There’s plenty to do in the city of wonderful Copenhagen, but after a couple of days of sightseeing the crowds and all the concrete can get a bit too much. Not only in Copenhagen, but in every big city.
And when you just need to get away from the asphalt jungle, what’s then better than to take a bike ride out in the real, green jungle? Well, all right, Denmark dosn’t have real jungle, but the Danes have some pretty great woods – also for mountain biking.
And luckily you can do this a very short train ride from the center of Copenhagen.
Hobo Planet used a forenoon in the woods – and it was awesome. And well, a bit muddy, but that’s part of the game…
Go on a time-lapse tour along the mountain bike trail in this video:
Where to go?
In the forest of Hareskoven there’s a 26 kilometer long single trail snaking in and out of the beech trees.
It’s hardly a secret that there’s no mountains in Denmark – instead there’s loads of small hills, so you’ll get plenty of climbs and decents.
Also, a lot of the trail follows the Lake of Furesøen. It’s a great scenery.
If you have your own bike it’s easiest to go to the s-train station Skovbrynet.
From here you can both enter and exit the mountain bike trail. If you don’t want to ride all 26 kilometers you can just choose a part of the trail.
You can see a map of the trail here.
Rent a bike
If you havn’t brought your own bike (and really, who has?), go to the station of Hareskov. From here it’s a short walk to the bike shop Hareskov Cykler. Here you can rent a mountain bike for three hours for 200 DKK. Remember helmet and drinking bottle for an additional 50 DKK.
See more here.
The shops homepage is only in Danish, but you can reach them by phone at +45 44 98 06 03.
After having rented your bike, ride back to the station, cross the tracks and enter the trail.
How to get there?
It’s easy to reach both Skovbrynet and Hareskov stations from the center of Copenhagen.
Take line B on the S-train system from Copenhagen Central Station (Københavns Hovedbanegård) or one of the other stations in the center of town (Vesterport, Nørreport or Østerport) towards Farum.
From the central station it takes 30 minutes to the station of Skovbrynet. The station of Hareskov is the next stop after Skovbrynet and is only two minutes ride extra.
When you are going back to the city take the train towards Høje Taastrup.
It’s free to bring your bike on the s-train – there’s a dedicated departement in the train for bikes. You only need to buy a ticket for yourself.
But be aware that if you use the metro to connect to the s-train, it’s not free to bring your bike in the metro (confusing? Yep!).
When to go?
You can ride mountain bike all year long in Denmark, but it can get pretty cold from November to March. It’s wonderful in spring and summer time.
There’s also a great trail for mountain biking in Geels Skov that you can enter from both the s-train stations of Holte and Virum. Also, there’s a trail in Rude Skov between the towns of Holte and Birkerød.
If you don’t want to leave the city of Copenhagen it’s actually possibly to ride some pretty decent trails at Kalvebod Fælled – but it’s very flat. See a map of that route here.