Recently, on a trip north from Aalborg, I discovered one of these signs indicating sights or beautiful destinations. The sign’s title was “Hammer Bakker”, which roughly translates to “The Hammer Hills”. We knew nothing about that place but it was only 20 minutes away from home. So a few days later my family and I took the chance and went there on a hike. And as it turned out, it was more than worth it!
Already the first road into this forest area was pure romance. The coloured leaves gave the sunlight a warm hue and the wind blew a curtain of autumnal colours across the way.
(Warning: Autumn mood overload below)
On we went to a small parking lot and from there over short distances into an area that was completely different than what we know from the surrounding. The reason is, that at the time of the Stone Age Sea it stood out like an island above sea-level and was thus formed completely different than the moors and flat land that is dominant in the Vendsyssel area.
The landscape here consists of gently rolling hills and is rather dry. Moor and streams are rare. The soil is still relatively low in nutrients. As a result, this hilly area was not used agriculturally but remained mostly originally preserved. Only a few cows graze between broom and juniper.
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Small groves, meadows and plains with low shrub take their turn, while we were heading towards the Viking graves annotated in the map of the tourist info’s leaflet. Everything was soaked with autumn colours, hues of read, yellow and greens. The unusually mild air of this October day contributed to this sensation, the unreal moody atmosphere we were allowed to experience.
On our way back we discovered that there was a shelter, ducked behind a small ridge. The fireplace must have been used by other hikers not long ago, because we managed to spark a fire from the remaining glaze, and so we had a fabulous end of this day, with cookies, coffee and a fire. Our kids were thrilled and busy collecting brushwood, climbing around the shelter and carving some sticks.
In northern Denmark the sun is already quite low on the sky most of the day, which leads to those warm and soft tones, glowing reds and beautiful light. Here are some of the best shots I managed to take of this extraordinary place, we immediately fell in love with.