The Søhøjlandet is cut through by two large east-west valleys – Mossø-Salten Langsødalen in the south and Ravnsø-Knudsø-Julsø-Borresødalen in the north.
The cliffs from the highlands towards the valleys have deep erosional canyons.
The area's hiking trails lead to other hills with fine views. The area around Himmelbjerget belonged to Øm Kloster in the Middle Ages. At the Reformation in 1536, the crown took over the properties of the Catholic Church until they were resold in 1767. After that, the farmers in Gl. Rye the right to the forests around and west of Himmelbjerget.
It was long believed that Himmelbjerget was Denmark's highest point. However, the nationwide height survey in the latter part of the 19th century showed that Himmelbjerget's top was approx. 147 meters above sea level, while the highest terrain points at Ejer Bavnehøj and Yding Skovhøj were more than 170 meters above sea level.
Starting from the numbered parking spaces, there is a network of marked hiking routes in the landscape between Himmelbjerget and Slåensø.
It is possible to go on shorter tours or to combine longer tours through the landscape by combining several routes together. A good hike through the area gives a completely different experience of the variety in the landscape than many words, and you get both exercise and nature experiences.
However, you must be aware that even a short trip can feel long in the very hilly landscape.
Yellow routes are round trips of 2.3 to 7.2 km length.
Red routes are long-distance routes:
- From P1 to P12: Søruten, 8,0 km
- From P2 to P4: Bøgedalsruten, 1,8 km
- From P4 to P8: Mergelbanestien, 3,5 km
Blue route is a long-distance route:
- Hiking route Århus-Silkeborg, 64 km.