Do you like active holidays with a touch of history?
Then a trip along the Ancient Road on the West Coast, which is an obvious holiday destination for you. You can experience the Danish nature and history on a 500 kilometer long route from Hirtshals in the north to Padborg in the south. Get exciting historical experiences and enjoy the many wonderful nature experiences in the forest and on the beach. Stay overnight at one of the cozy little hostels and shelters along the way or visit the various hostels and campsites.
On the West Coast, Hærvejen starts in Hirtshals Centrum on Den Grønne Plads and from here goes up to Stenbjerg, past Hirtshals Lighthouse, where you can just 'snatch' the 144 steps up to the lighthouse to enjoy the magnificent view of the sea, the harbor and the city. The route also takes you past the Bunker Museum Hirtshals 10. Battery and continues towards Tornby Klitplantage, where it is possible to spend the night in a shelter. At the shelter site there is a campfire site with barbecue grill, firewood and drinking water.
Do you take the trip past Tornby Gl. Købmandsgård, you should treat yourself to walk approx. 300 meters to the south. Here you will find Denmark's northernmost stone dolmen. The tomb was built in the Peasant Stone Age for approx. 4000 years ago. On the outskirts of Tornby is Tornby Church, where the runic inscription in the choir gives a possible dating to around the year 1200.
From Tornby, the route continues along the coast past Kærsgård Strand and Nørlev Strand, both of which are known for white, wide sandy beaches with good bathing conditions. From Nørlev to Skallerup and from Lønstrup via Harrerenden, the old Stone Age slope Lien is visible. The 30-meter-high slope is intersected by several gorges, formed by rainwater over the centuries.
In Lønstrup you can see the Signalmasten, which is a landmark for the city. Close to Lønstrup you can see the impressive hiking dune Rubjerg Knude with the famous lighthouse. Three kilometers south of Lønstrup, a little southwest of Rubjerg Knude, the ruins of the medieval Rubjerg Gl. Church, which was originally built in approx. year 1180.
From Lønstrup, Hærvejen passes Nr. Lyngby, originally a small fishing community, and nowadays a very popular holiday home area. From Nr. Lyngby towards the country is Børglum Kloster. The well-preserved and beautifully restored monastery has a rich history and it is definitely worth a visit.
South of Børglum and down towards Løkken-Brønderslevvejen, Hærvejen passes Bomhuset. Here people used to pay to be allowed to pass over the long, flat stretch of road towards Vrensted. The tours are designed so that you get past most of the sights along Hærvejen.