Copenhagen to Helsingør

Bike Riding · Denmark
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
46 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
39 m
Descent
30 m

An easy going, and mostly flat, ride leaving the city of Copenhagen to follow good cycle paths along the coast, heading north to the bustling town of Helsingør.

Begin in the Nyhavn area of Copenhagen, cycle north out of the city passing the Royal Palace of Amalienborg and pedal (or push your bike) through the millitary barracks of Kastellet. The famous Little Mermaid statue is just a couple of minutes ride off the route at the harbour if you missed seeing it on the loop tour of the city. Join a segregated cycle path through the busy port area of Copenhagen and pass some incredible modern Danish architecture in the weathly Østerbro district. Continue north along the coast on cycle paths to reach the yacht haven at Rungsted - a great spot to stop for some lunch with plenty of cafes and restaurants looking out across the marina.

Humlebaek haven a few Kilometres south of Helsingor is a particular highlight! You'll pass it's traditional painted Danish cottages with thatched roofs interspersed with some very modern danish architure. Arrive in Helsingør after passing the busy port (from where it's a short trip on a ferry across to Sweden) before finishing at the train station and ferry terminal on the waterfront a couple of minutes walk from the old town with it's many cafes, bakeries and delicatessens. 

Author’s recommendation

The yacht haven as you enter Rungsted is the perfect place to stop and take in the best of the Danish coast today with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes. 

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Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
33 m
Lowest point
-1 m
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Safety information

There is one steep descent on today's ride singposted around 20 km into the ride where you should slow down accordingly, and pay attention to traffic as you leave Copenhagen and just before entering Helsingor where you will be cycling on the road for short spells.

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.

 

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Frederik VII Grotte, Skodsborg
This historic landmark, just a few metres off the cycle route, sits in an elevated position offer views over Skodsborg and the Øresund.
https://museer.rudersdal.dk/rum/temaer/frederik-viis-grotte-syd-skodsborg-sundhedscenter

The Karen Blixen Museum, Rungstedlund
Learn about one of Denmark's most important 20th century writers where she lived before and after her time living in Africa.
https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/karen-blixen-museum-gdk412562

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
Located in the picturesque village of Humlebæk the museum has regular exhibits featuring contemporary artists with a café on site.
https://www.louisiana.dk/

 

Food & Drink

You will pass several villages and small towns todays offering plenty of options to stop on the route. A good option is Rungsted harbour just over halfway along today's route with many cafés, bars and restaurants overlooking the marina.
https://rungsted-havn.dk/en/about-the-harbor/overview-map/

 

Start

Copenhagen Bicycles shop, Nyhavn (4 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
55.678844, 12.592826
UTM
33U 348643 6172963

Destination

Public square in front of Helsingør train station

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 KM - Begin at the Copenhagen Bicycles shop where you collected your hire bike. With your back to the entrance of the shop facing the boats on the canal and the colourful traditional Danish houses cross the road at the crossing then TURN LEFT and begin cycling along the road. 

Alternatively, join the route from your accommodation if you have already collected your bike. 

0.10 KM - At the traffic lights TURN RIGHT and cross the bridge over the canal then continue STRAIGHT ON along the road for 900m.

1.00 KM - BEAR LEFT following the road then at the T junction TURN RIGHT. Continue STRAIGHT ON the road for 250m.

1.25 KM - TURN LEFT  at the crossroads, then TURN RIGHT on to Ved Kongeporten after 50m.

1.40 KM - Continue STRAIGHT ON crossing 2 wooden bridges and pass under an archway to enter Kastellet barracks. Follow the cobbled road between the rows of buildings.

1.82 KM - Pass under the arch at the other end of the barracks and cross another bridge. Continue STRAIGHT ON the road, ignoring the ascending road to the right.

2.10 KM - TURN RIGHT at the end of the street and join the segregated cycle path for 1 km.

2.50 KM - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the traffic lights on the cycle path.

3.20 KM - BEAR LEFT after the junction where the cycle path splits and continue STRAIGHT ON keeping the main road on your left.

4.70 KM - When the cycle path veers away from the road continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path. There are public toilets available about 400m on your right.

5.51 KM - TURN RIGHT at the traffic lights and continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path for 7 km.

12.70 KM - At the crossroads the route begins to move away from the coast. Follow the cycle path STRAIGHT ON across the road then BEAR LEFT on the cycle path to cross the main road at the traffic lights. Once across the continue STRAIGHT ON following the cycle path on the right (signposted "Route 9 - Helsingor 32,5) into the wooded area.

12.83 KM - TURN RIGHT at the junction of the cycle paths and continue STRAIGHT ON with the railway on your left.

13.72 KM - Dismount from your bike at the bottom of the hill, cross the road, walk up the ramp then walk through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path.

15.43 KM - Cross the minor road and continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path signed "Route 9 - Helsingør".

15.97 KM - BEAR LEFT where the road splits to continue STRAIGHT ON across the bridge.

16.35 KM - At the junction of the cycle path TURN RIGHT then immediately TURN LEFT (follow the blue "Cycleroute 9" signpost for Helsingør - 29 km).

17.61 KM - Cross the road using using the zebra crossing and continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path up a slight incline to reach Skodsborg railway station.

17.98 KM - When the cycle path ends join the road leaving the railway station at the far side of the carpark (signposted "Route 9 - Helsingør, 27km"). Continue STRAIGHT ON as the road becomes a cycle path again after a few metres.

18.32 KM - At the crossroads on the cycle path continue STRAIGHT ON (ignoring the path over the bridge to the left and the path to the right).

19.27 KM - Cross the minor road continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path.

19.78 KM - BEAR LEFT and continue on the cycle path with the railway line on your left.

20.07 KM - Continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path using caution on this steep descent.

20.57 KM - BEAR LEFT at the fork on the hill. Continue STRAIGHT ON under the bridge then BEAR LEFT at the fork (signposted "Route 9 - Helsingør").

21.32 KM - When you reach Vedbaek railway station TURN LEFT under the bridge (following "Route 9" signpost) then TURN RIGHT immediately after.

21.96 KM - TURN RIGHT at the "Route 9" signpost and pass through the gate. Continue STRAIGHT ON when the road splits on the cycle path (signposted).

23.03 KM - BEAR LEFT at the fork then TURN RIGHT following the signposted route through the tunnel under the railway. Pedal up the slight incline on the other side of the tunnel and continue STRAIGHT ON the road.

23.53 KM - At the end of the road cross the main road and TURN LEFT onto the segregated cycle path and continue on this route for 2.5 km.

26.00 KM - You have arrived at Rungsted with the Marina on your right. Continue STRAIGHT ON the segregated cycle path along the waterfront for approx. 7 km.

32.95 KM - Continue STRAIGHT ON ignoring the signposted right turn.

34.85 KM - Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout continuing STRAIGHT ON the segregated cycle path.

36.43 KM - TURN RIGHT (signposted "Route 9") opposite the restaurant with the traditional Danish facade. Join the road here as the cycle path ends and continue STRAIGHT ON the road passing through Humlebaek Havn and its traditional thatched cottages.

38.49 KM - At the end of the road TURN RIGHT and rejoin the cycle path.

42.83 KM - TURN RIGHT at the roundabout (1st exit, signposted for Helsingor) then continue STRAIGHT ON joining the road where the cycle path ends.

44.00 KM - At the roundabout TURN RIGHT (1st exit) and continue STRAIGHT ON the road.

44.30 KM - Join the cycle path & follow it around the roundabout taking the 2nd exit. Continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path as you pass the port at Helsingør.

46.00 KM - The route finishes as you round the corner and reach the square in front of Helsingør train station.

At the traffic lights ahead continuing straight on will take you into Helsingør old town (a pedestrain area where you will need to walk with your bike during the day), or turn right at the traffic lights (use caution when crossing the railway line) and continue along the cycle path to reach the Maritime Museum of Denmark and Kronborg Castle.

Public transport

Train stations along the route serving main line between Copenhagen and Helsingor

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

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.

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Fraser Linden
Updated: May 14, 2019

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