Denmark & Sweden:

Copenhagen to Gothenburg Kattegattleden Bike


Eight nights; nine days. Easy cycling on flat, mostly paved roads and traffic-free bike paths through coastal landscapes, romantic towns, and historical sites.






Itinerary


Start: Your hotel in Copenhagen, 13:00, day one.


Finish: Gothenburg, following breakfast at your inn on day ten. Please note your guides will depart the previous afternoon.


Day 1

Introductions & Amager Loop Ride 44km

Meet in Denmark’s fascinating capital city, Copenhagen, for a warm-up loop ride. Trade the bustle of the city for quiet bike paths running alongside the beautiful Baltic sea on the way to Amager Island. Popular with local nature lovers and sports enthusiasts due to its sandy lagoons and protected nature areas, Amager Island has been called the ‘kitchen of Copenhagen’ thanks to its fertile soil. Return to the city to enjoy the local scene and sample some traditional flavors during a welcome dinner. D
Hotel SP34, or Scandic Palace Hotel, Copenhagen

Day 2

Copenhagen to Höganäs 70km & Ferry

Cycle north to Helsingør, best known for its Kronborg castle, the inspiration behind Shakepeare’s setting of Hamlet. A 20 minute ferry crosses into Sweden to begin riding on the Kattegattleden, Sweden’s first national bicycle route. This part of Kattegattleden offers a lovely coastal tour all the way from Helsingborg to Höganäs, with staggering views of Öresund, and out to Danish Zealand. The path is dotted with picturesque little marinas and fishing villages, such as Domsten and Viken. Farming’s pivotal role in the region is evident in the quaint market shops and fine vineyards found in Höganäs, your destination today. BL
Hotel & Co, Höganäs or Hotel Kullaberg, Mölle

Day 3

Höganäs to Ängelholm 44km

Continue along the path from Höganäs toward the gorgeous, rocky landscape of Kullahalvön. This unique setting has been attracting artists and tourists with bathing suits in hand for centuries. On the furthest tip of Kullahalvön is the Kullaberg Nature Reserve; if you have time for a detour, it’s well worth a visit. You will pass countless pretty beaches, scenic harbours, vineyards, and little farm shops, and chances are high that you’ll spot seals and porpoises on your ride today. The tour continues around the dramatic Kullahalvön peninsula toward the 500 year old coastal town of Ängelholm. A potters’ town with artistic creativity in abundance, visitors are welcome in many of the local studios. BLD

Klitterhus Havsbadshotell, or Hotel Lilton, Ängelholm

Day 4

Ängelholm to Båstad 50km

From Ängelholm, the Kattegattleden continues along the coast past the river Rönne and small villages such as Skepparkrogen and Björkhagen before reaching Vejbystrand. Cycle through open shoreline meadows, charming coastal communities, and small stretches of forest. Follow the path west, riding into the heart of Bjäre. The scenery changes to a modern agricultural setting of large fields, gradually reaching the agricultural countryside that has been typical of Bjärehalvön since prehistoric times. Arrive at the port in Torekov, travelling along the coast before returning into the heart of Bjäre for a thrilling ride down the ridge. Savour magnificent views over the sea as you descend into the habour town of Båstad, your home for the night. BL
Hotel Skansen, or Hotel Riviera, Båstad


Day 5

Båstad to Halmstad 46km

Enjoy a beautifully easy stretch toward Halmstad today as you journey along long sand dune beaches. A quick diversion into downtown Laholm is well worth a visit, with its narrow cobblestone streets and cozy atmosphere. Continue alongside one of Sweden’s longest beaches and swimming areas before cycling through the Hökafältet pine forest, a nature reserve of 417 hectares protected since the early 1970s. Lagaoset, where the Lagan River meets the ocean, provides a unique glimpse into the changing faces of nature; languid currents gradually form new beach trails, and spectacular view can be enjoyed from the dune tops. Continuing inland, an optional detour to Påarps shingle field displays an Iron Age burial ground. Visit the 220 graves before passing through Trönninge, where the Battle of Halmstad took place in 1676. Arrive in Halmstad, a port, university, industrial, and recreational city at the mouth of the Nissan river. Museums, waterfalls, beaches, and historic sites provide plenty to do and see. BD
Hotel Hovgard, Halmstad


Day 6

Halmstad to Falkenberg 54km

Ride west toward one of the west coast’s most beloved beaches, Tylösand. Continue past Frösakull, Ringenäs, and Vilshärad beaches before the path turns east to connect to the coastal road. Visit the picturesque windmill in Särdal, where you’ll find a café and a farm shop. You’ll pass several pristine nature reserves and unique beach meadows surrounding the charming village of Steninge. Watch as the scenery evolves from lush forest to barren, stony landscape, fondly dubbed ‘Molom’ in songs by famous local poet and singer Alf Hambe. Reach the moody Steninge beach (referred to as Steninge Skäret) to marvel at the skerries flattened and smoothed by the sea. B
Hotell Hamngatan 27, Falkenberg


Day 7

Falkenberg to Varberg 39 km

Cycle from Falkenberg, among the oldest of Halland’s medieval towns, along the water through the wide open scenery. On the way to Varberg you’ll find some picturesque fishing villages, sweet little farm stands, and myriad beaches, including Apelviken, which draws windsurfers from all over Europe. Enter the town by boardwalk, relishing the views of the Varberg Fortress before retreating to your resting place for the evening. B
Hotel Gästis, or Hotell Havanna, Varberg


Day 8

Varberg to Onsala 88 km

As you ride north of Varberg, sandy beaches become rocky cliffs, and scattered, tiny islands emerge. Ride through Bua harbour, one of Halland’s biggest fishing villages. The path has mixed traffic through Frillesås, and then continues on the old railway embankment where you can enjoy a car-free stretch along the coast. Rest at one of the swimming beaches in Åsa to enjoy an ice cream at the café or coffee and a treat at the bakery. Tjolöholm Castle – Sweden’s only Tudor castle – makes for a pleasant detour. Next, visit the Li Grave Stones, a late Iron Age burial site once containing over two hundred standing stones, of which about one hundred remain. With Fjärås Bräcka behind you, you’ll cycle along small roads and the bike path, beside fields, horse pastures, and through towns such as Kungsbacka, one of the biggest trade centres in western Sweden. Follow the bike paths alongside the Kungsbacka fjord on the Onsalahalvön peninsula to reach tonight’s lodging. BLD
Gottskär Hotell, Onsala or Pensionat Strandkullen, Kungsbacka


Day 9

Onsala to Gothenburg 52 km

Continue along the Onsalahalvön peninsula to Särö. Originally an agricultural area, Särö became popular during the late 19th century as a summer resort for royalty and Gothenburg’s high society. Take a short detour for an oceanside stroll in the Särö Västerskog nature reserve to find out why. Once you’ve left the seaside town behind, you’ll reach the railway embankment on the old Säröbanan track that runs along the water. Cliffs, lush forests, bays, and little harbours line the trail, and there are plenty of opportunities for a swim. As you approach central Gothenburg, the trail will take you past the Klippan Culture Reserve, home to Älvsborg’s old fortress and St. Birgittas Chapel. The final stretch of the route leads along Göta älv, a majestic river that drains lake Vänern into the Kattegat, before arriving at your centrally located hotel in Gothenburg. Your guides will bid you farewell this afternoon, following your check in at Gothenburg. BL
Scandic No 25, Gothenburg



Day 10

Gothenburg

Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. Extra nights in Gothenburg may be arranged on your behalf; please inquire at your time of booking.





Description



The recently established Kattegattleden, Sweden’s first national bicycle route, is a 395 km long stretch between Helsingborg in the south and Gothenburg in the north, running through the province of Halland. Taking its name from the Kattegat sea along which the route travels, the path boasts an abundance of services and memorable sites.

The tour begins in the cycling capital of the world, Copenhagen, where you will explore the lovely nature preserve at Amager Island before crossing over to Sweden by ferry to embark on the Kattegattleden journey. The proximity to the coast ensures that swimming opportunities are plentiful, as are views of fishing villages, nature reserves, and charming towns. You will pass a number of historical monuments and interesting destinations that are all well worth a visit, including several Iron Age burial sites, a Tudor castle, and the artists’ haven of Ängelholm. Cozy cafés with excellent coffee and danishes abound, and the evolving landscapes beg to be captured by photo.

See for yourself why Kattegattleden was named Europe’s Best Cycling Route in 2018!




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Costs

US 4075 C4895

per person based on double occupancy includes 9 days, 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, vehicle and guide support, maps & route instructions and all taxes

US 3575 C 4295

per person based on double occupancy includes 9 days, 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, luggage transfers, necessary transfers as described on the itinerary, maps & route instructions and all taxes

Single Occupancy

US 965 C 1155

Bike Rental

Hybrid US 295 C 325
Electric Assist US 425 C 495


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.