This past Sunday, Thomas and I visited the lovely town of Skanderborg (15 train ride from Aarhus) to have coffee with a very nice Danish couple. We were afforded this opportunity because of a joint effort between the International Community and the Folk University to introduce internationals to Danes. Danes have the reputation of being hard to get to know. Our hosts met us at the train station and were nice enough to drive us to their house, the weather was pretty atrocious, 40 mph wind gusts and scattered snow showers. Not to mention it was really cold to boot! We had a very lovely chat over coffee/tea and rolls. At some point their youngest son joined us (he just graduated from high school). He was very excited to be visiting America for a road trip in a few weeks (California and Alaska) and asked us questions about America and how Americans saw Denmark.
At some point we started talking about the highest point in Denmark and where it was located. Just to be clear, we were talking about the highest “natural” point in Denmark, not man made. Some of Thomas’s colleagues had told him that this point was in Silkeborg and was called “The Sky Mountain.” However, our hosts told us that was not correct and that the highest point in Denmark was in Skanderborg, but there was debate about which of the hills was the highest. So they drove us to Ejer Bavnehøj, which was built after WWI. Our hosts told us they were taking us to the “highest point in Denmark…maybe.”
The view from the tower was very nice, the weather that day made it even more dramatic. After doing some research, we figured out we visited the 3rd highest point in Denmark. In the last picture above, you can see the actual highest point in Denmark, a mere 51 cm taller than the hill we visited. Yes, we visited a hill. On purpose. Turns out the highest natural point in Denmark is 561 feet tall. As a comparison, the elevation of the highest natural point in Iowa is 1,670 feet. This is why everyone has to leave the country for their ski vacation.
We had a really nice time and will be going back to Skanderborg soon. One of our hosts is a bookbinder and has an exhibition at the local museum. He showed us his workshop and one of the books he was working on at the time. He has an amazing talent! I’m very thankful that we were able to participate in this program and we are hoping the International Community decides to do it again!