Footprints of the Ice Age – Locally

With kettle holes, subglacial stream trenches, moraines and outwash plains the Vejle area is filled with traves of the Ice Age.

Vork Bakker – an impressive dead-ice landscape with hollows, lakes and marshes

The glaciers sometimes left behind huge chunks of ice that became buried under gravel, sand and clay.  Here the ice lay buried for hundreds of years without melting, which is why we call it dead ice. When the dead ice melted, it created hollows in the landscape that eventually filled with groundwater and became lakes and marshes.

Talk a walk in Vork Bakker

Start your walk at Vingsted Hotel or by Ravningbroen bridge at the crossing between Tørskindvej and Ravningvej.

Approx. 8 km.

Find the whole route here.

Photographer: Jan Kofoed Winther.

Vejle Ådal river valley – Runkenbjerg

Vejle Ådal is a characteristic tunnel valley that was created by many small meltwater streams that flowed with a strong current under the ice. They gradually gnawed their way into the ground. Between these meltwater streams are the remnants of older deposits preserved as ridges or elongated hills on the valley floor. Runkenbjerg is one such remnant of erosion.

Talk a walk in Vejle Ådal

And experience some of the most magnificent views from Runkenbjerg – a ‘false’ hill in the landscape.

Find the whole route here.

Photographer: Mads Fjeldsø.

Skibet issø ice lake

When the ice melted and retreated, the meltwater formed large lakes between the ice front, the sides of the river valley and the hills. In these ancient ice-lake basins, you can see how the valley floor has been flattened and evened out by the water.

In Vejle Ådal there were three large ice lakes: Spjarup, Vingsted-Vork and Skibet Issø.

Talk a walk around the Kongens Kær wetland

And experience the flat river valley – this is where the Skibet Issø ice lake was.

Find the whole route here.

Photographer: Mads Fjeldsø.

Hvidbjerg

At Hvidbjerg Klint cliff, you can see Denmark’s only east-facing sand dunes. The cliff is around 34 metres high, and only the top 12 metres are deposits and dunes formed after the Ice Age. The lower 22 metres are composed of layers that are 22 million years old. At that time Vejle Fjord was a stretch of tidal flats with a subtropical climate and mangrove and swamp woods along the coast.

Talk a walk along the coast

And experience a landscape with soil profiles that are 22 million years old.

You can find Hvidbjerg Strand on Hvidbjergvej 46, 7080 Børkop.

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A big thank you to…

A big thank you to Natur and Friluftliv in Vejle Municipality, there has prepared the ice age routes to the benefit of us all.

Photographer: Mads Fjeldsø.