View from Above
Ascending amid the rolling hills, streams, lakes, and meadows of the woodlands an hour from Copenhagen, Denmark, sits the country’s largest climbing park, Camp Adventure. Inside the Gisselfeld Klosters Skove forest awaits a stunning new 45-meter-tall, hourglass-shaped spire, featuring a 650-meter-long ramp spiraling from the ground to the top of the structure.
Called the “Forest Tower,” the intriguing pillar opened in March to accolades from around the world for its unique appearance and location. Along the journey up its twisting ramp, which circles within the tower a dozen times, visitors are treated to beautiful views of the surrounding forest. Once climbers reach the top, they can behold the breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the Zealand island landscape.
“At Camp Adventure we are 95 meters above sea level, and with the 45-meter-high tower, you get 140 meters above sea level,” explains Kasper Larsen, Camp Adventure’s business development manager. “[Looking] south and west, you can see vast areas of forest. To the north and east, you can see the rural landscape, villages, and more. On bright days you can also see the high buildings in Copenhagen and Malmö.” He notes Camp Adventure wanted an observation tower in its forest, with design inspiration for the tower drawing from similar concepts in Germany.
Only two materials were used in the 11-month construction of the 600-ton tower: oak from local trees and weathering steel, which is reddish brown in color and compliments the surrounding forest color. The shape of “Forest Tower” not only increases stability, but also brings the trees within the structure close to the walking path in the narrow middle section.
“We wanted to create the experience of a vertical forest path ascending from the forest bed through the treetops to the top platform overlooking the forest in a way that people are not used to,” says architect Tue Foged, co-founder of Effekt architectural studio, which designed the tower. “The hourglass shape bends away from the existing treetops, creating a humble gesture toward the forest.”
Camp Adventure’s signature climbing park features 10 climbing courses offering challenges for visitors of all ages, even 3-year-olds. After safety instructions and equipment checks, guests are able to climb on their own and have access to all 10 courses, though instructors are always moving about the forest below to help climbers in need of assistance.
Camp Adventure is open from the end of March to the beginning of November. The ticket price to experience the “Forest Tower” starts at 125 Danish kroner (DKK). The cost of the climbing park is 300 DKK for guests 15 and older, and 100 DKK to 200 DKK for kids, depending on age.