Climb `mountains´ in Denmark
You probably think we are completely wrong;
there are no mountains in Denmark! But believe it or
not, we actually have 21 throughout the country.
The height criteria for a mountain to be recognized
with this title by www.bestigbjerge.dk is 100 meters
above sea level. Denmark’s three tallest mountains,
from this criterion, are Ejer Bavnehøj and Yding Skov-
høj, both with a height of nearly 171 meters, and
Them Bavnehøj with a height of 153 meters.
Ejer Bavnehøj - Møllehøj - 170,86 m
For a long time, Himmelbjerget (the sky mountain)
was recognized as the tallest spot in Denmark, but
as measurements became more precise from the
mid-1800s it was clear that the tallest points in
Denmark had to be Yding Skovhøj or Ejer Bavnehøj.
In 2005, experts started investigating the exact
height and the little Møllehøj, 300 meters west
from Ejer Bavnehøj, is the tallest natural spot in
Denmark. So, until new measurement methods or
new definitions are in place, Ejer Bavnehøj holds
Yding Skovhøj - 170,77 m
In many old school books, you can read that Yding
Skovhøj is the tallest spot in the country. That is no
longer true. Unless you count the antenna as well!
Yding Skov (Yding forest) originally was a part of the
town Yding, and the forest with the hill was used for
grazing. A drove road lead from the town into the
forest, and today you can see the drove road as a
flat, wide trace in the landscape. From the hill, you
have an amazing view over the landscape and to
Ejer Bavnehøj, which is now considered the tallest
natural spot in Denmark.
Them Bavnehøj - 153 m
Like other hills in Denmark, Them Bavnehøj was
used as a signal hill. If enemies were closing in, a
fire on top of the hill was a signal to the people
to gather the army for the defense of the nation.
A common thing for the hills is, they are visible in
the landscape. Them Bavnehøj is placed on a high
ground plateau, and other spots nearby is almost
just as tall as Them Bavnehøj. Therefore, the point
does not seem as tall, even though it is seven meters
taller than the famous Himmelbjerget.
By the roads leading to Them Bavnehøj there are
signs saying “udsigtspunkt” (vantage point), and it
is true that you can see far and wide from the top
of the hill - and even further, if you climb up in the
little lookout tower on the top. From there, you
can watch over the hilly landscape on the east and
Søhøjlandets expansive forests - and maybe spot
the water mirror from some of the large lakes.
Himmelbjerget - 147 m
Himmelbjerget was until the mid-1800s recognized
as the tallest spot in Denmark - it is not anymore
as mentioned. The mountain stretches 147 meters
above sea level, and from the well-known tower,
the crown on the top, you have a unique view over
the magnificent landscape.
It is not just from the top of Himmelbjerget, you can
enjoy a nice view. The forests south of the mountain
hides many beautiful vantage points and great possibilities
to get away from the lively tourist spots.
The Nature Department has in cooperation with Op-
lev Søhøjlandet established a possibility to climb
mountains in Denmark.
On the homepage www.bestigbjerge.dk, you will
find thorough descriptions of all the mountains.
On the page, you will also find a map with good
instructions on starting places, GPS coordinates,
and information about the length of the route and
the possibility to earn height meters on the specific
It is always a good idea to print out the map. On the
printed version, you will have space to write the two
codes down, you will need to register your performance.
Start by finding the first code, before you
enter the designated route. Also remember the code
on the top, before you head back down again. After
you finish climbing, you can register with name and
codes on the website. Then you will be able to follow
your own and other’s efforts online.
If you climb all the mountains, you will automatically
enter the sites Hall of Fame. Read more about
the mountains and hiking routes on:
Tag familien med på eventyr
There are good reasons for you to bring the family to
climb one of Denmark’s mountains:
• It is going uphill, but not much - both children and
elderly can join, and it usually does not take more
than an afternoon.
• The view from the top is beautiful. Even though you
are not far up, you can watch over Denmark’s beautiful
• The nature experiences are completely unique.
We wish you all happy climbing!