Bike, run and walk in Gribskov between Esrum Monastery, Esrum Moellegaard and Noedebo village.

Nature experiences and historic adventures in Gribskov and surroundings in ” Nationalpark Kongernes Nordsjælland “.
               

Gribskov and Esrum Lake, Nordsjælland, Denmark

Gribskov and Esrum Lake, Nordsjælland, Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

Gribskov in North Zealand is located at Esrum lake. It is one of the oldest and biggest forets in Denmark.

Gribskov is a part of the future plan for ” Nationalpark the kings North Zealand “.

In the forest you find roads and paths all over. They are excellent for bike, run and walk.

I have visited Gribskov (Grib-forest) in the last 25 years all year around, in winter time go ski-ing.

Its 45 km from Copenhagen and you get there easily by train. There are 3 small lokal stations in the middle of Gribskov. So you land directly in the middle of ” the danish paradise”!

I visited all the places, walked and run og took all the pictures 7 october 2008.

I wish you, your famely and friends a nice trip.

Best wishes Erik

Esrum Lake, Gribskov. View in direction north.

 

The shore of Esrum Lake is excellent for run and walk

The shore of Esrum Lake is excellent for run and walk

 

 

Gribskov. There are paths for bike all over.

Gribskov. Place for open fire at the shore of Esrum Lake. Kalvehavevej.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smerstenen, Smoerstensvej, Gribskov. Smoerstenen is a solid rock 3 m high/ 4 m in lenth and came with the ice cap from Norway or Sweden more than 10.000 years ago.

Smerstenen, Smoerstensvej, Gribskov. Smoerstenen is a solid rock 3 m high/ 4 m in lenth and came with the ice cap from Norway or Sweden more than 10.000 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Faendrik House, Søvejen, Gribskov. Located 50 m from the shore of Esrum Lake.

Faendrik House, Søvejen, Gribskov. Located 50 m from the shore of Esrum Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A memorial for the resistance movement in Denmark against the Germain occupation 1940-45. At right in the picture part of a container used for weapen dropped in Gribskov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial for the occupation of Denmark 1940-45. Weapens dropped by english warplanes in Gribskov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skovskolen is located in Gribskov close to the small village Noedebo at the shore of Esrum Lake. 

 

Skovskolen, Gribskov/Noedebo. Administration. House build about 1826 as Skovridergaarden Skovfryd.

Skovskolen, Gribskov/Noedebo. Administration. House build about 1826 as Skovridergaarden Skovfryd.

 

 

 

Skovskolen is National Center for research, education and counceling in forest and products of the forest, landscape architecture and management, urbanplanning and urbandesign. Skovskolen ( Forest and Landscape) is a part of  The Faculty of Bioscience, University of Copenhagen since 2007.

 

 

Houses for the students, Skovskolen

Houses for the students, Skovskolen (The School of Forest) has about 200 students and 170 rooms for overnight accomodations

 

 

Auditorium, schoolbuildings and laboratories, Skovskolen

Auditorium, schoolbuildings and laboratories, Skovskolen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafeteria, Food of Ecology, Skovskolen

Cafeteria, Food of Ecology, Skovskolen

 

 

 

 

Old and new buildings (Cafeteria), Skovskolen

Old and new buildings (Cafeteria), Skovskolen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map of Northsealand, Denmark.

Map of North Zealand, Denmark.

 

 

Esrum Monastery and Moellegaard

Esrum Monastery and Moellegaard is located 500 m north of Esrum lake and at the shore of Esrum River. The cisterciensermonk-monastery  Esrum Monastery was founded 1151 as daugter-monastery of Clairvaux, France.

The monks from France brought knowledge, the newest technical inventions and education to Denmark. They revolutionized house construction, agriculture, forestry and use of waterenergy from rivers and lakes. They used herbes in medicine and established hospitals and social care to the poor.

The monks worked and teached through the centuries until The danish Lutheran Reformation in 1536.

In 1559 the monastery is closed and is belongs to the danish Monarchy under Kronborg Castle in Helsingoer. From now on its a stud farm and the kings place for hunting.

In 1660 stars the demolition of The Monastery and the bricks was used for building of Kronborg Castle and Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød. One third of all North Zealand had until the Reformation in 1536 been in Esrum Monastery´ s possession.

In 1536 the king Christian 3 after a year of civil war in Denmark annected all the property of Esrum Kloster and the period  “Kongernes Nordsjaelland” (“The kings Northsealand”) begun with building of exstraordinary beautifull castles and parks all over Northsealand by king Frederik 2 and king Christian 4 for residence, parties and hunting: Frederiksborg Castle, Elsinore Castle, Hoersholm Castle and Fredensborg Castle  and a lot of hunting houses.  All this area will in the future be part of the Nationalpark Kongernes Nordsjaelland ( National Park The Kings North Zealand). 

Before the demolition Esrum Monastery was the biggest building in Scandinavia.

To day you can see what is saved, its mayby 1/10 of the original size. But still a big beautiful building which belongs to the east wing with the original rooms for eating and auditorium for the monks.

 

Esrum Monestary. Founded in 1151 of cistercienser monks from The Monestary og Clairvaux, France.

Esrum Monestary. Founded in 1151 of cistercienser monks from The Monastery of Clairvaux, France.

 

Esrum Monestary

Esrum Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esrum Monestary in full enlargement before the demolition  in 1560

Esrum Monastery in full enlargement before the demolition in 1560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monks garden for Herb-production. Esrum Monestary

The monks garden for herb-production. Esrum Monastery

 

 

 

 

Esrum Monestrra. Entrance.

Esrum Monastery. Entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Auditorium for the cistercienser-monks. Esrum Monestary.
The monks Auditorium, Esrum Kloster

 

 

 

 

 

Esrum Møllegaard was founded by King Christian 4 (1588-1648).

 

Map of Esrum Kloster and Esrum Møllegaard.

Map of Esrum Kloster and Esrum Møllegaard.

 

 

The water from Esrum river flowes through the main mill building. Esrum river has a fall by 9 m from Esrum Lake to the outflow in Kattegat 10 km north of the lake.

Esrum Møllegaard is a Center for Nature and Environment with exhibitions, environmental education and nature experiences, Ecological cafe and shop.

 

Esrum Møllegaard. The bui

Esrum Møllegaard. The main building with the water mill in ground floor, the millstone on 1. floor and the grain for flour production on 2. floor under the roof.

 

The Esrum rver has past through the millbuilding and generated turbines for the flour production. The fall her is about 3 -4 m. The Esrum river continious 10 km til the outflow on The sea of Kattegat futher north.

The Esrum river has here past through the millbuilding and generated turbines for the flour production. The fall is about 3 -4 m. The Esrum river continious 10 km till the outflow in the sea of Kattegat futher north.

 

The main millbuilding on ground floor. The cogwheels for waterpower

The main millbuilding on ground floor. The cogwheels for waterpower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esrum Møllegaard. The ecology shop at right, the cafe at left and Esrum Kloster ( Monastery) back in the picture

Esrum Møllegaard. The ecology shop at right, the cafe at left and Esrum Kloster ( Monastery) back in the picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esrum Møllegaard, Center for Nature and environment

Esrum Møllegaard, Center for Nature and environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Esrum Møllegard. Exhibition- educationbuildings,                                                                                                 Center for Nature and Environment:  

                                                                                       Esrum Møllegard. Exibition- educationbuilding back/left in the picture, Center for Nature and environment

 

Esrum Møllegaard. The main millbuilding with a millstone in front, ecxibition- and education building at rigtht and Esrum Kloster ( Monastery) back in the picture. building

Esrum Møllegaard. The main millbuilding with a millstone in front, exhibition- and education building at right and Esrum Kloster ( Monastery) back in the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North entry to Gribskov is among others 500 m from Esrum Møllegaard. Here you find the 13 km north-south road Søvejen all through the forest close to Esrum Lake. Its excellent for bike, walk and run. At the shore of Esrum lake there are a path for walk and run parallel with Søvejen. Both two ends south of Gribskov in the small village Nødebo. Nødebo has about 1900 inhabitants and is located close to the southern part of Esrum.




 

 

Gribskov. North entrance of Søvejen which leeds 13 km south to Nødebo.

Gribskov. North entrance of Søvejen which leeds 13 km south to Nødebo. Map or nothern part of Gribskov and Esrum lake

 

Small bridge at Fændrik Hus, Søvejen. Esrum sø.

Small bridge at Fændrik Hus, Søvejen. Esrum sø.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nødebo village.

 

Nødebo Kirke. Build 1150 - 1200

Nødebo Kirke. Build 1150 - 1200 of granitboulder

 

Nødebo Kirke

Nødebo Kirke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you find one of the eldest roman church i Sealand. Is build about 1100-1150 of granitboulder close to a holy spring called Magdalene Spring. Nødebo Kirke was a church of pilgrimage.

Inside the church there are frescos painted in the period between 1250 – 1425 of two excellent artists, one of them the well known ” Unionmaster”, who painted all over in the period of Union between Denmark, Norway and Sweden ( 1397 – 1523, founded by danish Queen Margrethe 1 and danish King Erik of Pommern).

 

 

Fresco, about 1250 - 1425, Nødebo Kirke

Fresco, about 1250 - 1425, Nødebo Kirke

 

Fresco, Nødebo Kirke

Fresco, Nødebo Kirke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 m from the church is Nødebo priest- house, Nødebo Præstegaard. It plays a central part in a wellknown danish play ” Jul i Nødebo Præstegaard ” ( Christmas in the house(farm) of the priest in Noedebo).

 

 

Nødebo Præstegaard, about 1750

Nødebo Præstegaard, about 1750

 

Nødebo village close to Esrum Lake

Nødebo village close to Esrum Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map of Gribskov, Esrum Lake. Hillerød og Helgsingoer ( Elsinore).

Map of Gribskov, Esrum Lake. Hillerød og Helsingør ( Elsinore).

 Back to Copenhagen:

Take a bus from Nødebo to Hillerød, then by train til Copenhagen.

Hillerød you can visit Frederiksborg Castle.

In Fredensborg you can visit Fredensborg Castle, the residense of Crownprince Frederik and Princess Mary. It is located close to the eastside of Esrum Lake.

In Helsingør you can visit Kronborg Castle.

 

12. oct. 2008

Kronborg Castle, Helsingør (Elsinore). Founded 1426 as a military fortress by King Erik of Pommern. Photo: 12. oct. 2008

 

 

All those castle is a part of ” Nationalpark Kongernes Nordsjælland “. ( Nationalpark the Kings North Zealand).

Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen text and picture

You are welcome to print the article for your own use.

Enjoy life. Enjoy yourself.

  Best wishes Erik

Erik K. Abrahamsen, born 1945 in Skagen, Denmark. Photographed september 2008 at Furesøen.

Erik K. Abrahamsen, born 1945 in Skagen, Denmark. Photographed september 2008 at Furesøen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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