Aalborg

We did a city orienteering trip to Aalborg, which brought us around to a lot of the attractions in the city. There were many cool medieval buildings to see mixed in with more modern architecture. The weather was on and off, and we were a bit concerned that we would get rained on, but we managed to catch a break and have a very nice walk around the city.

Vordingborg

We made a pitstop in Vordingborg on our drive home from Langeland. This town is located at the southern end of Zealand and has some good history to it. Its most popular attraction is the Vordingborg castle ruins from 1364, with a tall tower still standing. We did two different orienteering maps and the picture below shows Elliot and Shawn on the hunt for a hidden post behind the totally overgrown hedge.

Kolding

On our way back to Zealand, we made a stop in a city called Kolding. This city also had an orienteering map available, and it took us around to some really interesting places while teaching us some history about the city. The black and red building that the kids are standing in front of is Kolding’s oldest townhouse, built in 1589. The structure on top of the hill is Koldinghus, built in the 13th century by King Eric Klipping. It was the last royal residence in Jutland and it is now a museum.

Odense

During the kids’ Easter break we decided to do a small road trip to Jutland to visit some places that we hadn’t visited before. On our way over there, we made a pit stop in Odense. The city orienteering map took us down to the port area where we did some exploring. We also stopped by Hans Christian Andersen’s house before continuing towards our final destination.

Store Dyrehave – a Unesco World Heritage Site

This is one of the biggest forests around and one of our favourites. It has some very varied and beautiful scenery, as well as challenging mountain bike tracks and a lot of orienteering posts. The forest also has a lot of history as it was established by the Danish king Christian the 4th 400 years ago. The forest was used for hunting and horse breeding, and there is a star-shaped road system which was used for par force hunting. In the center of the star, you can still see some “road sign stones” that were put up 400 years ago.  The place is so unique that is has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hornbæk Plantation

This place was created over 200 years ago to protect the mainland from sand dunes. We took a walk through the forest following an orienteering map, but the posts were tricky to find and long in-between. Halfway through we sat down on a giant dead tree and had our customary picnic. Before we drove back home we took a walk on the beach.

Knurrenborg Vang

On a sunny but cold day in February we decided to do some local orienteering. We always do a little picnic when we head out into nature and this trip was no exception. However, we neglected to bring the tea leaves, so it was a very simple version with cake and hot water for drinks. In the place where we sat down to drink our hot water, there was a outdoor playground/obstacle course, which the kids had fun with.