A short ride following the coastline from Helsingør to the small town of Gilleleje, passing through Hellebæk forest.
Why not enjoy a relaxed morning of sightseeing in Helsingør or savour a delicious pastry from one of the many cafes before beginning today's short ride north? Begin your ride by pedalling through the suburban areas of Helsingør near the coast on cycle paths before cycling into Hellebæk forest passed a serene lake. Return to the rugged coastline after passing through the villages of Boderne & Ellekilde. Admire the views across Øresund to Sweden before arriving at Hornbaeke harbour, and from here, follow the coastal cycle path to Gilleleje to arrive in it's bustling harbour. We recommend stopping here to enjoy an ice cream or freshly caught seafood from one of the many cafes and restaurants before making your way to your hotel for some well-earned relaxation at the spa.
Today's short ride allows plenty of time for exploring Helsingør - take time to visit Kronborg Castle or the Danish Maritime museum before you head off on today's ride.
Take care as you cross railway tracks several times today - these can be particularly slippery after rain so always dismount and check the tracks are clear before continuing at any of the crossings, especially when there are no barriers in place.
Before starting your ride please inspect your bike for damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure that there are no loose cables, that tyres are properly inflated and the brakes are working. Visitors from the UK should bear in mind the brakes may work the opposite way from which you are used to. If you are hiring a bike it is worthwhile taking a quick test ride when you collect your bike to familiarise yourself with the gears, brakes and to check your bike is setup correctly for you. Always wear a helmet when cycling and if you have any concerns over the condition of your rental bike please call the bike hire shop or our Macs office using the the number provided in your information pack.
Please beware of traffic wile out on your bike particularly when entering and leaving towns where traffic flow tends to be the highest. Remember to stay on the right-hand side and use cycle lanes where available. Be mindful of other road users, particularly cyclists on the busy cycle lanes in Copenhagen staying on the right-hand side to allow faster cyclists to pass.
Obey local road signs and look out for any change in road conditions.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and check the local weather forecast before cycling. Remember to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer particularly as the wind around coastal Denmark can significantly effect the temperature. Gloves (fingerless mitts in summer) are popular to provide some extra warmth and handlebar padding when riding and don't forget a battery pack to provide an emergency charge to any navigation equipment you may be using.
Points of Interest
Helsingør - Kronborg Castle
This impressive 18th Century Castle and palace, set on the edge of the harbour in Helsingor is famously known as the model for Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Helsingør - Maritime Museum of Denmark
Situated next to Kronborg, the museum is built into an old dry dock. Established in 1915 the museum houses collections covering Danish shipping and trade from the 15th century to the present day.
At around 20.5 km into today's ride on the outskirts of Munkerup, you'll find this contemporary art exhibition space and former home of renowned artist Gunnar Aagaard Andersen. If it's open why not pop in for a look?
At around 22.5 km into today's ride arrive at this lighthouse and museum set atop a cliff with a lovely picnic area outside.
Food & Drink
There are numerous cafes, bakeries and deli's around the main pedestrianised streets of Helsingør . You will pass through a few small villages along the route with places to stop for a coffee or lunch. The most signifacnt of these is Hornbaek which you will reach after 13 km of riding, here there's a main street with plenty of shops, a harbour area and popular beach.
If you'd prefer to stop for a picnic along the route there are a few good spots along the coast before reaching Hornbaek. There are plenty of shops in Helsingør where you can pick up provisions.