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

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.

    Highlights:

    • 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: £ 732 $ 1,254 916 NOK 8778 kr 8103 $ 1,053 Single: £ 1011 $ 1,733 1266 NOK 12133 kr 11199 $ 1,456

    Superior Room
    Twin/double:  £ 811 $ 1,391 1016 NOK 9737 kr 8988 $ 1,168 Single: £ 1171 $ 2,007 1466 NOK 14049 kr 12968 $ 1,686  

    Deluxe tour
    Twin/double:  £ 851 $ 1,459 1066 NOK 10216 kr 9430 $ 1,226 Single: £ 1251 $ 2,144 1566 NOK 15008 kr 13853 $ 1,801

    Quad/family rooms available. Just ask.

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 144 $ 246 180 NOK 1725 kr 1592 $ 207 Discount no bike rental: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Discount children's bike : £ 20 $ 34 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29 Child seat: £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 Children's trailer (Burley for 1 or 2 children or follow me tag along): £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 Helmet rental: £ 8 $ 14 10 NOK 96 kr 88 $ 12 Price for tandem bicycle rental: on request
    Extra day bike rental: Please ask

    Extra night (s) in Copenhagen

    Standard room
    Twin/double: £ 94 $ 162 118 NOK 1131 kr 1044 $ 136 Single: £ 126 $ 216 158 NOK 1514 kr 1398 $ 182  

    Superior room
    Twin/double: £ 110 $ 189 138 NOK 1323 kr 1221 $ 159 Single: £ 150 $ 257 188 NOK 1802 kr 1663 $ 216

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Copenhagen Airport.

    Local Travel

    Metro, bus, or taxi to the hotel.

    Climate

    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.

    Remarks

    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 and a lock. A spare tube, repair kit, pump, lock, and GPS are provided per room.
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • GPS tracks if you prefer (rather than GPS device
  • Highlights and sightseeing information
  • 24 hour service hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Always recommended!

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7 days
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Tour Dates

Departure possible Sundays from May 26 to September 8 (last departure), 2019
*Departures are available on other dates for parties of 8 or more, upon request. Supplement may apply

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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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, 18 mi. (30 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 21 mi. (35 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. 

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.  Overnight stay near Hornbæk.

Day 5: Helsingør - Hillerød, 25 - 32 mi. (41- 51 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, 24 mi. (38 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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Customer Feedback

  • Marlene Z. 3 months ago

    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. 4 months ago

    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. 5 months ago

    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. 1 year ago

    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. 1 year ago

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

  • Jane S. 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

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

  • Christopher Elliott 3 years ago

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

  • Kerry Howard 3 years ago

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

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