No surprise here: I love the Northern European landscape. It is not as lush, colourful, maybe impressive as the Alps or the Mediterranean. Still, the entire North in all its scarcity is great for being outside, and the island of Als (Denmark) is no exception.
Quite a while ago I have briefly described one of my beloved quiet spots, some friends’ summer cottage in Denmark. It is located in Skovmose, a beautifully quiet location on Als. A couple of weeks ago the four of us went there for a long weekend. This brief break was so fantastic that only two days later I took the chance to go back with the girls and spend another couple of days in peace and quiet. Well, whatever you might want to call “peace and quiet” with two young girls.
Hiking on Als
The entire island of Als offers lots of possibilities for one-day or longer walking trips. The cool stuff about hiking in Denmark is that you find those very basic huts (or whatever they might be called) along more or less every officially marked hiking trail. No need to put up a tent, simply throw your sleeping bag in there and have a rest. Another great thing both for hiking and sailing: barbecues can also be found almost everywhere, they can be used for free and are a perfect place for getting to talk to other folks.
My hiking plans for Als
On my long list of ideas and plans for the (near or far) future are a couple of walks and hiking trails on Als. One day walks include for example the exploration of Kegnaes, a peninsula at the Southern end of Als. It is well known by sailors for its lighthouse, marking the entrance into the fjord of Flensburg.
Three longer hikes would be
- Gendarmstien, a wonderful hike right next to the water (app. 75 km)
- Alsstien, a North-South walk across Als (app. 80 km)
- rounding Als (app. 320 km).
If and when I would be able to actually tackle those three, I do not know yet. Maybe next year, one of them, maybe later. By the way: Just in case… if you are interested in coming along for one of those hiking tours, simply let me know and we can work out the details.
Anyway, I have strayed off topic here for quite a bit. The long weekend plus extension have once again felt like a much longer holiday. I certainly hope to spend another couple of days there later on this summer or in early autumn. Just one minor problem with being there: every single time I start wondering how I could spend a lot more time on Als. Be it in the summer cottage, hiking, canoeing, sailing… anyone willing to sponsor the rest of my life on a Danish island? 😉