Nature in North Jutland

The following areas of countryside are all more than 20 km away from Aalborg, so of course they require more travelling time. But don’t be put off. They’re definitely worth a visit, if your conference schedule allows you a half or whole day free.

Rold Forest and Rebild Hills

Rold Forest is situated approximately 25 km south of Aalborg. Its 8,600 hectares make it the largest, uninterrupted forest area in Denmark.

Rold Forest also houses the famous Rebild Hills. Access by public transport is easy. It's just a 20 – 25-minute direct train journey from Aalborg to Skørping. Rold Forest is largely coniferous. Because of its sandy, morainal earth, common spruce is particularly prevalent. There are also large areas of beech forest with many examples of these distinctive, giant trees with their gnarled trunks and prolific, spreading branches.

Lille Vildmose

Besides the sustainable meetings and conferences, and the excellent organic food, which the Lille Vildmose Centre and the Soldug Café offer, Lille – "Little" – Vildmose is an area of great natural beauty.

Don't be deceived by the name. There is nothing "little" about it. Lille Vildmose's 7,600 hectares make it Denmark's largest conservation area with unique countryside that you cannot find anywhere else in Europe. Lille Vildmose, located approximately 25 km south east of Aalborg, is easily accessible by public transport. The 56 bus runs from Aalborg Bus Terminal to Dokkedal.

There is then a good 3 – 4 km walk from Dokkedal to the Lille Vildmose Centre at 16, Vildmosevej. Lille Vildmose comprises one of the last-remaining high marshes in Western Europe and has a rich cultural and natural history.

The vast area is best explored by car or bicycle, though you can walk to individual points such as Mulbjerge on the eastern side and Smidie Hill on the western, both of which offer fantastic views over the wide, open spaces. On the marsh you can also see the Høstemark and Tofte deciduous forests, the habitat of Denmark's only wild boar still living in the wild. These forests are also home to some of the richest birdlife in Denmark. From Lille Vildmose's four watchtowers you may be lucky enough to see both reindeer and golden eagles.

Råbjerg Mile and Skagen's Prong

Råbjerg Mile and Skagen's Prong ("Grenen') are situated 100 – 120 km north of Aalborg. They are at the northernmost tip of Denmark.

In terms of public transport, the easiest is to take the regional train to Frederikshavn, which connects with the private railway line 79 to Skagen. The Prong was created (and continues to be created) by sand transported by the Skagerrak up the west coast of North Jutland. It grows at an annual rate of 10 metres in a northerly direction. Swimming is prohibited, but to walk out and stand with one foot in each of the two seas is an experience not to be missed. Råbjerg Mile is one of Europe's largest "wandering" dunes.

The dune is protected and allowed to "wander" towards the north, covering about 15 metres per year. That means that in 100 years' time it will have been allowed to bury the main road to Skagen. The "Mile" leaves in its wake a beautiful landscape of lakes and marshes.

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These pages offer suggestions on how to make your meeting or conference sustainable in Aalborg and an introduction to the natural world of Aalborg and North Jutland.
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