Rold Skov (Rold Forest) is the overall largest forest area
of Denmark. The forest covers around 80 km2 and consists
of many small woodlands with their own names - e.g.
Hesselholt, Nørreskov, Nørlund Skov, and Rold Vesterskov.
75% of the forest is privately owned. That concerns the
whole area west of Hobrovej (road 180), which is owned
by Lindenborg Gods and Nørlundfonden. The eastern
and south-eastern part of the forest is owned by Lindenborg
Gods and Willestrup Gods, respectively. Popular
destinations in the eastern part of the forest are Madum
Sø (Madum Lake), where you can find fine bathing opportunities,
Langmosen and Store Blåkilde. In privately
owned forests all traffic must be by foot or bike, and only
on designated paths and roads. Access is permitted from 6
in the morning until dawn, and no closer than 150 meters
from residential- and operation buildings.
The remaining 25% of Rold Skov is owned by the Danish
government, and this area is administrated by Naturstyrelsen
Himmerland. Here, access is permitted everywhere
and 24 hours a day. You will find hiking-, biking-,
and skiing trails, campfire sites, campgrounds, and much
more here. Popular places in the public forest are Rebild
Bakker, Ravnkildestien, Bjergeskoven with the famous
orchid Fruesko, Lille Blåkilde, Troldeskoven and St. Okssø.
You might find many people visiting these attractions,
but you do not have to move very deep into the forest,
until you experience its deep silence. The forest is really
beautiful - especially due to the hilly landscape and the
variable greenery. The greatness and circumstances give
the opportunity for many nice adventures in the nature.
Springs and sinkholes
Rold Skov is known for its many springs and sinkholes,
which are significant for the area. The springs in the
forest are among the water richest in Northern Europe.
The springs size is measured on the liters of water,
running through the spring pr. second. The most
well-known springs in Rold Skov are Store Blåkilde,
Lille Blåkilde, Ravnkilde, and Springkilden, but there
are many more springs in the area. Surrounding the
springs, a rich wildlife is present due to the constant
water supply. The springs have a temperature of 7,5
degrees all year, which has meant that both warm
period- and ice age relics have been able to survive.
The springs special flora and fauna has led to a protection
of the area.
The sinkholes usually emerge by percolating rain water,
which - mixed with humic acids - seeps through
cracks in the calcium in the ground. The calcium is
dissolved, and large cavities beneath the ground are
formed - growing larger and larger. At some point,
the ceiling over the cavity can no longer hold, and
thus the sinkhole is created.
You can see the phenomena many places around Rold
Skov - for example by Røverstuen - The Robber’s Den
- and Hestegraven.
The Robber’s Den
Røverstuen, the Robber’s Den, is one of Rold Skovs
large sinkholes. The hole is approximately 12 meters
deep and about 35 meters in diameter. It is located
in the part of the forest called Hesselholt Skov. The
legend says that back in the days, a gang of robbers
were living in the sinkhole. Røverstuen was locas located
near the old forest road, Roldvej, which many
travelers used, as it was then the main road from
Rold til Skørping. The gang tied small strings with
bells across the road. That way, the robbers could
always hear the travelers coming, so they could assault
and rob them.
Denmark’s largest forest of course contain a versatile
wildlife. On its 8000 acres, Rold Skov has just as many
different nature- and forest types, that a large part of
animals linked with forest, bog, and meadow, can be
found here. Going through the forest, with carefulness
- preferably at dusk or twilight - you will almost
be guaranteed a view of deer, foxes, hares, and many
different birds - depending on the season. Regular
birds of Rold Skov are great spotted woodpecker, buzzard,
night owl, raven, red crossbill, and nuthatch.
Rold Skov is also know for a very special thing - the
orchid Fruesko - Lady’s Slippers. The flowering time
is short - only 2 weeks in the beginning of June, and
only on the slope by Buderupholm. The reason for this
placement is that the calcium is located just beneath
the forest ground. Frue-skoen is protected and
cannot be picked or dug up.
Uafhængighedsdagen i Rebild Bakker
Rebild National Park with formerly used as grazing
area for the cattle farmers. In 1912, a group of
Danish-Americans bought the area and granted it to
the Danish government. They claimed that every year
on July 4 should be celebrated the American national
day, Independence Day, in the area (under the name
of Rebild Party). The first Rebild Party was planned for
July 4, 1912, but unfortunately postponed due to the
death of King Frederik VIII. The celebration was moved
to August 5 and around 10-15 thousand people
showed up to celebrate. With exception of 1913 and
the years during the first and second world war, Rebild
Party have been celebrated every year since. In
the spirit of tradition, the celebration will be held on
July 4 2019 as well. Read more about the celebration