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    Can anyone recommend a good, 10 bike trip through Denmark, or know of someone who arranges self-guided tours? Thanks. This is for mid-June.

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    PS That was supposed to be "ten-day bike trip"

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    These guys set up tours: http://www.bikedenmark.com/

    General tips about cycling in Denmark: http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/denmark.shtml

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    Not much to add to Black Shuck's links. If you go self-guided, here is a general overview of the national bike routes:

    http://www.trafikken.dk/wimpdoc.asp?...nt&objno=79152

    And then you can click on a region to see the regional routes. They're all sign-posted, but some of the signs are missing or a little ambiguous.

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    I would do a self guide. Stay at camp grounds, an annual card is needed, either in a tent or one of the cabins alternatively there is the hostels. These are your cheapest options as Denmark is an expensive place. There are maps for each region for sale but to get them all is pricey. The bike lanes in Denmark are tremendous!
    True bike touring is a lot of stopping

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    Thanks. Is one route or one region "better" than the others--i.e. better roads, most scenic. I have seen the stuff from BikeDenmark, too. There's no way to get in touch with them directly from the US; they sell their tours through travel agents in the US.
    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuffydog
    Thanks. Is one route or one region "better" than the others--i.e. better roads, most scenic. I have seen the stuff from BikeDenmark, too. There's no way to get in touch with them directly from the US; they sell their tours through travel agents in the US.
    thanks again
    Here's a thread from a few months back by someone wanting to go for a week or so. In it, I and others give some ideas (including west through the southern islands and back via Fyn). No need to repeat everything here; I'll just let you look through this. If you still have questions, I'll be glad to help.

    Touring a week in Denmark

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    I just read through that thread. One of the posters seemed to indicate that riding through Denmark would, after a while, be boring. Is this a valid (though obviously subjective) complaint? We've got ten days--does it make more sense to do five or six in Denmark and four or five somewhere else? Or is there a good point-to-point route through Denmark that would give a certain amount of variation (terrain, history, etc).

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuffydog
    I just read through that thread. One of the posters seemed to indicate that riding through Denmark would, after a while, be boring. Is this a valid (though obviously subjective) complaint? We've got ten days--does it make more sense to do five or six in Denmark and four or five somewhere else? Or is there a good point-to-point route through Denmark that would give a certain amount of variation (terrain, history, etc).

    Thanks.
    Well...Denmark is fairly homogenous in culture and terrain. I'm sure there are others who would disagree, but it's a small country from an American perspective. Where I live it's mostly agricultural, with a few 'forests' scattered about, but I get great pleasure from riding down just about any narrow, winding road. Jylland is hillier (particularly central Jylland, near Vejle), and has more 'natural features' than Fyn (where I live). Sjælland (Copenhagen's island) has more history, I suppose.

    That said, I think it's hard in ten days to find a lot of variation in a lot of places. Northern Germany is going to be much the same, and it's a bit far to get to the mountains of Sweden and their grandeur. But there is plenty to do: several good museums (Viking Museum in Roskilde, others in Copenhagen, HC Andersen history and 'Den Fynske Landsby' in Odense), lovely sea-side towns (Svendborg, Sønderborg, Nyborg near here -- I haven't been to many places on Sjælland). Helsingør Slot ('castle', made famous in 'Hamlet'). The island of Ærø is very lovely. Of course, the people are wonderful everywhere.

    I don't know how far you plan to ride each day, but I'm sure you could make a nice loop in ten days, and have something to see each day. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Sweden and do a loop through Skane (I think that's what southern Sweden is called) as well. I've heard good things about Malmö, but haven't been there (yet). You could also take in a lot more distance by taking the train. I have plans this summer to bike/train up to Skagen and then take the ferry to Oslo, returning down the coast of Sweden (note: taking a bike on the train in Sweden is harder than here, I've heard). You could also do a similar loop/one-way trip to Berlin (there's a ferry to Rostock from somewhere).

    Hopefully that helps. I don't really know what you're looking for, or how far you're planning to go each day, but that's one American's perspective. You can see some of the local countryside here:

    http://www.mip.sdu.dk/~glewin/cykling.html (click on 'Til Billeder' -- 'to pictures')

    http://www.mip.sdu.dk/~glewin/fyn.html

    http://www.mip.sdu.dk/~glewin/landsby.html

    Med venlige hilsner. (Kind regards.)

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    I was thinking that we'd do between 50 and 75 km per day. If we wanted to stay at inns and b+bs, in early June, would we need to have them all booked in advance?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuffydog
    If we wanted to stay at inns and b+bs, in early June, would we need to have them all booked in advance?

    Thanks,
    That I cannot tell you. I've only lived here a year, and never booked a hotel/inn/B&B.

    At 50-75km/day, I would do one of the following:

    1) the Denmark/Sweden tour listed on BikeDenmark.com, modified to either see

    a) more of Sweden, or
    b) take in a part of Fyn (Odense, Hindsholm, maybe Svendborg, maybe start down through Lolland, come across to Svendborg, and up to Odense, but I don't know how many km's that would be).

    OR

    2) The loop around Lolland, Fyn, Ærø, Jylland, back up to Fredericia, Odense, Roskilde that I mentioned in the other thread (you'd take in some of the sites listed in 10 islands in 10 days from BikeDenmark, but go a lot farther west. See http://www.bluemarble.org/RteDenmark...Dk%20Itinerary for some possibilities).

    If you want to get basic distances, go to:

    www.krak.dk and click on Ruteplan. Enter a city where Fra (from) and By (city) intersect and another in Til/By. Spelling should be exact (it's not very forgiving), but you can substitute 'oe' for ø, 'ae' for æ, and 'aa' for å. Then klik on 'rute på kort' (route on map).

    Let me know what you decide, or if you need more help.

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    PS, it is _very_ easy to take a bike on the train in Denmark, so if there's something you want to get to that's a little farther out, it should be pretty straightforward.

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    This is very helpful. I talked to someone who sells BikeDenmark tours in the US and he recommended the Northern Sealands tour because he thought it had the most opportunities to visit castles, etc. I am not sure that's where my heart lies. (I did some riding in France last year and there were lots of castles and chateaus. I was much more interested in how the other 99% lived...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuffydog
    This is very helpful. I talked to someone who sells BikeDenmark tours in the US and he recommended the Northern Sealands tour because he thought it had the most opportunities to visit castles, etc. I am not sure that's where my heart lies. (I did some riding in France last year and there were lots of castles and chateaus. I was much more interested in how the other 99% lived...)
    Åååååååh, then I'd hit Lolland and Fyn if I were you. Langeland (the island to the SE of Fyn), Ærø (the island to the SSW), and Hindshold (the peninsula on the NE of Fyn) are the typical, 'idyllic' countryside you might be looking for. There are some nice beaches/seashore on Lolland, as well. They are littered with quaint villages with half-timbered houses and thatched roofs, and the mid-sized cities (eg. Svendborg, and Sønderborg if you get to Jylland) have nice downtowns with shopping and cafés and what-not.

    The 'castles' of Denmark are not nearly as impressive or numerous as in France. Most are what I would call a 'manor'. Helsingør is the most famous, along with some in Copenhagen. I would consider stopping at Egeskov on Fyn if I were you (near Kværndrup), and there a nice one near Svendborg...Traneker?...if you're not gung-ho to see castles, that shouldn't be too much. Den Fynske Landsby, in Odense, is an open-air historical museum that might be right up your alley.

    Oh, dear. I almost forgot: saturday, June 23rd is Sankthansafter (St. John's Eve), where everybody builds bonfires and burns witches (see: http://www.mip.sdu.dk/~glewin/sankthans.html). If you're here then, the larger towns/cities will have a central gathering with a big fire that you can go to (it would be hard to invite yourself to a smaller gathering).

    I'm starting to feel like Julie McCoy, here, but this is fun. I'd love to hear about your final plans and get a tour report at some time!

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    Absolutely. It now looks like we'll be riding from Mors to Skagen, and possibly back down to Mors via a different route, if the winds are not too daunting. If we don't do it as a 9-day loop, we'll probably ride for five days to Skagen, and then do a smaller loop somewhere else. It turns out that the local tourist authority has a route all plotted out, with distances of 35-75 km per day. It sounds ideal.
    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuffydog
    Absolutely. It now looks like we'll be riding from Mors to Skagen, and possibly back down to Mors via a different route, if the winds are not too daunting. If we don't do it as a 9-day loop, we'll probably ride for five days to Skagen, and then do a smaller loop somewhere else. It turns out that the local tourist authority has a route all plotted out, with distances of 35-75 km per day. It sounds ideal.
    Many thanks.
    Det lyder flot! (That sounds great) I have not been up that way yet, but it looks lovely. This summer, we'll probably go up that way with my sister and her family, her husband and I on bikes (and some train), the others by train, and then take the ferry to Oslo.

    Of course, we have to stop at LegoLand for the kids, first.

    God tur!

    G

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