Hessellund Sø-Camping is located in the centre of Jutland, just 25 km from the towns of Viborg and Herning. The area is full of things to do and see, whether you require something historical, cultural or active.
Below is just a small selection of the many ways in which you could spend your time here.
The river valley: Enjoy the countryside along Karup River.
With the campsite located right in the beautiful river valley, here is an excellent chance to experience a fantastic taste of the countryside through a walk in the valley. You can choose the system of paths heading in towards Karup town, or head in the opposite direction, where the campsite has fishing rights on a 3-km stretch of the river.
Keep an eye out for amazing birds and wildlife
Kingfishers and herons are not a particularly surprising sight here. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky enough to see one of the few otters now remaining in Denmark.
In autumn you can pick cowberries, blueberries, mushrooms and many other things.
The heath plantations
Ulvedal: the story of Jens Langkniv (Jens Longknife) began in the 1600s, when a bailiff wanted Jens’ mother to be burned as a witch. Jens avenged his mother by plunging his knife into the bailiff – and as punishment was declared an outlaw. For years he wandered the forests with his band of scavengers. One of his haunts was the 32-m-long long barrow in Ulvedal plantation near Karup. http://www.karup-by.dk/jens.htm
The Heath path, Alhedestien: runs between Viborg and Herning, following the old railway line, Alhedebanen.The path passes the stunning Dollerup Hills and goes through the large royal forests - Stendal, Havredal and Ulvedal Plantations. http://www.materpiece.dk/UploadetFiles/40216/25/alhedestien.pdf
The German refugee cemeteries: Close to Karup, more specifically in Gedhus, just south of Kølvrå, and in Grove, west of Karup Aerodrome, you can find two refugee cemeteries, which were used for burials until 1950.
Following an agreement between the Danish and German governments on October 3rd 1962, 15000 refugee graves and over 10000 soldiers’ graves, which had previously been scattered over 475 different churchyards, were relocated between 1962 and 1966 to just 34 cemeteries. http://www.karup-by.dk/krigsgrave.htm
The air museum: The little air museum by Karup Aerodrome is also worth a look. Try out the catapult seat, see old planes and learn about the history of the air force. http://www.flyhis.dk/Flyvestation%20Karups%20Flyvehistoriske%20Forening.htm
Daugbjerg Miniature Village: Daugbjerg Miniature Village is an exact copy of Daugbjerg as the village looked before the great fire of 1791. Work began in 1994, and in 2007 the miniature village was complete, with 150 buildings including 20 farms, 10 cottages, schools, a water mill, the church and the Royal Lime Kiln. All the buildings are made to a scale of 1:10. As far as we know, this is the only finished miniature village in Denmark. Read more:www.daugbjerg-minilandsby.dk
Daugbjerg Mini-Landsby er en nøjagtig kopi af Daugbjerg som byen så ud før storbranden i 1791.
Dollerup Hills: the Hald Lake area The area surrounding the deep Hald Lake holds some of the loveliest and most diverse countryside in Denmark, with both luxuriant woods and vast rolling heaths.
Hald Lake and Dollerup Hills form one of the best-known natural areas in Denmark. Here you will find a magnificent landscape with a wide variety of flora and fauna, an exciting history and a clean, unspoiled environment. Bathing and angling are allowed, and there are many marked nature paths.
The Hald Lake area is often called "the cherry on the cake of Denmark’s ice age geology", due to the fact that it was here that the Norwegian glaciers met the Baltic during the last ice age. Here was the largest of the glacier caves, from which meltwater, rubble and sand gushed out and formed the flat moorland plains.
Troldeslugten i Dollerup Bakker
The elevation in the area is almost dramatic by Danish standards: the lake is up to 31 metres deep, and south of the lake, at Skelhøje, the terrain reaches a height of over 80 m above sea-level. To the south and east the lake is surrounded by steep cliffs.
Kongenshus Memorial Park: Kongenshus Heath and Memorial Park bear witness to the inconceivable toil of the farmers who turned the poor, sandy earth into fertile agricultural soil. These 1.200 hectares of heath avoided the plough and nowadays are a balm for the eye and the soul, not least in August when the heather blooms.
The wide heathlands, stretching nearly as far as the eye can see, give a feel for the wilderness of days gone by, as well as offering a glimpse of the history of both the heath itself and those who developed it
. The heath is home to a very specific set of plant and animal life, which needs care and protection. At Kongenshus Memorial Park the heath is cared for naturally by over 1000 grazing sheep – the largest flock in Scandinavia.
At the Memorial Park you can go for a hike over the moor by following one of the marked walking routes. You can see them on the information boards that have been set up at the heath carpark. Read the whole story of how the heath was developed at: www.kongenshus.dk
Viborg: Unchanging heartland in a sea of green: Viborg, right in the heart of Jutland – with two beautiful lakes just a stone’s throw from the centre – is definitely worth a visit. Its location provides many opportunities for those interested in history, as well as for people of a more active bent. In the Latin Garden, you can enjoy a lush green oasis in the heart of Viborg’s Old Town with few gardens. Sanct Mogens Gade is a jewel of a street, lined with old houses and full of the whispers of days gone by.
For those who like a bit of shopping, there are shopping centres, walking streets and loads of tiny shops and cafés to choose from.
The cultural front, we are well-served for high-class artistic experiences with the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Ingvar Cronhammar’s giant sculpture Elia, and Herning Art Museum, which in late summer 2009 moved into a completely new building designed by American architect Steven Holl.
Elia: Cronhammer’s gigantic sculpture, Elia, served to mark the change of millennium. But it is also a manifestation of the character and the courage to embrace the new that has characterised Herning for decades.
The sculpture is shaped like a dome, 60 metres in diameter, and 11 metres high. The four compass points provide the locations for four staircases, ending in four viewing platforms allowing visual access to the sculpture’s 30.000 cubic metre resonance chamber, as well as a view of the surrounding landscape. From the bottom of the dish, four steel columns rise to a height of 30 m above ground. In the centre of this square of columns is a fifth ”column” – a gas burner, which sends up a column of fire at random times, 8.4 metres high and 1 m in diameter
The Sculpture Park in Herning: The circular park comprises 36 contained sections, each holding a sculpture.
The Sculpture Park presents works made of many different kinds of material, and illustrates the chosen artists' individual form of expression. The sculptures in the park are primarily by Danish artists such as Robert Jacobsen, Svend Wiig Hansen, Eva Sørensen and Kai Nielsen.
The Geometrical Gardens: Like the rest of the museum itself, the gardens have been laid out according to the designs of landscape architect professor C. Th. Sørensen.
The gardens are constructed according to the principle of ”the complexity of simplicity”, meaning that they are controlled by a very simple geometrical set of rules, which is however not immediately obvious to the visitor.
Daubjerg og Mønsted limestone mines
Daubjerg: Denmark’s oldest limestone pits, where you can descend 60 metres below ground, candle in hand. At the museum you can admire the tools used for limestone extraction in ancient times. The long dark passageways offer a glimpse of the exciting world where Jens Longknife, highwaymen and other outlaws lived over 300 years ago. www.daugbjerg-kalkgruber.dk
Mønsted: The largest winter roosting place for bats in Northern Europe, and the largest limestone mines in the world. Welcome to a world of experiences, where you can learn about geology, bats and long hard working days before ever the limestone saw the light of day.
The Energy Museum
The Energy Museum is a combination of museum and science education centre. A visit there provides the opportunity to experience nature and culture, to be active or relax in beautiful surroundings. The exhibitions are many and varied, so there is something for everyone, from children to grandparents. www.elmus.dk
Sailing on Viborg’s lakes
Throughout the warm months you can take a trip on Viborg’s lakes with the good ship "Margrethe I". During the tour, which takes one hour, you will enjoy the view of Viborg from the lake.
Viborg Domkirke - Viborg Cathedral
With its two towers, this is the landmark of the town. The church’s history goes back to the 12th century. And for anyone wishing to learn more about Joakim Skovgaard’s colourful pictures and the history of the Cathedral, there are guided tours around Viborg Cathedral throughout summer. http://www.viborgdomkirke.dk/