Ride along the west coast of Sweden through small fishing villages to Mölle on the Kullen Peninsula and return to the ferry port by the same route or detour through the Swedish countryside for a few extra kilometres.
Take the ferry with Scandlines from Helsingør to Helsingborg on the Swedish coast, situated directly across the Øresund strait from Helsingør. You cannot book passenger tickets, simply buy one from the ticket booth window for your crossing (bikes travel free) on arriving at the ferry port. During the day ferries run approx. 4 times an hour, and the journey takes 20 minutes. Please note: boats in HH Ferries livery are also owned by Scandlines and make the same journey. https://www.scandlines.se/
Helsingborg is a modern and busy city comapred to it's Danish neighbour. Spend some time exploring or jump straight on your bike and head north through the city on cycle paths. Pedal along the promenade with sandy beaches on your left. before leaving the coast and Helsingborg behind for a short climb up to Sofiero Palace with it's lovely gardens and passing through the village of Laröd. Continue north on quiet roads and cycle paths to pass through the town of Höganäs then follow a cycle path to the picturesque fishing village of Mölle situated just below the Kullen peninsula.
After returning to Höganäs via the route you came you can choose from the below options:
1) Return to Helsingborg by the outward route, the more scenic route, and easier-going if it's a windy day. Simply follow the GPX track in reverse if you choose to do this.
2) Alternatively, cycle inland (as detailed in the turn-by-turn directions) for a longer ride mostly on quiet roads through rural Sweden passing picturesque villages such as Väsby before returning to Helsingborg. Arrive in the city via Slottshagen park with views overlooking the harbour.
From Mölle it's possible to continue up to the Kullen peninsula and the Kullaberg nature reserve - if you'd like to explore the area we recommend securing your bike and walking (it's a strenuous climb out of Mölle). If you plan to go down to Ransvik the only way back is to climb a very steep hill (20% gradients in places). There's also a small café and popular swimming spot complete with lighthouse here called Ransvik.
Today's ride includes sections on open country roads (paricularly the return leg of the loop). Although these roads are generally quiet with courteous drivers who are used to cyclists, treat the roads and drivers with respect: move predicatably and use hand signals to indicate if you are turning or stopping.
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
Sofiero Palace & Gardens
A summer palace for the Swedish royal family Sofiero is 5 km north of Helsingborg and with it's beautiful surrounding gardens, gift shop and café it's certainly worth a visit.
Kullaberg Nature Reserve & Kuldens Lighthouse
Situated on the cliffs of the Kullen peninsula above Mölle, the park offers excellent viewpoints over the village and contains a historic lighthouse as well as a popular sea swimming spot with the locals in the summer.
Slottshagen Park & Kärnan Castle
Overlooking the city of Helsingborg with a medieval castle at it's centre, this park is the perfect place to enjoy views across the Øresund strait at the end of a day's cycling.
Food & Drink
There are plenty of opportunities for a quick coffee break or longer lunch in many of the villages you pass through en route to Mölle, as well as numerous places to eat in Helsingborg and Höganäs.
There are a couple of cafés in the village of Mölle as well without having to climb up to the Kullaberg park. The best of these being the ceramics shop and café with outdoor seating on the terrace opposite the bus stop when you arrive in Mölle: Molle Krukmakeri.