Biking through Nyhavn or "New Harbor" in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo via Flickr:John Anes
Fredensborg Castle lies on Lake Esrum in Fredensborg, Denmark. Photo via Flickr:Giam

Boat sailing in Hornbaek on the island of Sjælland, Denmark. Photo via Flickr:Giam
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Best of Northern Zealand Bike Tour

Denmark, Sweden Bike Tours

Bike Denmark, castles, fairytales, and beautiful beaches

  • This cycling tour in Denmark and Sweden is a cyclist's dream come true. The cycling culture that exists in Copenhagen is the inspiration for cities throughout the world trying to create their own cycling culture. The wonderful cycling paths and bike friendly roads lead through picturesque villages, a varied countryside, well-preserved castles and manor houses, pristine beaches, and clear, fresh air.

    The safe and easy routes are suitable for both enthusiasts and beginners alike. Whether riding along the coastline, lakes, in the forests, through the green fields, or through busier towns, you will find peaceful lanes and specially designed bike paths. In Denmark, there is a strong tradition for people of all ages and all walks of life to cycle. You will be welcomed here! Highlights include but are not limited to Copenhagen, Helsingør and Kronborg (Hamlet’s castle from Shakespeare), and Hillerød with Fredensborg Castle.


    • Wonderful Copenhagen, capital and best bike city in the world
    • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    • Rungstedlund-the house/museum of the famous Danish author Karen blixen
    • Helsingør and Kronborg (the castles from Shapespear's play "Hamlet"
    • Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør
    • Visit to Sweden
    • Hillerød and Frederiksborg Castle
    • Fredensborg Castle
    • The Danish Riviera and fishing villages of Northern Zealand

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  • Standard tour

    Standard Room
    Twin/double: $ 1789 £ 885 $ 1,546 968 $ 1826 kr 10912 $ 1,103 Single: $ 2528 £ 1251 $ 2,185 1368 $ 2580 kr 15421 $ 1,558

    Superior Room
    Twin/double:  $ 1973 £ 977 $ 1,706 1068 $ 2014 kr 12039 $ 1,217 Single: $ 2897 £ 1434 $ 2,505 1568 $ 2957 kr 17676 $ 1,786  

    Deluxe tour
    Twin/double:  $ 2121 £ 1050 $ 1,834 1148 $ 2165 kr 12941 $ 1,308 Single: $ 3230 £ 1599 $ 2,792 1748 $ 3297 kr 19705 $ 1,991

    Quad/family rooms available. Just ask.

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 370 £ 183 $ 320 200 $ 377 kr 2255 $ 228 Discount no bike rental: $ 185 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 189 kr 1127 $ 114 Discount children's bike : $ 46 £ 23 $ 40 25 $ 47 kr 282 $ 28 Child seat: $ 74 £ 37 $ 64 40 $ 75 kr 451 $ 46 Children's trailer (Burley for 1 or 2 children or follow me tag along): $ 148 £ 73 $ 128 80 $ 151 kr 902 $ 91 Helmet rental: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 113 $ 11 Price for tandem bicycle rental: on request
    Extra day bike rental: Please ask

    Extra night (s) in Copenhagen

    Standard room
    Twin/double: $ 218 £ 108 $ 189 118 $ 223 kr 1330 $ 134 Single: $ 292 £ 145 $ 252 158 $ 298 kr 1781 $ 180  

    Superior room
    Twin/double: $ 255 £ 126 $ 220 138 $ 260 kr 1556 $ 157 Single: $ 347 £ 172 $ 300 188 $ 355 kr 2119 $ 214

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Copenhagen Airport.

    Local Travel

    Train: The train leaves from terminal 3 for Copenhagen Central Station every 10 minutes during the day. Tickets can be purchased at the DSB sales locations in terminal 3 or from the vending machines.
    Metro: The Metro also leaves from Terminal 3. Choice of train or Metro will depend on which hotel you will stay in Copenhagen.
    Bus: There are also public busses but these take longer than the train/Metro.
    Taxi: Located outside all terminals.


    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature for the area in degrees Fahrenheit: May 60º/45º, June 66º/52º, July 69º/55º, August 69º/54º, and September 61º/50º. Biking in Denmark is perfect from May until end of September. You will enjoy comfortable weather and daylight during the summer from very early morning until late evening.


    Detailed maps and route descriptions are provided. It is possible to download the route to a GPS device or to your smartphone. Biking in Denmark is something special compared to other countries. First of all you will enjoy that the most attractive landscapes invite the cyclists to easy and safe stages, since cyclists are given very high priority. In the towns you will find many cycle paths and at the coastline, along the lakes, in the forests and through the green fields you will find peaceful lanes and paths specially designed for cyclists. In Denmark you will meet picturesque villages, a countryside that varies all the time, well-preserved castles and manor houses, clean and sandy beaches and you will enjoy the clear, fresh air.

Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided bike tour suited for families and cyclists in average physical condition. The route consists of bike paths and minor roads that are mostly flat with occasional small hills. You will encounter some traffic in Copenhagen, but there are plenty of bike lanes. Motorists are very accustomed and accommodating to cyclists.

Where You’ll Stay

On this tour, two levels of accommodations are offered with with Standard Tour:
• Standard rooms: Good and comfortable rooms in good tourist hotels on the route.
• Superior rooms: Upgraded rooms, at good tourist hotels on the route. Often with balcony/sea view.

There is also the option to upgrade to the Deluxe tour which has a slightly different itinerary and higher class accommodations.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights according to booked category
  • Breakfasts
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle equipped with pannier bag, bike lock, spare tube, repair kit, pump, and lock
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • GPS device (one one per room) or GPS tracks if you prefer to use your own device
  • Highlights and sightseeing information
  • 24 hour service hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Always recommended!

TypeSelf Guided
Length7 days
From968 Rates
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Tour Dates


Sunday departures from May 24 to September 6 (last departure), 2020
*Departures are available on other dates for parties of 8 or more, upon request. Supplement may apply.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Best of Northern Zealand Map

Standard Tour

Day 1: Arrival Copenhagen
Day 2: Copenhagen - Hørsholm, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Hørsholm - Helsingør, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Round trip in Sweden and Helsingør, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Snekkersten/Helsingør - Hillerød, 25 - 32 mi. (41- 51 km)
Day 6: Hillerød - Copenhagen. 24 or 10 mi. + train (38 or 18 km + train)
Day 7: Departure

Deluxe Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Copenhagen. 
Day 2: Copenhagen to Hørsholm. 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Hørsholm to Helsingør, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Helsingør – Gilleleje, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 5: Gilleleje – Hillerød, 19 to 30 mi. (30 to 48 km)
Day 6: Hillerød – Copenhagen, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 7: Departure from Copenhagen

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival Copenhagen
Copenhagen is known as "The Bike Capital of the World" and is the cultural and geographic link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Noteworthy is the Nyhavn (New Harbor) a 17 century waterfront, the Royal Castle, Christiania, the "free town" alternate society, and Tivoli Gardens.  Overnight stay in the center of Copenhagen.

Day 2: Copenhagen - Hørsholm, 23 mi. (36 km)
Cycling through the vibrant city of Copenhagen will prove to be a fantastic start to your tour. One of the famous sights along the route is the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, designed by Edvard Erikson, poised on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade. The route then leads north towards prosperous Hellerup and Klampenborg. Cycling alongside the famous beach, “Bellevue” on the northern outskirts of Copenhagen, is a pleasure with the blue- striped lifeguard towers designed by Arne Jacobsen. In Dyrehaven, the Royal hunting grounds, peaceful lanes surrounded by century old trees comprise the route. “Bakken”, one of the oldest amusement parks, is located here and is a good stop for refreshment. You then follow Strandvejen, along the coastline, before reaching Hørsholm.

Day 3: Hørsholm - Helsingør, 12 mi. (20 km)
Continuing north, following Strandvejen, the coastal boulevard, you will be rewarded with beautiful views over Øresund,  the strait that separates Zealand from the southern Swedish province of Scania. You will see impressive houses, small boutiques, and many quiet places to stop and relax. At Rungsted, you can visit the home of the Danish author Karen Blixen (famous for “Out of Africa”) and in Humlebæk, visit the Museum of Modern Art “Louisiana”, famous not only for its exhibitions but as well for its beautiful architecture and location. You will end up in Helsingør, and after an easy day on the bike you might wish to spend the afternoonvisiting the old borough with the impressive Kronborg Castle (the castle from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”). Overnight stay in Helsingør.

Day 4: Round trip in Sweden and Helsingør 25 mi. (40 km)
If you missed Kronborg yesterday, there is still plenty of time for a visit today. Another option is to take the ferry (runs every 15 minutes, the price is approximately €8 round trip) to Sweden and to cycle the wonderful bike lanes in and around Helsingborg. From here you can take a round trip of approx. 35 km along the coast to beaches and small fishing villages and back through the Swedish forests and fields.

In Denmark, continuing north and westward along the coast, there are excellent beaches and cozy restaurants or picnic areas for a relaxing respite. For decades, the northern coastline has attracted poets and painters who are inspired by the sea and the unique light. If you have more time go visit the royal chambers and massive walls of the 16th-century castle, Kronborg, if you missed it yesterday. You can also go see the Danish Maritime Museum which exibitions cover Danish trade and shipping from the 15th century to the present day. The museum is listed among the “52 places to go in 2014” by New York Times.

Overnight stay Helsingør area.

Day 5: Helsingør - Hillerød, 25 - 34 mi. (41- 54 km)​
Today you can visit 2 of the most beautiful Danish castles. You start along the coast to Hornbæk, a small fishing village with tempting places for ”time outs” and a sea bath. Thereafter you bike along one of the deepest lakes in Denmark towards Hillerød. If you want to visit The Queen’s summer residence Fredensborg Castle, you can extend the tour by adding approximately 10 km/6 miles. Take a walk in the park, if the Queen is not there. It is a beautiful “fairy tale palace” from the 18th century with a unique interior.

On your arrival to Hillerød, you go along the lake to Frederiksborg Castle with its perfect location at the lakeside. Overnight stay near the historical center in Hillerød.

Day 6: Hillerød - Copenhagen. 24 mi. (38 km) or 10 mi. (18 km) + train
Heading South towards Copenhagen you pass idyllic sceneries, lovely forests and wetlands with a rich birdlife. You will be impressed by the rich nature in a densely populated area close to the capital. You will be amazed how easy it is by bike to cycle from the green northern Zealand to the capital of Denmark. While the first 18 kilometres towards Farum are on winding paths and smaller roads, the last 20 kilometres are along the new ”supercykelsti” (Super cycle path), that brings all the commuting cyclists to Copenhagen. When you come to Nørrebro, which is one of the most colourful neighborhoods in Copenhagen, you have to slow down and be part of all the different cyclists heading towards the city center.

Overnight stay in the center of Copenhagen.

Day 7: Departure
Individual departure.

Day 1: Arrival in Copenhagen. 
After arriving at your hotel, you have time to explore the Danish Capital. Recommended is a visit Nyhavn, the Royal Castle, or the amusement park Tivoli.  Overnight stay in the center of Copenhagen.

Day 2: Copenhagen to Hørsholm. 18 mi. (30 km)
Cycling through Copenhagen is a fantastic way to start your bike tour. You pass some of the famous sights such as the Little Mermaid and the famous beach “Bellevue”. In Dyrehaven, the Royal hunting grounds, you will cycle on peaceful paths surrounded by century old trees and curious deer. Make a refreshment stop at “Bakken”, the oldest amusement park in the world, before reaching your hotel in Hørsholm on the coast of Øresund. Overnight stay in Hørsholm.

Day 3: Hørsholm to Helsingør, 12 mi. (20 km)
Today you cycle along the coastline all day passing two of the finest museums in Denmark. In Rungsted, you can visit Rungstedlund, the home of the Danish author Karen Blixen (world famous for “Out of Africa”), and in Humlebæk you can visit the Museum of Modern Art “Louisiana”, famous not only for its exhibitions, but for its beautiful architecture and location. The day ends in Helsingør, and after an easy day on the bike you might wish to spend the afternoon visiting the old borough with the impressive Kronborg Castle (the castle from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”). Overnight stay in Helsingør.

Day 4: Helsingør – Gilleleje, 18 mi. (30 km)
The route North out of Helsingør is unique with its views to the Swedish coast only 4 kms away. The large ships sail close to the coast, as you cycle towards Hornbæk. In Hornbæk you can find one of the best beaches in Denmark as well as a couple of excellent restaurants. After a good lunch, you continue along the coast on narrow lanes passing a couple of lighthouses. You arrive at Gilleleje – a lively fishing and yacht village and the northernmost town on Zealand as well as the most important harbor and holiday resort on the coast of northern Zealand. Here you will find a lovely beach and a nice harbor with great restaurants and you stay at the lovely Gilleleje Badehotel on the outskirts of the village. It is a very beautiful and classical Danish beach hotel overlooking the sea and the food is of high standard. Overnight stay in Gilleleje.

Day 5: Gilleleje – Hillerød, 19 to 30 mi. (30 to 48 km)
Leaving your lovely, classic seaside hotel overlooking the sea may prove a challenge, but the next target on the stage is Tisvildeleje, which also is worth a stop. Tisvildeleje is a more laidback seaside village close to the national park ”Tisvildehegn”. This is a nice place for your lunch before the stage continues away from the coast. Cycle along a car-free cycle route to Helsinge and continue along one of the largest forests in Denmark, Grib Skov, to Hillerød. Ride directly through the park and the Frederik’s Castle and reach the market square where you will find a tiny ferry which take you around around the castle lake, also known as “The most beautiful nautical mile in the world”. Enjoy the summer evening on the square overlooking the lake and the castle. Overnight stay in Hillerød.

Day 6: Hillerød – Copenhagen, 32 mi. (51 km)
Heading South towards Copenhagen, you pass lovely forests, beautiful scenery, and wetlands rich with birdlife. Cycling from the green northern Zealand to the capital of Denmark is easy and flat. Cycle through Nørrebro, one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Copenhagen. You have to slow down and be aware of all the cyclists heading towards the city. Overnight stay in the central Copenhagen

Day 7: Departure from Copenhagen
Check out or extend your stay with a few additional days in Copenhagen. 

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Tour Reviews

  • Stephen M. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The bike riding was generally flat to rolling country roads. Mostly on designated bike routes. The Hotels were excellent. riding along the coast beach towns was very scenic. One thing we found a bit troublesome was the written route notes and small scale maps which we found difficult to use. The larger map with bike routes was more useful. On Day two we departed from the designated route and followed Google maps bike routes along a beautiful lake on quiet roads with almost no traffic. From then on we just Google mapped the bike route to the next town and found it very easy. For the last several years we have always been provided GPS with various route options on our bike trips (Ireland, Cotswolds') we found extremely easy to use. Dinner was on our own, only breakfast was included (OK with us, we knew this when we signed up).

  • Phyllis C. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip in Denmark. Cycling through villages and towns along the coast north of Copenhagen, the chance to visit museums and historical sites, and the excellent hotels were part of the pleasure. The route was thoughtfully planned to include some of the major tourist sites in the city before venturing out to the coast. One of the highlights of the tour was the chance to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The bikes were fine, and my partner said his e-bike was better than the one he rented last year on the Danube. We chose the standard option, but the hotels exceeded our expectations of “standard.” Kokkedal Slot was a historic castle, and the Marienlyst had an excellent beachfront location literally on the sand. The tour would have been even better if there had been paper directions and a detailed route map. The included GPS was not easy to figure out. We, and other participants, all rode some extra kilometers trying to find the correct Read more… route, and ended up using our cell phone apps for navigation. A tip for future travelers: None of the hotels was within easy walking distance of dining venues other than the pricey hotel restaurants, so we either had to get back on our bikes or take a long walk to find more interesting dining options.

  • David S. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fantastic bike trip with exceptional accommodations along the way. We noticed that we were given some of the best rooms at the hotels as the bike trippers are repeat customers of the hotels and the hotels strive to keep the bikers happy. We also noticed that we could check into the hotel upon arrival no matter what time we arrive while others had to wait until 3 or 4 pm which was the normal check in times at some of the hotels. Each of the breakfasts were outstanding with many many choices of hot and cold foods including some special diet selections at some.. We loved the freedom to choose our own location for lunch and dinner and to set are own start and finish times without the pressure of a group. That said, we did meet up with people in our group along the way and at breakfast that was nice. The GPS systems worked very well, accurately leading us down often hidden bike and dirt roads near but not on the main roads. We were rarely IN the same street as the cars travel. I am 73 Read more… and my wife is 60 with some but not a lot of biking experience.

  • John H. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is a different type of tour, in that while others are on the same tour, you may or may not see them. Very independent tour. Go at your own pace, stop when you want to stop, and see what you want to see. Go from point A to point B at your own pace. Accommodations were very good at each stop. Only drawback was meal choices were not always convenient. Two on site restaurants were closed due to vacations thus food choices were up to 1.5 miles away. Minor inconvenience that was really not a big deal. Tour support was very good and only a phone call away, if needed.

  • Marlene Z. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Riding back into Copenhagen from the country, through the suburbs, and then entering the urban center with all the excitement of a big city, yet being so comfortable with the bike I have been riding for a week was very cool.

  • Ruth P. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip with wonderful memories and weather. This trip could easily be extended by 1-2 days of more cycling! I was disappointed that we only had 5 days of cycling, though it was advertised as a one week trip!
    Also, the information packet sent was not consistent with the descriptions of where we actually cycled to and where we stayed. The route directions provided were very difficult to follow. I suggest that each cyclist is provided with a detailed cycling map of the whole Island of Zealand, not just the north. We found better cycling maps in Sweden!

  • Janet A. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved our 'Best of Northern Zealand' tour. The hotels and breakfasts were amazing! A real treat. A must-stop is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art at Humlebaek - fabulous. Also Sophiero palace in Helsingborg with impressive gardens.. would recommend this trip.

  • James L. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was excellent. The 4th leg from Helsinger to Hillerod was a very demanding trail, off beaten paths, steep hills, and the markings and mileages in the booklet directions were not accurate. Several of the bikers we talked with had the same problem. We biked as a group of 7, with 5 of us being on our third Tripsite European bike trip. If not for this leg, the rating would have been higher.
    Also, at the assignment of equipment, there was a lack of organization, no checklists as to who requested what equipment, and at the end, there was also no checking.

  • Lisabeth C. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Tip: Be sure to visit Karen Blixen's House and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

  • Jane S. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We really enjoyed riding bikes through the countryside of Denmark. There are bike trails everywhere. The scenery was spectacular. Our favorite moments were those when we stopped by a lake for lunch and saw a bald eagle which we were told by the birdwatchers who had gathered there that a bald eagle is a rare sight in Denmark.

  • A. Cooper 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip. Some of the accommodations were a bit shabby but other than that is was great.

  • Christopher Elliott 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Much fun. Very relaxing and enjoyable although professional in every way. Would highly recommend.

  • Kerry Howard 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fantastic trip! We made many lifetime memories! Thank you!

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