The Baltic Sea Cycle Route Stage 1: Sønderborg - Ærø - Svendborg

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Als and Ærø, picturesque ferries, wild island environment, seaside gold and fishing and unique beach huts are some of the few things, that you can experience on the route. 

Starting in Sønderborg you cycle towards Høruphav, through the Sønderskov forest. Here, you ride through several quaint countryside villages on Als before arriving at the ferry in Fynshav. This is the ferry to Bøjden, on Fyn and to Søby, on Ærø. 

Jump on the Ærø ferry and set course for Søby. The Baltic Sea Cycle Route stretches from Søby to Ærøskøbing. You will ride through the Danish countryside, passing Søbygaard and the cosy town of Skovby. Here, you will also find yourself on ‘Ærø’s Alps’ where even experienced cyclists are put to the test. On the route near Ærøskøbing, you ride along the beautiful Borgnæs Bay. Once you reach Ærøskøbing, you can venture through the cobbled streets on a little journey of discovery. From Ærøskøbing you have another ferry journey, which takes you to Svendborg.

Taste experiences on Ærø

Unleash the senses of taste at the Faroese farm shops, microbreweries and gastronomic entrepreneurs. Den Gamle Købmandsgaard in Ærøskøbing is a cozy shop and café with delicious, local products, where you can also enjoy a lunch. Remember to look into the former washhouse. This is where the micro-distillery Ærø Whisky is housed.

Nature on Ærø

Nature is Ærø's main attraction with the combination of gentle shorelines towards the South Funen Archipelago and the more wild, rugged coasts towards the Baltic Sea. Visit Vitsø, where there are salt marshes, ponds and lots of bird life. Or explore Voderup Klint, where the geology is very special and large blocks of landscape have slipped down like giant steps. On the northern tip of Ærø stands Skjoldnæs Lighthouse. Around the lighthouse is one of Europe's most beautifully located seaside golf courses. 

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