Boulders on the islands

GIANT BOULDERS 

of the Danish islands

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Another time

It might be because Denmark - except from Bornholm - have no bedrock, I am this fascinated by these big boulders. They are literally from another time and seems so indestructible - although quite some have been blown to pieces.
I have had some great tours throughout the summer-landscapes to track down the known ones, and even finding new ones. To sort them out, I have taken the liberty to name those, I couldn't find a previous name for. I have chosen to set the line at three meters, else it seems to be a Sisyphus task!
Some are left on the spot by the ice, others have been found while construction new buildings or in gravel digs. Some have been shifted by ancient Danes to form burial sights and tombs.
Common for all are, they was brought here by the ice throughout several ice ages. They are part of a distant mountain, and many can be traced back to a specific range up north. Some have been piggy-backing throughout several ice ages to reach their current location.
In prehistoric time, after the icecap left Denmark 10.000 years ago, the landscape was scattered with rocks, boulders and alike. The first farmers gathered some of the smaller rocks to make way for their crops. Chieftains had large boulders gathered for their tombs. Later, the boulders got cracked to act as building material and foundation for castles and churches. The farming got more intense, and most rocks and boulders were cleared. Dynamite have caused quite some mighty boulders their lives, but the remaining are now listed. However, I fail to find an actual list!
On these pages, I will bring the information I have been able to gather, some photos and hints to how to find them. The latter is quite challenging from time to time.
 If you should find another boulder bigger than three metres, I will appreciate an e-mail!  If you can add any information or legends, I would love to hear as well.

A slide-show with all the boulders and additional photos are found HERE


This is the biggest one; the Damestenen or Damme Stenen. Weighing 1000 tons, measuring  13,8 x 9,4 x 6,7 meter.