Rebild Bakker draped in a morning gown of silky fog

Rebild Bakker, Rebild, North Jutland, Denmark
Undoubtably, there are days that are better than others for letting out your inner explorer but shady weather does not have to be the limitation. Sometimes the best way to discover new places are on foggy days; days where your eyes can not drift far away in the horizon but instead have to focus on what is right there in front of them. Our very first visit to Rebild Bakker (The Rebild Hills) happened to be on such a day, where the landscape was partially hidden behind hazy curtains. We had heard so much about this marvelous hilly heathland from friends who have been there before us and now it was just a question about walking through the curtains to uncover it for ourselves.

That Sunday morning, the landscape had casually draped herself in a morning gown made of silky fog. She was still slumbering as we entered Rebild Bakker - and who can blame her, it was weekend after all. With time she slowly dropped the gown and uncovered what was beneath: a hilly heathland painted in the colours of Autumn


We could have spent hours walking the many pathways crisscrossing the hills of Rebild Bakker, but an old leg injury had us limiting ourselves to a short route around the hills Nørrekol and Sønderkol. Even though we did not walk many of Rebild's shady dips and round hilltops, we felt like we had entered another realm as the landscape was shrouded in mystery and wilderness.

Rebild bakker is bounded by adjacent woodland and collectively the whole area is known as Rold Skov (Rold Forest). Perhaps best known among all of the forests is Troldeskoven (The Troll Forest) with its characteristic crooked and gnarled beeches. We call them troldetræer (troll tress) here in Denmark; not only these beeches but generally trees that twist and turn in a peculiar manner. The trolls in Troldeskoven have yet another distinctive feature; each individual is composed of multiple trunks caused by an effect of their genetics and growth conditions. We were eager to see these knobbly tree creatures but had beforehand agreed to save that meeting for another day. Climbing one of the hills, we were suddenly caught by surprise as we discovered that a patch of trolls were living here too. Still slumbering through the dreary winter, they continued their sleep barenaked and unaware of our presence as we stepped inside their home to admire their uniqueness.

The frosted hush of winter never really kicked in this season, leaving the sights and smells of fall to be perfectly preserved in Rebild Bakker. The colors of Autumn were totally transfixing, with the dark greens woven in between earth browns and yellow ochre. It is in moments like these, where we recall that the season that most often is associated with decay and deterioration, also has a charm and beauty of its own. The world sets to slumber, only to awaken and rebeautify itself. Never in a lifetime would we give up on this celebration of colors and renewability despite its affiliated downpours and darkness.

Late afternoon Rebild Bakker was still in the same state as when we arrived, with its hills shrouded in a lingering fog - however, as we left the scene our mindsets had changed and we had grown an even greater appreciation of this day's misty and mellow Autumn feel.

17 comments:

  1. Ej, hvor er det altså bare skønt at I er tilbage i bloggerverden igen (ja, jeg ved godt at I har været tilbage i en lille periode nu, men alligevel)! Jeg nyder altså bare at læse med om alle de fantastiske steder som vi har i Danmark og Norden, jeg får altid lyst til at udforske vores mange naturskatte :) Min mor og jeg har faktisk snakket om at besøge Rebild Bakker rigtig længe. Jeg håber virkelig at det bliver i år! Særligt når jeg ser jeres skønne billeder :D

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    1. Hvor er du sød Tine - og tak, vi er også glade for at være i gang igen! :D Rebild bakker og det tilhørende Rold skov er simpelthen vidunderligt. Vi har faktisk allerede været ude forbi igen (denne gang på sheltertur) og nåede da også meget mere end de to bakker, som ses ovenfor. Haha. Du skal da helt sikkert have din mor med derud, når du kommer tilbage. I kan f.eks. tage derud d. 4. juli, hvor USAs nationaldag fejres - hvis I vil have stedet for jer selv, så skal I tilgengæld nok undgå den dag ;)

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  2. Wow !!! That landscape is stunning, absolutely stunning, and this shady/gloomy weather makes it even more beautiful. A beautifully written blog post, loved it. Amazing photographs by the way, and I am downloading it, of course with your permission :D. I love the shady weather actually, an I think this is the perfect weather to explore places like this. :-) And please, show us more of Denmark, I would love that. <3

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    1. Don't worry Amal, we will not stop showing all the beauty of Denmark to you and the rest of the world :D The shady weather really was an asset this day, but of course we can't wait to be back and experience the hills under a blue sky and sunshine! Hey Amal, we never heard back about your decision "to go or to stay". Hope you figured out what you wanted and are happy about your decision :)

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    2. Not worried, I know that you're gonna show us more of Denmark :-D
      And about South Africa, Sorry, I totally forgot about it. I decided to stay, you know that offer was going to cost me around 400,000 INR (42,000 DKK), which is a lot. So I told myself that, just work here in India, maybe for 2 or 3 years, and while doing that, you can explore it, you're gonna find another way to move out. And I was not completely ready to move out yet, I got a lot of places to explore here in India, especially Northern India.

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    3. There is no reason to be hasty - and you are still young, so you got plenty of time to experience the world outside India. But I think it sounds like a good idea to start focusing on travelling and exploring your homecountry first. Maybe you will grow a new found love to India, just like we have with Denmark ^_^

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    4. Yeah, that's the plan :-) India is so diverse, both culturally and ecologically. That's what I love about India. Michelle visited Kerala once, most southern state of India, and I am from Kerala. But the North, it is entirely different, those Himalayan states are paradise. So yeah, I am gonna enjoy it. And I think you guys should visit India, focus on the Northern states, especially Himalayas. When I get a chance to move out, If I am ready by then, I will take it. :D :-)

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    1. Tusind tak Thomas - det er altid dejligt med nye besøgende. Håber du hænger ved og hvis du har nogle gode tips til steder i Danmark, som vi bare må besøge, så sig endelig til :)

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    2. Hej Sheena
      Ja, det var mig, der som redaktør på Rebild Kommunes hjemmeside valgte at dele det smukke studie. Og: Nu du spørger - skal du besøge Villestrup Å, der er DKs måske smukkes åløb (gå generelt efter Å-landskaberne) og så er Gl. Rubjerg Kirkegård, som jeg selv besøgte forrige weekend. Her en Iphone (5s) optagelse: https://www.facebook.com/thomasdahlnordlund/videos/vb.719186771/10154937531401772/?type=2&theater. Skriv i øvrigt til thno@rebild.dk, næste gang i fotograferer i området og mangler inspiration til de smukkeste (hemmelige) steder i Rebild Kommune, så viser jeg gerne lidt rundt.

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    3. Tak for forslagene Thomas - og jov tak, vi skal nok tage kontakt, når vi en dag vender tilbage for at opleve de hemmelige steder i Rebild ;-)

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  4. These are some seriously wonderful photos!

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    1. Thanks for that seriously awesome comment, Ole :D Kan se at du er knyttet til en gammel blogspot "Picture this Borups". Kunne det tænkes, at du selv er fotograf?

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  5. Det ser dejligt ud - selv i skyet vejr :-) Vi er så småt ved at planlægge en tur til Rebild Bakker/Rold Skov til maj...

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    1. Spændende, bliver det noget vandretur med overnatning? :D Vi skal helst sikkert tilbage, når solen begynder at bryde frem. Så måske vi ses derude til maj, haha.

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    2. Ja, det bliver med teltet på nakken ;-)

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  6. Med dine bilder ser alt så idyllisk ut - selv i tåkete, grått vær ser det fantastisk flott ut! :-D

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