North Jutland is the ideal destination for a bicycle holiday. You will find cosy trails for the entire family or more challenging routes for those who spend more time on two wheels.
North Jutland offers many experiences for anyone who enjoys spending their holiday on two wheels. From Skagen in the north to Mariager in the south you will find an abundance of trails, roads and other marked routes for those on bicycles. These marks marl national, regional and local bicycle routes all over the region. Some of these are day trips and some are longer and more demanding, they will take you through heaths, hills, forest, along beaches and much more. Visit the cosy towns along the way and enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice-cream in cosy surroundings.
Powered by Cycling: Panorama is the largest bicycle tourism initiative since the establishment of the national bicycle routes back in 1993, which will take you through some of the most beautiful nature in Denmark, past interesting sights and secret locations only known by the locals.
In Northern Jutland, you will find the Panorama routes 10-16 on the national West Coast route, and the routes are round trips, which means that you can start the route anywhere you want.
You will be bicycling through several 100 years of struggle between nature and man at Thy National Park. You will feel the wind from the North Sea and the drifting sand. You will pass drifting dunes, engulfing meter after meter of the dune heath each year. You will pass the lighthouse, which has helped countless boats safely into the harbour from the roaring sea. Like an oasis in the rough terrain, you will arrive at a plantation with fruit trees, where you can pick fruit for your packed lunch.
In a landscape characterised by sand drifting and the Ice Age, you will find a true paradise for animals. The open spaces of Thy National Park are the home of many rare animals and interesting plants. Otters hide at the water's edge and mighty stags will watch you from their hiding place. Get off your bicycle and look for animal tracks, while enjoying the air and light in the untouched nature.
You will be riding your bicycles on what used to be seafloor past moors and rough nature, where people have struggled to plant trees and sow crops. In this rugged landscape, you can see how the locals through the ages until today have, against all odds, managed to use nature to extract peat from the moors, produce salt and even make natural medicine. Hop off your bicycle for a bit and hear the stories.
You will be riding your bicycles between foaming waves and dunes on the wide sandy beaches near Blokhus. Old shipwrecks are hidden under the sand and below the surface of the sea. If you are lucky, you might see the top of a shipwreck, when the waves wash away the sand for a while. Further inland, sheep are grazing on the fields surrounding the small village Saltum, which has for hundreds of years been known as "the wool town".
You will have a view of all corners of the world, once you deservedly reach the many, high hilltops. The view of the sea and the fields are shrouded in the very unique light you will only find in the north of Denmark. Take a deep breath and enjoy the view of the north of Denmark for as long as the eye can see. You will see the sea in the distance, encouraging you to take a cooling dip.
You will be riding your bicycles with the water as your travelling companion along streams, lakes and bridges, and you will often be able to see life below the surface of the water. Have a closer look at the deep-sea fish from the dark depths of the North Sea at the North Sea Oceanarium. Experience life at the harbour, when the fishing boats bring in their catch. Catch fish from the beach or in the stream and eat your own catch in nature. Or order freshly caught fish from one of the menus in the fishing town Hirtshals.
In the very special northern light, you will ride your bicycles on the top of Denmark through the realm of the birds of prey. It is completely flat here, but in the sky above you, you will see soaring golden eagles, sea eagles and buzzards, who once in a while dive into the landscape to catch a bird, a fish, a reptilian or a hare. Stop for a moment and observe the majestic birds above you.
The bicycle route Vestkyststien has the relationship between man and sea as its theme. This route has its course close to the windy North Sea. You will experience the coastal landscape up close at the cliffs at Bulbjerg and Rubjerg Knude further north.
The route also moves further inland through interesting cultural landscapes and quiet dune plantations with possibilities for digressions for cultural experiences. For example, you can experience Thy National Park on your bicycle, the unique nature in the valley Fosdalen and drop by the North Sea Oceanarium in Hirtshals. You can also have great nature experiences to the north with a trip past Råbjerg Mile, a desert-like dune area that moves 20 m each year.
The east coast route stretches along the mild east coast. It is a connected bicycle route from Hadsund in the south to Hulsig at Skagen in the north. The route mainly runs along asphalt roads and roads with separate paths, but also along gravel trails and forest roads. Among other things, you will pass the manor Bangsbo Hovedgård on the route. In Frederikshavn, you can see the white powder tower from the time of nobleman Tordenskjold at the harbour. If you follow the route south, you will have a beautiful view along the Kattegat to idyllic Sæby. Further south, in Himmerland, the route turns onto the path Hadsundstien past the moor Lille Vildmose, which has supplied sphagnum for many gardens in Europe.
The route along the road Hærvejen starts at Skiveren in the north and then runs south through some of the most beautiful protected ice age landscapes. Here is a chance of experiencing the hilly landscape through Tolne Bakker, Jyske Ås and Hammer Bakker. South of Aalborg, there are also hills and forest, as you move through Rold forest with the hills Rebild Bakker. On the route along Hærvejen, you will find plenty of possibilities for cultural and historical experiences along the way. For example, you will pass the former nunnery Dronninglund Castle in the southern part of Jyske Ås.
The northern part of the national bicycle route from Hanstholm to Copenhagen offers several major nature experiences. Experience the area around Thy National Park and trips across the beautiful island Mors in the fjord Limfjorden. You also have the possibility riding your bicycle around the island, if you choose to follow the route "The Sun Route", which is a marked bicycle route of 170 km along the coast around the island.
The route Limfjordsruten follows the fjord from east to west. As mentioned in a Danish song, there are brisk winds across the waters of the fjord Limfjorden, but if you go all the way around, at least you get a tailwind on part of the route! Denmark's largest fjord area offers beautiful and interesting experiences with varied nature, and the route is described in detail in the book "På cykel rundt om Limfjorden" (only available in Danish). Here, you will find facts about the route, practical information and tips, and information about towns and other attractions along the route.
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