is of interest.

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Grenaa Plantage – 2.7 km or 3.7 km

Near the coast, you will find Grenaa Plantage which has very diverse forest areas and vast moorlands. Numerous routes are available, among which yellow and red route are particularly ideal for families with children. Do not miss the area’s nature playground, which your children will love, or of course the forest lake in the middle of the forest.

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And the list goes on …

You can also take your family hiking along one of the many Kløversti paths in Djursland. In three towns in Djursland, four Kløversti paths spread out from one central point of departure, and from there, it is up to you to decide if you want to head out on a short or a long hike or perhaps something in between. For hikes with younger children, we recommend routes under 3 km, while older children will have no problem on the 10 km routes. Find information on hikes beginning in Grenaa, Kolind, or Ebeltoft.

Visit Egil Fischers Mindepark which is an architectural, 2.5 km hiking treat. This memorial park is a spectacular natural area just a short walk from Femmøller Strand beach. The park was part of the architect Egil Fischer’s plan for a holiday village in Femmøller, which was not only meant to be active during the summer months, but all year round.

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