Welcome to the land of the trolls! Yes, those spiky-haired little creatures really do originate in Denmark (and not in Norway as you might have heard).
The Good Luck Troll was created by Thomas Dam in the 1930s and has been a symbol of happiness in the country ever since. It’s the inspiration behind the Trolls and Trolls World Tour films. Why not join us in a tour of the best places in Denmark to spot them?
Let’s take a tour of the best troll-spotting locations in Denmark.
North Jutland’s Troll Museum is the Home of the good luck troll, and tells the story of how Thomas Dam created them back in the 1930s. Housed in the old troll factory at Gjøl, this is a fun museum where you can see plenty of examples of these magical characters through the ages.
If there’s anywhere you’re likely to see a troll in the wild, it’s here in the Troll Forest near Tisvildeleje in North Zealand. Twisted trees bend and curve around forest paths, and date back to the last years of the 18th century. The strange formations are due to a combination of the wind and the effect of pine worm larvae, and have been protected for over a hundred years. Just bring your imagination.
Artist Thomas Dambo made this recycled sculpture for Horsens in 2015, and it was a huge hit. The giant sculpture holds a swing in his hand, to add to the fun, and his troll children Laura and Julian sit next to him. You can find all of the Trolls Thomas has made in Denmark and the rest of the world on an interactive map at www.trollmap.com.
There’s a delightful picture of a troll sat outside his cave in the Hirschsprung Collection in Copenhagen. It’s included as part of a trail during the Christmas period – children can search for the troll with his red hat through the gallery and typically get a small gift when they find its hiding place.
Trolls, gnomes and pixies thrive here at Etly Klarborg Gammelbo near Aalborg in North Jutland. It’s the location where some popular Danish troll and pixie figurines are made, and you can see art exhibitions on the same theme here too. Every Sunday in Advent, you can take a walk here to discover the ‘Nisse’, Denmark’s Christmas Pixies, who hide in the woods.
These giant sculptures of wood-dwelling peoples - also by Thomas Dambo - put us in mind of trolls. Scattered around lush forests, meadows and by calm waters in suburbia Copenhagen, you'll meet the tall, quirky-looking wooden sculptures which are pretty far from your typical tourist attraction. Perfect for families who want to go beyond the usual touristy sights and attractions to enjoy nature and a special treasure hunt feeling.