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Embrace a week of living Danishly and cycle the easy-going coastal lanes and bike paths from Copenhagen to the rugged, northern coastal beauty of Royal Zealand.
Begin with an exploration of Europe’s most cycle friendly city, Copenhagen. Ride to the Royal Quarter and explore the colourful waterside bars and gastronomic Nordic restaurants of Nyhaven.
Follow the coastal road north to the popular beaches of Bellvue and Niva and onto the harbour town of Helsingør, where you can choose between a day of cycling through villages of cottages and manor homes to the Royal Palace of Fredensborg or take a short ferry hop across to Sweden to ride along the forested Kullen peninsula. Pedal the Danish Riviera to Gilleleje and sample fresh shrimps before heading to your beachfront spa hotel where you can unwind in the traditional Scandinavian sauna and steam room.
Copenhagen is best reached via its nearby international airport. A fantastically laid back, welcoming city, we’d suggest the best introduction to Denmark is to embrace Copenhagen’s world famous food scene. The charming and atmospheric streets of Christianshavn Island boast a number of excellent dining experiences. Here you can find harbour shacks serving fresh seafood and Nordic restaurants serving gastronomic, seasonal dishes, including Noma, 3 times winner of the world’s best restaurant.
After your bike fitting, begin your Danish cycling discovery with a day ride through Copenhagen. Explore the colourful, bike friendly streets of Nyhaven (The Royal Quarter), the immaculate Tivoli Gardens and the effortlessly cool coffee shop culture. In the evening why not explore another district of Copenhagen’s food scene, such as Vestrobro or return to Nyhaven and enjoy an evening of waterside dining.
Cycle: 9 km
Cycling along Copenhagen’s waterfront, follow an easy-going cycle route passing the famous ‘Little Mermaid’ statue and the Amalienborg Palace. Continuing north, soak up coastal views across to Sweden and enjoy hopping off the bikes at the popular Bellvue beach. A little further up, you can stop to visit Karen Blixen’s museum and gardens. Best known for her work in Africa, the Oscar winning 1985 film, ’Out of Africa’ was based on Karen’s life and work in Kenya. On arrival at Helsingør, relax at your hotel’s beachfront terrace with afternoon tea and far reaching views across to Sweden and the impressive Kronborg Castle, immortalised as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Cycle: 46 km
A short ferry hop (20 minutes) from the Helsingør harbour across to Helsingborg, Sweden where you can cycle along the panoramic peninsula of Kullen. Alternatively, cycle through fairy-tale villages to the lakeside town of Frendensborg. Here you can visit the Royal Palace and picnic in the gardens before returning to your spa hotel in Helsingør.
There is also the option to spend the day soaking in the spa of your hotel and explore Kronborg Castle and the old town of Helsingør.
Cycle: 45.5 - 69 km
Leave Helsingør, and pedal to Hornbæk, regarded as one of the best beaches in Denmark. The route to Gilleleje follows a ruggedly beautiful coastline, past lighthouses and villages of thatched roofed cottages. On arrival into the lively fishing village of Gilleleje, enjoy a cool beer and fresh shrimp from one of the many harbour seafood shacks before making your way to your beachfront spa hotel, complete with steam rooms and sauna.
Cycle: 25 km
Before your departure this morning, you may like to further explore the beach and harbour of Gilleleje.
From Gilleleje, a regular train service connects through to Copenhagen in around 70 minutes.
During this trip you will spend 5 nights in boutique and spa hotels. We carefully select bike friendly hotels selected for their hospitality and spa facilities. Examples of the typical accommodation we use on this tour are listed below.
If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists, also subject to a supplementary payment.
5 breakfasts are included. Breakfasts usually consists of breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. Danish breakfasts also include local, traditional pastries! If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking. Lunches and dinners are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to dine.
A real highlights of this journey is Denmark's food scene. Leading the charge is Noma, voted the world’s best restaurant between 2010-12 and again in 2014. Chefs here recreate lost traditional Danish techniques such as curing, pickling and smoking. Beyond the elaborate gastronomic experiences available in Copenhagen, Danish cafes serve up fresh local seafood, such as Smørrebrød (open shrimp sandwiches) rounded off with lip-smackingly good pastries and cakes.
Located in hip Vesterbro district, this eco-friendly boutique hotel provides a delicious, organic breakfast along with organic creams and shampoos in the bathroom. Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen’s central station are only a 10 minute stroll and being in the heart of Copenhagen, you’re never far from a cosy coffee shop.
Overlooking the shores of Øresund Strait, guests of the Marienlyst can relax on the private beach or head into the hotel spa to soak in a hot tub or enjoy the seafront sauna. The old town of Helsingor and Kronborg Castle is a 20 minute stroll, where you can also find a number of delicious waterside bars and cafes. You can also sample the Nordic cuisine at the hotel’s brasserie, which includes, local oysters, scallops and Rogn caviar.
Originally built as a guesthouse in 1895, the Badehotel gardens roll down onto a rugged beach which has given this hotel the reputation of being of the best hotel locations in Denmark. On arrival spend the afternoon relaxing in the Turkish Baths or taking a refreshing dip in the sea. Spacious rooms encompass at Badehotel all that is Danish ‘Hygge’.
This tour is available to start on any day of the week from mid-May to mid-September
This tour is graded easy to moderate. Cycling in Denmark is very enjoyable due to the fact that cyclists are generally given priority over traffic. The majority of the cycling will be on dedicated cycle lanes or bike paths. You will also cycle on country lanes and roads which will be shared with other road users. Please always be mindful of other cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles at all times.
You will be provided with detailed maps and route descriptions with notes on places of interest together with the our easy to use Macs Adventure navigation app which means you easily follow your route
Standard hybrid bikes are available to rent. Each bike comes with a rear pannier bag, basic repair kit and a lock. Helmets are included, although your own is likely to be a better fit. Ebikes are also available to hire. Ebikes cannot accommodate a rear bag, so we suggest using a small backpack when riding an ebike.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this tour.
If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time of booking as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants) and sun protection. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer.
Copenhagen International Airport has extensive connections to major cities across the UK, USA and
mainland Europe. From the airport, it is an easy 20-minute train journey from
the arrival terminal to the central station at Copenhagen. From central
station, the range of hotels we use in Copenhagen are usually within a 10-20
minutes taxi journey of the station. Alternatively, you may like to take a taxi
direct from the airport. The 20-minute
journey from the airport to central Copenhagen usually costs around US$45 or
£35 but again, depends on traffic.
If you are driving and/or are bringing your
own bikes, please let us know at the time of booking. Long term secure parking
in Copenhagen can incur significant charges. One of the more cost-effective
long-term parking solutions would be Copenhagen Airport.
Gilleleje train station has regular
services that connect through to Copenhagen. Journey time is around 70 minutes,
with a change of services in Hillerod. Tickets can be bought on the day of
travel or in advance at https://www.dsb.dk/en/
Services to Copenhagen are usually every 30
minutes but do check the dsb website before travelling.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular in the summer months (June-August).
This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate with daily distances between 30 and 50 km each day. It is perfectly suited to cyclists that are venturing on their first cycling trip or perhaps haven’t ridden for a few years. It is also ideal for keen cyclists simply looking for laid back pace on flat terrain. The route follows a combination of dedicated cycle paths, quiet coastal lanes and urban cycle way.
No matter what kind of cyclist you are, it is always a good idea to get out on your bike on back to back days on the lead up to this trip.
Denmark has a temperate climate with warm summers. Summertime (June-August) you can appreciate long hours of daylight where you are more than likely to encounter a musical festival or two or spend the afternoon on the beach. Summer days can very often spill into September but have the advantage of the crowds beginning to thin.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We kindly ask you to limit your luggage to 1 large case or bag per person at no more than 20kg.
Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good shoes or trainers for cycling and clothing for a change of weather.