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Great news for cyclists as a bicycle ferry is being trialled between Denmark and Sweden this summer

There’s welcome news for those planning to cycle in Europe this summer, as a new route between Sweden and Denmark is set to carry cyclists between the two countries. They will do so aboard the historic MS Elephanten, a converted shipping boat that was built in 1940 and can carry 36 passengers

The Elephanten boat will serve as a cycle ferry between Denmark and Sweden. Image: Dragor Kommune
The Elephanten boat will serve as a cycle ferry between Denmark and Sweden. Image: Dragor Kommune

The ferry will run across the Øresund strait between Dragør near Copenhagen to Limhamn, west of Malmö city centre in Sweden. It’s the first cross-border sea route between the two countries designed especially for cyclists, and the trial period will run between June and August.

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A bicycle ferry is being trialled between Denmark and Sweden. Image: Westend61/Getty Images

The two countries are welcoming the development, as it was felt that cyclists were left behind when the Øresund Bridge opened to connect the two cities in 2000. Up to now, passengers wanting to take bikes across the bridge had to do so by train, paying the price of a child’s ticket for the bike.

A bicycle ferry is being trialled between Denmark and Sweden. Image: Morsa Images
A bicycle ferry is being trialled between Denmark and Sweden. Image: Morsa Images

“It’s very exciting for Dragør, if all the practicalities fall into place,” said its mayor Eik Dahl Bidstrup. “Now we have the chance to present Dragør as a central cycling destination close to Copenhagen, and I’m sure we will see a greatly-increased amount of new visitors.”

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bicycle ferry is being trialled between Denmark and Sweden. Image: Hero Images

The bridge was even temporarily closed last summer when some cyclists tried ride across it. Observers feel that this new route forms a very welcome part of a European path network designed for bikes that is gradually coming together.

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