Being outside with your littles communing in nature can be magical. Add in the mystery, giddy anticipation and energy generated when following a treasure map to find real live GIANTS in your midst – and that magic goes next level.
The 6 Forgotten Giants
An Open Air Sculpture Treasure Hunt
Danish artist Thomas Dambo and a merry crew of volunteers have hidden six epic sculptures in the woods south of Copenhagen. Who wouldn’t be merry while creating such magic? Thomas uses reclaimed and recycled wood to assemble the giants that you will find. And while they may not be breathing themselves, they will surely breathe life into your littles. And not so littles. Fun for all ages. And what joy to discover.
Last weekend, we set out to find some. We started in reverse order driving to the farthest one from Copenhagen first. You will need a car for this trip, or much more time. Only two of the giants live near each other. And while part of the fun is seeking and finding, admittedly the artist’s maps are really quite vague. I don’t want to ruin the fun and divulge all the secrets. But maybe offer just a few tips to start you on your own giant trek.
#6 Teddy Venlig | Teddy Friendly | Hakkemøsen in Høje Taastrup
Teddy is a perfect place to start. He was the easiest to find and a fun friendly giant. Set along the lake at Hakkemøsen in Høje Taastrup he offers his arm to help you across.
Hakkemosevej 6, 2630 Taastrup
30-minute drive from central Copenhagen
At Hakkemøsen, park your car in the farthest parking lot, after you have entered the park. Take the trail towards the lake at the end of this parking lot. Follow the trail around to the right and curve around the lake. You should find Teddy waiting for you in under 5 minutes.
NOTE: Hakkemøsen park has a fun adventure course for kids, as well as fishing, camping and fire pits. You could make a day out of an adventure just here alone.
#5 THOMAS PÅ BJERGET | Thomas on the Mountain | Vallensbæk MOSE
Thomas was the most difficult to find, hiding on the backside of a hill in the Vallensbæk Mose. We had to ask a few fellow giant hunters for tips and finally found him lounging with his long legs stretched out down towards the valley below.
#4 LILLE TILDE | LITTLE TILDE | VALLENSBÆK MOSE
Little Tilde was a group favorite. What a sweetie with her not-so-little tail curling out behind her as she stands watch across the lake.
WHERE TO FIND THOMAS AND TILDE
Rendsagervej 5, 2625 Vallensbæk
Take the Vallensbæk exit off Route 21 and then left onto Vallensbækvej. Follow it straight across to Rendsagervej and enter the parking lot for Spisetedet Mosen. Park here.
Vallensbæk Mose is beautiful and scenic setting with both paved and wooded paths. Grab food or slow down for lunch from the Spisestedet Mosen near the parking lot. Or maybe an ice cream reward once your hunting is done! No other options for food and water out in the park. Keep an eye out for baby geese and friendly goats.
SPOILER ALERT: Someone has geolocated Lille Tilde and Thomas on the Mountain on Google Maps for you.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Plan on an about an hour per giant. Especially if you don’t take the Google hints. It took our group with littles in tow about three hours to find Teddy, Tilde and Thomas. Take it slow, enjoy the journey.
WHAT TO BRING:
MAP: Your treasure map – x marks the spot.
WATER: Bring your own reusable bottle – no fountains on the trail.
GOOD SHOES: Make sure they’re sturdy, you’ll be walking over hill and yon.
A JACKET: Preferably waterproof, weather changes quickly in Denmark.
PICNIC: Or snacks for your seekers. Pack out what you don’t eat.
SMILES: Patience and a good attitude – some are quite tricky to track down.
Get out there and explore! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Next up: Oscar Under the Bridge, Sleeping Louis and Hilltop Trine. Stay tuned.
This post was featured on the Lonely Planet Kids Blog for May 2017 Family Travel roundup.