South Jutland boasts some of Denmark's most beautiful and contrasting landscapes. With its closely linked network of over 3,000 kms of cycle routes, South Jutland seems to have been made for two-wheeled holidays.
On the east coast, there are fjords surroun-ded by forest-clad slopes. In the midlands, you will find extensive valleys, large forests and lakes, whilst flat marshland and the imposing Vesterhav sea dominates the west coast. For all these reasons, and more, it is only natural that Denmark's best cycle routes either start or finish in South Jutland. One excellent choice is to combine several of the routes on the same holiday.
For more than 1,000 years, the "Hærvej", or military road, has been an important artery through Jutland for armies, pilgrims and cattle-drivers. This route, therefore, has a remarkable tale to tell, where you can ride straight into the past on your bike and expe- rience ancient Denmark's burial mounds, Viking rune stones, medieval churches and much more. In previous times, people avoided crossing the larger waterways wherever possible. These waterways often emerge from the Jutland ridge, which contains some of Jutland's most spectacular landscapes. For this reason, the great outdoors can often provide experiences to match the deep running tides of history.
The North Sea Route
With its 6,000 kms, the North Sea route is Europe's longest cycle route and follows a shoreline going through 7 countries. In South Jutland, the route goes via the exceptional Vadehav marsh landscape and along the evocative Vesterhav sea with the islands Rømø, Mandø and Fanø lying like pearls on a string to decorate its coastline.
The Baltic Sea Route
The 800 km long Baltic Sea route leads cyclists from east to west – or vice versa – via the idyllic south Danish islands and very enjoyable ferry crossings. In South Jutland, the route follows the deep fjords lining the east coast, where appealing market towns, each with their own particular character, are situated just 25 kilometres from each other: Fredericia, the old fortified town; Kolding with Koldinghus – the former royal abode; the ginger bread town of Christiansfeld and the cathedral town of Haderslev, the maritime atmosphere of Aabenraa and then Sønderborg with Dybbøl Mill and Sønderborg Castle.
The Border Route
Along the Danish-German border, it is possible to opt for the Border route, which is an extension of national route 8. The Route is 128 kms long and crosses the Danish-German border 26 times and connects the Hærvej, Baltic Sea and North Sea routes. The border route between Flensborg and Højer is really worth a spin. Here, there are sheltered picnic areas and, at every 3 kilometre interval, there are information boards which describe the cultural landscape and history pertaining to the border area.