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The Guden River, Gudenåen
A northward view of the River Guden close to Lake Sminge
Name origin: Gudars stream, Gods stream
Country Denmark
Region Jutland
District Central Denmark Region
Municipality Favrskov, Randers
Landmark Søhøjlandet, Gjern Bakker
 - location Tinnet Krat
 - location Randers Fjord
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Length 149 km (93 mi) [1] (river)
176 km (inc. Randers Fjord[2])
Basin 3,300 km2 (1,274 sq mi) [3]
 - average 32.4 m3/s (1,144 cu ft/s)
Denmarks largest river measured by watervolume Skjern River also emerges in Tinnet Krat, close to the source of Gudenå.

Gudenå or Gudenåen (pronounced ), is Denmark's longest river and runs through the central parts of the Jutlandic peninsula. An anglicized version of the name often seen is 'The River Guden'.

Gudenåen flows a total of 176 kilometres (109 mi) from Sminge Sø before it empties in Randers Fjord; a long inlet of the Kattegat sea. It is fed by numerous streams and wetlands along the way.

Gudneåen came into existence some 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, when melting ice and glacial streams carved out its bed. The river shelters many species of animals and parts of its run, is to be protected under the regulations of Natura 2000.


  1. ^ (2000), p. 16Afstrømningsforhold i danske vandløbMiljø og Energiministeriet:
  2. ^ Note: When the river reach the town of Randers, it have traversed 149 km. (Source: The Fish in River Guden 2004, The Gudenaa Committee, Fig. 1-1 p.5 (Danish))
  3. ^ The Fish in River Guden 2004 The Gudenaa Committee, Fig. 1-1 p.5 (Danish)

Sources/External links

  • The Gudenaa Committee
  • Virtual journey on Gudenåen in Google Earth
  • Gudenåkomitéen A map of the river. (Danish)

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