Travel report: Denmark - Little Belt, Fyn and the Danish South Sea Islands
From our employees Eva & Kristina
Let's go on an info tour!
But what is an info tour exactly? That's what we employees of Radweg-Reisen call a tour, where we get to know our products on our own by bike. We not only test the tour, we also explore new routes and see new or already known hotels.
The most important thing here is to experience for yourself what cycling holidays feels like! Because once you've carried your heavy e-bike over two platforms yourself, you suddenly understand the guests' desire to book a bike tour with return transfer.
From Flensburg, our tour should go via Sønderborg, Haderslev, Kolding, Odense, Fåborg, Svendborg, Nyborg and back to Odense. We had almost two weeks for this. An enormous tour over a total of 550 kilometers with a clear work assignment lay ahead of us: "Get to know Denmark!".
We set off from Flensburg and it's already hard to say goodbye, because Flensburg with its location and old town is already the first big highlight of our trip. Along the Flensburg Fjord we enjoy the view of the sea and pass geese, cows and sheep. Out of the daily routine it usually takes two to three days until the "vacation feeling" sets in, but here it goes quite quickly.
At the second stage from Sønderburg to Haderslev we already face the biggest challenge of our trip, because there are about 100 bike kilometers ahead of us. We would have loved to ride the bike loop on the island of Als, which leads near the water through a wonderful forest area, but even the e-bike battery has a limit. So we take the direct route to the small ferry from Hardeshøj to Ballebro, which we definitely want to try for a new tour. So far we were already amazed by the nature in Denmark, but from Ballebro the adventure really begins. The route leads us through small woods, meadows and fields and everywhere the golden wheat shines in the sun. We are glad for our good bike profile, because the bike path does not always lead on asphalted roads. Only the signs let us down in some places, so we have to fall back on the GPS tracks. After around 100 kilometers and with almost empty bike batteries, we reach Haderslev.
The next day we continue to Kolding. On the way we stop in Christiansfeld. The place looks rather inconspicuous on the map, but is a real highlight of the tour. Its history and built form make the place special, but the small café Apothek is the secret winner of this day. In the small garden you sit among small trees, bushes and flowers and we try a traditional apple pie after a very old Danish recipe.
Fyn and the Danish South Sea Islands
From Kolding we take the train via the pretty town of Middelfart to the long-awaited island of Fyn. From Odense we cycle on to the "south", because island hopping is on the agenda here. Fåborg is the perfect starting point to explore the small islands Lyø and Avernakø. We are happy to leave the bike behind to enjoy nature in peace and quiet.
Our next overnight stop is Svendborg. The most beautiful route there leads from Fåborg via the island of Ærø, which we reach by ferry. There is little traffic on the idyllic island, and it is easy to take a break between the pretty bathing cottages in Eriks Hale. Preferably with the island's typical pancake specialty Løvtens Paa'kar.
In Svendborg we actually want to take a day off, but our program booklet tells us about probably the best ice cream parlor in Denmark. On the small island of Skarø, they have come up with the idea of making homemade organic ice cream with sugar kelp and the juice of birch trees in a small café - simply delicious! A trip that is well worth it, especially since the island is perfect for a day of swimming.
We continue from Svendborg via Nyborg to Kerteminde. For our last stage to Odense, a very special assignment awaits us: Fyns Hoved. The most northeastern tip of Funen is still a white spot on our cycle route travel map. The question we ask ourselves here: Is the tour there worth it? - Oh yes, it is! Because it goes deep into wild Denmark. On the way to the top, there are hardly any people to be seen. But there are forests, fields, meadows, hills and lots of sea. And when you see a deer with royal antlers running just a few meters past you, you can hardly feel closer to nature. However, we are quite glad that we brought a packed lunch with smørbrød. Because in this lonely part of the country there is hardly a café or a snack bar.
Finally, after almost two weeks of cycling, we arrive in Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. As a reward for us brave cyclists, we test a small beer tasting before heading home. We will gladly remember this beautiful country and can only warmly recommend a trip there!
Tips and info about Denmark
You are now interested in a trip to Denmark? Here are a few more tips and brief info:
- Altitude: Denmark is everything but flat. This makes it incredibly exciting and varied, but you should not underestimate the altitude. But don't worry, Denmark is not the Allgäu.
- Coffee culture: The Danes love their coffee culture. In every larger town there is at least one special café, which is decorated with love and bakes according to traditional recipes. By the way: Danes, young and old, love ice cream, whether it is warm or cold outside. It's always ice cream time in Denmark.
- Danish kroner: A dinner costs the equivalent of between 25 - 35 euros per person.
- No racing bikes: On the national routes it is better to ride with more profile. You are mostly on asphalt or solid gravel roads, but sometimes on a dirt road.
- Do not underestimate the wind: Even though we had two sunny and almost windless weeks, you must not forget that you are constantly near the coast.
- Everything for cyclists: The route network is very well developed and leads along extra cycle paths or roads with little trafficShow more Show less