The Blue Eastern Jutland – In Viking Waters

Set course for the Blue Eastern Jutland and get a taste of the dramatic seafaring life of the Vikings.

Today, the Vikings are no longer just our own Danish cultural heritage; they are Europe’s cultural heritage. Nations all over Northern and Eastern Europe can genetically as well as culturally identify with our seafaring ancestors, and for this reason many visit Eastern Jutland today as tourists in order to experience the centre of the Viking empire. 

The Viking Age from around 800 AD to 1050 AD is a landmark period in the History of Denmark in which sailing plays a pivotal role, and the Viking Age in particular was Eastern Jutland’s cultural peak.

The Vikings were skilled traders, but also warlike in the extreme.

The Eastern Jutland maritime cultural landscape contains a multitude of monuments, ruins, sunken wrecks and stories that bring our ancestors’ wild seafaring life vivaciously to life. The sail was invented in the Viking Age, and the ship was the supreme means of transport of the time, as it made transporting goods and people much easier than doing it across land. 

From Vejle Fjord where secret naval bases upheld contact with the Danelaw in England, to Aarhusbugten bay where lakes, bays and covets formed the largest Viking naval base in Scandinavia, maritime Eastern Jutland is home to an abundance of legends and sites from the Viking Age. 

Sail north along the coast at Helgenæs where King Harold Bluetooth met his demise in battle, sail around Aarhus harbour where King Svend Estridsen fought mighty warrior kings from Norway, or moor at Hjarnø in Horsens Fjord where King Hjarne fell with his entire fighting force in a gruesome naval battle. Explore this exciting area that forms the setting of mounds, naval bases, Viking strongholds and the largest Viking fleet to ever sail the seas! 

The Eastern Jutland waters had particular significance for the military strategy of the Vikings, and the royal powers had major interests in the area.

Proof of this is the many Eastern Jutland town names with the syllable ”snekke” (”snekke” means warship/longship). The location of the many beacon hills that functioned as a bonfire warning system and the Kanhave Canal on the island of Samsø bear witness to a well-developed defence system in which an entire navy could be moved from one side of the island to the other to protect the Viking city of Aros (today: Aarhus).

Read and hear about Viking stories in the Blue Eastern Jutland on this page, narrated by historian Casper Clemmensen.

Good luck on your Viking expedition!

Set course for the Blue Eastern Jutland and get a taste of the dramatic seafaring life of the Vikings.

Examples of experiences
 Børkop indoor pool Børkop Swimming Centre has a 25-metre pool with dive boards. There is plenty of room for play in the children’s pool. The aqua centre also has a sauna. Børkop indoor pools are always heated to 28C. As a novelty, there is now a 32C hot-pool. Opening hours: Please see below.

Special opening hours in weeks 7 and 42:
Monday: from 7:00-14:00
Tuesday: from 14:00-22:00
Wednesday: from 7:00-14:00
Thursday: from 10:00-14:00
Friday: from 7:00-14:00
Saturday: from 9:00-13:00
Sunday: from 9:00-13:00 Special opening hours in weeks 27 and 32:
Monday - Friday: from 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00
Tuesday: from 14:00-22:00
Saturday - Sunday: from 9:00-13:00 Closing days:
All national holidays, including Easter Saturday.
Week 28-31.
24 December 2020 until 1 January 2021 (both days included).
Activities for children View on map
 The East Coast Route – National Bicycle Route No. 5: Juelsminde - Fredericia The beech forest and beautiful beaches beckon when you take the East Coast Route (National Route 5) from Juelsminde to Fredericia. On this stretch of the route, you also cycle past a string of small castles and manors, namely Barritskov, Rosenvold, Rohden Manor and Tirsbæk Castle, where you can also swim.

In Vejle there is plenty of opportunity to explore the city streets and visit the Vejle Museum of Art or the city’s heritage museum at Spinderihallerne (the Spinning Mills). South of Vejle Inlet you will be riding very close to the water, before Munkebjergvej with its hairpin turns will bring a sweat to your brow. With a view to forest and beach, the route continues along narrow country lanes to Fredericia, where Landsoldaten (The Soldier) and the ramparts await.

Download route to GPS.
Bicycle Routes View on map
 Samsø Golfklub Samsø Golf Course is situated on the eastern coast of Samsø. The 18 holes are beautifully situated in the countryside overlooking Besser Church to the west and ocean to the east – with a fantastic sea view from most of the holes, some of them are located directly on the beach. Enthusiastic green fee players visit the golf course year after year, and many come several times during the season. Yes, many have even chosen to move to the island because of the beautiful and well-groomed course. The extension with 3 extra holes on the par 3 course has been a great success and the track is visited frequently by both individual guests and groups. Hole 8 is voted Denmark’s most beautiful par 3 hole. An experience you should not miss. The recently added golf school has been received with great success. The club’s professional golf trainer teaches you the fascinating game of golf. The school is primarily for beginners to intermediate. Try the 9-hole pay and play course for the entire family. You can rent equipment at the club. Prices
Green fees: DKK 350 senior / junior DKK 175 – for a whole day
Pay & Play: DKK 75 for 2 rounds
Equipment hire for pay & play course: DKK 75 (2 persons can share 1 set)
Equipment hire for great track: DKK 125
Buggy rental: DKK 250 per round
Trolley rental: DKK 40 Food can be ordered and delivered in the clubhouse (min 10 people)
Nature experiences View on map