1. Between sea and fjord
Ringkøbing Fjord is a natural cove and river estuary protected from the roaring waves of the North Sea by a 1 km wide headland of sand. The 42 km cycle route lets you explore the farmlands and coastal nature reserve of the southern shores of the cove. Among the attractions along the route is the museum farm Gåsemandens Gård – a time capsule with heritage breeds of farm animals and the Bork Havn Viking ship harbour with reconstructed Viking ships and longhouses. Throughout July and August, the Viking Age is brought to life in this Viking heritage centre with events including the Bork Viking Market (9-19 August 2014) complete with battle shows and Viking crafts. Those looking for more action on their holiday can sign up for the North Sea Beach Marathon by Hvide Sande along the sandy headland (29 June 2014).
Travellers in the region can also combine the cycling experience with a visit to the Sand Sculpture Festival in Søndervig located close to the city of Ringkøbing. This year, the festival promises to be one of Europe’s largest and will have a Viking theme (opening 5 June 2014).
Where: West coast (Central Jutland)
Distance: 42 km
Powered by Cycling: Panorama is a new initiative that makes it easier for holidaymakers in Denmark to experience some of the best the nation has to offer. The Panorama initiative offers 26 new looped cycling routes that branch out from two of Denmark’s most scenic national cycling route - the West Coast Route and the Berlin-Copenhagen Route. The short routes have been upgraded with new cycling infrastructure and an international hospitality quality labelling system - Bike+Bed. Many of these routes offer a unique chance to explore nature, heritage and family attractions in Denmark by pedal power.
Denmark has more than 12,000 km of designated bicycle routes. And with cycle-friendly cities and 11 national cycle routes, Denmark is a great destination for cycling holidays.
78% of travellers cite nature as their main reason for visiting Denmark.
29% of all tourists visiting Denmark hop on a bike.
95% of travellers who cycle in Denmark prefer short cycling trips – also to discover historic attractions and local gastronomy.
31% of travellers who cycle in Denmark also visit family attractions, such as theme parks and zoos.