Danish Pilgrimage Denmark Denmark Main Sjælland (Zealand), Lolland, Falster Sjælland North to South

Day 1: Helsingør to Hillerød

My wife drove me the 26km from my home to Helsingør, home of Kronborg, the castle which William Shakespeare presumably had in mind for his famous play Hamlet, and as close as you can get to the Swedish border – just a short boat ride to Sweden.

I hadn’t planned to walk 46km to Hillerød, but the weather was beautiful and perfect for walking. As I arrived in Hillerød, I’d walked for 7hrs and 45min at an average speed of 5,94 km/h, and rested for 1hr and 18mins.

My Danish pilgrimage started outside Helsingør station.

Walked past Kronborg Castle.

Helsingør cathedral.

Along the northern coast.

And my first proof that I was actually walking along the Danish pilgrims route.

South through Teglstrup Hegn forest

My first break, after ca. 10km – in 2020 the year of Corona, these two capsels were lying on the ground.

West towards Gurre, where my wife and I had walked the week before, past Gurre church and ruins.

North along the west bank of Gurre Sø (lake)

Stopped for lunch to the smell of newly chopped trees.

West through Klosterris Hegn, but took an unintentional 2km detour, but was rewarded with pictures of a very earie swamp.

Towards Esrum Abbey and through wheat fields, some being harvested.

30kms passed and still 16km to go (which I didn’t realise as I sat looking out over Esrum Lake, before walking along the west bak towards Nødebo.

The last 7kms towards Hillerød following Nødebostien through the forest.

And finally 2kms remaining through the beautiful grounds of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød.

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