A Different Kind Of Vacation

Last week I spent most of my time on a bicycle, every day making my way closer to Skagen, the northernmost town in Denmark. As a present for my dads 40th birthday we gave him a vacation. Not the all-inclusive, standard trip to Mallorca you might be thinking of, this was a bit different, but what he wished for nonetheless. We were to ride our bikes all the way from our home to Skagen, approximately 400 kilometers, in 7 days. (For those of you who are used to thinking in miles, I’ll do the math for you. That’s around 248 miles)
I wanted to share my experience with you, so here’s a little summary from each day that’ll give you some insight 🙂

Day 1: From Ballerup to Frederiksværk
Distance: 42 kilometers, or 26 miles
Duration: 5 hours, (including lunch breaks, snack breaks and such)
My thoughts on the day:
Today was a good day. The weather was nice, albeit a bit windy. The sun was shining and it was fairly warm. Not a bad day to spent 5 hours on a bike. Normally I hate cycling but that day it felt like I was flying most of the way. So that was pretty awesome. I just hoped I wasn’t gonna be too sore the following days, otherwise it would be a looong week. We stayed at a campsite in a small cabin for the night and though it wasn’t amazing or anything, it wasn’t terrible either.
My brother tried teaching me how to skateboard and surprisingly I didn’t suck too bad. I mean, I wasn’t good but I didn’t fall either so I consider that a win.

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When my mom made us all pose for photos ;P
Day 2: From Frederiksværk to Aarhus
Distance: 53 kilometers, or 33 miles
Duration: 7 hours, (again, including all the breaks and the ferries)
My thoughts on the day:
Today I was not as on fire as yesterday. My butt was really sore so sitting on a saddle for many hours was…rather unpleasant. The scenery was beautiful though. After getting off our first ferry we rode almost the entire time alongside the ocean and countryside. It was a bit windy and the sun didn’t come out much but at least it wasn’t raining! After one hour on a second ferry we only had to ride around 3 kilometers before arriving at the hostel we were staying at. We had to go up a mean ass hill to get there though, so that was pretty sad.

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My dad with his little bike trailer
Day 3: From Aarhus to Randers
Distance: 39 kilometers, or 24 miles
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
My thoughts on the day:
This was an awesome day. It was sunny, but not too hot so it was just really nice to be outside. I never get very tan, but it has not been for lack of trying:P We arrived in Randers pretty early so we had time to walk around the city while it was still warm outside and the stores were still open. The hostel we stayed at looked kinda creepy on the outside, but the rooms were pretty okay. The only bad thing about the day were these super annoying, tiny flies that ended up everyone on you. Especially after going down a hill they’d be stuck all over your skin.

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Everyone in my family has a colorful bike except for me…
Day 4: From Randers to Rebild
Distance: 56 kilometers, or 35 miles
Duration: 4 hours 40 minutes
My thoughts on the day:
This day was pretty great too. I’ll admit that when we started I was not looking forward to the coming hours at all, but as soon as we were warmed up I was flying again. Almost all we saw that day were farms and endless fields stretching into the distance. Everything was countryside. There was even a warning sign by the road at one point with a freaking cow on it. There was one moment were the smell was so bad it was almost unbearable. But there were a lot of fields so it only made sense that there’d be a lot of slurry too.
The hostel was very cute and the personnel very friendly and hospitable. I liked it way more than the previous one.

Day 5: From Rebild to Asaa
Distance: 63 kilometers, or 40 miles
Duration: 5 hours 40 minutes
My thoughts on the day:
My legs were feeling pretty heavy and tired which was just fantastic since it was the longest distance of them all. Plus I got a flat tire as well, so there’s that.
The sun was in hiding the majority of the way and about 20 kilometers, (12 miles), from the campsite it started to rain. We were all drenched by the time we got there. The campsite was great though, buzzing with life and the toilet facilities and such were quite alright. Our 2 cabins were incredibly tiny unfortunately, like really small. Luckily my uncle, his wife and my two cousins were staying at the site as well in something called a “yurt”. It was this circular tent that looked kinda small from the outside, but was like freaking Narnia on the inside. Alright, maybe not as cool as Narnia, but there were bunk beds, two single beds, a fridge, a dining area and a small wood burning stove. We lit it so we could dry our soaked clothes.
They’d made dinner for us, which was awesome and getting to spend some time with them was great.

Day 6: From Aaså to Ålbæk
Distance: 57 kilometers, or 35 miles
Duration: 5 hours
My thoughts on the day:
The first 18 kilometers or so were incredibly tough and I was really discouraged because I knew we had a long way to go. I constantly fell behind and it definitely did not feel like I was flying. Then my father noticed that my back tire looked pretty soft, so we stopped and gave it some air. I felt the difference immediately! Don’t get me wrong, it was still tough but I was able to go a lot faster and my mood lifted.
We rode by the East coast alongside the ocean a lot of the way and it was very beautiful. The campsite we arrived at was pretty nice. Again, lots of people and life. The cabin we’d booked was really big compared to the other cabins and rooms we’d been in, so we all really enjoyed that.

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My dad and I
Day 7: From Ålbæk to Skagen
Distance: 22 kilometers, or 14 miles
Duration: 3 hours
My thoughts on the day:
The distance was a lot shorter than the other days, yet it was tough. understandably so though, it was the last day after all. We made a stop on the way there to see The Sand-Buried Church. Our first real tourist move. It’s the remnants of what was once a big church. Drifting sand started covering it and at a point it could no longer be used and is now only a tourist attraction. After we arrived in Skagen we got settled in an annex we’d rented and rode our bikes to Grenen, the Northern tip of Denmark. You can walk all the way to the very tip and stand where two oceans meet, a foot in each one. It was pretty amazing to experience. There were a lot of tourists and we even met my old teacher there, (Denmark is way too small), but it was still very enjoyable. Definitely worth all the kilometers and my sore legs. Now all we had to do was find our way back home again. We’d have to bike another 100 kilometers or so and then we’d take the train the rest of the way.
We all had a hard time accepting that our adventure was coming to an end, but we did look forward to seeing our dog again.

During this trip I think some things became very clear to us. First of all, Denmark is just so small guys. We met way to many people we know. Not even because they lived in the city, just randomly too! Once is just coincidental, twice is pretty funny, three is weird and any number above is some voodoo stuff;P We also learned that we love being active like this, even on vacations. And I think we all gained a new appreciation of our country.
And in case you were wondering, yes I still hate riding bikes. I’ve just found that, like many things, there can be some good sides to it too.

So that’s the story of my vacation. What about you? Have you guys gone on vacation? Where did you go and what did you see? Please let me know, I’m always looking to add new places to my travel list 😀

9 thoughts on “A Different Kind Of Vacation

  1. Wow what a ride! At first I thought you’ve done a motorcycle ride (in Canada many people refer to a motorcycle as a bike) not a bicycle. Good for you! I wouldn’t have lasted after the first day. The scenery looked very nice though 👍🏼 I’ve never been to Denmark but it’s definitely on the list 😁🤞🏻

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    1. Haha I see how you could think that😝But unfortunately no motorcycle though, just a plain old bicycle🚴🏼 To be honest I had my doubts too, but we just went at our own pace and it all worked out. I’m glad it is! I’d definitelt recommend Skagen, it’s just such a cosy town and then going to the tip as well of course. But if you’re more into a bigger city and don’t have too many days to spend you should definitely visit the capital Copenhagen👍🏻That’s were a lot of the famous attractions are as well

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