Combining Sweden & Denmark, two Nordic gems into one trip is a natural. Start from the city of Torekov, Sweden located on the Bjare Peninsula, a land of picturesque fishing villages, coastal meadows, cliff beaches and deep deciduous forests. Both Sweden and Denmark boast a myriad of designated cycling routes which we take advantage of on this unique trip. Castles (or slots as they are known in Denmark) are in abundance including Kokkedal Castle which is now a luxurious 5-star hotel that we spend two nights at. Riding to Copenhagen along the coast will be a dramatic way to enter the city, well known for its design aesthetic and foodie culture.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
  • Dinner at restaurants that are superb
  • Thoughtfully designed itinerary to minimize shuttles
  • An option to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the most visited art museum in Denmark
  • Distinctive, charming hotels
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises!

Location

Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrival & Day 5 + 6

Torekov

Torekov, Sweden

Day 1 + 2

Hørsholm

Hørsholm, Denmark

Day 3 + 4

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of two or more experienced Great Explorations guides
Support vehicle
5 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Bike rental
Detailed maps & GPS instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off
Morning yoga classes on at least 2 days
Brewery tastings and other surprises!

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2021

We will only be offering custom trips in 2021. Your group chooses the dates!

Trip can start at any date. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

6 days / 5 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Copenhagen, Denmark

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

TERRAIN

Mixed

COST

Land Cost:
US $4,530 pp
Includes 5B/2L/4D

Single Supplement:
US $1,050

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All our trips outside Canada are quoted in U.S. Dollars (USD) but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars (CAD) also. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604 730 1247 | +1 800 242 1825.

Getting there
You fly in and out of Copenhagen. Our trip starts from Torekov, Sweden (easily reached by train) and ends in Copenhagen.


1

Day 1

Torekov, Sweden

Start the trip with a speedy and comfortable morning train from Copenhagen’s central station at 9:30am; it will take just 2 hours to Forslov and we’ll have a shuttle waiting to whisk you to the Torekov Hotel, a distinctive 4-star hotel property with spa, tennis courts and outdoor plunge pools. After a fabulous lunch, we will fit bikes and head off on a quiet rural route to the village of Kattvik on the sea. Back in Torekov, take a spa or stroll through town before our welcome wine reception and dinner.

Ride Distance: 35 km; 385 m.*

2

Day 2

Torekov, Sweden

Today we will ride a loop of the Bjare Peninsula, along quiet roads through bucolic scenery. Visit the town of Bastad with its marine history back to 1450, famous for hosting the Sweden Open tennis tournament and popular beach destination; kick back, take a swim and enjoy lunch at one of the beachside restaurants. Visit the Norrviken Gardens, created by Rudolf Abelin in 1905 as a living garden museum. On the afternoon ride, stop to taste at a local cheesemaker on your way back to the hotel, where heated pool awaits. If you wish an afternoon stroll, walk a stretch of the Skaneleden Trail through the Bjarekusten Nature Reserve to the dramatic cliffs at Hovs Hallar.

Ride Distance: 41 km; 360 m or 60 km; 200 m.*
Hiking option: 10 km; 70 m.*

3

Day 3

Horsholm, Denmark

We’ll make our way south out of Torekov along the Baltic Sea taking advantage of designated cycling routes along stretches with expansive sandy beaches. Near Hasslarp, we stop to taste wine and picnic at a farm vineyard. Stop to visit Sofiero Slott, the former summer residence of the Swedish royal family, with flower-filled gardens. Arriving to Helsingborg, we take a 20 minute ferry takes to Helsingor, Denmark. Stop and view Kronborg Castle, a World Heritage site and the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. We stay at the 5-star Kokkedal Castle hotel near Horsholm.

Ride Distance: 45 km; 185 m or 67 km; 280 m or 85 km; 350 m.*

4

Day 4

Horsholm, Denmark

Choose between several cycling options: an easy-going ride to Fredensborg to visit one of Denmark’s magnificent castle gardens, a cultural gem that provides unique insight into Danish history, architecture, gardening and sculpture. An optional add-on loop takes you to Frederiksborg Castle, a palatial complex built as a royal residence for King IV of Denmark. Or, after a short transfer to Helsingor, ride north along the coast to Esrun to visit a Cistercian abbey from 1140, restored in 1996 and now a national historic monument with museum and cafe. A longer option reaches the charming sea-side village of Gilleleje, looping back through the interior and past the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the most visited art museum in Denmark, with works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and others. We’ll dine out at a waterfront restaurant in nearby Rungsted.

Ride Distance: 40 km; 190 m or 60 km; 300 m or 80 km; 400 m.*

5

Day 5

Copenhagen, Denmark

Head out today south along the coast, passing idyllic Rungsted Harbour and the museum of Karen Blixen. Copenhagen is one of the world’s most appealing (and bike-friendly) cities and cycling along the coast will provide an amazing entrée to the city as you arrive on dedicated bike lanes. Colourful buildings and tall ships line the sparkling waters of Nyhavn. After lunch (it’s a foodie paradise with several great options close to our hotel), if you’d like to continue riding, we’ll entice you with a route south of the city popular with locals. Late afternoon, we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city’s historic and design sites. We’re staying at the 5-star Hotel D’Angleterre, located in the center with amenities that include a spa and indoor pool. Our final night dinner will be at an acclaimed restaurant in the centre. Nyd dit maltid (Bon Appetit)!

Ride Distance: 30 km; 125 m. Afternoon option: 45 km; 100 m.*

6

Day 6

Departure Day

Our City Guide will provide recommendations on what else to see and do in Copenhagen if you are lingering. Enjoy!

*Distances and elevation gains may vary depending on accommodations booked for specific dates.

Torekov Hotel, Torekov

This 4-star unpretentious boutique hotel with spa and fabulous restaurant boasts a tranquil location next to the sea. Ideally situated with fantastic hiking and cycling from the property.


Kokkedal Castle, Horsholm

The original castle was built in 1746 as a country residence in a Dutch Renaissance-style, now one of the top 5-star hotels in the country; recently renovated with contemporary designed rooms and suites, and amenities that include swimming pool, spa, refined bistro & a fine-dining restaurant.


Hotel D’Angleterre, Copenhagen

Set in a former palace, this luxurious 5-star hotel boasts outstanding views from the roof terrace. Elegant rooms are beautifully decorated with enormous marble bathrooms. There is a full spa, indoor pool, and a Michelin-starred restaurant with Nordic and French cuisine.