Denmark, days 63 to 69

Tuesday July 14 to Monday July 20

Since arriving a week ago on the east side of Danish Jutland (the peninsula that forms the main part of Denmark), we cycled north to Skagen, the most northerly part of Denmark, then turned south. We are now cycling down the west coast of Denmark toward Germany.

Jutland Denmark is flat, parts of it boggy, and everywhere windy. It has long sandy ocean beaches on both the east and west sides, and is a favourite vacation area for Danes as well tourists from Sweden, Norway and Germany. At least most years it is—this is one of the coldest, wet and windy summers anyone can remember. The beaches are not busy.

We’ve been cycling longer days, sometimes longer distances, sometimes just spending more time slowly struggling into strong headwinds. The weather has been generally dry. The landscape is a mix of agriculture, forest and large windblown moors and open dune land near the sea. Towns are mostly small and touristy. It makes for pleasant rural cycling, but not a lot to talk about.

Skagen at the north tip of the country is the busiest place we’ve been. It gets a million tourists a year who want to see the tip of the country where strong currents run and the North Sea meets the Kattegat, the body of water between Sweden and Denmark that connects the North Sea with the Baltic.

Denmark is a cycling country with better signs and facilities than Norway or Sweden. However, being rural, a paved cycling way may suddenly change to a good unpaved path, or to a bone shaking gravel road. We’re getting better at looking closely at our guidebook to avoid the gravel.

Two of the best things about Denmark are bread and the Danish pastry. Forget everything you know about Danish pastry as it is made it Canada; it looks the same, but that’s where the similarity ends. Here a “Danish” is always light and fresh with crisp pastry. Likewise, bread comes in endless varieties and is always fresh. Bread at breakfast is warm from the oven.

Another best thing about Denmark is the people; they’re much more outgoing than in Sweden or Norway. Not that we didn’t like the Swedes or Norwegians, but the Danish are much more likely to say “Hello” or make a joke. It is a more relaxed place.


7 thoughts on “Denmark, days 63 to 69”

  1. We may have passed each other in Aalborg – we were there July 15th.

    Best wishes on your upcoming Birthday, Roy.

    • Hi Lynda. On the 15th we rode to Fredrikshavn, so close by, but a miss. The next day we rode to Skagen. At the art gallery we talked to a guy at the desk who said he’d guided a city tour the day before for some cruise ship people which included Canadians. He said they were nice people. Wonder if you were in that group.

      Best wishes to George on his upcoming birthday.

  2. It is always a good day when there is news from Roy and Inge. This journey seems to be living up to you expectations – you will have lots of great memories as well as some amusing (and not so amusing) tales to tell.

    I’m sure you know, however, that you are missing a wonderful sunny summer, even if much of the province seems to be on fire.

  3. In Dutch! Jullie reis komt bijna tot zijn eind. Wat heb ik genoten van jullie verhalen en foto’s. Wat een fantastische conditie hebben jullie, om jaloers op te zijn. Geniet nog van de laatste dagen en de zon schijnt af en toe, want ik heb gezien dat jullie heel wat donkere wolken hebben gehad! Groetjes Fredie

    • We moeten nog even hoor. Donderdag komen we in Duitsland aan en moeten nog even kijken welke route we nemen. De officiele Noordzee route kronkelt en is vrij lang; daarna nog de laatste paar dagen door Nederland tot we weer in Kijkduin zijn.
      We zijn inderdaad in top-conditie; een lekker gevoel!

  4. Day 69 – wow! Well done you two. To me, every country has stunning landscapes, no matter what. It’s a beautiful world. Love the cozy little bike.


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