Sunday, February 04, 2007

Mossø in the Lake District of Mid Jutland.

View to the lake from the southern road.

Upon the other side of the lake are among other things idyllic villages and the ruins of Øm kloster, which was established in 1172 by cistercienser monks from Vitskøl kloster. Here is a museum for the medieval culture of the monasteries.

View to the lake from the southern road

Mossø is the fourth largest lake in Denmark. It has the richest and most varied fish stock in the country with 22 species of fish, among others pike, perch, zander, sea-trout, whitefish, eel, tench, smelt, bream, roach, gudgeon and more.

Denmark's biggest population of the beautiful, but rare Black-necked Grebe (sorthalset lappedykker) is living by Mossø, and the Great Crested Grebe is also common. The water courses streaming to the lake are habitats for Grey Wagtail (Bjergvipstjert) and Kingfisher (Isfugl). The White-Throated Dipper is common in winter by Klosterkanalen, a 1.300 meter long channel by Klosterkær, digged by Benediktiner monks from Voer Kloster in the late part of the 1100s. The kingfisher breeds by this channel. Klosterkær is a delta, formed by sediments from Gudenå River, the longest water stream in Denmark.

Late summer the lake is an important moulting place for the Lake District's population of Tufted Duck, and in spring and autumn the Osprey is resting in the area - and several White-Tailed Eagles spend the winter by Mossø.

Between Mossø and Salten Langsø is a museum (Gudenåmuseeet) and exhibitions with flint tools from the earliest inhabitants in the area. Furthermore there are findings from glass production in the neighbourhood.

Other special places in the neighbourhood of Mossø:

On the little peninsula Lindholm a path leads to a gazebo.

By Klostermølle are some fine old buildings and watermills. In the Middle Ages were corn and cloth production and in the 1800s production of papermass.

Højlund skov
is a pretty forest in a hilly terrain, and from Sukkertoppen (The Sugar Top) is a splendid view over the Gudenå River Valley.

By Hem Odde is a possibility for a fine walk to the area on the land tongue with a beautiful view over Mossø. Here is also a camping place and possibility for canoeing and fishing.

Alken and Boes are two idyllic villages. Boes with many pittoresque half-timbered houses with little front gardens along the village road. A cosy and very popular little restaurant 'Kaffehuset'.

photo 030207: grethe bachmann

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