Pedal yourself happy
It’s well known that Denmark is one of the happiest nations on earth – and it’s our hunch that, for many locals, a daily dose of healthy exercise has a lot to do with it. In Danish cities, towns and rural areas, cyclists aren’t a defensive minority – they’re everywhere, thanks to far-sighted investment in infrastructure including groundbreaking Cycle Super Highways and Copenhagen’s stunning new Cykelslangen cycling bridge. It helps, of course, that Denmark’s landscapes are so flat.
A cycling vacation will make you even happier – your bike is booked, your route mapped and your luggage transferred from place to place. You’ll take in city sights, coastal scenery and historical attractions, all at your own pace. There are over 12,000km of designated cycle tracks to explore, including 11 National Cycle Routes, many of which are safely separated from roads and may take you through gorgeous forests, farmland or coastal scenery – or even a loop through Sweden.
For the day-trippers, Copenhagen has a new pay-as-you-go hire system offering electric smartbikes with built-in GPS and puncture-proof tyres. Other Danish cities have free public bike hire systems as well as hire shops.
Before you hit the streets, a word of mild caution – make sure you mug up on local cycling etiquette here
also has plenty of helpful cycling tips.