Biking in Denmark - East Jutland à la carte with Ruby

Bike vacation in Denmark

East Jutland à la carte

Coast, rural highlights and the green island Samsoe

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Aarhus has been named European Capital of Culture 2017 - and not without reason. It boasts of cozy cobblestone streets, charming squares, many cafés and trendy shops. The city is encloses forests and beaches and a mere 10-15 minutes´ cycle ride will bring you to peaceful bike tracks in the beautiful countryside.

Enjoy a week with sandy beaches, wind in your hair, salt on your skin, fairytale views, idyllic rural life, fascinating museums, Nordic cuisine, romantic villages and peaceful bike paths.

If you come to Billund by plane or by car, we can recommend a stay at LEGOLAND in Billund on your way.

  • Charming Aarhus, with cafés and museums
  • Sandy beaches, green forests and blue sea
  • Some of the highest points in Denmark
  • The beautiful Lake District with “The Sky Mountain”
  • Samsø, beautiful island known as Denmark's “renewable energy island”
Daily Programme

Day 1

Arrive at Aarhus.

The hotel is situated in Aarhus city center within walking distance of the main sights: The Old Town, the Cathedral, the Marina, the Aros art museum famous for its Olafur Eliasson rainbow panorama, the Music House, the Latin Quarter and the cosy cafés along the river.

Overnight stay in Aarhus.

Day 2

Aarhus to Ry.

We start with an easy day’s cycling. You leave the city by the cycle path along the stream “Aarhus Å”. After a couple of kilometers you are away from the noisy city, and cycling through wetlands and along lakes, before reaching a hilly stretch of road. On friendly roads you continue down and westward into the diverse, rich Danish countryside reaching the small provincial village Ry located on the banks of Gudenåen – the only real river in Denmark, Gudenåen.

Overnight stay in Ry.

Day 3

Ry to Silkeborg and back

Today you have different options. You can take the boat “Himmelbjergbåden” from Ry to ”Himmelbjerget” and walk from the lakeside to the top, take a canoe trip on the lakes or cycle around the area.

On bike: Ry to Silkeborg. 51 km/300 m. ascent Biking today will take you through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled countrysides in the Central Jutland Region, as you cross from the hilly moraine terrain into a flatter landscape. First you ride north around one of the many lakes Salten Langsø through clearings in the woodlands replete with blueberries, junipers and heather. Then the track follows an ancient railway track passing by Vrads Station with vintage trains and a café. Finally you reach Vrads Sande, a unique landscape of inland sand dunes. The stage ends in Silkeborg - the capital of the Lake District.

Art enthusiasts should also be sure to visit the museum of one of Denmark’s major painters, Asger Jorn. From Silkeborg you can take the train back to Ry or you can bike along the northern bank of Gudenåen back to Ry. A nice tour in a hilly woodland with beautiful sights. Extra 19 km/145 m. ascent. Option: Or you can take the shorter and more direct way to Silkeborg along the northern bank of Gudenåen, and take the train back if you want to spend more time in Silkeborg.

Overnight stay in Ry.

Day 4

Ry to Odder via Skanderborg. 

Today you cycle along some of the nicest lakes in Denmark with beautiful views to the highest ”mountains” in Denmark - all less than 200 m above sea level. Burial mounds, the monastery of Øm and the many archaeological finds indicate the old history in the area. Skanderborg is one of the exciting places to visit today and it fits well with a lunch break here in this charming lakeside town. After Skanderborg you cycle past Stilling Lake and then back into the hills, where you have a view of the sea, before you reach Odder.

Overnight stay in Odder.

Day 5

Visiting Samsoe. 

Visit Denmark’s renewable energy island, known for its microclimate and organic farming. A ferry trip of one hour takes you to Kolby Kås (the fare is not included), and the planned tour takes you around the northern part of Samsø with its very unique hilly seaside landscape. Everything on Samsø is small and very pretty, untouched beaches and peaceful villages with cafés and markets where they sell local products. Even a Danish wine production has found its way to Samsø.

Overnight stay in Odder.

Day 6

Odder to Aarhus. 

From Odder you cycle to the east coast where you find attractive areas for holiday homes and you will have a view of the many wind turbines. Very few places in Europe you can find beaches and nice cycle routes this close to a city like Aarhus. You will pass Norsminde Fjord where you find the lock that divides the sea from the lake. It is very popular for fishing and it is a very nice place for a picnic. Hereafter you cycle through Marselisborg Forest to Aarhus Bay. Then you leave the coast line to cycle pass the summer residence of the Danish Queen before arriving the city centre.

Overnight stay in Aarhus.

Day 7

Check out and departure. You can choose, and you should give yourself the treat, to extend your stay in Aarhus to explore the museums, the cozy atmosphere, the forests and beaches.

More information

Difficulty level and maps:

The terrain is flat with occasional small hills. The tour is rated leisurely and is suited for cyclists in average physical condition. You ride along bike paths, and minor roads. We will provide detailed maps and route descriptions with notes about sights, places to eat etc. It is possible to download the route to a GPS.

More about Denmark:

Biking in Denmark is something special compared to other countries. First of all you will enjoy that the most attractive landscapes invite the cyclists to easy and safe stages, since cyclists are given very high priority. In the towns you will find bicycle paths, and at the coastline, along the lakes, in the forests, and through the green fields, you will find peaceful lanes and paths specially designed for cyclists. In Denmark you will meet picturesque villages, a countryside that varies all the time, well-preserved castles and manor houses, clean and sandy beaches, and you will enjoy the clear, fresh air.


Biking in Denmark is perfect from May until start of September. You will enjoy comfortable weather and daylight during the summer from very early morning until late evening.

How to get there
  • By car: By motorway. Parking can be reserved.
  • By plane: Aarhus Airport (Tirstrup) and Billund Airport.
  • By train: From Aarhus Central station.
Book here

1 person. Single room, Standard, Preis Per Person

WeekArrival date Return dateDurationPrice 
3526-08-201801-09-20186 NightsEUR 1,148,-Sold Out
3602-09-201808-09-20186 NightsEUR 1,148,-Sold Out
WeekArrival date Duration
3526-08-20186EUR 1,148,-Sold Out
3602-09-20186EUR 1,148,-Sold Out

2 persons. Double room, Standard, Price Per Person

WeekArrival date Return dateDurationPrice 
3526-08-201801-09-20186 NightsEUR 798,-Sold Out
3602-09-201808-09-20186 NightsEUR 798,-Sold Out
WeekArrival date Duration
3526-08-20186EUR 798,-Sold Out
3602-09-20186EUR 798,-Sold Out
Practical information


Departures are available on other dates for parties of 8 or more, upon request. Please notice that the price might be higher.


Good and comfortable rooms in good tourist hotels on the route. 



7 days / 6 NTS

6 days / 5 NTS

5 days / 4 NTS

Per person in double room

798 728 638

Per person in single room

1148 1018 858

Single travelling alone supplement

88 88 88

*Child 16 years or younger in extra bed with 2 adults

-25% -25% 25%

*2 - 4 children 16 y. or younger in connecting room or suite with 2 adults

-50% -50% -50%
*Children 0-2 in parents bed -100% -100% -100%

*Note: If you would like to add an extra adult or children to your travel, then please notify this under "Remarks" in the booking page. 


Aarhus. Price per person, double occupancy


Aarhus. Per person in singleroom


Aarhus. Child at 16 years or younger sharing a room with 2 adults


Aarhus. 2 or more children at 16 or younger, sharing a room with 2 adults


Aarhus. Children 0-2 in parents bed 


*Note: If you would like to add an extra adult or children to your travel, then please notify this under "Remarks" in the booking page.


Hybrid touring bike without foot brake, male or female




Children’s bike


Child’s seat


Children’s trailer: Burley for 1 or 2 children or tag-along (follow-me)




Bike insurance (excess €100 at theft and damage at accident).

Insurance of e-bike 98

: All rentals include a map holder, lock and waterproof rear saddle bag. One bike per room include spare tube, repair kit, pump and a cycle computer.

Please note: Extras nights, does not include the rental of your bikes

See the bikes and the equipment here.

Service included:

  • Accommodation in comfortable 3-4* hotels incl.
  • breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel 
  • Maps and route description 
  • Information about highlights and sightseeing along the route
  • Hotline service in case of problems

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