Post by Mary on August 30, 2022
This month Jamie took a break from guiding and we headed off to Denmark for more family bike adventures. We had 3 nights in Copenhagen, which has to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Most people seem to commute by bike and there is a network of completely traffic-free cycle lanes throughout the city. Why can’t every city be like this? It’s a model that should surely be replicated worldwide as we all strive to reduce our carbon footprint. We then took the bus over the spectacular Oresund bridge to Sweden and the ferry to the beautiful Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.
Bornholm is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a relatively easy family bike tour with children. Like Copenhagen there is a network of traffic-free bike routes, which enable you to explore the island safely on two wheels. You can follow Route 10, which circumnavigates the island and is part of the Eurovelo baltic sea route. Alternatively you can choose to explore different areas of the island using the local network of bike routes on a mixture of tarmac and gravel. This is what chose to do. We based ourselves in the central-southern part of the island, hired bikes locally and explored the interior and the coastline.
There is so much to see and do on the island. We used our bikes to explore Viking forts, the largest medieval castle ruin in Northern Europe, miles of white sandy beaches with no one on them, rocky coastlines, beautiful fishing villages, forests inhabited by the European bison and the smallest permanent horse-racing “trot track” in the world. We recommend you add Bornholm to your list of family bike adventures!
Jamie is currently away guiding a Chamonix to Zermatt trip bike-packing style. He has an Alpine Singletrack Weekend, a final Chamonix to Zermatt and then our Ride the Alps season is over. We are now taking bookings for the 2023 season. Next year we’re planning on more family bike adventures and slightly fewer guided tours. Life is short and family time is precious. If you have a group of riders and a trip in mind for next year please do get in touch sooner rather than later to secure your dates.
We hope to hear from you soon – enjoy the end of summer!