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YU Event / Pastries and Pedals: Cycling Copenhagen

July 1, 2016 - July 4, 2016

*Please note: this study trip is now fully booked!


Cycle study tour to Copenhagen with the Academy

  • Are you interested in architecture and urban planning?
  • Do you fancy a long weekend in Scandinavia?
  • Can you ride a bicycle?

If the answers to the above questions are “yes” then please read on!

The Academy of Urbanism Young Urbanist Network invites you to join a transport-and-urbanism cycling study tour to Copenhagen. Places are open to all but priority will be given to Academicians, Young Urbanists and RTPI London members. Non-urbanists/significant others are welcome. Places are limited.


Copenhagen was rated as the world’s most liveable city in 2013. Cycling is inherent to this quality of life. Denmark’s achievements in cycling are impressive; its cycling mode share is exceeded only by that of the Netherlands.

Danish cycle infrastructure is known worldwide for being exemplary; it has influenced urban transport planning around the world, including some of the newest and best cycle facilities in London. This will be an opportunity to experience, first-hand, the quality of life that comes from bicycle-centric transport. We will also experience numerous examples of world-leading urban planning and architecture, the likes of which have rightly put Copenhagen on the design map.

The plan is to fly to Copenhagen and use the Danish capital as a base for exploration by bicycle. This will include city tours, exploration further field and a day trip to Sweden, via the Øresund Bridge. Tour guidance will be provided by local contacts in Malmö and Copenhagen.

Last year we went to the Netherlands. You can read a write-up of last year’s trip from Young Urbanists here.

Proposed schedule

Thursday 30 June: Travel
Evening flight from London to Copenhagen. (£35-£65 RTN at time of going to press). Check into city-centre accommodation.

Friday 1 July: Central Copenhagen
Join the Academy of Urbanism’s partners in a tour of this historic city. Learn how Copenhagen spent 50 years turning itself into a cycling city.

Saturday 2 July: Copenhagen region
We will take in Ørestad and the southern suburbs of Copenhagen.

Sunday 3 July: Free day
The choice is yours! Options include:

  • Explore urban and suburban Cophenhagen to your heart’s content
  • Cycle further afield. Helsingør and Roskilde are both an easy day’s cycle
  • Go to the beach! Copenhagen is a delight in July (if sunny)
  • Potential informal meetings/trips planned for morning

Monday 4 July: Day trip to Sweden
We will cross the Øresund Bridge to visit Malmö, Sweden’s third city. Highlights include the excellent BO01 neighbourhood and Calatrava’s Turning Torso.

This schedule is designed to minimise the amount of annual leave required – a four-day cycling holiday/study tour can take place with only two days of holiday. It also allows considerable flexibility between travelling and sightseeing, depending on people’s interests.

We will stay in high quality hostels (‘poshtels’) or hotels, depending on availability. Costs are around £35 – £45 per night. Bookings will be made on the basis of price, location and Tripadvisor rating.

Filming and photography
We will be aiming to document the trip thoroughly. If you’re a would-be Sofia Coppolla, please get in touch.

Total cost
We estimate approximately £260 for travel and accommodation. Food and drink are in addition and provided at your own expense. Total trip cost approximately £350 – 400 per person, all in.

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

To express interest in cycling in Copenhagen in July, please get in contact with Bright Pryde-Saha at bp@academyofurbanism.org.uk as soon as possible. Spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Please sign up by Friday 1 April 2016 and once deposit is paid, we recommend you book your flights as soon as possible to take advantage of affordable pricing.

Please note, a £100 deposit will be required to secure your place (payable via PayPal or Credit/Debit card), with the balance due in instalments at the end of April and end of May. This should allow you to spread the cost of the trip over a series of payments.


Which flights should I book?
There are many flights to Copenhagen from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports. Below are some suggestions; however it is entirely your choice. The best course of action is to use www.skyscanner.net (or equivalent) and find an option that suits you best. Please arrive in Copenhagen by Thursday evening (30 June), ready for a 9am start on Friday. We ask that you book your return flights departing Copenhagen (Monday 4 July) after 18.00hrs so we can have the whole day to explore. All participants will be responsible for booking their own flights, and we highly recommend that you book them as soon as possible to take advantage of cheap prices.

Outbound, Thursday 30 June

Easyjet EZY5371 DEP: 19:55 London Gatwick ARR: 22:50 Copenhagen
Norwegian DY2914 DEP: 20:35 London Gatwick ARR: 23:25 Copenhagen
SAS SK 1508 DEP: 20:30 London Heathrow ARR: 23:20 Copenhagen

Return, Monday 4 July

EasyJet EZY2452 DEP: 20:35 Copenhagen ARR: 21.25 London Luton
Norwegian DY2909 DEP: 18:55 Copenhagen ARR: 19:55 London Gatwick

Can I travel to Copenhagen by train?

Of course! It is possible to travel from London to Denmark by rail, via Belgium and Germany. It will take about 15 hours (allowing for time differences) and will take in such sights as the Great Belt Fixed Link bridges/tunnel.
SEE: https://uk.voyages-sncf.com

How about cycling to Copenhagen?

This is entirely possible, if you have the spare time to do it. London-CPH is about 800 miles. If you do think about it, think about it very carefully. Alternatively, travel by train to northern Germany and cycle from there.

Any questions?
Please contact Bright Pryde-Saha at bp@academyofurbanism.org.uk / 07748 444 652 or George Weeks at george.weeks@cantab.net / 07870 454655



A list of the most likely questions is below – if you have any further queries, please contact either:

Bright Pryde-Saha at bp@academyofurbanism.org.uk / 07748 444 652
George Weeks at george.weeks@cantab.net / 07870 454655

Should I bring my own bicycle or hire one?
For this trip, we will be arranging bike hire in Copenhagen, and the cost of the hire will be included in the total cost of the tour.
If you really want to bring your own bicycle, please get it serviced before travelling to Denmark.

I have a really great idea for something that we should see/do in Denmark/Sweden!
Please share it with George and Bright. We want everyone to get as much out of the tour as possible. If you have background knowledge which you think would be useful, please e-mail us and we can see about adding it to the itinerary.

What about insurance?
Please ensure that you have purchased adequate travel insurance. The Academy of Urbanism does not take responsibility for any injuries or accidents that occur on the trip, so only you will be responsible for your health and safety.

Do I need a visa to enter Denmark of Sweden?
If you are an EU National , you do not need to show your national ID card or passport when you are travelling from one border-free Schengen EU country to another (including Denmark and Sweden). Even if you don’t need a passport for border checks within the Schengen area, it is still always highly recommended to take a passport or ID card with you, so you can prove your identity if needed (if stopped by police, boarding a plane, etc.).

If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport: valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting, which was issued within the previous 10 years, and possibly a visa. Please check visa requirements well in advance and ensure you have the right travel documents.

Is this event for charity?
It is not a charity event.

What should I bring?
The following list should suffice:

  • Clothes that are comfortable for cycling (bring sufficient clothes for four days)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Danish Krone (DKK)
  • Swedish Krona (SEK)
  • Passport (and visa, if needed)
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Small rucksack for day-trips
  • Swimming trunks
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Any medications that you require

Image of cycling in Copenhagen by Colville Anderson


July 1, 2016
July 4, 2016
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