Let’s go Hunting for Giants in Denmark

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.

THE 6 FORGOTTEN GIANTS | Map from ThomasDambo.com

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.



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.



Vallensbæk Mose
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.




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.


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.

Looking for Giants | A Day out in Denmark Seeking the 6 Forgotten Giants | A Public Sculpture Treasure Hunt by artist Thomas Dambo | via Oregon Girl Around the World

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.


Includes map for finding via bicycle and train

Or for more fun ideas to explore Denmark on a day out with or without your littles in tow, check out these posts:



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61 thoughts on “Let’s go Hunting for Giants in Denmark

  1. pigeonpairandme

    Oh my goodness. If I wasn’t already desperate to visit Copenhagen, this has made me even more so. Love, love LOVE it!

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  3. I am in awe of the brilliance of this. Art, imagination, nature, exploration… you have me wondering how we can squeeze this into our upcoming trip to Denmark. Awesome – thanks!! #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      I think you and your family would adore them! Could be a half-day trip south of Copenhagen – were you coming this way? Møns Klint could be added on as well? Beautiful white chalk cliffs to hunt for fossils and visit the nature center? Happy to advise if you need it! Cheers from Denmark, Erin

      1. We’ll be based in Vejle for a week. 2hrs 15mins from the Giants – I’ve checked already ;o) But we may come over to Zealand for a night or two. Still planning (and SO much to see!). Thanks for the offer; I may get back to you on that!

  4. In this crazy world we live in at the moment, it’s wonderful to know that some people still want to foster a spirit of adventure and fun. My favourite is Teddy and my kids would love him too!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Thomas Dambo has created things the world over – many more temporary exhibits at festivals and the like. But maybe you might find another artist! I’d love to know!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Thomas Dambo is super creative Danish artist who really believes in using recycled and reclaimed material for his works. He’s done a lot of cool stuff in Copenhagen and around the world!

  5. Phoebe

    This reminds me of my forest art adventure recently, how funny that we’ve both been exploring hidden art in forests. I LOVE these giants and would happily seek them out even without my kids.

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      It is right up your alley – beautiful forested parks and giant seeking! What’s not to love?

  6. jphowze

    These are so wonderfully whimsical and charming — I couldn’t help but smile when I looked at every picture. Really fun art project and a great day out. #farawayfiles

  7. mymeenalife

    What a lovely idea! This sounds like such a fun adventure day. Looking forward to seeing the next three! 🙂

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Yes! Because we don’t have a car – I wouldn’t have probably targeted these parks – so glad to have friends who do – such beautiful spots to discover!

  8. What a fun day out! I think this would appeal to just about every age, as there is something so magical about finding these friendly giants in the forest! #farawayfiles

  9. Wherejogoes

    I love the fact that the giants are all different – they look friendly not scary! My children would enjoy giant hunting they like the BFG so this is perfect for them. #FarawayFiles

  10. I love outdoor sculpture parks, they’re such an awesome idea! This seems more of an adventure than most though if you have to go out of your way to seek them out! The Giants themselves are incredible – What a skilled artist!

  11. Sounds like a really good outing for both adults and kids, I would love to do this kind of activity 🙂 Interesting! #farawayfiles

  12. Love this! What a fun adventure. In Wellington, NZ, we have the studios where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit museums and creative workshops are – and they have giant statues of trolls outside – your hunt for the giants reminded me of this! #farawayfiles

  13. Clare Thomson

    What a brilliant idea this is! I love everything about it. Who wouldn’t enjoy a magical trail through the woods searching for these wonderful creatures? Yet ANOTHER reason to visit Copenhagen! #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Me tooo!! There is one that has hair made from branches and that one would really look like LOTR!

  14. You had me at ‘sculpture hunt’ really. I like the way there isn;t anything too explicit about where they are – although it’s good to be able to give in and cheat a bit if necessary! Very cool all round, and the sculptures themselves are fabulous.

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      We had a good time finding them and got a few tips from other seekers – the last one was quite tricky!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Of course! It’s definitely a fun day out for ALL ages! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      He really does! And I love that they are all made from recycled or reclaimed wood! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  15. Kathleen Deetz

    Any tips for the first 3 giants? We are here from St. Louis and going giant hunting tomorrow. They were one of the main reasons for this destination although we’ve enjoyed so many things in this area so far!!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Ooooh – sorry – we’re set to go seeking them in a few weeks – haven’t found them yet! Hope you find them! Have a great time!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Aren’t they cool? What a brilliant artist and beautiful day out! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  16. Ros

    Being Denmark all the giants are within easy reach of an S tog station. You can take your bike for free on the train if you don’t want to walk to the start point. Embrace Denmark culture and leave your car at home.

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Believe me Ros – we do embrace Denmark culture – we live car free here and take the S-togs everywhere. With little kids in tow, we felt like getting to and from the stations with bikes was going to be an added challenge and time. Also it was raining most of the morning we went out seeking. I think older kids could handle a bike sculpture hunt no problem! We did carpool with friends to help make the outing a little more sustainable. We’re off to find the next three this weekend – maybe we’ll try our bikes this go round! Cheers, Erin

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