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Island hopping by road bike

Road Cycling Collection by
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Where families spend their holidays at the seaside, you swing on your roadbike and let stiff breezes test your character. Passing sheep and windmills, you sweep over dams and dikes on the best asphalt, leave the beach chairs on your left and can easily cover several kilometres. Dams built for coastal protection allow you to explore many islands and hallig islands by bike directly from the mainland — usually without a ferry. Behind the dams you will find unique dune landscapes and the largest beach in Northern Europe. Are you losing your mind? You want to go back to Westerland? Then let's get going!

Our five tours are already waiting to show you the rough North Sea coast from its most beautiful side. You can decide for yourself what your windy adventure will look like by choosing the right route for you. Two shorter tours are suitable as a relaxed half-day trip, which you can start without much planning. The remaining three tours are considerably longer and are ideal for demanding day trips. Together with ferry trips and train transfers, they have what it takes to become a real micro-adventure that you won't soon forget.

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Island Hopping Tours

  • Difficult
    06:02
    91.0 mi
    15.1 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The "gray city by the sea" is the starting point for a colorful tour that takes you through different landscapes of Northern Germany. You head south and see the water for the first time on this trip as you approach the Eider and its estuary into the North Sea. In the middle of the nature reserve "Green Island with Eiderwatt" you can fully enjoy the peace and idyll before you cross the impressive Eider barrier.Now you have reached the second section of the tour. From now on, you drive directly along the North Sea. Absolutely scenic, no matter where the wind comes from. Otherwise, everything from a relaxed drive along the coast to a hard training session is everything - the wind decides how much you are required today.The last 40 kilometers of this long tour are then marked by Germany's third longest river, the Elbe. On the Elberadweg you can enjoy the beautiful estuary up close and watch the big ships, which slowly work their way to Hamburg, the largest seaport in Germany. You have already achieved your goal much earlier today: In Glückstadt, the name says it all and you can even top it off with this creamy tour by treating yourself to a delicious Matjes dish - that's what Glückstadt is world famous for!Back to Husum you come with the regional train with a train change in Itzehoe.

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    78.1 mi
    14.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Off to the island! Okay, in fact, this beautiful round takes you to a peninsula: Eiderstedt is connected to the mainland and was once created by land reclamation and Eindeichung. The peninsula is known for its resorts, especially Sankt Peter-Ording, where also their landmark stands, the lighthouse Westerheversand. Above all, Eiderstedt is one thing: perfect for a really nice bike ride!So off we go in Husum, from where we lead you straight to the North Sea coast, which you follow for the next 80 kilometers. That alone is highlight enough, but we still have some nice potential stopovers for you in the route. Idyllic trips to the beach, where you can cool off in the sea in good weather - assuming high tide. Of course, a (photo) stop at the famous lighthouse as well as a culinary stop about half way. In the restaurant Seekiste you can strengthen yourself with sea view for the second half of the tour.Back then you leave the Eidersperrwerk right and follow the estuary of the Eider in the north. After pedaling through the former district town of Tönning, you will reach the starting point in Husum, exhausted after about 126 kilometers.Tip:
    If the wind blows too hard or you just want a short island tour, you can easily shorten from Sankt Peter-Ording by train, which brings you quickly to Tönning or directly back to Husum.

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    35.3 mi
    13.9 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In the midst of the Wadden Sea lies the peninsula Nordstrand, which basically combines all the features of a real island with a plus that is extremely practical for cyclists: the approximately four-kilometer-long dam connects Nordstrand with the mainland, making it a beautiful destination for a short bike ride.Let's start in Husum, from where you can reach the coast after a few turns of the crank. Here you are spoiled for choice: Whether beach or pier - the sea view is in any case to enjoy. And from here you can already see the destination of the tour: the peninsula Nordstrand.You can reach them via the dam, where you will be confronted with a notorious peculiarity of Nordfriesland at the latest - wind is just one of them. You can also enjoy it on the peninsula to the fullest. Pure nature in the heart of the National Park Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea.If the weather does not play along (which in Nordfriesland can definitely be part of it), it's easy. En route, there are plenty of quaint cafes or restaurants waiting for you to warm up and freshen up. Here you also have the opportunity to taste the North Frisian specialty "Pharisees" first-hand. The sweet coffee with rum and cream provides warmth from the inside.

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    50.4 mi
    14.0 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today you can learn a lot. On this tour, you will experience first-hand how people in East Frisia deal with the harsh conditions of nature. It is all about how to protect the inhabitants of the islands and coastal regions from the power of the water.One such measure is the Koog, where the construction of dikes produces land close to the shore. If you drive across the causeway at Beltringhauser Koog, you'll immediately see how it works. Before 1987, this area was vulnerable to the tides, as well as storm and flood. Today, the koog is cut off from the natural tidal rhythm and in turn completely declared as a nature reserve.In contrast to the koog the holm is not or only little protected. These small islands can be flooded during storm surges. A total of ten of them are here on the North Sea coast and one of them you drive today (assuming there is no flood): The Hamburg Hallig is accessible via a dam and strictly speaking only a peninsula, but that does not change the great nature experience that you to enjoy to the fullest.After so many dams, which lead you right through the middle of the Wadden Sea, you have on the way back this short road bike tour again solid ground under the wheels: Back to Husum our track leads you across the mainland.

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  • Difficult
    08:23
    106 mi
    12.6 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Ferry
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    This tour is long but worth it! It takes you along the North Sea coast to Denmark and then first to the famous Danish holiday island Rømø with its impressive sandy beach, you just have to see. With a short ferry ride, you set off, back to Germany on the largest North Frisian island of Sylt with its world-famous spa Westerland.Also on Sylt awaits you beautiful sandy beach and the always present views of the North Sea. You see, despite the great distance of this tour, you should not miss the one or other break. Also, the following old Panzerplattenstraße is not suitable to go on a record hunt with the road bike. Let yourself roll relaxed and enjoy driving through the beautiful dune landscape.The aim of the tour is the train station in Morsum. From here you can easily take the train back to Husum. If 170 kilometers is too much for you, you can easily shorten the tour by choosing not Husum but Klanxbüll as your starting point. The small town is easily accessible by train from both Sylt and Husum - with this little trick you save about 60 kilometers.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    361 mi
  • Duration
    26:04 h
  • Elevation
    2,000 ft

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