At Gastrominoen we focus on sustainability, the local experiences and on the skilled, passionate enthusiasts who run the places you will visit on the Tour. We want you to see and learn how short the distance from farm to fork is, to experience just how many small local high standard producers there are and to explore the fabulous and unique places in North Zealand.
The trip starts and ends in Copenhagen and during 2 ½ days you will cycle at a comfortable pace in the beautiful and varied North Zealand landscape. You will experience both magnificent nature, beautiful forest, green fields and meadows, lakes and coastline.
Your luggage will be transported between your accommodation sites, and your focus is to enjoy the many experiences we have planned for you – not to worry, there will be space for spontaneous stops and refreshing bathing trips as well.
The nights on the Tour will be spend in a hostel, that might have Denmarks best view, in Glamping Tents in peaceful and tranquil surroundings close to forest and lake, in a classic MKP Caravans on a really nice Camp site.
You start your tour at our office in Copenhagen. Here you will be given bicycles, maps and we will talk about all the details and experiences for the next couple of days. You take the bike on the train and ride north, and soon you are ready to start some exciting days in the beautiful North Zealand nature.
The first stop of the day is at the charming Humlebæk Micro Dairy. It is easy to find as the place is simply shaped like a cheese. Brian talks passionately about the creation of the cheeses and of course you will taste Brians good cheeses. The lunch today will be enjoyed at Årstidernes Farm in Humlebæk. From Krogerup Avlsgård it is just a short bike ride to Mats Vinyard, where you will get an introduction in the wine making process. Matthew, who is a South African, and his Danish wife, Lonnie, run the cozy vineyard Mats Vinyard together. From here you can continue to Ørsholt Estate near Gurre Castle, where Peter Beier Chokolade has a small chocolate shop, before your last stretch of the day to Elsinore and dinner at the harbor in Elsinore.
On the 2nd day, you leave Elsinore behind you and cycle on the most beautiful path along the water through Hornbæk Plantage. Enjoy a coffee break at the charming Villa Strand Hotel in Hornbæk and later your lunch at Esrum Kloster. On your way through the forest there is several historical remains such as long dolmens, burial chambers and burial mounds hidden between oak, beech and spruce trees. When you arrive at Thornæs Distillery and Kagerup Most, you will get an insight into the work processes at the distillery, and also into how to make must and lemonade – and you are of course get to taste both must, lemonade and gin and whiskey.
At your accommodation in Haldbjerg, you will receive the delicious meal basket, which contains your dinner for tonight. In the basket there are lots of locally produced ingredients, which you can prepare on the grill. The night is spent with a magnificent view of Solbjerg Engsø.
The 3rd day starts with a delicious breakfast basket, which like the evening meal consists of locally produced products. The first visit of the day is a “The Wet Sheep”, which is a microbrewery run by the two passionate enthusiasts, whom are eager to their knowledge and generously let you taste their home brew.
You will now enter the area known as “The Danish Riviera”. The beautiful coastline entices with long sandy beaches, refreshing and inviting water, beautiful nature, charming seaside hotels and cozy small seaside resorts. You also come through Tisvilde Hegn, which is Zealand’s largest heath and Denmark’s fifth largest forest, and is completely ideal for a bike ride, and especially Troldeskoven makes the bike ride in Tisvilde Hegn a unique nature experience.
Today’s lunch is enjoyed at Torup Spisehus in the small Dyssekilde Organic Society, which is Denmark’s oldest ecological villages and it is an experience walking around here. The cozy farm, Tothaven, is known for their tasty ice cream made from goat’s milk from their own goats, and it is absolutely delicious. You will reach the small fishing village Kikhavn and pass Knud Rasmussen’s iconic house, from where there is a formidable view of the Kattegat. In Hundested you have a Tasting visit at Schumacher Snaps, where you will taste their brilliant snaps.
On the way to your accommodation, make sure to pass by and make a stop at Grønnessegaard, which in addition to the delicious meat for which they are famous, also has many locally produced products, vegetables, eggs, juice and jams on the shelves.
At Byaasgaard Camping, they both cherish and preserve the camping culture, but at the same time innovate and refine it. Your night will be spent in one of the iconic 60s MKP caravans. The campsite is beautifully situated right down to the water and you will enjoy the long, bright evenings in these beautiful surroundings. And maybe take a kayak tour on the fjord. Just like the previous evening and morning, you will receive meal baskets with locally produced and sustainable delicacies.
After a delicious breakfast on the 4th day, you cycle via Frederiksværk to Ågabet, which is the name of the small canal and the old fishing village, which has now been transformed into a Visitor Center by Denmark’s largest lake, Arresø. The visitor center tells the story of the freshwater fishing in Arresø.
Take the bikes with you on board M/S Frederikke, which sails over Arresø to Ramløse, while you enjoy the day’s lunch along the way. From Ramløse Harbor, you cycle along Arresø to the outskirts of Annisse, where the Vinyard Garbolund is located. At Garbolund, they produce natural wine without additives. You will get a tour of the vineyard and also get to taste the wine.
From Garbolund it is only a short bike ride to Hillerød. Here you take the train back to Copenhagen. We hope that head is full of experiences from the past days and that these will turn into longlasting memories.