Hiking route: Højlyngsstien leg 1 – Sandvig to Ravnedalen

67 kilometres and a multi-day trip across Bornholm through all the island’s wonderful natural scenery, from Hammerknuden and Rø Plantage to Almindingen Forest and the Paradisbakkerne (Paradise Hills).

Gitte Holtze

Hiker and outdoor freak as well as journalist, lecturer and author of "jeg lever" about Gitte's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and "Gå langt", a guidebook to long hikes.

We have chosen to divide the route into five legs. This article describes leg one from Sandvig to Ravnedalen.


3 hours
8 km
Difficulty level:
Suitable for prams and wheelchairs:
If you only want to walk this leg, park at the beach in Sandvig, or at the car park at Nordre Borrelyngvej 48 if you want to walk in the opposite direction
At the beach in Sandvig, at Hammershus Besøgscenter and at the car park at Nordre Borrelyngvej 48
Access to water:
At the public toilets at Hammershus and at the car park at Nordre Borrelyngvej 48 (a few hundred metres from the route) after seven kilometres of walking
This is one of the hilliest sections of the route, so be prepared for climbs and descents in both forests and along cliffs.
Special remarks:
There are no shops in Sandvig, so make sure you bring all the food you need with you on the hike before you get here. The nearest grocery stores, Brugsen and Netto, are located in Allinge.


Map of the route

Below you can download a pdf with an A4 map of the route.


Route description

One of the most physically challenging on the route, but also one of the most beautiful, taking you up over the legendary Hammerknuden.

From the beach in Sandvig, follow the route sign (a white man on an orange background) through the gate next to the campsite and relatively steeply uphill. The path winds back and forth up here before descending through the forest to the wide forest path along Hammersø.

Follow the signs past the beautiful Opalsø (the Opal Lake) to the open countryside and fine views from the high hill, before reaching the castle ruins of Hammershus after a few kilometres.

Hammershus Castle Ruins


Here the route turns left around the castle, down into the forest and up again to Slotslyngen with its distinctive landscape of highland meadow, wild forest and ice-shaped cliffs.

Follow the route to Borrelyngvej, which you cross and continue to Ravnedalen (Raven valley), one of Bornholm’s least known but still beautiful rift valleys, where tarantulas are said to live, as well as ravens, of course (hence the valley’s name).

Højlyngsstiens 5 hiking stages:

Leg 1 – Sandvig to Ravnedalen

Leg 2 – Ravnedalen to Rø Plantage

Leg 3 – Rø Plantage to Rytterknægten i Almindingen

Leg 4 – Rytterknægten to Ølene

Leg 5 – Ølene to Årsdale


Places on the route:

On this hike, you get a chance to visit the following places:


Dideriks Veranda

Dideriks Veranda - cafe and crafts shop - Bornholm. Visit our nice cafe and crafts shop. We serve fresh sandwiches, freshly pressed juice, coffee and cakes


Sandvig Is Kalas

Sandvig IS Kalas and the café Kalas-Kalas is situated just on top of the cliffs at the harbour of Sandvig. Every day we make tasty ice-cream out of ecological milk from Bornholm and from local fruits.



We look forward to welcoming you to Sandvig, the small town with the big community.


Ellas restaurant og konditori

Eat at Ellas Restaurant og Konditori in Sandvig.


Salomon's Chapel

Visit Salomon's Chapel (Salomons Kapel) on a hiking tour along Hammerknuden and see the place, where the large medieval herring markets were held.


Hammerodde Fyr

Hammerodde Fyr - or Hammer Odde Lighthouse - was built in 1895 as a support to the Hammeren lighthouse on top of Hammerknuden.



On a steep rocky prominence ... at the northern tip of Bornholm you'll find the impressive medieval fortress of Hammershus. It's a perfect destination for the whole family.

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