Island-hopping on Fyn and Ærø (Standard)

The best of South Fyn including the island of Ærø

South Fyn (Sydfyn) is a very popular summer destination for active travellers. Discover all the hidden gems in this beloved part of Denmark on this bike holiday.

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What to look forward to

Whether you love cycling along beautiful beaches, over breathtaking hills with stunning views or through charming villages with cosy cafés, South Fyn will be perfect for you.

Sailing is an important part of your holiday here. The ferry ride to Ærø gives you intriguing glimpses into life on the small islands, inhabitated only by few people – and in some cases, only by grazing cattle. Ærø itself is a highlight, with fertile landscapes where small farms sits idyllically 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 being close to nature and the sandy beaches. We also have hotels on the island of Ærø.

We highly recommend you to visit the ”capital” of Fyn, 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 – and home port for many beautiful wooden ships
  • The South Fyn Archipelago, a paradise for cyclists as well as yachtsmen and hikers
  • Valdemar's Castle
  • Ærø, a unique island community
  • Ferry trips and lovely beaches
  • Odense, the home town of Hans Christian Andersen



Day 1. Arrival in 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 South Fyn: “The Taste of Fyn" (“Smagen af Fyn”). You can explore the traditional wooden shipyard or visit the modern museum of natural history, Naturama. 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 surroundings (approx. 35 or 53 km / 22 or 33 miles)
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 'M/S Helge' to Tåsinge where you pass cute, timbered houses on your way to Valdemar's Castle. You can also go see the more than 400-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 sights and beautiful views. Make a stop at the cosy harbour Skovballe Havn and breathe in the fresh ocean air. Don’t forget to visit Svendborg Brewery, where you can buy tasteful beer, local wine and delicious chocolates.
You can also spend the day at Egeskov Castle, north of Svendbord. Egeskov Castle offers great experiences for the whole family. Here you can explore one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, where you'll also find a fun maze, as well as 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 (approx. 29 km / 18 miles)
Take the ferry from Svendborg to Ærøskøbing on Ærø (departing mid-morning; sailing time is a bit over 1 hour). On Ærø you will find yourself in a 19th-century atmosphere, with narrow cobblestone lanes, half-timbered houses with hollyhocks - and lots of time. Everywhere you go you will find farm shops where you can buy fruit, vegetables and honey. Ærø has its own brewery and is known for its production of ice cream and chocolate. You are never far away from the beach or a bench and each of the three main towns has its own charm. Note that the bus is free on Ærø.

Overnight stay on Ærø.

Day 4. Ærø to Faaborg (approx. 36 km / 22 miles)
Bike along the coastline to Voderup Klint and Vitsø Mill. You should also visit the manor Søbygaard with its interesting art exibitions and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at a small cycle café, a little south of Søby. Later on in the afternoon, you will take a ferry from Søby to Faaborg (sailing time approx. 1 hour).

Overnight stay in Faaborg.

Day 5. Faaborg and the surroundings (approx. 41 km / 25 miles)
Enjoy a day in Svanninge Bakker (The ”Alps” of Fyn), which is one of the most exciting nature areas on Fyn, created during the Ice Age. You can also go to the small village of Diernæs, passing Kaleko Mill on your way, where the very popular Danish Christmas show Nissebanden was filmed. You can also pass great woods, shelters and Holstenshuus Castle.
Continue cycling to Falsled where you can find one of the best restaurants in Denmark, and from here, back to Faaborg.

Alternatively, you can do a more relaxed trip, cycling to the beaches on the Horneland peninsula, to the west of Faaborg.

Overnight stay in Faaborg.

Day 6. Faaborg to Svendborg (approx. 44 km / 27 miles)
Cycle along an absolutely idyllic route along the coastline to Svendborg. Remember to stop for a picnic 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 Fyn hills, passing meltwater lakes and fertile fields with cud-chewing cattle, before heading to Svendborg along the coast.

Overnight stay in Svendborg.

Day 7. Check out and departure
We highly recommend that you extend your holiday with a stay in Odense for a visit to the Hans Christian Andersen Exhibition and the open-air museum The Funen Village, or just to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the city centre.

Optional: Extra 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

Degree of difficulty
The terrain is flat with occasional small hills. It's a leisurely tour 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 how the attractive landscapes invite cyclists to easy and safe stages. Cyclists are given very high priority in Denmark. In the cities 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.

Bikes and cycling equipment

You can rent a touring bike (unisex model) with adjustable stem and incl. Schwalbe Marathon Plus anti-puncture tyres. It is also possible to rent an E-bike with 7 internal gears, 8Fun hub motor in the front wheel and battery in the luggage carrier. The bike has 5 levels of power assist and a maximum speed of 25 km/h.

All bikes come with a waterproof saddle bag, bell, bottle holder and a lock. Always remember to lock your bike!
It is also possible to rent a children’s bike, children’s seat, children’s tag-along, children’s Burley and helmets. Read more here about the bikes and cycling equipment.

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Practical information

The price includes:

  • 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 descriptions.


The prices for extras can be found under “Book”, making it easy for you to calculate your total price incl. any extras you may want.

  • Extra nights
  • Hybrid touring bike
  • E-bike
  • Children’s bike: 130-155 cm (max. 12 years old)
  • Children’s seat
  • Helmet
  • Insurances
  • Children’s trailer: Burley for 1 or 2 children or tag-along (follow-me) 
    Note: For children under 130 cm we recommend a tag-along or a Burley.

How to get there:

  • By car: Motorway. Parking is free at the hotel for our guests
  • By plane: From Billund Airport or Copenhagen (Kastrup) Airport by bus/train to Svendborg
  • By train: To/from Svendborg Station.


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

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