Roskilde Fjord

Roskilde Fjord is in terms of size one-third of Skjoldungernes Land National Park. Visit the beautiful fjord landscape, filled with coves, salt marshes, coastlines and abundant birdlife.

Roskilde Fjord, 4-5 meters deep in most places, is ideal for various types of sailing and has been used for transportation and fishing since ancient times. There are cosy harbors along the fjord and the national park’s numerous bathing sites offer perfect spots for swimming.

Walk or cycle along the Fjord Path (Fjordstien), 275 km of hiking and biking trails along Roskilde Fjord that follows old field and forest roads, often in close proximity to the coast.

Along the route you can spend the night in a tent or shelter, or in less primitive conditions such as a bed and breakfast or a hotel.

Nature of International Significance

Roskilde Fjord has been designated an international nature conservation area (Natura 2000), committed to protecting a large number of the fjord’s many bird species and special nature areas along the coast.

Denmark’s largest bird, the white-tailed eagle (also known as the flying barn door due to its immense 2.45-meter wingspan) breeds in the surrounding landscape.

Go birdwatching around northern part of the fjord and spot the white-tailed eagle floating high above and a plentitude of water birds.

Bird Watching

There are plenty of opportunities to experience the fjord’s birdlife, with the landscape providing resting and feeding grounds of international significance for waterfowl.

Every autumn the area attracts over 60,000 birds, often even more in the winter. In spring and summer gulls, terns, swans, eiders, geese, ducks and many other birds breed on the fjord’s islets and islands.

As a result, these areas are closed to the public from April 1st to July 15th. Please do not disturb the birds when during your visit around the fjord.


Since the hunter-gatherer Stone Age, people have fished the waters of the fjord, which remains a favorite fishing spot for anglers and recreational fishermen.

The fjord contains brackish water and is home to both saltwater and freshwater fish, but also migratory fish like eel and sea trout, that spawn in the national park’s streams in November and December.

The Viking Ship Museum

Get close to the full-size reconstructions of Viking ships at this museum and learn about Viking life and traditional ship building handcraft.

Please be considerate

Because the birdlife is vulnerable to disturbances, please be considerate when you are on or near the fjord. During the breeding season from April 1st to July 15th the islands and islets are off limits.

Likewise, be mindful of the landowners and local residents. Greet the people you meet and follow the park rules. Please take your waste with you and leave only your footprints behind.