The Gendarme Trail (Gendarmstien)

The Gendarme Trail (Gendarmstien) is a 84 km trail along the Danish-German border from Padborg to Skovby. The “gendarmes” patrolled across the cliffs, through the lush forests and the along the rocky beaches. Their job was to catch smugglers who were illegally trafficking goods in and out of Denmark to avoid paying customs duty from …

North Sea Trail (Vestkyststien) – Thy National Park

A couple of things changed since my remarks on my blog from March 18th 2017. I didn't pack my Tarptent Notch after all and I took my Zpacks Duplex instead. Just love that tent.  The route that I had planned to take I changed underway as well including the sites where I planned to overnight. …

I’ll be hiking in Thy National Park later this month

North Sea Trail (Vestkyststien) On Friday March 31st I'll be heading to Hanstholm on the west coast of Denmark. I'm planning a 3 day hike starting at the harbour at Hanstholm and finishing 50 km south at Nørre Vorupør. It will take about 4 hours to drive from Copenhagen to the start. The first section is therefore only about …

The Gendarme Trail (Gendarmstien)

74 km trail along the Danish-German border from Padborg to Høruphav total base weight 6.4 kg total pack weight 10.4 kg The official website in Danish or German is here. On the German site you can use the translate button and view it in English. The digital map including a GPX file, which can be …

Preparations for The Gendarme Trail on Friday

4 day hike On Friday I'll be heading over to Padborg, Denmark to hike the 74 km coastal backpacking route along the Danish-German border from Padborg to Høruphav. The Gendarme Trail is one of Denmark's most beautiful coastal hiking routes. I'll be joining a group of 14 and we'll be walking the distance over 4 …

Himmelbjerget Ruten – High Route

This route is not strictly the Himmelbjerget ruten because the northern and southern track actually covers all the high points of the surrounding Silkeborg lake area diverting from Himmelbjerget ruten. Denmark might not be a land comprising mountainous landscape but don't be fooled, this route offers some challenging climbs and beautiful views. I hike with …

Himmelbjerget Ruten – hiking around the Silkeborg lakes

The hiking route, Himmelbjerget Ruten, runs from Ry Station along the northern side of the Himmelbjerg Lakes to Silkeborg Station and from here south of the lakes to Himmelbjerget. Halfway along this stretch you can get across the lakes on a solar-powered passenger ferry. Himmelbjerget was acquired for the Danish people by King Christian VIII …

Ry to Funder, Silkeborg mid-Jutland winter hike

Total pack weight approximately 9 kg Friday February 19th 2016 We start in the town Ry near Silkeborg at the Ry train station. I drove my car over from Copenhagen and parked it in the train station parking area. It is Friday afternoon and the time is 15:00 pm.  We walk south, first over the …

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