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 are a few reasons why.
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.
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.
Denmark’s highest point is only 170.89 ft above sea level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biking in and around Denmark offers an easy way to stay fit and healthy with a low-to-nonexistent carbon footprint.
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…
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!).
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.
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A good bike and a good cycling guide are the first two steps towards a successful cycling holiday. The Danish Cycling Federation has a large selection of guides and maps available to buy online.
You can plan your bike route online with the Naviki app and website, available in multiple language versions.
Digital bicycle maps
You can view a digital map of Denmark’s cycle routes, and download it to your GPS, on the Danish Road Directorate’s website.
You will find it easy to navigate whilst cycling in Denmark, as the country has over 11,000km of sign-posted routes. Just find your route name, number or logo and follow the signs. Routes criss-cross each other, so it is possible to combine routes and take in the entire country by bike.
Cycle routes are particularly safe in comparison to other countries and national cycle routes tend to follow smaller by-roads, undisturbed forest roads and pathways.
National cycle routes
There are 11 national cycle routes in Denmark, which cover a total of over 4,000km. National routes are signposted with a white route number in a red square and bicycle symbol on a blue, square sign. (Note that Route 10 on Bornholm has a green, rather than blue, background). Odd route numbers 1 to 9 run North to South, while even routes 2 to 8 run East to West. There are two circular routes: Bornholm (Route 10) and the Limfjord Route (Route 12).
Regional and local routes
Denmark also has an extensive network of regional and local cycle routes, each with their own signage. The regional route signs follow the same patterns as the national; white route numbers from 16 to 99 on a blue background. The local route network also uses the same system but with numbers from 100 to 999.