Søren Kierkegaard Stone
Take a walk in the past
Gilleleje’s first tourist
As one of Gilleleje’s first tourists back in 1835, Søren Kierkegaard enjoyed sitting at Gilbjerg Hoved, where he could indulge in the peace and quiet and brood over many of his ideas that he would later put to paper. A memorial stone has been erected in the place where he most often sat and philosophised. A few hundred metres further west, another stone has been erected shaped like a chair. There is also a bench from which to enjoy the view.
Gilbjerghoved is almost Zealand’s northernmost point. In this green oasis nestled between Gilleleje’s residential villas and Smidstrup’s holiday homes, 25 hectares of land were designated as a nature reserve in the 1950s. An additional 40 hectares have designated as a Natura 2000 habitat due to the unique vegetation of the coastal cliffs that reach up to 33 metres in height. Between these cliffs and Tinkerup Strandvej lies a meadow that belongs to the nature reserve. Here, grazing cattle help maintain the habitat. Along the cliff is an exciting shingle beach, where several places there are breakwaters and other coastal protections.
If you walk or cycle, you can follow the Gilbjergstien path from Gilleleje town right out to Gilbjerg Hoved, where the memorial stone stands. If you arrive by car there is a carpark at Tinkerup Strandvej and from here you can walk a few hundred metres to the cliff edge where the stone is erected.