Visit North Zealand, which is full of wonderful things for you to experience. We do our best to look after the natural environment and Nordsjælland can therefore offer some great places in which to walk, run, cycle, etc., in a beautiful, unspoilt area.
The Danish Forest and Nature Agency and its talented employees ensure people have access to nature all year round. Perhaps your most rewarding holiday experience awaits you in the green countryside - Nordsjælland, and it’s all free.
Most of the large forests of North Zealand (Danish Nordsjælland) have been owned by
the Crown and used by kings, primarily for hunting and grazing their horses. The younger forest areas were typically planted as a barrier to the drifting sands that historically plagued the area Nordsjælland. Forests in North Zealand
What is a Danish national park?
In Denmark, national parks are a rather new phenomenon. The first national park, located in Thy,
PDF folder) was opened in August 2008, and additional national parks will open over the next 2-3 years. Currently, four other areas have been nominated as national parks in Denmark; Mols Bjerge
(PDF), Skjern Å, the Wadden Sea and Kongernes Nordsjælland. Prior to these nominations, there has been a long democratic process in which the local community has contributed with knowledge and involvement.
Establishment of the national parks is based on broad local support. Each national park will have a decentralised management, consisting of a board, a national park council and a secretariat. The board and its chairman are to be appointed by the Danish Minister for the Environment. As far as possible, all members of the board will have close connections to the national park area.
The board must prepare a plan for the operation and development of the national park. The local community will be asked to participate in this process. Development of the national parks will take place over a number of years, and will be based on voluntary agreements and local support.
What does a Danish national park hold?
A Danish national park holds some of Denmark's most unique and valuable nature areas and landscapes. These are areas of importance to the Danes, but which are also given and will receive international attention and significance. National parks also include areas which have already been nominated as international nature protection areas (NATURA 2000 areas).
The aim is for Danish national parks to cover the most important nature types of Denmark. The forests and the open countryside with cultivated fields, grazing and hedgerows will be included together with small villages and urban communities. A national park may cover both land and sea.
The Danish national parks are not museums. People live, work and stay in the Danish national parks. Part of the national parks is privately owned.
The individual national parks have broadly different contents, and therefore it is a good idea to look for information about the individual national park in which you are interested to find out what exactly can be experienced there.
What is allowed in Danish national parks?
Anyone can move around a national park free of charge. However, there may be guided tours for which you must pay. The same rules apply to travelling in the national parks as apply outside the national parks.
It will not always be clear where a national park starts or ends; there are no fences around the Danish national parks. More information can be obtained at the local tourist agency.
Sea, beach and healthy air, Visit North Zealand Along Kattegat coast, there are many good and child friendly beaches with shallow water.
The widest beaches found in Hornbæk(Hornbaek)
sand is fine and white, and large dunes providing shelter, but the Kattegat may
show teeth by onshore wind.
South coast is gentler, and small beaches. There is often put piers
up in summer on public beaches, and they are freely available.
In Ice Fjord and Roskilde Fjord, You will also see part small and good
beaches with shallow waters, including by Lynæs. - Best
Experiencing nature in North Zealand North Coast exchanger beaches with steep slopes and cliffs at particular
Vejby and Gilbierg head, which is Zealand's northernmost point. From
Gilbergstien that runs along the edge of the cliff, there are beautiful views
over the Kattegat to Sweden. And especially at Vejbystrand you get a good
impression of nature, for which eats into the sea to the shore with
fast approaching - despite massive coastal defenses.
Behind the coastal beaches and dunes are important protected natural areas, including
Fencing with Troldeskoven,
the beautiful heather-clad Tibirke
Bakker and Basketry,
Denmark's largest lake.
Gribskov is one of Denmark's largest forest areas with many lovely walks,
as there are some good cards. Along the east side of the forest lies Esrum
Lake, which is Denmark's second largest lake. A nice walking path goes eg
along the lakeshore at Nøddebo to Esrum overlooking the lake to
At Nordsjællands northwestern tip of the peninsula lies Halsnæs
surrounded by the Kattegat Ice Fjord and Roskilde Fjord. There are many beautiful
outlook over land and water, and in summer sailing a small ferry
from Sølager to Kulhuse. From there, only briefly to Jægerspris
Nordskov with old oak trees, some up to 1,000 years old.
Visit Cities - big and small in North Zealand
Elsinore / Helsingør
located in North Zealand at the entrance to the Sound and is hub with ferries
to Sweden. But the city is primarily home to Kronborg
the stage for Shakespeare's Hamlet. There are also many old
half-timbered houses, charming cobbled streets, a cathedral and a
peaceful monastery in the busy city.
In Frederick is the royal family spring and autumn residence,
Fredensborg Castle. Nordsjælland There are many paths in the big park and fine
views of Esrum Lake.
Hilleroed / Hillerød
landmark is the large Frederiksborg
Castle, which is home to the
National History Museum with particular portrait gallery. Frederiksborg
royal palace for many years, and then there was easy access to major
hunting forests that surround Hill, and the heart of North Zealand
On the North coast of Zealand are bathing and coastal towns in a row, eg
Rågeleje, Tisvilde and Liseleje.
Several of them have a past as a small fishing villages, it applies in particular Hornbæk
which today is considered the most exclusive of all beach resorts, while
Gilleleje still has a vibrant fishing port. From here and in other coastal cities
along the Sound and Kattegat helped fishermen during the second World War II many
Danish Jews to come to safety in Sweden, but went Gilleleje
wrong in October 1943, when 75 Jews who were hidden in the church
limit was specified and captured. Gilleleje Museum tells about it.
has the small fishing village evolved into a busy fishing port. At
Skansen over town polar researcher Knud
Rasmussen's house , and north of Hundested you find Kikhavn, one of the region's oldest fishing villages. Today
a fishing village with many thatched
Between Roskilde Fjord and Arresø lies the old industrial city Frederiksværk
where a cannon foundry and a gunpowder plant is part of Design
Frederiks work. Apart from the fjord is Frederikssund
located toward the inlet, and is home to the painter JF
Willumsen's Museum . On a headland in the fjord, you can experience the formidable
Vikings game in the summer months and visit a Viking village.
Arts, culture and history of Sealand Nordsjælland
have always had an important place in history and for centuries been the
Danish kings favorite playground. It demonstrates the many castles on. Kronborg
Slot , Frederiksborg
Slot and Fredensborg Castle is the most famous, but also Jægerspris
Slot and Selsø
Slot is worth visiting.
Also artists and writers were attracted to area's natural and
there are many exciting museums in North Zealand. Louisiana
Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek is Denmark's most visited
Museum of Danish and international art and frequent special exhibitions.
then lies Nivaagaard painting sessions with older art, and in Rungsted
Blixen Museum , which is decorated in the author's home on
Sanctuary. Here Karen Blixen wrote his famous stories, including 'The
Middle Ages, Esrom
Abbey one of Denmark's largest. Today, only a single building
back with the old Esrum
Møllegård . Exciting exhibitions, talks about monastic life
then and in June you can experience a huge medieval market by