Denmark cycle tour plan

Denmark tour map from Google Earth

Denmark tour map from Google Earth

The route for our forthcoming cycle tour of Denmark is now complete. Last year, we arrived at the port of Esbjerg from Harwich with no accommodation booked nor a detailed route plan. There was always room on the Danish campsites as they tend to have a small area set aside for overnight stoppers but we were lucky to have got in at most of the hostels we stayed at.

This time everything is planned and all the accommodation booked except for campsites. We won't need to waste time stopping to look at the map or asking people the way because the whole of the route has been planned turn by turn and is loaded onto a Garmin eTrex Legend HCx GPS unit together with nightly destinations loaded on as Waypoints just in case.

Excluding two ferry crossings and one train journey the distance travelled will be almost exactly 500 miles over thirteen days. Two of those days are 'short days' from or to the ferry port at Esbjerg. Average cycling mileage per day = 40 miles approx. with a longest distance of 56 miles including a ferry crossing.

The route in Google Earth (and Maps)

The route was created entirely in Google Earth. If you have Google Earth installed on your desktop the links below will open each section in satellite view.

When to tour Denmark on a bicycle

Denmark climate

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Mid to late May is a good time to go. The days are long and it's one of the drier months, with an average daytime temperature of about 16 degrees – perfect for cycling. It's outside the main Danish holiday season but you need to watch out for public holiday weekends when the campsites tend to be busy (for example, Prince Fredrik's Birthday on 26th May, a Monday this year).

Last year's cycle tour of Denmark | tour photos

5 comments on “Denmark cycle tour plan”

  1. Garry wrote:

    It looks lovely. I spent about 3 or 4 days there 3 years ago, on our trip from Berlin to Copenhagen. I loved it. The only place our itineraries cross is Koge, where we stayed a night. Nice town.
    I like your approach to planning. I'm the major planner in our group, but sometimes others do it. I believe in the conservative approach, where possible, to distance , etc. In my experience you never enjoy spending 6 hours on a bike in day. Five is better. Or, less. Isn't it great to ignore the fuddy duddies of school and to leave a verb out of a sentence!! My grammar checker doesn't like it. So what?!

  2. Patrick wrote:

    Our route was actually planned by Sandra. She decided where to go, which places to visit, where to stay, etc. But she's not interested in GPS – that's mostly a man thing I believe. Spacial awareness and all that stuff that the male of the species is supposed to be good at. So it's me who 'planned' the actual course. If the GPS breaks down I'm in trouble, but I'm pretty confident that the roads I've chosen will be good. Better than taking pot luck with a map.

    I agree about grammar but I think it's important to know it.

  3. Patrick wrote:

    The plan takes effect tomorrow, assuming we arrive in Harwich with the bikes still on the car. I hope to update my map at least once per day, texting in co-ordinates to the map page using my ordinary non-GPS mobile phone.

    The map »

  4. Hi Patrick, you can use the graph but please post a link to the original location.

    [Edit: hyperlinked caption added beneath graph – Chris]

  5. Patrick wrote:

    Chris, thanks. Just noticed your edit.


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