Bike tour of Northern Zealand
Bikes will be delivered at your Copenhagen Hotel, and then you are ready to experience Northern Zealand by bike.
3 days & 2 nights
Copenhagen - Hillerød - Esrum - Gilleje
Drive from Hillerød S-train Station to Frederiksborg Castle.
The impressive Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød was built in the Renaissance style by King Christian IV in 1625. The Palace is surrounded by the Castle Lake, a Baroque Garden and romantic landscaped garden where we will start with a stroll. Frederiksborg Castle is the largest Renaissance Castle in Scandinavia and incorporates the finest Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship. The visit to the castle includes the very fine national historical museum, the Chapel, and the Knights´Hall.
Since 1878, Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History. A tour through the beautiful rooms of the museum is a tour through 500 years of Danish history, illustrated by portraits, history paintings, furniture and decorative art.
Next we pass the Royal Family´s summer residence of Fredensborg Palacee, surrrounded by a beautiful park.
Then continue to Esrum Kloster (possible to have coffee break).
Esrum Abbey was founded by the Cistercian Order in 1151 and was greatly influential as the spiritual centre of the Cistercians in Denmark. At present Esrum Abbey is an open attraction with changing exhibitions and a varied programme with events, lectures, family activities, food experiences etc. The base of all the activities is the story of the abbey’s cultural and natural inheritance. The abbey features a permanent exhibition about the lives of the Cistercian monks, and every year there is a new separate exhibition focusing on the interaction between art and church. There are shops in the abbey and in the mill farm, with homemade produce among other things, there is a café, and in the garden you will find some of the herbs brought from France by the monks for medicinal purposes as well as for cooking.
We then carry on to Gilleleje.
Gilleleje is situated in Gribskov Municipality, at Sealand's northernmost point, Gilbjerghoved. The town has preserved many of the idyllic cosy streets and thatched houses built when it was a fishing village. Gilleleje is a lively tourist, commercial and fishing town. Its heart is the fishing port, Sealand's largest.
Overnight at Gilleleje Badehotel with a magnificent ocean view from the highest point of Northern Zealand. When both rooms are booked together, it is possible to have the whole floor locked. Where “Kattegat” meets “Øresund”.
Gilleleje Badehotel stands atop a 30 m high cliff at Zealand’s most northern point “Gilbjerghoved”.
When adding the hotel’s three storeys to this height, you will experience an exceptional view over the ocean and the surrounding landscape. From this point of view you can see all the way to Kullen in Sweden and enjoy the sight of numerous birds flying in formations over Øresund and Kattegat.
The white main building with its blue balconies was built in 1908 on the site, where there has been a guest house since 1895. The distinctive atmosphere from the early 1900s has been preserved thanks to the gentle renovations which have been carried out throughout the hotel’s history.
All over the hotel you will experience a light and cosy atmosphere, Swedish-inspired furniture, wickerwork and patterned wall-paper in blue and white.
Combined with a comprehensive spa area Gilleleje Badehotel is open for guests during summer and winter, and at any occasion.
Included is acces to Turkish bath, sauna and steam bath.
Gilleleje - Hornbæk - Helsingør
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast we start our biking to Tegners Museum and visit the sculpture park.
Rudolph Tegners Museum is a unique monument to a single artist conceived and realized by himself as a synthesis of sculpture, architecture and nature.
The sculptor Rudolph Tegner (1873-1950) strove in his artistic production toward a new monumental style and some of Tegners sculptures were a provocation to his contemporaries both on account of their scale and content. He was undisputed a groundbreaking figure as an opposition to the classicism of Thorvaldsen. Tegner raised his enormous Museum in the wild, uncultivated part of North Zealand called Russia, where it is possible to view his lifetime work.
In the park you can see 14 sculptures.
Then we continue to Hornbæk Habor. And old fishing habour with charming old houses.
Hornbæk is the place to find peace of mind and enjoy the unique environment with the beach, the plantation, the fresh air, and strolls around the town. Soon you will understand why the famous artists chose Hornbæk for their inspiration. The long sunny days and the evenings on the beach by the harbor are really something to experience. The long, well-kept beach with fine sands, shallow water for the children, toilets, kiosk, and beach life guards are some of the assets of Hornbæk.
After a stop in Hornbæk we continue through the plantation and following the coastline to Helsingør. Where we start by visiting the impressive Kronborg Castle , which was the scene of “Hamlet”, one of the most famous and frequently performed stage plays in the world.
Since the 1600s, countless theatrical productions at the castle and at many other venues have endeavoured to keep the legend of Hamlet alive. That is why Kronborg is now known all over the world as Hamlet’s castle, and Elsinore is known as the Town of Hamlet.
The legend’s association with Elsinore and Kronborg did not begin until Shakespeare, presumably due to Elsinore’s status as one of the world’s most important towns in the 1600s.
The castle was built between 1574 and 1585 to protect Danish interests and also to protect the Danish treasury by levying tolls on the shipping which passed through the narrow straits.
||We take a walk in the old Marked town Helsingør, where you will get a good feel of “everyday life” in a Danish town.
Elsinore is first mentioned in 1231 as a small market town on the Flynderborg . In 1426 the town was expanded municipal charter by Erik of Pomerania , which also moved the settlement to the area around St. Olav's Church.
Around the same time introduced Øreundstolden , which meant a sharp increase in trade in Elsinore. The duty went directly to the king, but when ships still had to put in order to pay customs , they could just as well buy food . Sound Dues had a decisive influence on Elsinore's history. The castle hook was established as a direct result. In the 1500s , this was heavily rebuilt and renamed Kronborg .
Elsinore is located just five km from Helsingborg, and before the cession to Sweden , these two towns square Community , which was unique to the two neighboring cities at that time , not only in Denmark but in all of northern Europe. Sound Chair Its repeal in 1857 put the city in a deep economic crisis since the ships no longer needed to anchor to pay duty.
Being only five km distance across the sea from Sweden (Helsingborg), Helsigør also gives a great picture of the close relation Sweden and Denmark has as many Swedish and Danish switch county each day to either work or make some good bargains at the marked.
Overnight at Hotel Marienlyst in Elsinore with seaview.
Directly on the Sound, and 20 minutes by ferry from Helsingborg in Sweden you will find the ideal setting for a hotel stay.
From a major part of the hotel - and naturally from the big terrace and lawn - there is an unimpeded view of the Swedish coastline, Kronborg Castle and Elsinore marina - a beautiful and breathtaking view at any time of the year.
The history of Marienlyst dates back more than 150 years, but thanks to continuous modernization it is now an innovative hotel and conference centre with stylish design and an excellent kitchen.
Included in stay is free access to the pool area with water slide, sauna and jacuzzi, and entrance to the casino.
Helsingør - Humlebæk - Rungsted - Copenhagen
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive to Humlebæk and visit Louisiana, Museum of Modern art.
Louisiana is an international museum with a considerable collection of modern art. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3,000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. It takes its point of departure in the period after 1945 including artists like Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Morris Louis, Jorn, Baselitz, Polke, Kiefer, and Per Kirkeby.
Every year Louisiana offers 4-6 temporary exhibitions, presenting both great modernist artists and the latest international contemporary art in the series Louisiana Contemporary. Throughout the years the museum has persisted in taking the international view as a premise for its exhibitions and Louisiana’s status implies that the museum is able to attract future exhibitions and artists of a standard available to only very few Scandinavian museums.
Louisiana’s exhibition programme has always covered a wide range primarily focusing on the interaction between the different art forms. Louisiana therefore has a long standing tradition of culture-historical exhibitions and of presenting large, international photo, design and architecture shows. The exhibition activities and the development of the collection are closely linked, and thus the exhibitions often leave their mark on the collection thanks to acquisitions and donations.
After Lousiana we continue to Rungsted for a visit at Karen Blixen Museum.
Rungstedlund is the house in which the author Karen Blixen was born, and to which she returned after 17 years as a farmer in Africa. She lived here until her death in 1962, and it was here that she wrote all her internationally renowned stories.
Rungstedlund is situated on the shores of the Øresund Strait, and behind the house itself there are 40 acres of land - garden, meadow and grove. In accordance with Karen Blixen's wishes, the area has been set aside as a bird sanctuary, which is open to the public. Karen Blixen's grave can also be found here.
The main entrance to the museum is situated in the west wing, which previously served as the coach house, stable and hayloft. Following restoration, the west wing now houses a documentary exhibition, library, the museum shop and a café.
Karen Blixen's former home may be found in the main building. The rooms, which are open to the public, are almost exactly as Karen Blixen left them and provide a vivid impression of the author's daily life. Some of the furniture comes from the African farm, including Denys Finch Hatton's favourite chair and the chest Karen Blixen was given by her butler, Farah. A small room, which has been turned into a gallery, is used to exhibit the authors paintings, African portraits, charcoal drawings from her time as a student at the Danish Academy of Art and a number of recently discovered pastels.
After visiting Rungstedlund, drive back to Copenhagen.
All meals excluded - with the exception of breakfast at hotels and the cruise. We can recommend restaurants.