Island hopping on Funen and Ærø (Standard)

The best of South Funen including the island Ærø

South of Funen (Sydfyn) is a very popular summer destination for active travellers

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Whether you love cycling to beautiful beaches, breathtaking hills with stunning views or charming villages with cosy cafés, the south of Funen is something for you.

Sailing is an important part of your holiday here. The ferry ride to Ærø gives you intriguing glimpses of small islands inhabitated by few people – some of them only grazing cattle. Ærø itself is a highlight – fertile lands- capes with small farms between the rolling hills and small, old maritime towns. Our hotels are on the beach just outside Svendborg and Faaborg (2-3 km) so you can enjoy the proximity to nature and a sandy beach. We also have hotels on the island of Ærø.

OptionWe highly recommend you to visit the ”capital” of Funen, Odense, which is the home town of the world famous poet and fairytale author, Hans Christian Andersen. Odense has it all: charming high streets, fascinating museums and galleries, inviting green parks and delightful cafés. Odense is also rightly known for being a remarkably bike-friendly city. In fact, there is no better way to explore this modern, lively – and authentically “hyggelige” – city than by bike.

  • Svendborg, the old seaside town – squeezed in between sea and hills. Home port for many beautiful wooden ships
  • The south Funen Archipelago, a paradise for cyclists – as well as yachtsmen and hikers
  • Valdemar Castle
  • Ærø – a unique island community
  • Ferry trips and lovely beaches
  • Odense, the home town og H.C Andersen
Daily programme

Day 1

Arrival to Svendborg.

Svendborg is a vibrant and exciting town with a historical centre. Shops and restaurants offer tasty, healthy and locally grown food, which has become a brand for Sydfyn: “The Taste of Funen” - “Smagen af Fyn”. You can explore the traditional wooden shipyard or visit the modern museum of natural history. Our hotels are situated with easy access to cycle friendly roads. If you have rented bikes, they will be at the hotel on the afternoon of your arrival.

Overnight stay in Svendborg.

Day 2

Svendborg and sorroundings.

Explore the beautiful surroundings of Svendborg. Go across the bridge to the island of Thurø, where you can visit the maritime centre. From here you can take the vintage ship “Helge” to Tåsinge where you pass cute, timbered houses on your way to Valdemar Castle. You can also go see the more than 500 year old oak tree The Ambrosius Oak and visit various farm shops along the way. As you bike along the peaceful roads, you will pass stunning nature sight and beautiful views. Make a stop at the cosy harbour Skovballehavn and bre- ath in the fresh ocean air. Don’t forget to visit the Brewery of Svendborg, where you can buy tasteful beer, local wine and delicious chocolates.

You can also go and spend the day at Egeskov Castle north of Svendbord. Egeskov offers great experiences for the whole family with one of the most beautiful parks in Europe with a maze, a playground, a large collection of vintage cars and motorbikes, a hunting and trophy museum and much more.

Overnight stay in Svendborg.

Day 3

Svendborg to Ærø . 40 km.

Take the ferry from Svendborg (at 10:05) to Ærøs- købing (at 11:20). On Ærø you will find yourself in a 19th century atmosphere with narrow cobblestone lanes, halftimbered houses with hollyhocks - and lots of time. Everywhere you cycle you will find farm shops where you can buy fruit, vegetables and honey. Ærø has its own brewery and is known for their production of ice cream and chocolate. You are never far away from the beach or a bench and each of the three main towns have its own charm.

Note that the bus is free on Ærø.

Overnight stay at Ærø.

Day 4

Ærø to Faaborg. 40 km.

Go by bike along the coast line to Voderup Klint and Vitsø Mill. You should also visit the manor Søbygaard with its interesting art exibitions and enjoy a delici- ous cup of coffee at a small cycle Café a little south of Søby. You will later on take a ferry from Søby (at 15:45) to Faaborg (at 16:45).

Overnight stay in Faaborg.

Day 5

Faaborg and the sourroundings.

Enjoy a day in Svanninge Bakker (The Funen ”Alps”), which is one of the most exciting nature areas on Funen created during the Ice Age. You can also go to the small village Diernæs, and passing Kaleko Mill on your way, where a very popular Danish christmas show was filmed. You can also pass great woods, shelters and the castle of Holstenshuus.

Cycle on to Falsted, where you can find one of the best restaurants in Denmark, and carry on back to Faaborg. A more relaxed trip can be made to the beaches on the peninsula Horneland to the west of Faaborg.

Overnight stay in Faaborg.

Day 6

Faaborg to Svendborg. 34 km.

Cycle along an absolutely idyllic route along the coast line to Svendborg. Remember to stop for a picnic and settle down at one of the picnic areas on the way. If you want to extend the day’s stage, we suggest you cycle through the south Funen hills, passing meltwater lakes and fertile fields with cudchewing cattle before heading to Svendborg along the coast.

Overnight stay in Svendborg.

Day 7

Check out and departure. We highly recommend that you extend the tour with a stay in Odense for a visit at Hans Christian Andersens Museum and the Open Air Museum. Or just to enjoy the relaxed atmo- sphere in the city center

OPTIONExtra days in Odense by foot or by bike. There are bikes for rent at the hotel. We provide you with maps and information.

Tour details

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.


Biking in Denmark is perfect from end of May until mid September. You will enjoy comfortable weather and daylight from very early morning until late evening.

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 cyclists to easy and safe stages. Cyclists are given very high priority in Denmark. In the towns you will find cycle 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.

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Practical information

Services included:

  • Accommodation in comfortable 3-4* hotels incl. breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Ferry from Svendborg to Ærø and back from Ærø to Faaborg
  • Information about highlights and sightseeing
  • Hotline service in case of problems
  • GPS and road book with day description

How to get there:

  • By car: By motorway. Parking is free at the hotel for our guests.
  • By plane: Billund Airport and Copenhagen (Ka- strup) Airport. Bus/train to Svendborg.
  • By train: From Svendborg station.


You will stay at Hotel Christiansminde, Hotel Faaborg Fjord, Ærø Hotel or similar hotels.

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