Would you like to become a member of The Danish Ramblers’ Association (Dansk Vandrelaug)? We offer organized walks/hikes all over Denmark and the adjacent countries of Sweden and Germany as well.
Becoming a member of one of our 21 branches(link in Danish) enables you to participate in our walks all over Denmark, join our organized world wide hiking holidays, participate at our courses and gives you discounts on clothes and equipment at numerous outdoor shops. We also have two summer cottages for members to lease.
You are more than welcome to join our walks in order to find out whether you like the walks we offer or not.
How to sign up for a membership
- If you have a Danish address, you can fill out this form (It’s in Danish).
- If you are living abroad and wish to become a member please send us an e-mail at email@example.com or call us using tel.no. +45 3312 1165 between Mo, We, Fr 10:00 – 15:00 and Tu, Th 10:00 – 17:00.
Once we have registered you as a member, you will receive the latest edition of our member magazine “VandreLiv” (in Danish). In this magazine the forthcoming walks or hikes will be announced for a period of two months.
If you want check our walks out before buying a membership, you’ll find the current walks on this map. Unfortunately all walks are announced in Danish. If you do not understand Danish and have no one to translate for you, you might still be able to find your way to a walk. All announcements are described in the same manner. The key information is:
- Turleder/e (tour guide/s): The tour’s guide and contact person.
- Arrangør (organizer): The name of the local branch, which is arranging the walk.
- Distance (same in Danish): Defines the length of the walk.
- Mødested (meeting point): Defines where the walk begins.
- Slutsted (end of walk): Defines the endpoint.
Having decided for a walk, all you have to do is join at the meeting point in due time (5-10 minutes) before the announced time. Look for a bunch of people with rucksacks and walking boots.
There will be a few breaks during the walk, so you’ll need to bring your own food/snack, water, and coffee/tea.
The wide variety of walks are ranging from 3 kilometers to the once a year event of 100 kilometers in 24 hours. Most of the walks are around 10-20 kilometers. The volunteers guide our groups from start to finish with (bring your own) coffee- and lunch breaks as well as stopping to tell stories about chosen subjects and stuff of interest we observe along the way. This, however, depends entirely on the tour guides.
As a member you can join any walk you’d like despite it being arranged by another branch than your own. The meeting points and end points are always scheduled precisely and often at a bus- or train station for your convenience. Otherwise carpooling is a suggested means of transportation.
The walking speed is usually in the range of 4-6 km/h and depends very much on what kind of walk it is.
Naturally there are rules:
- Participating on the tour is at your own risk.
- Comply with the public laws.
- If you need to stop or want to leave the group, inform the tour guide about this.
- Comply with the instructions given by the tour guide.
- Do not litter – bring you trash along or use a public bin.
The walks are not a competition.
Most tour guides speak English, but there might be some guides who do not. If you come across a non-English speaking guide, there are most likely one or more of the participants who can translate and keep you informed. The language barrier should not deter you from walking along with us.
About Dansk Vandrelaug, DVL
The Danish Ramblers’ Association, DVL, is a nonprofit organization established on May 18th 1930. Currently around 10.000 members are organized in our 21 local branches spread all over the country. The approximately 650 volunteers arrange around 2.500 walks every year.
Members can participate in all walks all over the country no matter which branch has arranged the walk. This also goes for the non-members; exceptions are: training courses, trips for several days, and when announced ‘for members only’.
A long and good history
Danish Ramblers’ Association was founded in order to promote rambling and active outdoor leisure time in Denmark. The Danish Ramblers’ Association was especially interested in giving the youth a chance to enjoy the natural environment. During the first 30 years we established and ran numerous Youth Hostels and issuing Youth Hostel membership cards was a significant part of our work.
From 1950 and for the next 40 years we ran a travel agency to provide low cost travel opportunities for groups of ramblers. The increasing wealth and welfare have changed society to where cost is not the deciding factor rather health, exercise, content and social atmosphere which we provide in abundance.
You’ll find more information on The Danish Ramblers’ Association in this document.