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Hiking in the Silkeborg Forests in Denmark

Outdoor Activities in the Lake District

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Silkeborg and the Lake District are leading in outdoor activities. Silkeborg is Denmark’s Outdoor Capital, and not without reason. Pick and choose between the amazing outdoor activities – mountain biking, enjoying serene hikes, fishing, rowing, and kayaking – the list is endless.

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Himmelbjerget
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The Mountains of the Lake District

Mountains as far as the eye can see. No less than 7 out of the 10 highest peaks (mountains) in Denmark is found in the Lake District. The ’mountains’, known as The Seven Summits, are must-see places if you like a challenging hike and a truly wonderful view.

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Gudenå River
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Gudenå River

Gudenå River is with its 160 kilometers Denmark's longest river. The river originates in Tinnet Crate northwest of Tørring near Vejle and has its outlet in Randers Fjord.

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Mountain biking in the Lake District in Denmark
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MTB in the Lake District

If you are into full speed ahead, MTB will be just perfect for you, as well. The Lake District has some of the best mountain bike routes in the country that will take you through the rolling and rugged forests.

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MTB Travels
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MTB Travels

MTB Travel is based in Virklund, where the offer guided MTB tours in the center of all mountain biking in the forests around Silkeborg. Get good experiences on quality e-bikes. It is all about the goo...

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Sindbjerg and Stoubjerg
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Sindbjerg and Stoubjerg

Sindbjerg and Stoubjerg are the names of two heather-clad peaks, located in a stunning heathland north of Sejs  - approximately 5 km south-east of Silkeborg.

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Velling Skovene
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Velling Skovene

The Velling Skovene forests consists of Velling Skov forest and Snabegård Skov forest. Velling Skov forest contains Denmark’s largest stand of 250 to 300-year-old beech trees, which is left untouched ...

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Bryrup Langsø
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Bryrup Langsø

Around Bryrup Langsø you will find a beautiful marked trail, 3.5 km.

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Bøllingsø Lake and the Historical Hærvejen Trail by Bike

Get a true sense of history while going down the Hærvejen trail and enjoy going down the narrow roads to the beautiful Bøllingsø, where the bog bodies of the Tollund Man and the Elling Woman were disc...

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Nordskoven Forest and Gjern Bakker Hills by Bike

This route has some amazing, picturesque landscape in store for you. Ride along the calm current in Gudenå and take in the dramatic Ice Age landscape in the hills of Gjern Bakker.

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Five Running Routes for Your Holiday in the Danish Lake District

The list of possible routes around the Lake Highlands is endless, so it is hard to choose between the many wonderful outdoor options. I have suggested a number of marked-off routes that are well-suited for trail running, but they can just as well be used for hiking.

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Hiking Routes in the Silkeborg Forests
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Hiking Routes in the Silkeborg Forests

A wide array of spectacular outdoor experiences await you in Silkeborg, where seven hiking routes around the Lake District meet.

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Around the Slåensø Lake – 3 km
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Around the Slåensø Lake – 3 km

Slåensø is a small lake embedded in the lovely woodland around Silkeborg. The route around Slåensø is ideal for everyone who loves the outdoors, the serenity, and a brisk walk.

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Five child-friendly hiking trails (day trips)

Are you looking for the perfect day trip for a weekend excursion or get-in-shape trips leading up to your upcoming hiking holiday, the hiking routes mentioned below are highly recommendable.

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Almindsø Lake – Certified Family Trail
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Almindsø Lake – Certified Family Trail

The trail around Almindsø lake is the only trail in Denmark that has been certified as a Family Trail by the hikers’ guild, Dansk Vandrelaug. Here, you are guaranteed to have a stunning hike around th...

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Silkeborg Langsø
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Silkeborg Langsø

In the eastern part of Silkeborg Langsø, close to the area around the old paper mill and Nordskoven.

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Svanesø "The Swan Lake"
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Svanesø "The Swan Lake"

Svanesø (The Swan Lake) is situated in the woods near Sølund south from Skanderborg towncenter.

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Alling Vest
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Alling Vest

Alling Vest is a nature reserve of approx 270 ha. and one of the most magnificent sceneries in Denmark.

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Storeknøs
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Storeknøs

The view from Storeknøs is quite unique and simply one of the best "Søhøjlandet"/the Seahighlands has to offer. 

 

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