We walked down 497 steps to the stony beach at Møns Klint where the kids got to play with some chalk pulled out of the cliffs. The sound of the waves cresting against the rocks is very unique here since the rocks are mostly made from flint and have a glassy sound to them. The water was up quite high against the cliff which made walking along a bit tight, but luckily it was late in the day and there were not that many people visiting.
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.
We spent a night on Langeland and in the morning we took a drive out to the beach for a walk. Always interesting things to search for, and we ended up finding some good flat skipping stones to play with.
Here we are at our local beach, out for a quick trip to get some fresh air.
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.
We spent the night in a place called Knudhule, which is a small place outside Silkeborg. Early in the morning – before the kids got up – I did some orienteering in Siim Forest. It was a difficult route due to some very steep hills, but the scenery was amazing and worth the effort!
Silkeborg is situated in the middle of Jutland and there is some very beautiful scenery with a lot of lakes in the area. Silkeborg was the German military headquarters in Denmark towards the end of WW2 and there is now a museum with a number of old bunkers still buried in the forest. While the museum was closed, we explored the surrounding area, and also tried some of the spring water from the Arnakke spring. The water has a very high iron content, so it was not tasty.
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.
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.
An orienteering trip through a forest which is located about an hours drive away from our house led to a discovery of a really huge growth on a tree. Not sure what it is!