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Discover wonderful Copenhagen on a self-guided city walk

Hike along pleasant woodland trails, through UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal parks

Discover some of Denmark’s most impressive castles

Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of Lakes Furesø, Sjælsø and Esrum sø

Relax and unwind in comfortable hotels at the end of each walking day

Self-guided hiking in Royal North Zealand

On this week-long walking holiday, you will hike from the leafy outskirts of Copenhagen, through royal parks, tranquil woodlands and marshlands, and past some of Northern Europe’s most beautiful castles. The walk ends at the impressive Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, made famous by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

A walking holiday in Copenhagen’s green front garden

The island of Zealand is best known for being home to Denmark’s cosmopolitan capital, Copenhagen. Less well known is the fact that Northern Zealand boasts large areas of untouched forest, as well as some of Denmark’s most idyllic lakes, pristine wetlands, and magnificent castles. As you wind your way steadily northwards along Zealand’s wonderful walking trails, you will understand why this area is also known as ‘Copenhagen’s green front garden’.

As well as Hamlet’s Castle, you will have the chance to explore two more of Denmark’s finest castles. The majestic Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Surrounded by a lake and stunning royal gardens, it is easy to see why it is known as ‘Denmark’s Versailles’.  In Fredensborg, the Baroque-style palace (the Queen’s summer residence) is beautifully located on the shore of the serene Lake Esrum.

It is not only the castles of North Zealand that have historical significance. The landscape itself was given UNESCO World Heritage List status in 2015 as a special natural area. This is due to the unique ‘par force’ hunting landscape of Great Deer Park, Gribskov Forest and Jægersborg Deer Park. It was King Christian V who shaped the royal hunting grounds in the baroque style, with long straight forest roads intersecting in a star-shaped pattern. As you walk through these forest parks, you will still see the original engraved stones which have been used as navigational guides since the 1600’s.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS From €950 per person sharing*

*Based on double rooms. For twin rooms, price will vary. Please contact us for info.
*Discounts available for groups of 4 or more. Please enquire for info.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers.


You will stay in very comfortable hotels throughout the trip. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 31st.
6 x overnights in hotel accommodation
6 x breakfasts
Luggage transfers while you walk
Detailed maps and route notes
GPS tracks
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
Flights and travel insurance
Transport to Copenhagen and from Helsingør
Local trains, busses or boats
Lunches or dinners
Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)
Any other items not mentioned in the program
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single room supplement

Day 1: Arrive in Copenhagen, self-guided city walking tour

Distance: 10 km | Time: 2½ hrs approx.

Arrive in Copenhagen and check into your city centre hotel. If you arrive early enough, you can do a self-guided walk which takes in many of the city’s architectural and cultural highlights, including the castles of Rosenborg, Christiansborg and Amalienborg, the pretty harbourside houses of Nyhavn and of course the Little Mermaid!

If you need an extra night in Copenhagen to allow time for this walk, or to explore the city more thoroughly, then we would of course be happy to book that for you. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Overnight: Copenhagen


Day 2: The Mill Route

Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 120 m | Descent: 110 m | Time: 4 hrs approx.

You begin the day by taking a short (20 mins) train journey to Klampenborg, in Copenhagen’s leafy northern suburbs. If you wish, you can begin with a refreshing dip at the excellent white-sand Bellevue Beach before beginning your walk.

The first part of your walk takes you through Dyrehaven (the royal deer park). The park was established by King Frederik III in 1670 and is home to the Ermitageslottet (royal hunting lodge) as well as the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken. As the name suggests, the park is home to many grazing deer – keep an eye out for them as you stroll along the pleasant walking paths. You will already feel like you are a long way from the city!

As you exit the park via the northern gate, you turn westward to follow the course of the Mølleåen river. This is a route rich with industrial history, passing many historic water mills and dams. You will walk along quiet forest and lakeside paths in the Mølleå valley. Your walk ends in the pleasant town of Lyngby, where you can enjoy some well-earned refreshments before taking a short train ride (5 mins) to your hotel in the nearby village of Gentofte.

Overnight: Gentofte


Day 3: Around Lake Furesø

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 115 m | Descent: 100 m | Time: 5½ hrs approx.

Today’s walk is a lovely scenic route around Denmark’s deepest lake, Furesøen.

You begin today by taking the 5-minute train trip back to Lyngby. From there, you continue to follow the Mølleåen river. You will walk along the northern shore of Lyngby Sø (lake), then follow forest paths to Frederiksdal, on the south-eastern shore of Lake Furesø. It is also possible to shorten today’s walking route by taking a boat trip from Lyngby to Lake Furesø for the first section. Information about times and prices is available here.

As you reach Furesøen, you follow a path through the forests of Frederiksdal Skov and Nørreskoven, which runs right along the southern and western shores of the lake. You can enjoy a refreshing swim at the man-made beach of Furesøbad, where you will also find a restaurant and ice-cream kiosk. From here, you turn back in a north-easterly direction. You follow a path high above Furesøen’s northern shore, with wonderful views over the lake. You briefly turn inland for a surprisingly rural stretch among cornfields, before the last section through the Vaserne wetlands, with excellent birdwatching opportunities.

Overnight: Holte


Day 4: Holte/Allerød to Hillerød

Distance: 21 km | Ascent: 146 m | Descent: 160 m | Time: 5 hrs approx.


Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 78 m | Descent: 92 m | Time: 3 hrs approx.

There are two options for today’s walk. The longer option begins by following the Rudersdal Route through tranquil woodland to the shore of lake Sjælsø. You will find a quiet little beach and bathing area as you walk along the southern shore of the lake, followed by the charming, thatched Hunter’s Cottage restaurant (Jægerhytten). A short section of wooden boardwalk takes you through the marshlands at the western side of the lake. You then follow quiet country roads to the forest of Tokkekøb Hegn. Here, you will find the stone age Kongedysse dolmen, enclosed by 51 rocks.

The last section of your walk takes you through another royal hunting park, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Store Dyrehave. Finally, you arrive at the central square in the town of Hillerød. We recommend rewarding yourself with a well-earned drink or early dinner while enjoying the view across the lake to the magnificent Frederiksborg Castle.

If you prefer a shorter walk today, you can begin by taking a short bus trip from outside your hotel to the nearby village of Allerød. From here, you follow quiet forest paths northwards through Tokkekøb Hegn, joining the longer route at the Kongedysse dolmen mentioned above.

Overnight: Hillerød


Day 5: Hillerød to Fredensborg

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 152 m | Descent: 148 m | Time: 5 hrs approx.


Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 102 m | Descent: 90 m | Time: 3 hrs approx.

Again, you have a longer and shorter option for today’s walk. Both routes start by walking right through the courtyard and grounds of Frederiksborg Castle. Take your time to explore the stunning baroque gardens before continuing. The castle itself is home to a Museum of National History and an impressive art collection (ticket needed for entry).

As you leave the castle grounds, you can take the short woodland route to Fredensborg, or the longer route that takes you via the southern shore of Lake Esrum and the Stenholt bird reserve.

Overnight: Fredensborg


Day 6: Fredensborg to Elsinore (Helsingør)

Distance: 25 km | Ascent: 169 m | Descent: 199 m | Time: 6 hrs approx.

After breakfast, a short stroll takes you from your hotel to the grounds of the royal palace. Fredensborg Palace is home to the Danish Crown Prince and his family. It is open for public tours during the summer months. The royal gardens stretch down to the shore of Lake Esrum and are dotted with numerous obelisks and statues, including a circular formation of life-sized statues of Norwegian and Faroese folk characters. A short roadside stretch takes you out of Fredensborg to the woodlands of Danstrup Hegn. From here, you follow tranquil forest paths all the way to Zealand’s north coast, where you find yourself suddenly looking across the narrow strait to Sweden.

You finally turn south-eastwards on a ridgetop forest path with wonderful views over the sea, before descending to follow a path along the beach and marina of Elsinore to Kronborg Castle. This Renaissance masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best known as the Elsinore Castle of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. You will stay at a hotel in the centre of town, just a short distance from the castle.

Today’s route can easily be shortened to approx. 13 km by taking a train for the first or second half of the route.

Overnight: Elsinore


Day 7: Departure

Your walking holiday in North Zealand comes to an end after breakfast this morning. You can catch a direct train to Copenhagen city or airport from Helsingør station.

Getting to Copenhagen

  The nearest airport is Copenhagen airport.
There are very regular metro and train services from the airport to Copenhagen city centre. The journey takes 20 mins approx. For timetables please see Journeyplanner.dk

Getting from Helsingør

There are regular direct trains from Helsingør to Copenhagen Central Station (45 mins approx.) and to Copenhagen Airport (1hr approx.).

You can plan your trip on www.journeyplanner.dk.

zealand castle route
Nyhavn harbour, Copenhagen
Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen
Walking in the Royal Deer Park
The Ermitage Royal hunting lodge
Cruise boat on Mølleåen
Pier at Lake Furesø
Enjoying the view to Furesøbad
View over Lake Furesø
Hiking through the North Zealand countryside
Bathing area at Lake Sjælsø
Birdwatching hut at the Sjælsø wetlands
The ancient Kongedysse Dolmen
Walking in Store Dyrehave
Entering Frederiksborg Castle
The Neptune Fountain
Frederiksborg castle and gardens
Lake Esrum
Fredensborg Palace
Fredensborg Royal Gardens
Lake Esrum, Fredensborg
Typical woodland hiking path in North Zealand
View to Kronborg Castle as you finally reach the coast at Elsinore
Kronborg Slott, better known as the Elsinore Castle of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Kronborg Castle in Elsinore

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews

We enjoyed the route. Lots of green, water, and nice castles. The hotels are nice and the company helped with any problem that happened.


Excellent walking holiday. We especially loved the detailed route notes provided by Niall. We had the gpx files loaded onto our Gaia app, but actually preferred using the route notes as a sort of Treasure Hunt quest. The trails were beautiful, and the side streets through quaint neighborhoods were lovely. We think what Niall has created is a superb way to travel. Walking in and out of towns gives the tourist a peek into the way locals live. We loved that we could do that without having to be in a group or with a guide. We look forward to booking additional trips with Wild Rover Travel in the future at other locations in the world.


Beautiful countryside that can only be seen either on foot or by bike. Woodland paths, lakes, birdwatching towers. thatched roofs, farms, and castles. The routes were well laid out for the maximum possible off-road experience. We downloaded the recommended app and the prepared route maps before leaving home (important to do before!) and found them very easy to use. The booklet of directions that was delivered to our hotel in Copenhagen was also quite useful in conjunction with the app. The hotels were clean and comfortable, if a bit spare. The meals provided by a few of the hotels were superior. We added a few days to the standard hike and asked for suggested walks for those days, which were ably provided by Niall. All in all a perfect, well planned, vacation. Thank you Wild Rover.

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