Hiking routes in North Zealand

Photo: Daniel Villadsen

North Zealand offers a range of different habitats of nature, ice age landscapes and rare species. If you want to go hiking, the possibilities are plenty. Walk around in Denmark’s history in a landscape where the Vikings have vandalised, kings have reigned, and legends have arisen.

Hikes in North Zealand

The pilgrims have walked here since the Middle Ages, and our own Søren Kierkegaard used the area for a mental break. For instance, he wrote: “If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right”. In North Zealand, you find all you need as a hiker. So, pack your backpack, tie your hiking shoes, and have a great experience in this unique natural environment! Do you prefer rougher and more severe expertise, and can you make your camp, gather your food, and light a fire? Start your mornings with a dive in the sea or one of the lakes approved for bathing. Here, you can also pull the plug, forget the time and go hiking in your mind. 

Photo: Daniel Villadsen
Photo: Daniel Villadsen

Kierkegaard: “If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right”

Vandreeventyr langs Halsninoen

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Photo: Daniel Villadsen

Walking with sound in nature– in Kierkegaard's footsteps

In the summer of 1835, Denmark's famous philosopher Søren Kierkegaard stayed for eight weeks in Gilleleje. He loved hiking in the area, and Gilbjerghoved became one of his favourite places. He walked down the narrow, winding paths along steep slopes towards the Kattegat, pondering the great questions of life. The trail is signposted 'Gilbjergstien', so finding your way is easy. On the path, you can also enter into a conversation with the old philosopher by downloading the app Useum on your smartphone and selecting Kierkegaard by Nature.



  1. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots
  2. Pack a windproof jacket and rain clothes that don't take up much room in your backpack
  3. Public transport runs to most of the walks' starting and finishing points
  4. Remember water, sunscreen and a hat
  5. Stretch out before and after walking – to avoid aching muscles



    Kilometres of trails

    North Zealand has kilometres of hiking, exercise, nature and activity trails. And they all pass through beautiful nature and varied landscapes that invite you to get out into the fresh air and be active. Head to one of the many beautiful natural areas to enjoy a picnic lunch and a lovely walk. VisitNorthzealand´s website has more information about hiking trails and walks in the North Zealand countryside. You can also find inspiration for accommodation along the way – from hotels to hostels, campsites, cabins and shelters.

    Hiking map of Tisvildevejen
    The association Tisvildevejen has published four detailed hiking maps and an accompanying book, where you can see photos and read about 74 selected places of interest on the route. Buy it at VisitNorthsealand´s booking

    Tisvildevejen – through idyllic countryside

    Tisvildevejen is a 77 km-long walking route from Esrum Abbey to Tisvilde. An aculturally historical route with unique experiences perfectly encapsulates North Zealand's nature, culture, and local foods. Volunteers create the route and run through eight small villages in some of the most beautiful and exciting landscapes in North Zealand. Along the way, you can spend the night in villages in the open air and at bed & breakfasts. Join the arranged day hikes or hikes over several days, such as the famous summer pilgrimage.

    Take the slow route through North Zealand’s fantastic cultural and historical landscape. Whether you plan a pilgrimage or prefer a brisk walk, North Zealand offers kilometres of excellent trails for both short and long walks. Discover well-preserved churches and monasteries, authentic small villages, local produce from farm shops and warm welcomes at small hotels and bed & breakfasts.

    Haldbjerg Shelters

    Places to eat ...

    Photo: Daniel Villadsen

    North Coast Trail 

    With dramatic nature, The North Coast Trail is a cycle route but works just as well as a walk along the beautiful North Zealand coast. It offers stunning views of unique nature, dunes, and cliffs, and you can see as far as Sweden.

    The trail starts in Hundested and takes you past idyllic coastal towns such as Liseleje, Tisvilde and Gilleleje, eventually finishing in Helsingør. There are many exciting and atmospheric places to take a break, e.g. charming Kikhavn, the Troldeskoven forest, Gilleleje Harbour Rudolph Tegner's Museum and Statue Park in Dronningmølle. There aren't many shelters along the trail, but many other accommodation options exist.