About the National Park

Skjoldungernes Land National Park was established in 2015. The park is located in central Zealand, a short 30-km ride from Copenhagen.

The national park covers 170 square kilometers of unique scenery, cultural history, and one of Denmark's most beautiful Ice Age landscapes with rolling hills and large river valleys.

The area holds a mosaic of scenic gems in store for you to discover on bike or on foot. The many paths, shelters, and tours available in the national park are a close-up experience with nature and cultural history.

Read about the national park in the folder here or download our mobile app to find specific trails and points of interest.

The Organisation

Skjoldungernes Land National Park is built on community and partnership support. The national park has a decentralised management, consisting of a board, a national park council, and a secretariat. The board and chairman are appointed by the Danish Minister of Environment.

People live, work and stay in the national park and a significant part of the national park is privately owned. Voluntary agreements and local support form an important foundation of Skjoldungernes Land National Park.

The Objectives of the National Park

As a national park, Skjoldungernes Land holds some of Denmark's most unique and valuable nature areas and landscapes. Selected areas and locations in the park are protected because of their recognized natural, ecological or cultural values.

The national park aims to sustainably protect, enhance and develop the park’s nature, landscape, cultural history as well as support outdoor activities, education, research, local communities, businesses, and tourism.

What Defines a Danish National Park?

A Danish national park is home to some of Denmark's most unique and valuable nature areas and landscapes. These are areas of importance to the Danes, but they are also given and will receive international attention and significance. National parks also include areas which have already been nominated as international nature protection areas (NATURA 2000 areas).

The aim is for Danish national parks to display the most important types of nature in Denmark. The forests and the open countryside with cultivated fields, grazing and hedgerows will be included together with small villages and urban communities. A national park may cover both land and sea.

The Danish national parks are not museums. People live, work and stay in the Danish national parks. Parts of the national parks are privately owned.

The individual national parks will have broadly differering contents, and therefore it would be a good idea to look up the information about every national park, in which you are interested, to find out exactly what can be experienced there.