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Silkeborg Kanocenter

Silkeborg is a short drive away from Alken. Once we parked the car (there are a few parking spots in the small city) we headed to the river. Here we rented out a canoe from Silkeborg Kanocenter.

Practical info for Silkeborg Kanocenter

Address: Østergade 36, 8600 Silkeborg

Prices (for canoeing):

Per hour DKK 125/£15/US$ 19 

One Day DKK 400/£48/US$ 61

Opening times:

March 1 – April 30 By appointment

May 1 – June 23 9am – 5pm

June 24 – August 15 9am – 8pm

August 16 – August 31 9am – 5pm

September 1 – October 10 By appointment

Outside normal opening hours: By appointment

Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

You won’t need any ID proof. They will just take note of the address at which you’re staying in Denmark and the start time of your rental as you will pay at the end based on how many hours you’ve spent in the water.

We paddled along the river Gudenå, the longest in Denmark – or Danmark  as they call it here – down to lake Brassø and along a hidden shallow canal to Avnsø, where the river branches west into a quiet cul-de-sac.
After a solid two hours of showing off our newbies canoeing skills, we needed some food. 

Føtex supermarket – a Danish chain – located in Silkeborg’s central square came to the rescue as the in-store bakery offered a good pastry selection and the cafe had some savoury options. Don’t expect anything too fancy but there’s free WiFi available.

We drove back south-eastward and reached Ry, which lies between two lakes cut through by the Gudenå River.
Here we embarked on an easy 14km-long round walk to Himmelbjerget (“Sky Mountain”) which, with its modest 147 meters, still stands as Denmark’s second-highest peak. Online you can find a map with different hiking trails to follow. We started our walk from Ry therefore we followed the red path which is well marked throughout. It’s an easy hike, mostly flat; it only starts to climb up once you’re in the proximity of Himmelbjerget. Wear comfortable walking shoes and you’ll be good to go.


Here‘s a list of 12 leisurely walks in the Lakelands if you’re feeling active and adventurous.

If you booked your stay in Silkeborg, aside from canoes, you can also rent kayaks or bikes and explore the area, starting from the riverside forested park, Indelukket.

If you visit in summer, you can reach the foot of Himmelbjerget from Silkeborg on the world’s oldest paddle steamer, the Hjejlen, dating 1861.

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