5,600 ha of woodland situated in northern Zealand, west and south of Lake Esrum.
There are many small ponds, streams and lakes throughout Gribskov, but the larger ones—Store Gribsø, Solbjerg Engsø and Strødam Engsø—all are situated in the southwestern parts.
The latter two are the largest and attract a rich birdlife, but they are both on the edge of the forest.
The monastery continued to sink and sink and that was how the lake was created.
It is said that one can still hear the monastery's bells ringing down in the lake on quiet evenings.
'Grib' refers to the Old Danish word for something 'without any specific owner', so 'Gribskov' actually means a woodland of common ownership.
On top of that, Gribskov is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). 1,200 ha of the forest has been reserved as 'forest to be untouched', in an effort to preserve some of the few spots of semi-natural woodland (SNW) in Denmark and stimulate the growth of new.
but the forest bears the marks of an intensive plantation industry that accelerated from the late 1700s and peaked in the 1800s.
Former wetlands were drained and many new tree species were introduced, especially European spruce. Artificial ditches are being filled to allow a more natural waterflow and the spruce plantations are cut down, to be naturally and quickly replaced by alder, birch and willow in coming years.
In July 2015, it was one of three forests included in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Par force hunting landscape in North Zealand.