Whether you prefer a quiet nature hike with a camera and binoculars or want to pick up the pace with a GoPro on your helmet, the Sønderborg area, on the mainland and the holiday island Als provide a good starting point to explore nature.
With 258 kilometers of coastline, the Sønderborg area offers everything from good fishing opportunities to activities on and in the water, as well as beautiful coastal hiking trails.
The Gendarmen Trail - Denmark's first European quality hiking trail - stretches 84 kilometers along the Flensburg Fjord, beautifully connecting Sønderborg with the neighboring municipality of Aabenraa and the border region. If your soles can handle it, it can be combined with the Als Trail, which 64 kilometres leads you along the east coast of the island Als to Hardeshøj and the Alssund Trail, whos 17 kilometres leads to the city of Sønderborg.
The nature park Naturpark Nordals offers diverse nature and fascinating wildlife. The beach meadows are home to amphibians and special plants, and the many lakes host a rich variety of wildlife, from the common merganser to the majestic sea eagle, and the pond bat.
The deep forests hide numerous archaeological sites like Blomeskobbel with the largest collection of burial mounds in Sønderjylland. On a quiet summer day, the beech tree reflects in the sea in coastal forests like Skeldekobbel and Sønderskoven Als, as well as Nørreskoven Als with its lovely population of deer and the king of the forest - the red deer. In the cultural-historical Gråstenskovene, you'll find carp ponds named after the three princesses, babbling brooks, and pirate tales.