Welcome to a Cycling Paradise!
Sydfyn (South of Funen) is a very popular summer destination in Denmark for active travelers with room for everybody. Whether you are into cycling to lovely beaches, to breathe taking hills with stunning views, or to charming villages with cozy cafés, the south of Funen is something for you. Sailing is an important part of your holiday in the south of Funen. The ferry ride to Ærø gives you intriguing glimpses of small islands inhabited by few people - some of them only grazing cattle. Ærø itself is a highlight - fertile landscapes with small farms between the rolling hills and small, old maritime towns. Every day you can choose between different routes to match your specific desires and needs.
Day 1: Arrival to Svendborg
Svendborg is a vibrant and exciting town with a historical center. Shops and restaurants offer tasty, healthy and locally grown food, which has become a brand for Sydfyn: “The Taste of Funen” - “Smagen af Fyn”. You can explore the traditional wooden shipyard or visit the modern museum of natural history. All our hotels are situated with easy access to cycle friendly roads. If you have rented bikes, they will be at the hotel on the afternoon on your arrival.
Day 2: Svendborg and surroundings, ~10-60 km
Explore the beautiful surroundings of Svendborg. Go across the bridge to the island of Thurø, where you can visit the maritime center. From here you can take the vintage ship “Helge” to Tåsinge where you pass cute, timbered houses on your way to Valdemar Castle. You can also go see the more than 500 year old oak tree The Ambrosius Oak and visit various farm shops along the way. As you bike along the peaceful roads, you will pass stunning nature sight and beautiful views. Make a stop at the cozy harbor Skovballehavn and breathe in the fresh ocean air. Don’t forget to visit the Brewery of Svendborg, where you can buy tasteful beer, local wine and delicious chocolates. You can also go and spend the day at Egeskov Castle north of Svendbord. Egeskov offers great experiences for the whole family with one of the most beautiful parks in Europe with a maze, a playground, a large collection of vintage cars and motorbikes, a hunting and trophy museum and much more.
Day 3: Svendborg - Ærø, ~40 km
Take the ferry from Svendborg (at 10:05) to Ærøskøbing (at 11:20). On Ærø you will find yourself in a 19th century atmosphere with narrow cobblestone lanes, half-timbered houses with hollyhocks - and lots of time. Everywhere you cycle you will find farm shops where you can buy fruit, vegetables and honey. Ærø has its own brewery and is known for their production of ice cream and chocolate. You are never far away from the beach or a bench and each of the three main towns have its own charm. Note that the bus is free on Ærø.
Day 4: Ærø - Faaborg , ~40 km
Go by bike along the coast line to Voderup Klint and Vitsø Mill. You should also visit the manor Søbygaard with its interesting art exhibitions and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at a small cycle Café a little south of Søby. You will later on take a ferry from Søby (at 15:45) to Faaborg (at 16:45).
Day 5: Faaborg and surroundings, ~15-40 km
Enjoy a day in Svanninge Bakker (The Funen ”Alps”), which is one of the most exciting nature areas on Funen created during the Ice Age. You can also go to the small village Diernæs, and passing Kaleko Mill on your way, where a very popular Danish Christmas show was filmed. You can also pass great woods, shelters and the castle of Holstenshuus. Cycle on to Falsted, where you can find one of the best restaurants in Denmark, and carry on back to Faaborg. A more relaxed trip can be made to the beaches on the peninsula Horneland to the west of Faaborg.
Day 6: Faaborg - Svendborg, ~34 km
Cycle along an absolutely idyllic route along the coast line to Svendborg. Remember to stop for a picnic and settle down at one of the picnic areas on the way. If you want to extend the day’s stage, we suggest you cycle through the south Funen hills, passing meltwater lakes and fertile fields with cud chewing cattle before heading to Svendborg along the coast.
Day 7: Departure
Check out and departure. We highly recommend that you extend the tour with a stay in Odense for a visit at Hans Christian Andersens Museum and the Open Air Museum. Or just to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the city center.
6 nights in 3*** and 4**** hotels
ferry Svendborg - Ærø and Ærø - Faaborg
GPS on request
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every Sunday
'arrival any day'
possible 8 persons minimum
route (1): ~140-215 km
flat and on bike paths and small roads without much traffic
how to get there
by car: motorway to Svendborg
by train: station Svendborg
by plane: airport Odense or Copenhagen
free at the first hotel for the duration of the whole tour
some of our bike tour suggestions