https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2147150104 (island of Als)
and (island of Ærø, after a ferry ride) https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2147163199
Length 77 km (48 miles), terrain: light hills, gain 365 meters
Hey folks, it's #SummerFun time! This week, as a vacation from the normal blogging routine, each day we'll publish a short biking route in Denmark. Maybe it will inspire a few people to try something a bit different from their usual workouts!
The second day's route takes you along the southern part of the Danish island of Als, then riding the ferry to the out-of-the-way island of Ærø, further out in the Baltic, for a loop around this enchanting island.
The ferry only runs twice a day, so I had to kill time on Als before showing up at the ferry harbor, Fynshav. So I just followed little trails along the southern coast and then up the east coast. It was a nice excuse to explore this pleasant island.
Starting in Sønderborg at the waterfront castle, you can head east right along the water, following the town promenade. This is also National Cycle Route 8.
|Along the waterfront trail|
|Watermill, open for visitors to look around|
|Self-serve loppen stand|
|Along the Gendarmstien trail at the water|
Now you follow bike route 2 north along nice back roads until connecting into a bigger road, Ostkystenvej, following it all the way in to the ferry station in Fynshav.
|The ferry to Søby|
The narrow island is about 30 kilometers long, and bike routes follow quiet roads to loop the whole island along both coasts.
|The windy west coast of Aero|
|Ship-building project in Marstal|
|Alley in Marstal|
Roland was in a panic to get the boat off the sand before it sank-in deeper. He started pulling frantically on the outboard-motor's starter rope, and it snapped. He then took off the motor's cover and took apart the wheel with the starter rope, and accidentally dropped some parts into the water. My job was to then dive after the parts before they disappeared, but it was too late. I then had to try to push the boat up off the sand by myself, but my legs just sunk in to the knees. Eventually, a kid in a little outboard boat came by and pulled us free.
Leaving Marstal, you take bike route 92 north to the next old port, Ærøskøbing, on the east coast. The route hugs some long bays and secluded beaches.
|Town square in Ærøskøbing, with twin water pumps|
|Summer solstice fire|
|And the breakfast: great way to start the day!|