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Biking and Cycling in the North Sea

Brace yourself for sea air, wind, and exhilarating rides around the North Sea Coast. This is great cycling country because there’s actually quite a bit of flat land, outstanding trails, and a prevailing cycle culture to begin with. Cyclists, you are welcome!

Cycling is the ideal way to navigate around Denmark - there are more than 10,000 km of cycle routes. A cycling holiday in Denmark provides exercise and all the fresh air and fragrant breezes that we crave we escape “regular” life. Pedalling along scenic trails prohibited to motorised vehicles and lap up the silence and sweet air. All routes are described in handy and detailed cycling maps, so it is easy to enjoy a 'go-as-you-please' cycling holiday in Denmark.

Norway has sign-posted cycle-routes in many parts of the country, charted on special cyclist maps that you can buy from Bike Norway or at tourist offices or bookstores along the route. The routes are follow roads that have little or no automobile traffic and often have cycle-friendly accommodation along the routes.

Rallarvegen is one of the most scenic cycle rides from "the roof of Norway" right down to the fjord - quite an experience! The North Sea Cycleway passes through several towns along the coast., mostly on flat terrain except for one memorable stretch beteen Flekkefjord and Ogna. You’ll encounter little or no traffic and a mountain bike isn’t necessary. The bike routes between Voss and Bergen are quiet, low traffic roads that ribbon through majestic mountains and clear blue waters of the fjords. 

Cross the Ardennes into Belgium and you’ll find lots of like-minded souls on a fair weather weekend. 
There is nothing quite like biking through its contrasting landscape of flatlands in Dutch-speaking Flanders and rolling hills in French-speaking Wallonia, both a cyclist’s dream. Miles of bicycle paths fun alonside romantic canals winding between quaint towns, charming castles, outdoor cafés and incredible restaurants. 

Holland was made for cycling – or is it the other way around? Relatively flat with a mild climate, unending cycle paths, short distances between towns, and motorists who are very bike-aware make pedalling around the Netherlands an absolute pleasure.

All 12 provinces have something unique to offer so you’ll never be faced with a monotonous landscape. Consider the rural provinces of Friesland and Groningen in northern Holland, where you can jump across to the Frisian islands or roll up to inspect an ancient hunebed, or burial mound. Glide through the green heart of the urbanized Randstad, the densely populated triangular area between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague. In Overijssel, Drenthe, and North Brabant the cycle paths traverse woods and heath. 

A journey around the IJsselmeer (the former Zuiderzee) includes traditional fishing villages and cheese towns, and in the spring there are the bulb fields. For those craving more exertion there are hilly routes through the dunes of Texel and the provinces of North and South Holland, through the Veluwe forest in Gelderland, and in the rolling hills of southern Limburg. And you thought it was all going to be the same?

Cycling in Germany is fantastic, once you manage to decide which of its 200 long-distance cycle routes and shorter cycle paths are the ones for you. Explore cities and small towns or meander through wilder rural areas on well-maintained and signposted trails. Themes to consider, depending on your sightseeing wishes and stamina, include riverside routes, city and family tours, art trails, scenic routes and exciting mountain biking. Take note of the ADFC Premium routes, which are awarded a number of stars for trail quality and maintenance. International routes abound, since Germany shares borders with nine other European countries. Whether you want to experience Germany’s lush natural areas or squeeze in all the cultural highlights possible, touring by bicycle will add a dynamic and exhilarating dimension to your holiday.


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