Get on your mountain bike in the hills of Svanninge Bakker and explore a brand new Mammoth Trail. Enjoy a unique MTB tour in the footsteps of the mammoths.
OPENS ON SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER
HOW TO DO THE MAMMOTH TRAIL
Bring your own bike and just follow the marked trail. Along the route, you will find fixed listening stations, taking you back to the time when the first humans went hunting in Denmark. Enjoy a tour that gives you both adrenalin and captivating storytelling. Your bike ride will take you right through the ancient hunting grounds of the gigantic and impressive mammoths some 15,000 thousand years ago.
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- Find listening stations along your route and activate them
- The trail takes you to some of the magical viewpoints in the hilly Svanninge Bakker.
- The trail is for everyone. That’s why the activity is also suited for families, friends and business groups.
- The route covers 5.2 km.
- Starting point at the parking lot in Svanninge Bakker, Odensevej 173, 5600 Faaborg
- The trail is free of charge.
- The storyteller is the Danish actor Thomas Levin .
EXPLORE THE HILLS THAT WERE HOME TO THE MAMMOTHS
At the late stage of the last Ice Age, some 16.000 years ago, thousands of cubic meters of ice melted away from Funen, leaving behind the terrain we know today. As the ice melted, the tundra moved in together with the giant animals of the Ice Age: Mammoths, the woolly rhinos, bears and hoofed animals like the reindeer. In the footstep of the giants, the very first Danes followed. They were small groups of hunter-gatherers who seeked their fortune in this northern wilderness. They were strong, tough, resourceful and brave, using their body and instincts to hunt down the Ice Age animals. Today, the animals and their hunters are long gone, but the amazing landscape still lives on in Svanninge Bakker. Neither ploughs nor roads have distorted the traces of the Ice Age and the melting water. This is the very same landscape in which the mammoths have roamed and the hunters have hunted.
As Ph.D., archeologist Poul Baltzer Heide explains: ”At Øhavsmuseet, we are very proud of being part of this project to create new adventures in the hills of Svanninge Bakker. In cooperation with the Danish foundation Nordea-fonden, our ambition is to inspire more Danes to seek nature by creating cultural historical activities. The activities combine insights and knowledge with all kinds of different use of nature. A major objective has been to relay information to the considerable amount of people that love to take a bike ride. We have designed a tour that focuses on the iconic mammoths who have roamed the very landscape, experienced by the bikers. Just like the majestic mammouth, the mountain bikers are some tough cookies. Our goal is to connect the adrenalin and speed with the pulse and excitement of the ancient hunters. In short – we use the body to build bridges across millenias. ”
The Mammoth Trail has been established in cooperation with Sydfynske Alper Sti og sporbyggere, and Geopark Det Sydfynske Øhav and Naturstyrelsen.
The project is financially supported by Faaborg-Midtfyn Kommune and Nordea-fonden.