Hærvejen ved Frederikshavn

Hiking stage Frederikshavn - Hørbylund (21 km)

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This stretch takes you through beautiful hilly countryside southwest of Frederikshavn. First through Bangsbo Deer Park, Bangsbo river valley and then up over Øksnebjerg, a hill reaching 106 meters above sea level and offering stunning views of the bay of Ålbæk Bugt all the way to Skagen.

Godt at vide om 'mellem bjerg og høje'

The Bangsbo area
Heading out from the town of Frederikshavn, the Ancient Road starts at the Tourist Office. From here you travel just a few kilometres to reach the Bangsbo area where there are many experiences and places to enjoy. Among the attractions are Bangsbo Deer Park, Bangsbo Botanical Garden, Bangsbo Museum, Bangsbo Manor, and a nature playground. You can also take a detour up Pikkerbakken, a hill offering views across the town, the bay of Ålbæk Bugt and even as far as Skagen on a good day.

Continuing from Bangsbo you head through the beautiful Bangsbo Ådal river valley past the Neolithic burial site of Donbæk Gravplads and the majestic barrows of Kongehøj.

Kongehøj and Borgbjerg
Kongehøj and Borgbjerg, which can be seen from the road, are part of Donbæk Gravplads, a prehistoric burial site with 60 barrows, which are spread out over a narrow hillscape. A number of Neolithic urn graves were discovered in the early 1900s in addition to a number of different objects, including a gold bracelet.

Archaeologically, this is a very exciting location where new discoveries are made every few years. There is public access to the area, so you are free to explore the barrows.

You now head along country lanes until you reach the top of Øksnebjerg, a hill offering absolutely magnificent panoramic views in almost all directions. To the southeast you see the seaside town of Sæby and as far as the island of Læsø to the east. To the west you see a stunningly beautiful hillscape and to the north the bay of Ålbæk Bugt with Denmark’s northernmost town of Skagen in the distance.

The name "Øksnebjerg" (the Oxen Mount) indicates that this was a site where cattle were herded before their long journey down the Ancient Road. Many local manors and large farms founded their wealth on the exports of cattle. The steer were gathered in large flocks from different estates in Vendsyssel and herded down the Ancient Road by professional drovers. The first goal was Southern Jutland, where the steer after a strenuous trip were fattened only to be herded further south into Europe. Customs accounts from the 1600s show that in good years about 50,000 cattle were herded down the Ancient Road.

From Øksnebjerg you travel along a gravel road, which is the old road on the east side of the ridge. Here you enjoy fine sea views all along. Reaching the village of Understed you will here find the sacred springs of Understed and Understed Church.

You'll also find a nice and peaceful shelter approx. 1 km beyond Understed. The route passes right by, so it should be easy to spot.

Wandering along gravel roads you now head westward though the hilly landscape to the town of Karup. Along the way, you can make a small detour to Karup Church and another sacred spring called Helligøbben.

From Karup you head towards the manor of Hørbylund Hovedgård and you are now about halfway between Frederikshavn and the hillscape of Jyske Ås.


Distance: 21 km.

Sværhedsgrad: Moderat til svær. Bakket terræn.

Underlag:  Asfaltveje i byen, skovveje gennem Bangsbo, derefter smalle asfalt veje og grusveje

Natur: En varieret etape med smukke udkigspunkter, lysåben skov og kuperet åbent land

Stille stræk på etapen: Fra Vrangbæk op over Øksnebjerg og ud af Rugtvedvej til Understed. Rugtvedvej er helt speciel, gemt væk på ydrekanten af højderyggen, væk fra al trafik og med udsigt over Kattegat.

Lejrpladser: Find dem i Hærvejens app og på udninaturen.dk


Natur, kultur og historie

Vi præsenterer dig her for her udvalgte oplevelser langs vandreetapen mellem Frederikshavn og Hørbylund. 

Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum og Exlibrissamling

Special museum for art on paper. The world's largest collection of bookplates.

Kystmuseet Bangsbo

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Krudttårnet (Powder Tower)

Martello tower built in 1686-1690. The top floor (cannon deck) houses a range of artillery. The lower floors have exhibitions of the history of Fla...


Frederikshavn has gained a new attraction with a newly constructed observation platform (71 M), in the form of Skagens Gren, the nothernmost point of ...

Bangsbo Botaniske Have

Botanical garden 17.500 m2. English-style park, lawns & rhododendrons. Rose garden with 200 historical species. History of imported fruits/berries. Bo...

Bangsbo Skovene

Beech forest covering 100 ha with a rich variety of bird life & wildlife. Animals roam free within the fenced-in area of the forest. A trail leads t...

Bangsbo Ådal

Breeding ground for grey wagtails, buzzards, green and spotted woodpeckers, wrynecks, stock doves, tawny owls, hawfinches and others. In the spring ...

Bangsbo Å

Directions: From Frederikshavn follow the road from Bangsbo, past the Bangsbo Museum heading towards Gærum. The road is parallel to the stream and ha...

Bangsbo Dyrepark

44 acres of fenced-off woods and meadows with around 40 free-range fallow, red and sika deer. Particularly interesting in the spring when the anima...


95 m above sea level, with views of Ålbæk and Sæby, and over the hilly landscape to the west. In clear weather, both the Aalbæk bay to the north and t...