Frederiksborg Castle

I cycled to Frederiksborg castle in Hillerod, Denmark. The castle is spread over three islands in a large lake and is quite imposing with high solid brick walls around a series of courtyards. One section of the stables has been converted to an art conservation office, old furniture is conserved in another area.Inside the castle, there was one room after another, dozens of rooms...
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An Unusual Day in Denmark

Leaving Aalborg, a howling wind from the northwest did not bode well for an enjoyable day. I managed to navigate my way over the bridge and on to the Haervejen trail. All was going well until a sudden left turn took me on to the narrowest muddy trail through forest and land scattered with rubbish, a trail fit for mountain bikes but not for tourers carrying 18kg of luggag...
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The Hills of Denmark

Light wind, hills, fields, fields, fields, no fences. The scenery  of this central part of Denmark is stunningly beautiful. All the shades of green from the light green of young crops through to the dark green of the pines. Everywhere I look are patches of forest, Hansel and Gretel country. One day the sky is bright blue with fluffy washed clouds, the next it is dark and b...
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The Haervejen Route

I’m cycling National Route 3, The Ancient Road Haervejen. This route is thousands of years old and was Denmark’s main north/south pathway. The Haervejen goes from either Hirtshals or Frederikshavn in the north to Padborg on the German border where it joins with the German Oxenroute.I plan to travel in the footsteps of the ancients from Jelling, seat of the Danish soul, to Frede...
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Delving Deeper into Jelling’s History

I packed up and left the camp ground early. All was quiet, the festival goers were probably all nursing huge hangovers. Back at the heritage site, everything was the same as it's been for the last few hundred years. There were groups of people lounging around on top of the mounds, enjoying a glorious view with their breakfast.The old church is part of the heritage site. It...
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Denmark’s Birth Certificate at Jelling

I took the train from Ribe to Jelling only to discover that there was a very loud and well attended music festival happening over the weekend. Never mind – survival is only a matter of attitude. I rode off on my own tour of the old site which is classified by UNESCO for its historical significance.A thousand years ago, a Viking king called Harald Bluetooth built a huge palisade...
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Old Meets New at Ribe

Ribe is Denmark’s oldest town and looks pretty special.I spent a few hours wandering a Viking village and was most impressed with a young woman in the marketplace who showed me her lock and the contents of her wooden chest – jewellery, amber and silver coins. She explained how Ribe began as a trading post and grew from there.The cathedral is also Denmark’s oldest church. I was ...
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