Best of Northern Zealand

4/5 (9)
6 nights
20 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 952
Bike tour in Denmark
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

Best of Northern Zealand

4/5 (9)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

6 nights
20 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 952
Bike tour in Denmark

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  • Bike Denmark's northern coastline from captivating Copenhagen

    This tour is not availabile in 2024, please check out the Royal Zealand and Copenhagen tour!

    Embark on an easy, exciting tour with short stages, safe biking, and lots to see - this one is very suitable for families!

    You'll start and finish in captivating Copenhagen, the 'Bike Capital of the World'. Experiencing Copenhagen on two wheels is an adventure you won't forget! Ride to the Royal Palace, home of the Danish Queen and meander down to the Little Mermaid. You can also explore the grand Tivoli Gardens and 'Strøget', one of the longest pedestrian streets in the world!

    North of Copenhagen you'll encounter commanding castles, gorgeous nature, and one of the most exclusive residential areas in Denmark. Continue along atmospheric coastlines replete with sandy beaches and charming marinas. A short roundtrip into Sweden is possible too!

    You'll have plenty of time to visit some of Denmark's most significant museums, including the Museum of Modern Art - Louisiana, the Karen Blixen Museum, and the Danish Maritime Museum.

    Note: If you have minimum 8 people in your party, you may request a start day other than Sundays. If your overnight in Copenhagen is on a weekday, the tour price will be higher. If you book extra nights in Copenhagen on a weekday, the price will also be higher. Please contact us for prices.

    • Helsingør, Denmark. CC:Greganered
    • Smørrebrød, popular open-face sandwiches, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maria Eklind, Flickr
    • Best of Northern Zealand. ©Ruby Rejser
    • Best of Northern Zealand. ©Ruby Rejser
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    • Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lou Stejskal, Flickr
    • Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark. Dennis Jarvis, Flickr
    • Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark. Jens Herrndorff, Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Wonderful Copenhagen, capital of Denmark and the 'Bike Capital of the World'
    • Museum of Modern Art - Louisiana
    • Rungstedlund - the house/museum of the famous Danish author Karen Blixen
    • Helsingør and Kronborg (the castle from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet)
    • Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør
    • Visit to Sweden
    • Hillerød with Frederiksborg Castle
    • Fredensborg Castle, the Queen's summer residence
    • Esrum Abbey

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    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Copenhagen.


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     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Copenhagen
    Arrive at your hotel in Copenhagen and take some time to explore the 'Bike Capital of the World'. Discover Nyhavn, the Royal Castle, Christiania, and the Tivoli Gardens. You may even consider taking a short cycling day tour to really uncover the essence of Copenhagen!

    Overnight in Copenhagen.

    Day 2: Copenhagen – Hørsholm (23 miles/36 km)
    Cycling through Copenhagen, famous for its bike-friendly atmosphere, provides a memorable start to your tour! You'll pedal past some of the city's most famous sights, including the Little Mermaid and the famous 'Bellevue' beach.

    In Dyrehaven, the famous royal hunting rounds, you'll ride along peaceful lanes surrounded by centuries-old trees, from around which curious deer may poke their heads to catch a glimpse of you gliding by! Here you'll also find the 'Bakken', a very old amusement park, where you can make a stop for refreshments. From here, you'll follow Strandvejen along the coastline, before reaching Hørsholm on the coast of Øresund.

    Overnight in Hørsholm.

    Day 3: Hørsholm – Helsingor (12 miles/20 km)
    Today you'll cycle along the coastline throughout the day, passing two of Denmark's finest museums. In Rungsted you can visit Rungstedlund, home of the Danish author Karen Blixen, most famous for her novel Out of Africa. In Humlebæk you can visit the Museum of Modern Art - Louisiana, famous not only for its intriguing exhibitions but also for its wonderful architecture and location.

    You will end the day in Helsingør and, after an easy day on the bike, you might decide to visit the old borough that boasts the impressive Kronborg Castle (inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet).

    Overnight in Helsingør area.

    Day 4: Round trip to Sweden and Helsingør (25 miles/40 km)
    Today you'll have the chance to visit some of Helsingør's incredible attractions and the beautiful nature of Sweden across the border. Cycling first to Helsingør Harbour, take the ferry to Helsingborg (ticket not included). From here, you can take a round trip (approx. 35 km) along the coast to blissful beaches and small fishing villages, then back through atmospheric Swedish forests and fields.

    If you have time to spare, visit the royal chambers and impressive walls of Kronborg Castle if you missed it yesterday. You can also explore the Danish Maritime Museum, with its insightful exhibitions delving into Danish trading and shipping history from the 15th century to the present day. This museum was listed among the '52 places to go in 2014' by The New York Times.

    Overnight near Helsingør.

    Day 5: Helsingør – Hillerod (34 miles/54 km)
    Today you can visit two of Denmark's most beautiful castles. Starting along the coast to Hornbæk, discover a charming fishing village with tempting places for a rest and swim. Afterwards, you'll bike alongside one of the deepest lakes in Denmark towards Hillerød. If you wish to visit the Queen's summer residence - Fredensborg Castle - you can extend the tour with a ride of about 10 km. Enjoy a stroll in the park if the Queen is off-site, and discover the unique interior of this 18th-century 'fairytale palace'. Upon arrival in Hillerød, you'll cycle alongside the lake to Frederiksborg Castle, breathtakingly located.

    Overnight near Hillerød.

    Day 6: Hillerød – Copenhagen (24 miles/38 km)
    Heading south towards Copenhagen, you'll soak up idyllic scenery, from lush forests to wild wetlands, all populated by myriad bird species. The richness of the nature in an area so close to Denmark's capital is astonishing, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to cycle from the greenery of Northern Zealand to bustling Copenhagen.

    Whilst the first 18 km towards Farum take place on winding paths and smaller roads, the last 20 km are along the new 'Supercykelsti' (Super Cycle Path), built for the ease of Copenhagen's many commuting cyclists. When you come into Nørrebro, one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Copenhagen, you're advised to slow down a little to be aware of all the cyclists heading towards the city center.

    Overnight in Copenhagen.

    Day 7: Departure
    Individual departure or the possibility to extend your stay with additional days in Copenhagen. Want to delve deeper into this intruiging, trendy city? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Copenhagen.


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  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Standard rooms: Good and comfortable rooms

    Superior rooms: Upgraded rooms, often with balcony or sea views

    Scandic Hotel, Copenhagen
    www.scandichotels.com

    Kokkedal Slot, Vedbaek
    www.kokkedalslotcopenhagen.dk

    Strand & Badehotel Marienlyst, Helsingør
    www.marienlyst.dk

    Hotel Hillerod, Hillerod
    www.hotelhillerod.dk

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


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     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    The bikes available for this tour are:

    • Touring standard bicycle, 27-speed
    • Electrically-assisted bikes*
    • Children's bicycle
    • Children's trailer, seat, or tagalong

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Equipment provided for the bikes includes:

    • Lock
    • Waterproof rear saddle bag
    • Spare tubes, repair kit, pump
    • GPS unit (one per room)

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available to rent for €10. For safety and hygiene purposes we recommend you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.


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     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    This tour is not availabile in 2024, please check out the Royal Zealand and Copenhagen tour!

    Prices

    Tour package

    Standard Superior
    Per person, double occupancy €952 €1064
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1386 €1610

    Bike Rentals

    Touring standard bicycle, 27-speed €100
    Electrical bike €300
    Children's bike €80
    Children's bike seat €40
    Children's bike trailer/tagalong €80
    Helmet €10

    Extra Nights, Copenhagen

    Standard Superior
    Per person, double occupancy €153 €217
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €225 €265

    Discounts

    1 child up to and including 11 years in a 3-bed room 50%
    Children up to and including 11 years in a family room 50%

    Included services

    • 6 nights accommodation in the selected category
    • Daily breakfast buffet
    • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    • GPS and roadbook with day description; information about highlights and sightseeing along the route
    • Service hotline service in case of problems or questions

    Tour Company


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     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Surface and terrain

    The terrain is mostly flat with occasional small hills. This tour is leisurely and well-suited to families. You'll ride along paved and unpaved bike paths and mostly minor roads. Of course there is traffic in Copenhagen, but there are plenty of bike lanes and drivers are used to paying a lot of attention to cyclists.


    How to get there

    Tour start and end
    Nearest airport: Copenhagen (CPH) airport
    Nearest train station: Copenhagen Central Station

    Tips on getting to and from your tour.


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     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Bruce Kozarsky 11 months ago

      Terrific trip under unexpected circumstances

      One week before our trip was to start, something happened that made it impossible for my wife to bike. The tour was non-refundable at that point, and while we had purchased travel insurance, we weren't sure what they would cover. So we went ahead anyway and in retrospect, we're glad we did. Thanks to Denmark's remarkable rail network, it was very easy (and cheap) to go from hotel to hotel via train. We decided that I would bike for two of the five days and the local tour operator, Ruby Rejser, was wonderfully accommodating, delivering my bike at the start of my two biking days and picking it up at the end. Whether riding or not, the luggage transfer was seamless. The destinations were great, specially the Louisiana Museum, Helsingor (Elsinor), the day in Helsingborg, Sweden, and the Fredericksborg castle in Hillerod.

      On the two days that I rode, the routes were great, combining seaside vistas with forests, parks, farmland, small towns and castles. Most roads have dedicated bike lanes and the bike trails were great, too.

      My only complaints were two: the bike I rode was OK but not in optimal shape because the gears occasionally slipped, and the Garmin didn't always work properly. Written cue sheets would have served well as a backup but there were none -- just some printed maps. Still, I was able to get where I needed to go with just a few wrong turns and confusing moments. Nothing wrong with a couple of extra miles given the short routes on this tour.

      All the hotels were great except for one (Best Western in Hillerod, though that was still fine). And the breakfasts were great.

      Overall, we had a great time and I want to give a special shout-out to the Ruby Rejser representative in charge of the tour who was exceptionally flexible and accommodating to our unusual circumstances.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Bryan Whited August 6, 2022

      Beautiful scenery along popular tourist areas (except the last day)

      This tour was a lot of fun and we got to see a lot of interesting places. The hotels were amazing and you get to stay in some very interesting towns/cities. The scenery along the trail was nice, although for many portions the view was blocked by either privacy walls or thick foliage on one or both sides of the trail. Most of the areas are popular with tourists, so don't expect to see many "hidden" gems or explore backwater areas off the beaten path.

      I highly recommend the tour, but there were a few things that could be better.
      First off, the GPS worked 90% of the time with the remaining 10% very wrong (with directions to go round in circles, pull into random driveways or repeatedly make u-turns). Unfortunately the 10% where it was wrong was often in the areas where you needed it the most (like dodging traffic in the industrial part of Copenhagen or where the trails were confusing)
      Second, the last day just wasn't much fun at all. It was one of the longest days, the scenery wasn't all that great and and much of the trail was along highways and roads with heavy traffic. The paths were still nice and safe but the constant noise and exhaust got old and I got frustrated with how confused the GPS was. (Also the weather was bad that day and the path was covered in slugs and snails.)

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      This is our fourth unguided bike tour
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 3/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Joey73 June 15, 2019

      Surprising trip

      Denmark is an absolutely bike friendly country.
      I would call it a paradise for bikers.
      To commute, everyone seems to ride a bike over short and long distances.
      There were little cars and motorbikes on the course.
      Nicely arranged, marked and paved bike pathways on our course (~80 %). The rest were unsealed
      farm and forest roads.
      People were very friendly and helpful guiding us on
      the bike course. Besides Danish the people speak
      fluent English (compulsory subject at school).

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 25 - June 02, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      One
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Kseed July 1, 2018

      Fun, but flawed

      We did the ‘Best of Northern Zealand’ trip. The locations were fun, and the the hotels decent enough. The bikes need to be upgraded. The most difficult part of the trip was the navigation. The GPS files don't have enough way points, so it rarely told us on what road we should be, instead pointing us across fields in a general direction. We wound up using Google Maps, which served us way better, but used a lot of battery on the phone. So make sure you have a smart phone and a good sized external battery for navigation. We did enjoy the trip quite a lot, but in general, with the exception of moving luggage around, we could have done just as well or better on our own.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 16th
      How many tours have you completed?
      Several
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 3/5 Value
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Vegacat September 24, 2017

      Enjoyable tour but poor organisation

      Although we booked this tour through biketours.com the tour is actually operated by Bike Denmark. Things got off to a bad start when we arrived at the first hotel (the Scandic in Copenhagen) to find the hotel had no record of a reservation in our name. Fortunately, the hotel did have a free room and after several phone calls to Bike Denmark the situation was sorted out. Our bikes were to be obtained the next morning from Bike Denmark at the rear of the hotel. What we found was a fairly chaotic situation with one Bike Denmark representative trying to set up bikes for twenty or so cyclists. Whilst the bikes were reasonable touring bikes, they had not been cleaned and were very dirty. There was a shortage of bike locks so we only got one between two. The helmets were old and in poor condition. Similarly, the bike map holders were torn and certainly not waterproof. Altogether it was a poor start to the tour. Bike Denmark could have done a much better job by ensuring that all bikes were set up and fully equipped prior to the 9.00am pick up time.

      We were provided with two route books, one with maps one with turning instructions. Both were printed only on one side of the page so it would have been much better if they had been combined so as you could see the map and instructions side by side. The instructions were not always clear leading to a couple of wrong turns and the need to resort to Google maps. (We found that others on the route made similar errors). It would be better if the route book provided more detail of what you are passing between turning points as a cross check that you are on the right route. Also detail could be provided of dining options in overnight towns.

      The bike tour itself was most enjoyable. Very pleasant and safe cycling along the coast to Helsingor (a highlight in itself) and then back by an inland route with some undulations. The hotel in Helsingor was very good (right on the beach) whilst the other hotels were adequate. However the hotel in Hillerod was unfortunately some way out of town so we didn't get to enjoy much of this interesting looking town itself.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany Williamson September 25, 2017

        Thank you very much for your feedback. We're delighted to hear you had a great time overall, but we're very sorry to hear of the lack of organization from the local tour operator upon your arrival. We will follow up with our Danish partners to discuss this situation along with better-translated maps for future clients.

      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 1/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Xavi July 18, 2017

      We had a really nice northern zealand tour

      The landscape was beautiful, and the route quite easy to find, though sometimes the indications weren't that clear,besides that, very comfortable hotels,and a real pleasure cycling across awsome forests and paths.The assistant contact there was quite efficient, You shold replace the electric bikes with modern models

      What was the date of your tour?
      24/6/2017 29/6/2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      4/5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • three bees July 14, 2017

      great variety of scenery

      Lots to see whilst cycling - forests, seaside, lakes, country farmland, small towns etc. The organisation was somewhat disappointing e.g., miscommunications in regard to where our bikes should be delivered, wrong maps provided, battery charger not working (and some reluctance by the bike operator to replace it!) but overall the bikes were in good working condition, the maps were easy to follow, and accommodation was great.
      As for the scenery - once you got out of Copenhagen, it was brilliant.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      Four
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson July 15, 2017

        Thank you so much for your feedback. We're very concerned with your comments about the local tour operator's disappointing organization, and we are pursuing those issues with them. We have a very low threshold for poor service, and we want to make sure this doesn't happen to future clients.

      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • EDWH August 26, 2016

      Denmark Sights

      Pretty good tour with lots to see along the way. Best bike paths in all of Scandinavia. Bikes in good condition, except for my computer which never worked, but could have used more detail or up to date information on guide sheets. Fairly flat with lots of pretty seaside scenery.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      12
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Morrisfam July 8, 2016

      Amazing tour, family friendly, so much to see!!

      Wonderful scenery, museums, castles and countryside to see. Recommend downloading google maps to use while touring with the guide.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 3-9
      How many tours have you completed?
      First one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection

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