Catch the Wild North


Jun 1, 2002
Outside Magazine

Trees lining Holte Allen near Haslev, Denmark.

THE TRIP: Not cycling in Denmark is like not kissing in Paris. The country (population 5.2 million) has more bicycles than people, and its flat meadows and gently rolling hills render even middling cyclists capable of 40-mile days. On the 203-mile, self-guided Ten Islands in Ten Days tour from ScanTours (800-223-7226; you'll pedal the isles of southern Denmark and stop to skinny-dip in the cool blue Baltic. ScanTours provides seven-speed hybrid bikes, route maps, hotel reservations, and luggage transfer. Offered June-August; from $1,140 per person. THE HUB: Copenhagen welcomes bikes (96 percent of the streets have bike lanes) and offers ample opportunities to get wet: windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. Try Nautic Surf & Ski (011-45-32-84-83-00) for windsurfing; Elida Rederiet (011-45-45-57-07-24) for sailing or fishing. Stay at the hostel Bel3/4gningen (011-45-36-77-90-84;, six miles from downtown. You'll find ample bike parking (and rentals) and double rooms for $43-$54 per person. THE EVENT: Get your Americana mojo back at the annual Fourth of July bash at Rebild Bakker National Park. Listen to folk and reggae bands, watch the midnight fireworks display, and pitch your tent at Safari Camping (011-45-98-39-11-10) in the park (