The best long routes


Denmark was one of the first countries in the world to set up a linked, national cycle route network. When the route network was set up in 1993, it consisted of 10 routes.

In 2002, the Limfjord Route was added as the last national cycle route.

These 11 routes have a total length of more than 4,000 kilometres.

Here we present some of the best routes in Denmark.

Vestkystruten/The North Sea Cycle Route - National Route 1 (562,51 km)


National Cycle Route no. 1 from Rudbøl to Skagen is 560 kilometres long. It runs as close to the west coast of Jutland as it is possible to go and guarantees wind in your hair and fantastic views. The route is not suitable for racing bikes as it includes sections of gravel road. It is more suitable for a relatively slow and child-friendly cycle in attractive Danish countryside where experiencing the scenery is more important than getting anywhere in a hurry.

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The Ancient Road Hærvejen - National Route 3 (450,67 km)

Padborg, Frederikshavn

The Ancient Road is not just one road in Jutland from north to south, but a network of roads which have followed the easiest route through the landscape for many hundreds of years. The signposted cycle route from Frederikshavn to the German border represents more than 500 kilometres through the history of Denmark and some of Denmark’s most beautiful scenery.

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Østersøruten - Nationalrute 8 (1039,41 km)

I kan glæde jer til en helt enestående og meget varieret naturoplevelse, hvor havet spiller hovedrollen det meste af vejen. Vejene er generelt gode og asfalterede. Vær opmærksom på, at hele ruten først bliver skiltet færdig i 2017. Derfor tages der forbehold for evt. uoverensstemmelser.

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Elsinore-Gedser – National Route 9 (315,36 km)

The Danish section of the international cycle route from Berlin to Copenhagen and on to Elsinore offers spectacular natural scenery with a wide range of cultural highlights. The sea plays the starring role most of the way.

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Around Bornholm - National Route 10 (103,82 km)

Taking a cycle ride around this rocky and picturesque island is something that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. The 105 kilometres can be done in one day, but why not divide the trip into four days and experience the island and its round churches, rocks and unique scenery more fully? The bicycle is the best place from which to view all of the highlights of the island.


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The Limfjord Route - National Route 12 (574,96 km)

Limfjorden is one of the most beautiful areas in Denmark and a cycle on National Route 12 is perhaps the best way to experience the wonderful scenery. Remember to bring swimwear and a pair of binoculars – as you will be needing both.


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Fjordstien - Regional Route 40 (171,11 km)

Roskilde Fjord and Isefjord

Through the Green along the Blue is a 171-kilometre-long route along Roskilde Fjord and Isefjord. No need to cycle all 275 kilometres – at least not in one go. Planning a route that includes both ferries and bridges is easy. A brief introduction to the many experiences on the Fjord Trail starting in Hundested and ending in Rørvig Harbour can be found below.


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Around the Fjord - Local Route 760 (92,02 km)

Ringkøbing Fjord, Hvide Sande, Ringkøbing, Bork Harbour

Set aside a whole day or two for the route around Ringkøbing Fjord. It is almost 100 kilometres long with a great deal to see along the way.


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