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8 days - Independent cycling tour of the island of Funen.
The island of Funen is often referred to as the garden of Denmark. Renowned for its fruit, there might be something to the talk about this wonderful island. Funen is also in the centre of Denmark, making the island very accessible from both Copenhagen Airport and the train, directly from the rest of Europe.
South of Funen lies the archipelago with small picturesque islands connected by ferries, offering both a break in the bike riding and also an experience of being off the beaten track where time and speed is not that important.
- Day 1
- Arrive Copenhagen
- Day 2
- Odense – Assens
- Day 3
- Assens - Faaborg
- Day 4
- Faaborg - Ærø (Aeroe) - Svendborg
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Svendborg - Nyborg
- Day 7
- Nyborg - Kerteminde - Odense
- Day 8
- Tour ends
- Start/End Place
- Copenhagen, Scandinavia
- Destinations Visited
- 8 Days
- Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groups
Local train and bicycle.
- 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels inclusive breakfast
- Rooms with shower or bathtub and WC
- Luggage transport between hotels
- 24-hour emergency service
- Bike hire
- 1 x route description/road book and maps per room
- Transport from Copenhagen airport/city to Odense and back
International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive Copenhagen
Arrive in Copenhagen and prepare for a relaxing and exiting tour. You will be taking the train from Copenhagen to Odense where you will make your own way to the hotel. Your bike is waiting for you at the hotel. The evening is free for you to enjoy the city of Odense.
TransportationTrain from Copenhagen to Odense takes about 2 hours.
AccommodationCity hotel in Odense
Day 2 - Odense – Assens
Odense is the capital of Funen – and also well known as the birthplace of author Hans Christian Andersen. It is worth having a stroll around the city. From urban environment out into rural landscape on minor roads, starting to experience the idyllic scenery of Denmark’s garden.
Today you end up in Assens – a charming old town on the west coast of Funen overlooking Lillebælt (Small Belt) and the hometown of and art museum and the old grocers house Willemosegaarden.
TransportationApproximately 45 km
Day 3 - Assens - Faaborg
Heading southeast towards the “Alps of Funen”, today's route gives you both very nice views over the water and also comfortable challenges in the gently undulating landscape. You pass manor houses and century-old churches. Approaching your destination – the old harbour town of Faaborg – you start overlooking the archipelago of south Funen, where you might spot a local ferry or the sail of an old wooden ship. Faaborg itself offers small streets to stroll along and old houses that create a very specific atmosphere.
TransportationApproximately 40 km
Day 4 - Faaborg - Ærø (Aeroe) - Svendborg
Today it’s your turn to experience the archipelago, starting with the ferry from Faaborg to the island of Ærø (Aeroe). The trip lasts one hour and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery while arriving “the proper way” to a real island: by boat.
The landing harbour on Ærø is Søby (Soeby) from where you follow small roads to the fascinating town of Ærøskøbing (Aeroeskoebing). Old houses and cobblestoned streets await you – along with an interesting history. Don't forget your camera! From Ærøskøbing you take another ferry back to Funen and arrive at Svendborg, where you stay for 2 nights.
TransportationApproximately 25 km
Day 5 - Svendborg
Svendborg is the maritime centre of Funen. Just next to the quay of the ferry from Ærø is “Træskibsbroen” (the wooden ships bridge), where you may be lucky enough to see a very fine collection of old wooden ships. The city itself offers shopping, attractions, restaurants – and of course a variety of bars as it is still a lively seaman’s town. You might also take a daytrip in the surroundings – and maybe visit the castle Egeskov, hosting a fine collection of old cars and aeroplanes.
Day 6 - Svendborg - Nyborg
From Svendborg, going north, the water on your right is referred to as Storebælt (Great Belt). Often you see small stalls along the route selling local fruits and vegetables. Again you pass impressive old manor houses – and after midday you see the Storebæltsbroen (Great Belt Bridge) – not long ago, the longest spanning bridge in the world. Finish in Nyborg, with a visit to the Nyborg Castle at the end of the ride.
TransportationApproximately 45 km
Day 7 - Nyborg - Kerteminde - Odense
In Kerteminde, a good place to visit is the Fjord & Bælt-center (“Fiord and Belt Centre”) – or maybe have an ice cream at the harbour – before you head back for Odense, enjoying even more beautiful scenery, timbered houses and lovely gardens along the way.
TransportationApproximately 50 km
Day 8 - Tour ends
Time to travel home – or maybe to extend your holiday with a day or two in Odense – or maybe in Aarhus or Copenhagen.
Price listed per person. Departure every Sunday from early June to late August 2019.
30 Jun 2019
26 Aug 2019
Please ask us if you would like to hire an E-bike, additional cost will apply.
B.Y.O your own thermos for coffee and tea refills.
Interactive Tour Map
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Fitness Requirement and Preparation - Easy
Participants should be of normal health and fitness. Meaning, you should be able to walk up and down stairs and distances up to 1 kilometre in terrain with a small day pack.