One of the best ways to experience Skjoldungernes Land National Park is on foot. Lace up your hiking boots, fill your backpack with food and water - and disappear into one of the national park's large, deep forests, explore the manor landscape, or follow the trail along the fjord.
There are many different hiking routes and paths in Skjoldungernes Land National Park. The park offers multi-day adventures and as well as various shorter walks.
On this page you can read about selected routes in the national park and find information to plan your trip.
The Skjoldunge Trail
The Skjoldunge Trail is a network of 50 km of hiking trails that run through the national park’s historic landscape and past sites of cultural and natural importance. Experience nature as you walk through hidden and forgotten paths, through forests, along rivers, marshes, meadows and along the fjord coastline.
30 km of the trail runs between the towns of Roskilde, Lejre and Hvalsø, where you can hop on and off trains and buses. 10 km of the trail runs between the towns of Gevninge and Osted. All routes cross into Gl. Lejre, the heart of the National Park Skjoldungernes Land.
The Skjoldunge Trail is a hiking trail and not suitable for bicycles, wheelchairs, or prams. Parts of the trail can be wet and muddy due to weather, wind and water at certain times of the year.
Find your way with the national park mobile map and read more about camping on the trail here.
The Alley of the Gods
The Alley of the Gods, Gudernes Stræde, is a 64 km hiking route that takes you through natural and cultural-historical landscapes from Vellerup Vig in Isefjorden to Mosede Fort in Køge Bay. There are several opportunities for small detours and round trips along the route.
This trail, running through and beyond the national park, is the result of collaboration between the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, historical associations in Bramsnæs, Hvalsø, and Lejre, as well as four municipalities.
Find your way with the national park mobile map and read sites of cultural and historical importance along your way.
The Trails on Eskilsø
Eskilsø is the largest island in Roskilde Fjord, 1.4 square kilometers. Eskilsø is a paradise for the fjord's birds that live undisturbed and protected here. The island is owned by the Struckmann Foundation, which has established walking trails in the landscape.
The shortest track is a 1.5 km green route. It goes from the pier up to a small hill overlooking the pipe moss - and back again.
The Red route is approximately 2.5 km long. It starts from the pier onto the island and goes southwest around the reed bog with a beautiful view of beach meadows and bird life on the southern part of the island.
The Yellow route is about 4 km long. It starts from the pier up to Eskilsø Monastery Ruin from the 12th century, continuing north around the lively birdlife at Rørmosen. The journey then leads to Bovbjerg, the highest point on the island. From here, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the fjord.
Only access to the island is a private ferry from Skovbroen in Østskoven or your own boat. See www.eskilsø1.dk for the ferry contact and booking.
The Fjord Path
The Fjord Path, Fjordstien, is a nature trail along Roskilde Fjord and Isefjorden. It is designed for both cyclists and pedestrians, spanning a total length of 275 kilometers. Proximity to the fjord and safety in terms of traffic are the key features of the Fjord Path. It takes you close to the coastline, offering wonderful views over the fjords. The trail is marked with wooden poles featuring small blue signs and is identified as route number 40.