Queen Louise's Bridge Copenhagen Biking

10 reasons to cycle in Denmark

Photo: Martin Heiberg

You might know Denmark as the homeland of the Vikings. You might also know it as one of the happiest nations on earth. We know it as a bike-lovers paradise, and here’s a few reasons why.

1. Everybody’s doing it.

Cycling is a way of life in Denmark – and if you cycle every day, you’ll find like-minded people everywhere. We even have our own cycling embassy, designed to promote and inspire cycling.

2. Cycling is a great way to see the country.

It also pairs well with lots of pursuits: you can explore breweries, smoke houses and outstanding Nordic restaurants, take in beaches and castles or follow the path of the Vikings as you go.

3. The terrain is on your side.

Denmark’s highest point is only 170.89 ft above sea level.

4. But if you want to push yourself, head to Vejle in southeast Jutland.

The town is home to the professional cyclist stage race PostNord Danmark, and is known for its short explosive hill climbs. There are also mountain bike trails in Danish forests and a growing number of gravel tracks are springing up around the country.

5. Urban cycling rules in Copenhagen.

There are more bikes than people in Denmark’s capital city, and half the population gets to school and work on two wheels. But cycling isn’t just a feature of Copenhagen – Danes cycle all across the country, and Odense is another city tipped as a cycling city of the future.

6. Bike rental is easy – not just in Copenhagen, but all across the country.

Cities also offer on-street bike rental options as well as bike shops who can rent you touring bikes, cargo bikes and just about everything else. In Denmark, cycling is just part of the culture. 

7. Week or two-week long trips are easy to plan.

We have over 12,000 km of cycle lanes in national, regional and local routes plus accommodation especially designed for cyclists. If you’re looking for a cycling holiday in Denmark, our routes make it easy to plan. There are also some particularly special architecturally-designed shelters you can stay in – for a handful of coins each night – that you can only access if you arrive by bike, kayak or on foot.

8.    You can do it your way.

That means lycra-clad and going for distance and speed if you like, or keeping the curious Danish feeling of hygge in mind, which, while cycling, really means going at a more relaxed pace.

9.    It’s good for you and the planet.

Biking in and around Denmark offers an easy way to stay fit and healthy with a low-to-nonexistent carbon footprint.

10.    Le Grand Départ – the start of the Tour de France – will be in Denmark in 2021.

The world’s best cyclists will be converging on Copenhagen and exploring routes out from the city. And if it’s good enough for them…

Practical information about cycling in Denmark

What is it like cycling in Denmark?

Denmark is a mostly flat country with over 400 islands, fantastic bread, beer and pastries, a cycling-mad capital city and more than 12,000km of bike routes that make cycling in Denmark a delight. We don’t have much in the way of hills here, but we’re a little more undulating than the Netherlands, and you might well have a bit of wind to content with too (it’s character building!).

FAQs about cycling in Denmark

What are the rules when cycling in Denmark? How do I navigate and find my way around Denmark on two wheels? And which cycle route should I explore? These are some of our frequently asked questions, and if you were wondering the same, you might find some useful information below.