Northern Zealand Cycling Holiday

Explore the coast and castles of Denmark's largest island, on this leisurely cycling holiday that traces a lazy loop north from Copenhagen. Fine beaches, ornate castles and charming fishing villages combine to create a highly enjoyable and varied itinerary that will live long in the memory.

Spend a night Copenhagen, one of Europe's most cycle friendly cities, before embarking on your cycling adventure up the east coast of Zealand. In Helsingør you can visit Kronborg Castle, also known as Elsinore Castle from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Frederiksborg Castle

You'll then ride past the glorious, sandy beaches of the north coast to the charming fishing village of Gilleleje where you'll stay in a lovely hotel by the beach. Turning inland you'll enjoy peaceful cycling through the Gribskov forest and past Esrum Lake to the town of Hillerød and the extravagant Frederiksborg Castle.

Finally, a very pleasant ride along a network of cycle paths and rural lanes delivers you back to Copenhagen for another night in the vibrant Danish capital.

You'll cover between 12 and 32 miles per day on this leisurely route which is mostly flat with a few small undulations along the way. You ride on paved and unpaved bike paths and minor roads. E-bikes are an available option on this holiday.

Northern Zealand Cycling Holiday

Explore the coast and castles of Denmark's largest island, on this leisurely cycling holiday that traces a lazy loop north from Copenhagen. Fine beaches, ornate castles and charming fishing villages combine to create a highly enjoyable and varied itinerary that will live long in the memory.

Spend a night Copenhagen, one of Europe's most cycle friendly cities, before embarking on your cycling adventure up the east coast of Zealand. In Helsingør you can visit Kronborg Castle, also known as Elsinore Castle from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Frederiksborg Castle

You'll then ride past the glorious, sandy beaches of the north coast to the charming fishing village of Gilleleje where you'll stay in a lovely hotel by the beach. Turning inland you'll enjoy peaceful cycling through the Gribskov forest and past Esrum Lake to the town of Hillerød and the extravagant Frederiksborg Castle.

Finally, a very pleasant ride along a network of cycle paths and rural lanes delivers you back to Copenhagen for another night in the vibrant Danish capital.

You'll cover between 12 and 32 miles per day on this leisurely route which is mostly flat with a few small undulations along the way. You ride on paved and unpaved bike paths and minor roads. E-bikes are an available option on this holiday.

Itinerary

You'll cover between 12 and 32 miles per day on this leisurely route which is mostly flat with a few small undulations along the way. You ride on paved and unpaved bike paths and minor roads. E-bikes are an available option on this holiday.

Day 1 : Copenhagen

After arriving at Copenhagen Airport take the 15 minute metro journey into the city and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this fresh, vibrant capital. Visit Tivoli, the traditional amusement park and gardens, established in 1843 or head out to the colourful and always bustling Nyhavn quay where you'll find a great selection of alfresco restaurants. You could head out to see the famous mermaid of course but you'll be cycling right past it on tomorrow's ride anyway.

Day 2 : Copenhagen - Hørsholm
22 miles/36 kms

Riding through the cycling friendly city of Copenhagen is a great start to the holiday. Along the waterfront you'll pass the famous Little Mermaid perched on a rock in the shallows. You then follow the route out of the city and up the eastern coast of Zealand. If it's a hot day you may be tempted to stop for a dip from the beautiful white sands of Bellevue Beach (remember to pack swim things in your pannier!). Further on you enjoy a peaceful ride through the extensive Dyrehaven deer park, once the hunting grounds for Danish royalty. Maybe stop at ’Bakken’, the oldest amusement park in the world, for a wander round and a snack before pedalling on to your hotel in Hørsholm.

Day 3 : Hørsholm - Helsingør
12 miles/20 kms

Today's easy ride leads you further up the coast of Zealand. Across the water to your right you can just make out Sweden on the other side of the Øresund (Øre Sound). On today's route you will pass two intersting museums that you may wish to visit, Firstly, close to Rungstedlund you'll find the former home of the Danish author Karen Blixen, who wrote ’Out of Africa’. Then, a little further on, in Humlebæk, you may feel inclined to stop at the rather wonderful Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Even if modern art is not your thing you can still enjoy the beautiful architecture and idyllic location - there's also a very nice cafe! Your destination today is Helsingør, and as the ride is quite short you may have energy left over for a visit to the impressive Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Day 4 : Helsingør - Gilleleje
16 miles/26 kms

Leaving Helsingør behind the route leads you along the northern coast of Zealand. Sweden is just a few hundred metres away to your right and large ships follow each other line-astern through the narrowest point of the sound. There's a gorgeous sandy beach at Hornbaek, roughly halfway along today's route, so it's a good idea to have some swimwear in your pannier, particularly if it's hot - it's also a good place to stop for lunch with a good selection of cafés and restaurants. Your destination today is the idyllic little harbour town of Gilleleje. This bustling little place has a great beach and also offers a good selection of restaurants. You'll spend the night in the lovely Gilleleje Badehotel that enjoys an idyllic location overlooking the beach on the edge of the town.

Day 5 : Gilleleje - Hillerød
16 miles/26 kms

Today you leave the coast behind and turn inland, following the idyllic regional cycle route to the medieval town of Esrum with its ancient abbey. You then enjoy a lovely ride through the Gribskov forest to Esrum Lake. After following the lake shore for a while you arrive in the town of Hillerød where you will spend the night. Before or after checking in to your hotel you must visit the very impressive Frederiksborg Castle surrounded by its own lake and some beautifully symmetrical baroque gardens.

Day 6 : Hillerød - Copenhagen
32 miles/51 kms

The final ride of the holiday closes the circle, delivering you back to Copenhagen via a network of cycle paths and quiet lanes that pass through forests, small rural villages and wetlands. You will be amazed at how close this green and serene world is to the Danish capital. In the colourful suburb of Nørrebro you join the metropolitan cycle path network that leads you into the heart of cycle-friendly Copenhagen. The rest of day is yours to enjoy any of the city's sights and attractions that you didn't manage to see on your first visit.

Day 7 : Departure

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 8 gears. The bikes come equipped with bike stand, mudguards and pannier and lock. One repair kit, pump and GPS device is provided per couple. Helmets are not provided so we recommend bringing your own.

Electric bikes are available for a supplement.

Bike insurance can also be added for for a supplement.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels.

Copenhagen: Hotel Copenhagen Island

Hørsholm: Kokkedal Slot

Helsingør: Marienlyst Hotel

Gilleleje: Gilleleje Badehotel

Hillerød: Hotel Hillerød

Getting there

Fly to Copenhagen airport and then take the metro into the city (journey time 15 minutes).

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