The Ancient Road Hærvejen

The Ancient Road Hærvejen

Photo: Brønderslev Erhverv og Turisme

In Brønderslev you find both exciting hiking and bicycle trails along the Ancient Road Hærvejen. Plenty of unique nature experiences awaits when you follow the footsteps of the past along the historical route.

Hærveje (army roads) is the former name of the country's main arterial roads, which according to the Jutlandic Act must not be blocked.

The Ancient Road Hærvejen is hundreds of kilometres hiking- and bicycling route that runs all the way through the mainland of Jutland - from Hirtshals and Frederikshavn in the north to Padborg in the south.

The Ancient Road can be traced back 4000 years; yet, the route was not officially confirmed until the beginning of the Middle Ages. Back then, Hærvejen served as the common arterial road.

Since then, Hærvejen has attracted all types of hikers; from beginners to true modern pilgrims, who follow Hærvejen through the magnificent nature in Jutland and further southward through Germany. Therefore, Hærvejen has also become known as the Danish Prilgrim Route. Hærvejen comprises more than 500 kilometres of hiking and 450 kilometres of cycling route, and you are sure to find at least one route that fits your needs.

 

Hærvejen in North Jutland

The Hærvej in Northern Jutland was officially opened in May 2014. Before this, Hærvejen ended in Viborg, but history confirms a route that went both east and westward towards the North Jutland seaports.

 

Therefore, you both have an eastern and a western Hærvej-hiking route in Vendyssel. Only one bicycle route, though. All three routes pass through Brønderslev Kommune and offer great experiences in beautiful nature.

The Western Hiking Route

The western part of the hiking trail takes you along the North Sea northward from Blokhus and Hune and southward from Børglum Kloster through Brønderslev Municipality.

 

The route passes by Manna, the natural beauty Thise Hills and historical Thise Church.

The Eastern Hiking Route

The eastern part of the hiking trail takes you from Aalborg via Hammer Bakker, through Ørum and Klokkerholm, and continues northward towards Frederikshavn.

 

Along the eastern trail, you pass by the idyllic Klokkerholm Møllesø, the a beautiful, preserved area Grevsmosen and Slettingen, as well as Pajhede Forest and Nymølle Brook and Søheden Forest Complex; the last three of them are part of Jyske Ås.

 

See the brochure of Hærvejen in Eastern Vendsyssel

The Bicycle Route

Hærvejen Bicycle Route passes through Brønderslev Kommune at the cities Hjallerup and Dronninglund and continues further on through the hilly landscape of Jyske Ås.

 

From here, you pass by Dronninglund Forest, Pajhede Skov, Søheden and further on towards Østervrå and Frederikshavn.

 

See an overall map of the Ancient Road Hærvejen here