The Ancient Road, Hirtshals-Løgstør, 8 days
This is the beginning of the Ancient Road. Your trip starts at the northernmost point of the route - the active fishing village, Hirtshals, located in Vendsyssel, next to Jammerbugt. From here, you go south to the end goal of Løgstør. Along the way, the route passes natural pearls, where you experience the unique nature of the area. You come through the vast cliff areas north of Løkken, where sand dunes for centuries ravaged and displaced people from the area, but at the same time created new exciting landscapes. At Lønstrup Klit, the Ancient Road follows the old churches, where several churches lie as ruins, endangered by the greedy North Sea. The highway leads past the hiking trail Rubjerg Knude with Rudbjerg Lighthouse, beautifully surrounded by yellow dunes. The highway continues through the large dune plantations at Blokhus and next to one of Denmark's most beautiful coastal areas at Svinkløv and Slettestrand. South of the town of Fjerritslev the Ancient Road crosses Limfjorden at Aggersund and after a walk you reach the end destination – the Limfjord town of Løgstør.
During the hike you will stay at B&B’s, hotels and inns. Your luggage will be driven to the next place of accommodation, so you can enjoy the walks.
- Experience nature in the stunning cliff areas along the north western coast
- Visit the Bunker museum (10. Battery), which is Denmark's only excavated German WW2 defense
- Experience Rubjerg Knude, the area with Denmark's highest hiking cliff, and the beautiful, distinctive nature around Rubjerg lighthouse.
- Visit Børglum monastery, a historical and spiritual center of power throughout the Middle Ages and until the Reformation
- Enjoy the walk while your luggage is driven to the next accommodation
- Fill your boots with sand and your soul with calm
The code above in parentheses shows the meals that are included (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner), (-) is not included.
Day 1: Arrival in Hirtshals
The tour starts in Hirtshals, where you will check in to your accommodation. If you arrive early, we recommend a look around the town, which offers many nice experiences. You can take a walk up to Hirtshals lighthouse at the top of Stenbjerg and experience the view of Vendsyssel and Skagerrak, and close by you can visit Hirtshals bunker museum: "10th battery". The museum is Denmark's only excavated, complete German defense system from World War II. Hirtshals harbour is one of Denmark's largest fishing ports and the city has Northern Europe's largest aquarium. (- / - / -)
Day 2: From Hirtshals to Lønstrup
The day's hiking starts near your accommodation and takes you on the southern route out of town. If you did not have time to visit Hirtshals lighthouse and bunker museum, you can now, as the Ancient Road route leads you straight past these attractions. The route goes further down the coast at Krage Strand, before it turns inland and continues through Tornby dune plantations, which is a very unusually beautiful piece of western coastal nature. The plantation is high and influenced by the west wind, so the trees stand like beautiful, wind-shaped sculptures. The landscape is hilly and characterized by the long sea cliff, which is divided by numerous deep river valleys. The route goes back to the coast, down towards Nørlev Strand before the route again turns inland at Skallerup and follows the inland dunes (called “Lien”) a good part of the way down to the old fishing village, Lønstrup. Accommodation in Lønstrup. Today's hiking is approx. 21 km. (B/-/-)
Day 3: From Lønstrup to Børglum
South of Lønstrup you get a good feeling of the erosive forces of the sea as you walk along the very steep slopes and see houses that literally lie on the edge of the cliff. In front, Rubjerg Knude and lighthouse can be glimpsed on the top of the 90-meter-high dune.
The area around Rubjerg Knude shows in the most impressive way, how quickly the sand has moved. Here you should be aware of the route, as a few places are hard to spot. At Rubjerg Knude you will also come across Denmark's largest area with sea-buckthorn, with it’s beautiful orange berry, filled with vitamin C. South of Rubjerg you leave the coast for a while and go back inland. First on dirt roads and then on asphalt roads towards Børglum Monastery. The monastery was Vendsyssel's historical and spiritual center of power throughout the Middle Ages until the Reformation. Accommodation in Børglum. Today's hiking is approx. 17 km. (/B/-/D)
After a good night's sleep and a good breakfast, you return to the Ancient Road and continue your journey southwards. Today's stage follows smaller asphalt roads and country roads through the open country, with good views of the area.
South of Børglum Monastery, you cross the rich meadows, cross the monastery trench, and continue along small country roads over Vester Hjermitslev meadows towards the historic Thise Church. We recommend a look into the church and see the pulpit, which was donated to the church in 1588. It is quite outstanding. The route continues through the small town of Manna before it again turns west towards Vester Hjermitslev. Accommodation at Vester Hjermitslev. Today's hiking is approx. 20 km. (B /-/D)
Day 5: Vester Hjermitslev to Rødhus
From Vester Hjermitslev you find your way back to the Ancient Road at Alstrup and continue along narrow asphalt roads over the Porsbæk stream towards Sønder Saltum. At Østrup you will reach the gravel road towards Vestrupgård, where you can now soon smell the North Sea again.
Continue through Pirup and the large holiday home area down towards Hune Church and Hune. Are you in need of a coffee-break and perhaps a little hungry, the best bakery in the area is right on your way. South of Hune you enter Blokhus dune plantation and walk on dirt roads and forest trails through the vastly beautiful forest area. There are several lovely places to take small breaks. The Ancient Road continues beyond the dune heaths at Rødhus, and you can choose to venture out to the coast for a walk or stay on track to Rødhus town. Accommodation at Rødhus. Today's hiking is approx. 22 km. (B/-/D)
Day 6: Rødhus to Slettestrand
The hike today is long, and beautiful. Most of the day you will walk through woods and along age old coastlines. From Rødhus you continue past the tower less Rødhus Church and through the vast Tranum dune plantation, where you have good opportunities to experience animal and birdlife. It is vast and quiet. Further into Tranum plantations, which really offers nice hiking, with small clusters of conifers which grow scattered around the dune heath. You continue through the small town Krogen and onwards towards Langdal plantations, where you walk up some height to the old coastal cliff "Lien" again. The slope rises 60 meters above the flat land, which was once the seabed during the Stone Age. Lerup Church and several burial mounds rise on the cliff. The Ancient Road follows the deep valleys and gorges that cut into "Lien" and create rich and exciting landscapes. Your walk goes through Fosdalen valley with the holy spring of Our Lady, and then through the enchanting Nøddedal valley. Continue along "Lien" and Vester Vendstrup towards Slettestrand. Accommodation at Slettestrand. Today's hiking approx. 27 km. (B/-/D)
Day 7: Slettestrand to Fjerritslev
From Slettestrand, the hike goes along the coast on top of the high cliffs. On the highest cliff at Svinkløv, 50 meters above sea level, you have a great view of Jammer Bay - from Rubjerg in the north to Bulbjerg in the south. The characteristic appearance of the chalk cliffs is made from rainwater, which through thousands of years has eroded the soft cliffs. It is the formations similar to pig hoofs, which have given the area its name.
At the southernmost edge of Svinkløv dune plantations, you leave the coast for the last time on this trip, to wander south down towards Fjerritslev. The route runs right on the edge of the hilly landscape, with forest, juniper bush and lots of heather, which at the end of summer smells amazing. The Ancient Road leads you through a viper reserve on the cliff heaths, so be sure to stay on the trail and keep an eye on where you put your foot. You walk through through the beautiful Kollerup plantation, with the fairy-tale moss-covered undergrowth, old conifers and small atmospheric forest trails. Continue through the holiday home area at Brøndum and into Fjerritslev. Accommodation in Fjerritslev. Today's hiking is x km. (B/-/D)
Day 8: Fjerritslev to Løgstør
The last part of the Ancient Road towards Løgstør, from the Hanherreds (area between Jammerbugt, Limfjorden, Thy and Vendsyssel), and the main town of Fjerritslev, passes through exciting cultural-historical landscapes on smaller asphalt, gravel and forest roads.
Your walk goes south of the manor house Ågård, which was home to the noble family of Gyldenstierne for approx. 300 years. In the garden is a rampart of an older castle and two protected castle walls, which can be traced back to the mid-1300s. At Husby Hole is a beautiful bronze age burial mound, an old sunken road and at the top of Husby hill lies a memorial to the peasant revolt. The route continues through Manstrup, which is a typical fortress town where the settlements gathered around an open public area. In Manstrup's case, the public area consists of a pond and a large marsh area.
From Manstrup towards Aggersund, the route runs partly on a gravel road with views over the Limfjord. If you want to take a small detour, you can continue a few kilometers west of Aggersund and experience the old Viking castle Aggersborg, which is the largest of the four famous Viking era ring forts. Continue over the Aggersund bridge and along the Limfjord down towards Løgstør. Today's hiking is approx. 20 km. (B/-/-)
During the trip you will stay at a different place of accommodation each day. You will stay in a double room at local hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts (B&B’s). Single rooms can be booked for an additional fee.
The Ancient Road hiking trail goes through a sparsely populated area of Jutland and passes through very small towns. Therefore, not all places of accommodation are located along the route itself. Most of the places of accommodation are located some distance from the hiking routes. On this tour, however, it is only a few hundred meters. There is a single overnight stay, where you will be collected by the host couple and driven to the place of accommodation. The next day you will be driven back to The Ancient Road route, so you can continue your walk.
The accommodations vary in standard, as you stay overnight in a combination of hotel, inn and B&B’s. Some places are en-suite and with toilet and other places with shared bathroom and toilet. Common to all accommodations is the good host. The hosts will do their best for you to have a good experience.
The tour is inclusive of half board. Lunch is at your own expense. A packed lunch can be ordered at the place of accommodation (remember to request the evening before).
The daily program indicates which main meals are included in the price of the trip, and which are not. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The days walks are between 17 - 27 km. The day-to-day program specifies the number of kilometers per day. This is an approx. indication as the number of kilometers per day depends on which accommodation is reserved for you and how close to / far from the route it is.
Your luggage will be transported to the next place of accommodation, so you only wear a small backpack with the items you need for the days hike, such as lunch pack, rainwear, camera etc.
HOW TO GET THERE
The tour starts in Hirtshals. You must make sure to get to the starting point of the trip (by public transport or private car).
Start: The walk starts in Hirtshals. The first day is arrival day. See www.rejseplanen.dk
End: The walk ends in the afternoon in Løgstør (after about 20 km of hiking). You can extend your trip with an overnight stay in Løgstør. There are trains to the whole country from Løgstør. See www.rejseplanen.dk
THE ANCIENT ROAD
The ‘Military Road’ is just one of the names of the traditionally-rich road that goes from North Jutland via Viborg to Hamburg. It is one of the oldest roads known in Denmark, and it was originally called Studevej (Stud Road), Oksevej (Ox Road), Old Viborg Way or Kongevejen (Kings Road). There were three crossings over the Limfjord: At the Viking towns of Aggersund, at Nibe and at Nørre Sundby.
From Viborg the Ancient Road continues along the Jutland glacial ridge towards Flensburg across Nørre Snede, Randbøl, Vejen, Vojens and Rødekro. The road runs more-or-less parallel to the glacial ridge of east Jutland. There was no major watercourse, as the ridge divided the streams and waterflows, running from both the east and the west. The Ancient Road was in old days, not one road but many different tracks that met at a major water crossing, such as at the Stone bridge over Immervad stream, Gejlå and Bjerndrup stream (Povls bridge).
The road was used to drive cattle and livestock down through Jutland and from Funen to markets in Hamburg and the Netherlands. Along the route royal privileged inns were introduced, so stud drivers and other travelers could get accommodation and supplies. At that time, a day’s travel was 30-40 km, so the inns were located at suitable distances from each other for a day’s travel. There were also folds for the animals, in the form of a circular enclosure made with barley.
In the Middle Ages, The Ancient Road was also used by pilgrims on their way to the sacred sites of southern Europe, of which the most distinguished (and distant) were Santiago de Compostela and Rome. Pilgrims from Iceland and Norway also followed the route down along the Jutland ridge.
Today, The Ancient Road follows one route that goes through the same beautiful landscape of Jutland, and many of the same towns as the historical route. One walks through a diverse cultural landscape of hills and valleys, fields and meadows, lakes and streams, marshes and forests. In August and September, you can experience flowering violet heather, for example at Dollerup on Grathe heath and Vrad Sande. The heather is a habitat for lots of butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, who produce the fine heather honey.
- Accommodation at hotels, inns and B&B’s
- Breakfast all days except for day 8
- Dinner day 5 and day 6
- Lunch day 6 and day 7
- Transportation of luggage (1 per person, max 15 kg) between the accommodations
- Hiking map (1 set per couple / group)
- Information, recommendations and practical tips
- Product liability insurance
- Transport from residence to tour start and return
- Breakfast day 8
- Supplement for single room DKK 1400
- Optional extra night (DKK 400 per person in shared double room and DKK 800 per person in single room)
- Baggage surcharge for solo traveler DKK 650
- Lunch pack (can be ordered at the place of accommodation the night before)
- 5 x diner (day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7)
- Extra set of hiking maps (can be ordered, DKK 200 + postage)
- Cancellation Insurance, 6% of the price of the trip (can be ordered)
- Booking fee DKK 145
- Ledige pladser
- Individualtour (24HAER-1)
- Length: 8 days
- Date: 01/04 – 01/10
- Difficulty grade: 1-2
- Accommodation grade:1-3
- Hiking with transportation of luggage.
Price per person based on 2 people travelling together. Solo surcharge for single tour participant