Day 1: Arrival in Tønder
Welcome to South Jutland and one of the most important and busiest commercial centres of Jutland for more than 500 years. The Western trade route from Scandinavia ended here and the harbour in Tønder was centre of the important trade with Frisian merchants since the Middle Ages. However, after the construction of the dykes in 1550’ies the harbour silted up and ships could no longer go there. Since then the city has been known for the famous Tønder laces which became a quite new source of income and success.
Day 2: Tønder – Rømø (app. 53 km)
Today you will enter the fascinating Tøndermarsken which is the biggest marsh landscape in Denmark. Just about 4 kms from Tønder you reach Møgeltønder. The name “Møgel” is an old word for “big”, i.e. a city bigger than Tønder. Møgeltønder is significantly older than Tønder but today it is a very small charming village that is famous for the cobbled main street and the royal castle Schackenborg. You continue west to Rudbøl where a stone in the street marks the border between Denmark and Germany in the middle of the city. You pass Højer city and water lock, with a key role in maintaining the marshlands. From Højer continue along the coast to the island of Rømø.
Day 3: Rømø – Ribe (app. 33 or 45 km)
If you did not go to the South Beach yesterday we
recommend that you experience the fascinating nature at
Rømø and the 3 kms of broad sandy beach where all kinds of
activities take place. You return to the mainland via the 9,2
km long dyke. On your way towards Ribe it is possible to
visit the island Mandø. The access to the island is the road
Mandøvejen which is daily flooded by the tide. This is a true marsh island and the trip over there in the tractor-bus is a fascinating experience. (The trip is optional and prolongs the stage today with app. 12 kms). Continue to the old historic town Ribe, known for Viking history, rare storks and the cathedral. Ribe was the first royal capital in Denmark and very important for both the Vikings and the kings back in the Middle Ages. Apart from this, Ribe is the oldest town in Denmark and also one of the most beautiful and charming.
￼Day 4: Ribe – Esbjerg/Hjerting/Fanø (35-42 km)
A trip to the very special island Fanø is optional.
The old city of Ribe is app. 4 kms inland. You start going back to the sea and the lock Kammerslusen and continue on the dykes from 1912 to Darum near Esbjerg. You go on Katastrofevej (Road of Catastrophes), named from the many life saving stations along the coast. Esbjerg has
always been a center for fishing and fishing industries and until a few years ago you could smell the city from afar. However, the smell of fish is no longer a problem and the city has changed into a non-smelling center for energy and environment protection. Esbjerg is the 5th biggest city in Denmark and from here it is possible to take a trip by ferry to the characteristic island Fanø which is like nowhere else in Denmark. The island has 2 cities, Sønderho in the South and Nordby in the North, where the ferry arrives. Both cities are well worth a visit and full of the charming FANØ houses and interesting sights and stories about the famous captains, who became wealthy on whale catching. Accommodation in Esbjerg or Hjerting.
Day 5: Esbjerg/Hjerting – Nymindegab (app. 50-55 km)
At Hjerting the sea is calmer and it was previously the only natural Winter harbour in the area. This fishermen’s place became center of export of dried fish to Husum and Hamburg. Continue to Marbæk and Oksbøl where you find the great Ål Church with famous medieval wall paintings. The beaches at Vejers, Grærup and Børsmose are dominated by summer holiday houses but take your time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, animals and many birds. At Blåbjerg you find the highest cliff in Denmark (64 meters above sea level) between the forests and heaths. Nymindegab is situated at the foot of Ringkøbing Bay and at the beginning of the isthmus of Holmslands Klit.
Day 6: Nymindegab – Søndervig/Ringkøbing (App. 38-48 km)
Holmslands Klit is a narrow piece of land between Ringkøbing Fjord and the North Sea. The cycling path guides you through holiday areas to the famous fishing town Hvide Sande in the middle of this strip of land where all kinds of fishing related activities can be found. Just before Hvide Sande you may visit Abelines Gård, the home and farm of an active inspector of shipwrecks. This is an interesting story due to the many shipwrecks in the North Sea in bad weather. The cycling path continues on the old rescue road towards Søndervig and on the way you pass den big dune Troldklit with an old bunker from 2nd World War. Accomodation in Søndervig at the top of Ringkøbing Fjord or in the main city Ringkøbing.
Day 7: Søndervig/Ringkøbing – Lemvig (app. 64 km)
In the middle of the West Coast area it is easy to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the almost neverending sky. Nothing blocks your view and the blue sky and the North Sea melts together in the horizon. The cycling path leads you through the dunes to Vedersø where a famous Danish poet and priest Kaj Munk lived. Another narrow strip of land protects Nissum Fjord from the sea and guides you to the small fishing town Thorsminde. Several ships from the British Baltic Fleet wrecked in a storm in 1811 and a visit to the wreck and rescue museum Strandingsmuseet is highly recommendable. At the hill Dødemandsbjerg (Dead Man Mountain) is a monument for the English sailors who died in the wrecks. Continue North along Nissum Fjord to Bovbjerg through the holiday villages Fjalting and Trans. At Bovbjerg you can see the dramatic 40 meters high clay cliffs and a small detour to the Lighthouse and a wonderful view is also recommended before turning inland to Bonnet where the nice Old Station Garden invites for a break before you reach Lemvig.
￼Day 8. Lemvig – Struer (app. 25 km)
The last stage of your cycling tour takes you along the bays Nissum Bredning and Venø Bugt to Struer, a city that is mostly known for the Danish producer B&O having its domicile here since 1925 (high quality radios and TV equipment in superior design).
The stage today is short and ends at the Struer hotel
for luggage pick-up, unless you add an extra night.
Or you may take the train back to Tønder and have and additional night there.