Bike Tour in Denmark
Round trips on Funen from Svendborg
- Centre tour on the island Funen
- Beautiful coastlines, fantastic nature experiences, many castles and manor farms
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km / day avg.
Funen is Denmark’s third-largest island. More than 90 islands are part of Funen, some of which are uninhabited. The best mode of transport for exploring the region is undoubtedly a bike. There are more than 1000 kilometres of bike routes all across the island, which is also known as the green garden of the kingdom, due to its mild climate and fertile soil. You can buy regional fresh produce at one of the countless markets, or in local farm shops. The enchanting region was once home to the famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, inspiring him to write his fairy tales. You will explore the popular holiday region starting in Svendborg, a charming harbour town in the south of the island. The cycle tours will take you to fairy-tale manor houses and castles, through deep woods and across the hilly countryside, mostly in close proximity to the sea. Don’t be deterred by the word hilly – the island’s highest point is only 131 metres above sea level. The half-timbered buildings along the roads are traditionally thatched and are popular photo motifs. The beaches along the more than 1000 kilometre long coast are diverse and beautiful.
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
6 days, 5 nights
approx. 175 – 225 km
Daily routes ●●○○○
between 30 and 70 km, Ø 55 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Svendborg
The starting point for your bicycle holiday in Denmark is Svendborg – the capital of the archipelago. After Odense, it is Funen’s largest town and is located on the Svendborgsund. The harbour town is well known among sailors, as the harbour is directly connected to the town centre. Even though Svendborg has the shopping amenities of a much larger city, it is very tranquil. Go on a stroll through the city centre and peek into the many beautiful courtyards, where you will find cosy ice cream parlours and small shops. Your hotel is located east of the town centre, directly on the beach. You can easily reach the town centre via the promenade. When you get to your hotel you will have enough time to relax by the beach before going on a leisurely stroll of the town centre.
Day 2: Excursion to the castle Egeskov, approx. 30 – 60 km
You will first cycle along the coast in direction of Rantzausminde. From there you will cycle inland to Hvidkilde Gods. Funen’s third-largest manor farm is located directly on Lake Hvidkilde and there are two other lakes in close proximity. The manor farm covers 21 km² and comprises 24 forests. You will cycle through beautiful landscapes and through Stenstrup, before reaching the Egeskov mill. From there it is not far to the castle. It is Denmark’s most famous castle with beautiful gardens, extensive parks and a huge vintage car exhibition. Egeskov is Europe’s best-preserved moated castle and constructed on countless oak posts – according to legend a whole oak forest was needed to build it. The building was completed in 1554 and was originally constructed as a fortress. There are two buildings separated by a double wall, which encloses a secret staircase and a fountain. This was to ensure that there would be no water shortage in the case of a siege. The castle’s 200 windows are made up of more than 2000 individual panes.
Day 3: Excursion to the island Ærø, approx. 35 – 55 km
In the morning you will take the ferry to Ærøskøbing and then embark on a round-trip around the island. As soon as you leave the ferry you will realise that the pace of life is relaxed here – a Danish summer paradise. In Denmark, Ærø is known as being particulary hyggelig, which means it is typically Danish – cosy and especially idyllic. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and you will cycle past traditional half-timbered buildings. En route there are countless lookout points, which offer a wonderful view of the South Funen Archipelago. Ærøskøbing is the island’s historic centre. Stroll through the narrow alleys, which wind around listed half-timbered buildings. On the north coast you will find numerous sandy beaches. The South Funen Archipelago is a calm and mild body of water, but on the southern coast the Baltic Sea breaks on partly stony beaches. Sometimes you can even find amber here. Did you know that some of Ærøs’ locals go swimming in the sea all-year round? The Ærøske Vinterbadere – the Ærøs Winterbathers, meet every morning at 8 a.m. sharp.
Day 4: Excursion to Faaborg, approx. 70 km
Today you will experience one of the most beautiful bike routes on Funen along the southern coast. You will have many great views of the archipelago. Not far from Faaborg you can see Denmark’s oldest still operating water mill. A water mill has been located here since the mid 15th century. In Faaborg you should visit the bell tower, which was preserved when the town church was demolished and houses Funen’s largest glockenspiel with 38 chimes. From the top of the tower you will have an extensive view of the region. Directly on the market square you will find the Gaol Museum, the former town prison and the local court building. The Gaol Museum offers an insight into the life of prison guards and prisoners then and now. In the courtroom you will have the opportunity to slip into the role of a jury member and pass sentence in authentic present day trials. If you have a sweet tooth you should definitely visit Konnerup. The Chocolatiers produce incredibly delicious chocolates. Before returning to Svendborg, you should go for a refreshing dip in Faaborg harbour. Could a Danish cycling holiday be anymore perfect?
Day 5: Excursion to Lundeborg, approx. 40 km
Today you will cycle mostly along the coast, following the bike route to Nyborg. The landscape is characterised by orchards. You will enjoy beautiful views of the Storebælt Bridge, the Skårupøre Sund, as well as the island of Thurø, which is shaped like a horseshoe. Elsehoved Strand is a popular leisure destination with coniferous forests and a fantastic beach. From here you will have a great view of the Island of Langeland, which is well known for its wild horses. You should definitely take a break at Broholm castle. It’s a particularly idyllic location with its park, lake and water mill. The main building and the museum of antiquities are open to the public. Lundeborg is a small town with a fishing and yachting harbour. At the harbour you can find a fish restaurant and several cafes, as well as a fantastic beach, which is directly adjacent. The stack house is the town’s landmark, which is also located directly next to the harbour. There are several archaeological findings dated between 200 and 800 AD in the surrounding countryside. The excavation of a trading post, as well as findings of gold, graves and settlements, indicate that the region was once an important centre of culture and trade. Scandinavia’s largest Iron Age building was discovered slightly west of Lundeborg.
Day 6: Individual departure or extension of stay
An exciting bike tour in Denmark lies behind you and you will surely have many great memories. If you don’t want to say goodbye to the beautiful island of Funen, we would be happy to extend your stay.