The turning point of my ride
Tisvildeleje Travel Blog› entry 39 of 570 › view all entries
Tisvildeleje was the turning point this day as so many other days, when I drove my relaxing route. When I finally end here I usually stay some time; looking at the endless sea towards Norway, which is situated there somewhere distant.
Tisvildeleje is the village and coastal part or of an area known as Tisvilde located in on the north coast of Sjælland only 60 km north of Copenhagen. The name "Tisvilde" is derived from “dedicated to the God Tyr”: Ti's vælde, hence the name Tisvilde.
The nearby Tibirke Church was built on the site of a prehistoric “vi” or place of heathen sacrifice at which human victims were offered. At the foot of the church is a spring which may have been the place where pilgrims came in days of old. "Leje" roughly translates as 'plain' and used to be a fisherman’s village. Now most of the fishermen's houses are used as summer cottages.
To the West Tisvildeleje is bordered by Tisvilde Hegn [hegn=fence], which is Denmark’s fifth largest forest. It is a well sorted after place to spend the weekend walk in and you will always meet load of cars going in direction of the forest.
The beaches of Tisvildeleje are famed for their white sands and soft dunes and on the real summer days the beaches are crowded. Parking problems are very common on these days and many cars are being removed by the police in order to secure the fire roads in the area.
One of the major local sites is the Helene Spring which is located at Sankt Helenevej, 3220 Tisvildeleje. The spring is located close to the sea and is one of Denmark’s most famous springs. The legend has it that anyone whose illness has not responded successfully to other forms of treatment must come to the spring on 23 June, Sankt Hans or Midsummer’s Eve.
When you are there you get the amount of water from the spring that you expect to drink in the course of the night. After that you have to direct your steps towards Helene’s grave; stretched out there, you drink of the mystic health-giving water. When the morning light has finally dawned afresh, you will be cured of your ills.
Helene's Tomb is now a rectangular, grazed area surrounded by low stone fences. The two boulders leaning against each other indicate Helene's Tomb.