Hærvejen is (perhaps) Denmark’s most well-known hiking trail. Stretching hundreds of kilometres through central Jutland, the popular trail contains numerous hiking and cycling routes suitable for short and longer distances.
Hiking or cycling along the route will bring you close to the many wonderful experiences, the Danish countryside has to offer: the sea, the coastline, moorland, forests, stretches of open land and some of the most captivating locations with a reference to ancient times in Denmark.
In medieval times, Hærvejen led to the rest of the world, and everyone was allowed to travel along the trail. Peasants, merchants, travellers, soldiers and pilgrims travelled along Hærvejen, which is why today, the trail is considered to be Denmark’s pilgrim route.
Some of the most beautiful scenery along Hærvejen is found between Viborg and Dollerup Bakker. The stage stretching 14 km from the Cathedral in the heart of Viborg to the ice cream shop in Dollerup Bakker is the perfect distance for a day trip. Along the way, you and your family can have a dip in the cool lake, experience Hald Hovedgård and the red barracks, De Røde Barakker, just as you can have fun at the forest playground Børnenes Hald. All while getting your very own sense of Hærvejen’s fascinating history.
The most interesting part of the journey is the stretch between Hald Ege and Dollerup Bakker ice cream shop and these are suggestions for shorter trips:
If your car is parked in Viborg city centre, a bus can take you back. Bus service 712 stops 400 metres away from Dollerup ice cream shop at Ravnsbjergvej. The service only runs on weekdays (not on the weekend). Bus service 53 runs daily, and the bus stop is found 2 km away from Dollerup ice cream shop (at Guldborgvej). Go to Rejseplanen.dk for timetables.
Alternatively, set out by parking a bike by Dollerup ice cream shop and ride back to Viborg for your car after your hike. Meanwhile, the rest of your family can stay by the shop and enjoy a lovely ice cream, while they wait.