What to expect
Cycle around Denmark’s main island of Zealand, starting and finishing in the bike-friendly city of Copenhagen with its candle-lit cafés and cool bars. Following flat and well-marked cycle paths along the coast and through the countryside, you’ll sleep in a different historic town each night, taking breaks at sandy beaches, royal castles and Viking settlements en route.
Pedalling along the east coast, you’ll ride into the medieval town of Køge - home to the oldest half-timbered house in Denmark. As the route loops around the south and leads you along the fjord-indented west coast, you’ll taste freshly smoked fish in Korsør and visit the incredible Viking ring fortress of Trelleborg. Continue on to the Viking fjords and cathedral of Roskilde.
At a glance
- Café and bar culture in compact, cycle-friendly Copenhagen
- Medieval cities, UNESCO landmarks and Trelleborg Viking fortress
- Sandy beaches, Viking fjords and lakeside birdlife
- Cycling along flat backroads and quiet cycle paths
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Copenhagen
Check-in to your Copenhagen hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring Denmark’s laidback capital – to fully appreciate the city, it’s worth adding an extra night at the beginning or end of your tour.
Day 2 (Sun):
Copenhagen - Køge
30 miles (49 km)
Cycle south along the city beaches and pick-up the Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route, which guides you to the medieval town of Køge. Spend your afternoon enjoying the town’s historic market square and timbered houses, or relaxing on the nearby white-sand beach and taking a refreshing swim. Sleep overnight in Køge.
Day 3 (Mon):
Køge - Næstved
38 miles (61 km)
Ride through the green meadows of southern Zealand to medieval Næstved. Just outside the town, the rococo Gavnø Castle is worth a visit, with its magnificent rose garden and rare trees. Alternatively, the town’s glass factory and BonBon-Land amusement park are popular local attractions. Overnight in Næstved.
Day 4 (Tue):
Næstved – Korsør
40 miles (65 km)
Cycle northwest out of Næstved, passing holiday spots with swimming pools, restaurants and cafés. Take a break in Karesbaekstorp to potter around the art galleries, then continue to the port town of Korsør for some locally smoked fish. Overnight in Korsør.
Day 5 (Wed):
Korsør – Sorø/Ringsted
31/35 miles (50/57 km)
Leaving Korsør, today’s ride leads you past the Viking fortress replica of Trelleborg and the bird-rich waters of Lake Tissø. Continuing past the lake and on to Ringsted, one of the oldest towns in Zealand. Overnight stay in Ringsted.
Day 6 (Thu):
Ringsted/Sorø – Roskilde
28-43 miles (45-70 km)
Cycle across Zealand to the fjords and coastal city of Roskilde and Roskilde Cathedral where the tombs of Denmarks' great kings and queens lie. Overnight stay in Roskilde.
Option to extend the route today by riding via the coastal surroundings of the Roskilde Fjord.
Day 7 (Fri):
Roskilde – Copenhagen
27 miles (44 km)
Enjoy a shorter ride today, setting off early to give yourself enough time to enjoy Copenhagen – the Tivoli Gardens, excellent cafés and world-class restaurants are well worth visiting. Return your bikes in the evening and spend your final night in Copenhagen.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Copenhagen
Check out and leave Copenhagen after breakfast or extend your stay in the city.
3 & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 3 & 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3* and 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (1 set per room), GPS routes on request.
- Welcome briefing
- Local contact number for assistance
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Entry fees to sights
- Visitor's tax (appx. €1-5 pp/pn, paid locally)
- Prices are available on request
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handle bar bag, odometer, repair kit, inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost.
24 gears with pannier
8 gears with pannier
How to Get There
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Denmark is a great country to cycle in. There is very good signposting etc with cycle paths well laid out in Copenhagen and other towns. Outside the urban areas there is relatively little traffic compared with the UK which makes cycling pleasant and a great way to see the country. The only drawback on that comment is that rural areas are far less densely populated and thus there is a shortage of cafes etc on some routes. You just need to go prepared with refreshments for such routes. The standard of accommodation was very good and Danish people are very friendly and helpful.Tony Norman, UK, August 2017
This was a week-long self-guided tour of Denmark's Zealand region. Six days of cycling, starting in Copenhagen then following a clockwise route and ending back in Copenhagen on Saturday afternoon. The route is mostly through farmland, either on cycle paths or quiet country lanes.Jonathan Davies, UK, August 2017