The highest point in Denmark….maybe

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.”

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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!

6 thoughts on “The highest point in Denmark….maybe

  1. Wow, and I am insanely tired, have been writing for hours, and must immediately apologize for my slip using the wrong form of “their”. Clearly, it’s time for me to call it a night!

  2. Hi Heather and Thomas, I just love reading all your entries. I have told dozens of people about your adventure and how you are sharing your experiences. Yesterday I gave your blog address to Debbie Pilgrim who is a cousin by marriage to your Dad. She was really excited to log in and read about your experiences. I don’t know if you can tell how many people log into your site. I’m guessing there will be more and more as time goes on. It sounds like you are having lots of fun. I’m sure there are some frustrating times also. As long as you can keep your sense of humor you’ll have a great time. Take care, Cousin Karen

  3. So I’ve been fooled. 🙂 Up till now I thought I’ve reached the highest point in Denmark (Silkeborg).

  4. Hi
    I’ve just discovered your blog, and have enjoyed reading of your experiences here in Denmark and how you see us danes 🙂
    I thought i’d give a short (and probably incomplete) explanation on of the story of the different opinions of which point in Denmark is the highest. The short answer is: that no one actually really knows for sure which is the highest point. This is because every time that someone has tried to meassure the competing peaks during the last maybe 50 or 100 years, they have come up with different results, either because of human error in the act of meassuring, the introduction of new equipment and ways of meassuring or because the peaks have actually gained or lost hight over the years. This means that what was considered the highest point have changed back and forth over the years, which also explains the different opinions we see today. And to be honest, finding out which is the highest point in a country as flat as Denmark is not really a priority. So it’s anybody’s guess really. However considering the varying results meassured over the years, it’s safe to say that Himmelbjerget, aka Sky Mountain, is not the highest point. So considering the most recent results, it probably stands between Ejer Bavnehøj and the peak near to it called Møllehøj. Though again, nobody have yet to meassure the 2 satisfactorily, so nobody really knows for sure yet.
    Ok, so that explanation turned out to be a bit longer than intended, but I hope it helped explain things 🙂

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