Exploring North Zealand's beaches, forests and lakes
The beaches of the Danish Riviera
The sea has shaped the culture of North Zealand, not just as a popular holiday destination. The Danish Riviera is rich in historic fishing villages, like Gilleleje and Tisvilde, impressive houses along the coast, including the home of Karen Blixen, and a variety of beautiful beaches. You'll find the northern coast more rugged and lined with cliffs, especially near Vejby and Gilbjerg Head, Zealand's northernmost point. But the majority of the beaches of the Danish Riviera are sheltered and calm, great spots for a day or holiday with the whole family.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites and forests
Denmark's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Par Force Hunting Grounds, is a great place to walk and explore North Zealand. Starting from the popular day trip from Copenhagen of the Royal Deer Park and Bakken, you can venture out on forest trails and visit historic sites along the way. If you're brave, explore the twisted Troll Forest (Troldeskoven) at Tisvilde Hegn or walk the beautiful heather-covered Tibirke Hills (Tibirke Bakker). For longer walks, try the hiking trails of Grib Forest (Gribskov), one of Denmark's largest forests.
Exploring Denmark's fjords and lakes
Denmark's largest lake, Arresø, is worth exploring. You can enjoy many walking trails around the shores of Lake Esrum (Esrum Sø), Denmark’s second largest lake and home to Fredensborg Castle. Esrum Abbey is also close by and another great day trip from Copenhagen. At the far northwest of North Zealand, you can surround yourself in water on the Halnæs peninsula and enjoy views of the Kattegat, Isefjord and Roskilde Fjord. During the summer, catch the small ferry from Sølager to Kulhuse. From there, it is only a short distance to Jaegerspris Forest (Jægerspris Nordsko), with 1000-year-old oak trees.
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