The woods in Elsinore municipality are both preservation-worthy cultural landscapes and popular excursion spots for the locals. Two of the most popular woods are Teglstrup Hegn by Hellebæk and Egebæksvang by Espergærde.
Most people visiting Teglstrup hegn probably arrive to enjoy a walk or run in a large, green and contiguous wood, criss-crossed by solid and distinct woodland trails.
But you need to go no more than 20 meters off the many marked hike and bike routes before Teglstrup Hegns beautiful nature shows itself, and you literally end up on shaky ground.
At least if you move into the floating bog mat, one of the many protected areas in the almost 550 hectare area that is Teglstrup Hegn.
The name is due to the vegetation, created by a network of entangled roots and stems, growing on top of a swamp or open water. And you are not in doubt when you step into the area.
For when you do, the earth becomes curiously spongy without ever being truly wet. And each movement sends small waves across the terrain, like poking a water bed.
With some luck, one can spot one of the Large White-faced Darters, a rare species of dragonfly which enjoys flying around the area.
And if you keep standing around for a very, very long time, you can actually see how the floating bog mat slowly turns into a raised bog.
That does take around 1000 years, however, before the transformation is complete. So you have probably gone back to the regular trails before that, to get some solid ground under your feet.
Egebæksvang by Espergærde is a tempting square of wood between Snekkersten and Espergærde, the rail road and Egebæksvang church by Strandvejen. The 177 hectares, that has been protected since 1805, consists primary of open beech wood, and the many marked trails makes the woods a well-visited area for dog walkers, joggers and cyclists.