They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
The Rold Forest (Rold Skov), near Rebild (North Denmark)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 1617 m – Downhill: 1617 m – Time: 6:20/7:50 hrs
The Rold Forest (Himmerland) comprises several distinct areas and woodlands in a very hilly terrain, giving rise to a number of springs, streams, and lakes.
Nørreskov Forest, near Brundlund (South Denmark)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 528 m – Downhill: 528 m – Time: 4:40/5:40 hrs
Once a royal hunting ground, Nørreskov is now one of Denmark’s longest coastal forests, particularly loved by hikers, mountain bikers, and runners.
Hald Sø Lake, near Hald Ege (Viborg)
Distance: 16 km – Uphill: 179 m – Downhill: 192 m – Time: 4:20/5:20 hrs
Hald Sø is Denmark’s third deepest lake, formed when glaciers from Norway and Østersøegnene met during the last ice age. It’s a protected area since 1942.
Kilen, near Struer (Midtjylland)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 153 m – Downhill: 207 m – Time: 3:30/4:10 hrs
The central-western part of Jutland has everything that a nature lover can ask for. This trail runs along the perimeter of a lake close to the small Venø island.
Mols Bjerge National Park, near Agri (Central Jutland)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 180 m – Downhill: 180 m – Time: 3:10/3:50 hrs
Mols Bjerge is a Danish national park of more than 180 sq km with a rugged and varied landscape. Organizing an excursion through its forests, marshes, pastures and meadows will bring you into contact with wild animals and amazing plants.
Best time to go to Denmark: May-Jun and Sep-Oct
Backpacker cost per day: 95 USD = 90 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Denmark Travel Guide.
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