Two people sat with their bikes next to the sea

Cycling the Baltic Sea Cycle Route: 820km of hygge on two wheels

This isn't your average cycle path. The Baltic Sea Cycle Route runs through some of Denmark's most enchanting countryside, along country lanes, beside sandy beaches and across peaceful islands. Discover Denmark from the seat of a bike as you navigate our inspiring landscape.

When was the last time you saw a pod of dolphin from the seat of your bike? Spent an afternoon in a medieval castle? Or tasted delicious cheese fresh from the seller as you walked around a weekly market?

The 14-stage journey of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route is uplifting and full of memory-making potential. It's both the perfect way to switch off from everyday life and a unique way to experience Denmark's nature, lifestyle, history and culture, with a route that winds around historic manors and medieval castles, pretty market towns and unparallelled wildlife experiences.

Follow us on a route through the very best of Denmark.

Highlights of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Whichever stage you tackle, you'll find castles and manors, natural wonders and unique small towns that will enchant and inspire you.

Valdemars Castle is located on the island of Tåsinge in Denmark
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Castles & Culture

Luftaufnahme der Stadt Svenborg im Süden von Fünen, Dänemark

Unique local towns

Kirche in idyllischer Natur in Südjütland, Dänemark

Nature

A woman enjoying the view in South Jutland during a pitstop along the N8 bike route

Region by region

Where to start

The route is broken down into 14 stages and is laid out in a figure of eight shape, allowing you to choose either an eastern or a western loop. Both routes are highly accessible; if you are driving from Germany, you will reach the Western Loop first; if you fly into Copenhagen, the Eastern Loop is the closest. The downloadable guide below takes you through the route stage by stage. 

Cycle the scenic Baltic Sea Route in Denmark

Information and route planning

Practical information about the N8

Where can you hire a bike in Denmark? Can you take a bike on a train? The answers to these questions and more are all below.

Frequently-asked questions

Cycling

It couldn’t be easier to cycle in Denmark and cycling holidays are extremely popular. For full details on bike rental in Denmark, inspiration for cycling holidays and much more, read our Cycling in Denmark page.

Cycling rules

Here are a few rules of the road for cyclists that will help you enjoy a relaxing break on two wheels. 

Essential bike equipment 

Your bike must have a bell, a white reflector visible from the front, yellow reflectors on the pedals and wheels and a red reflector at the back. Bikes come with these things as standard in Denmark but if you’re bringing a bike with you from abroad, you’ll need to make sure yours is fitted with these. 

When cycling in the dark, you must have a working white light at the front and a red at the back. You can pick these up from convenience stores and bike shops in Denmark. 

Bike trailers must have two white reflectors on the front and two red on the back, with two yellow reflectors on each side. After dark, you must make sure your trailer has a red light either fitted at the back or the left-hand side. 

Taking children on your bike 

If you are over 15 years of age, you can transport two children under eight years old on your bike, providing you have the necessary cycle seats. If you have a bike trailer, you can take two children of any age. Children on bike seats and in trailers must always be fastened in. 

Helmets 

You are not legally required to wear a helmet. But it is a great idea to use one anyway! 

Danish traffic regulations 

You must always cycle on the right-hand side of the road and if there’s a bike path, you should use this. If you are turning left, cross over the road you will join, so that you are waiting with the traffic on the right-hand side. Then go with the traffic when the light is green. Cyclists must use their arms to signal that they are slowing down, turning or stopping. Read more about cycling laws and rules in Denmark

Fietsroutes

Bij het maken van een heerlijke fietstocht door de Deense natuur kun je gebruikmaken van de meer dan 11.000 km aan bewegwijzerde fietsroutes. Bekijk voordat je van start gaat welke routenaam, -nummer of -logo je van plan bent te gaan fietsen. Hierna hoef je alleen nog maar de bordjes te volgen. Je kunt er natuurlijk ook voor kiezen om meerdere routes te combineren en zo een nog groter stuk van Denemarken op de fiets te ontdekken. 

In vergelijking met andere landen zijn de fietsroutes in Denemarken erg veilig. De nationale fietsroutes leiden je vaak over smalle zijwegen, rustige bosweggetjes en paden.

11 Nationale fietsroutes

Er zijn 11 nationale fietsroutes in Denemarken, met een totaal aantal van 4.000 km. De duidelijke bordjes langs het traject maken het gemakkelijk om de routes goed te volgen. Omdat kaartlezen op de fiets enige handigheid vereist kan dankzij de bewegwijzering toch gemakkelijk de juiste weg worden gevonden. De nationale fietsroutes zijn aangeduid met rood-witte nummers van 1 tot 11 op een blauwe achtergrond. (Let op: Route 10 op Bornholm heeft een groene in plaats van blauwe achtergrond). De noord-zuid lopende routes hebben een oneven nummer, de oost-west gaande routes hebben een even nummer. Er zijn daarnaast twee circulaire routes, Bornholm (Route 10) en de Limfjord Route (Route 12). 

Lees meer over de 11 Nationale fietsroutes.
Bekijk de nationale fietsroutes op de kaart.

Regionale en lokale routes

Denemarken heeft een uitgebreid netwerk van regionale en lokale fietsroutes, elk met eigen wegwijzers. De regionale routeborden volgen hetzelfde patroon als de nationale; witte routenummers van 16 tot 99 op een blauwe achtergrond. Het lokale routenetwerk gebruikt dit systeem ook, maar dan met nummers van 100 tot 999.

Meer info over fietsen in Denemarken

Ga snel kijken op onze pagina over fietsen in Denemarken voor meer informatie.

Countryside byelaws

Everyone can go where they like in the Danish countryside as long as they are considerate of animals, plants and other people. It is your responsibility to be safe.

Here are some of the most important rules:

  • You are allowed in public woods and forests 24 hours a day, all year round.
  • You are only allowed in private woods and forests from 6 am until sunset, and only on roads and paths.
  • All cycling is to be carried out on roads and trails, regardless of public or private land.
  • Foraging for private use is allowed.
  • It can be difficult to see if a wood or forest is publically or privately owned. Look for signs and follow the rule of thumb that red posts are used in public forests, and green ones are used on private land.
  • Entry to a forest can sometimes be limited during the hunting season.
  • You are allowed on uncultivated land (meadows, cliffs, coasts and beaches etc) on foot while pushing your bike.
  • If you want to stay in a public forest /uncultivated land, you have to be at least 50 meters from the nearest building. If you want to stay on private ground, you have to be at least 150 meters from the nearest building.
  • You can check further rules on: The Danish Nature Agency