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The splendours of the Little belt (Standard)

Unique landscapes and the narrow strait winds between Fyn and Jutland

This tour takes you round the Little Belt and the three major cities Middelfart, Fredericia and Kolding

€4,630.00
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Travel Code
BKD-L1
Tour description

The area around Little Belt is treasured for its unique landscape formed during the ice age. The narrow strait winds between the island of Fyn and the Jutland peninsula connects the Baltic with Kattegat.
 The cycling is comfortable with only few hills and max length of 37.1 km.

You start in Middelfart, where you can try Bridgewalking and Whale Watching. You cycle across the Belt to Fredericia and the historic ramparts and pass beaches and hills on the way to Kolding and the impressive Kolding Hus Castle. From Kolding you can take an optional day trip to the picturesque World Cultural Heritage Site Christiansfeld (round trip 70 km).

Highlights
  • Bridgewalking – 60 meters above sea level on the Old Little Belt Bridge
  • Whale Watching – populations of harbour porpoises are often spotted from the coast
  • CLAY Ceramic Museum Denmark
  • The Old and the New Little Belt Bridges
  • Fredericia’s Ramparts and Fredericia townscape
  • Trapholt Museum with contemporary design
  • Koldinghus – Museum and Renaissance castle
  • Christiansfeld – World Cultural Heritage city
  • Ginger Bread – made in Christiansfeld since 1783
  • Skamlingsbanken - popular danish meeting place since 1843.
Daily programme

Day 1

Arrival in Middelfart
Arrive at your hotel and explore Middelfart, which is a market town dating back to 1231. Familiarize yourself with your bicycle and cycle to the old parts of town. Enjoy the charms of the Old Harbour and a refreshment by the edge of the Belt overlooking the two bridges.
Overnight stay in Middelfart.

Day 2

Woods, Water and Whales (33.2 km)
Today’s stretch takes you north with the StaurbyWoods on your right and the Little Belt on your left as you cycle to Strib, which was the base for the world’s first Harbour porpoise research station. Continue along the beaches and past the popular summer cottage areas, through small villages with halftimbered houses before returning to Middelfart* and continuing South to the Hindsgavl Peninsula and through the Hindsgavl Deer Park past the splendid Hindsgavl Castle. Cross the Old Little Belt Bridge.

*Suggested detour for Groups +14,5 km:
Before returning to Middelfart turn east onto Route161 and continue to Nørre Aaby and the Indslev MicroBrewery.
Overnight stay in Fredericia

Day 3

Optional: Bridgewalking, Deers, Ceramics and Whales (13,5 km)

From your hotel you return across the bridge to Middelfart, where the first stop is Bridgewalking. 60 metres above sea level you will have a splendid view of the Little Belt, your hotel and most of tomorrows stretch.
From Bridgewalking there is a short cycling tour to CLAY Museum of Ceramic Arts, and a visit here is an absolute must. A unique chance to see more than 235 years of ceramic design and craftsmanship from Den Kongelige Porcelænsfabrik, Bing & Grøndahl and Aluminia donated by Royal Copenhagen. From CLAY you continue to The Old Harbour and join one of the Whale Watching Tours. 2 or 3 hours on the Little Belt with whale watching guaranteed.
Please note that the Whale Watching tours are only available in July and August.
Overnight stay in Fredericia


Day 4

Religion, Ramparts and valleys (37,1 km)
In Fredericia the Ramparts are a striking townscape feature, surrounding the old town center. In 1674, the town was declared a religious sanctuary where all Christian faiths as well as Jews were welcomed.

From Fredericia you go south past Elbodalen Valley, which stretches all the way to Vejle. Here you cycle through a stunning and varied landscape with a large diversity of flora and fauna, including rare birds and orchids.

*Suggested detour for Groups + 1,5 km:
MoDaVi – a Danish vineyard which has received
several awards for their wines.
Call +45 2370 2379 for prior appointment.
Overnight stay in Kolding


Day 5

Optional: round trip to UNESCO Christiansfeld - Beaches, Bretherens and Ginger bread (70 km)
From Kolding you cycle along the Rebæk Beach past Skamlingsbanken, which is the highest point in South Jutland (113 m). Regional celebrations take place annually by the tall memorial column.
The Moravian Church and their bretherens founded Christiansfeld in 1773, and they named if after King Christian VII. The unique layout and architecture has put Christiansfeld on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Don’t miss their famous Ginger Bread cakes before you return to Kolding via Route 170, which takes you past Skamlingsbanken, a popular national meeting place since 1843.

Optional: Renaissance interiors and Modern Danish Design (13,5 km)
For those who prefer to stay in Kolding we recommend that you take in the major local attractions. On top of a hill in the middle of town, is Koldinghus. The Castle dates back to 1268 and was rebuilt in the 16th century. Today Koldinghus is a museum and their collection includes interiors from the 1500s as well as changing exhibitions. For connoisseurs of modern Danish design Trapholt is the place to go. It has Denmark’s largest collection of 20th century designer chairs and Arne Jacobsens unique holiday house. The museum is located in a sculpture park overlooking Kolding Fjord. The Café serves organic homecooked meals and snacks.
Overnight stay in Kolding


Day 6

Return to Middelfart (30,6 km)
The route back to Middelfart follows Strandvejen, with a view of the fabulous Kolding Fjord and past Birkemose Golf Club. The route then turns onto the small country lanes, through Elbodalen and across the waters on the Old Little Belt Bridge before arri- ving at Severin. 
Overnight stay Middelfart

Day 7

Check out

Tour details

Difficulty level and maps:

The terrain is mostly flat with occasional hills and is suitable for all levels, including families. You cycle along mostly paved bike paths and minor roads. In the towns of Middelfart, Fredericia and Kol- ding there are many cycle paths or lanes. You will receive detailed maps and route descripti- ons including notes regarding major sights, places to eat etc. The route can be downloaded to a GPS or your smartphone via Naviki - the Bicycle SatNav from AppStore or GooglePlay.

More about Lillebælt:

Lillebælt is the Gateway to the Baltic and winds its way from Fredericia past Middelfart and Kolding with many Fjords zigzagging around small islands. The waters are a favourite playground for the worlds smallest whale – the harbour porpoise. You will often see them when cycling along the coast. Everybody cycles in Denmark, to school, to work and for exer- cise. Consequently there are many cycle paths and cycle lanes, and cars and lorries are aware of and considerate towards cyclists.

Weather:

From May till end September the weather is general- ly suitable for cycling in Denmark. The days are long and the countryside at its most beautiful.


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Practical information

How to get there:

  • By Car: Motorway E20 from Copenhagen. Approx. 2 hours – 200 km
  • By Plane: Copenhagen Airport or Billund Airport
  • By train: Middelfart/Kolding. Regular departures approx. every 1⁄2 hour. Duration 2 – 21⁄2 hours

Services included:

  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels (3-4 star level) including breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Maps and route description
  • Information about highlights and sightseeing
  • Hotline service in case of problems
Hotels:
  • Good and comfortable hotels (3-4 star level).

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