Vinter Lake District med grafik
Vinterbadning ved Almind Sø i Silkeborg
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Welcome To The Lake District Søhøjlandet

The Lake District Søhøjlandet is the highest area in Denmark with a unique concentration of forests and beautiful lakes. The Lake District is a natural wonder strategically located between the lively central Jutland cities of Silkeborg, Denmark's Outdoor Capital, Hammel, Aarhus and Horsens, bordered by Aarhus Bay to the east and the majestic Jutland ridge to the west.

The landscape in Søhøjlandet charms with large forests, heaths, small meadows and green pastures, surrounded by impressive hills and lakes that beautifully connect with Gudenåen, Denmark's longest river.

With over 30% of the area covered by forest, especially the Silkeborg forests, The Lake District invites nature lovers and adventurous souls into a world of lushness and biodiversity. Explore the Lake District Søhøjlandet and immerse yourself in a natural paradise where protected nature and unique landscapes come together.

Forests, Lakes, Hills, and Valleys

The spectacular scenery showcases all its glory in the Lake District Søhøjlandet.

Let the inner piece fall upon you by listening to the sounds and life around you. With a bit of patience, you will see and experience a whole new and amazing world.

Nearly a third of the Lake District is covered by woodland and is the perfect destination for a hike or a challenging mountain bike-ride in Denmark. The scenery around the entire area is exceptionally beautiful and certainly worth a visit if you enjoy spending time outdoors – regardless of whether you want to get your heart rate up or you are looking for some personal downtime.

In several locations around the Lake District, you will find outdoor operators that rent out anything from canoes to kayaks, bikes, mountain bikes, fishing gear, etc. In other words: Everything you need to experience the unique scenery on land as well as on the water.

The Gudenåen Stream and the Many Lakes

Many of the lakes around the Lake District are interconnected by the Gudenåen stream, Denmark’s only river. Here, you get to sail on board ’Hjejlen’, the world’s oldest coal-fired paddle steamer. Or, you may want to get even closer to the water and jump in a kayak, a canoe, or on a SUP board, just as many of the lakes are great for swimming with their lovely sandy beaches and wooden piers.

Tips for your trip to the Lake District

Silkeborg and the river Gudenaa


Denmark's Outdoor Capital

Hjejlen på Gudenåen

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Himmelbjerget in the Lake District Søhøjlandet

The Mountains of the Lake District

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