Marathon on the Rocks

25 June 2022

4-Day Package

Explore Denmark's rocky island
23-26 Jun
4 days
590 EUR

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Marathon on the Rocks takes place on the Danish island of Bornholm. Runners will enjoy a true trail run overlooking the Baltic Sea along the edge of dramatic coastal cliffs. 



The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

23 June 2022Welcome to Bornholm - optional excursion and Danish Midsummer

Today the tour starts in charming Copenhagen. The Marathon on the Rocks morning bus will pick you up from Copenhagen Central Station or Copenhagen Airport and bring you to your next and final destination, Bornholm. It should take approximately 3 hours to get there.

When we arrive to Bornholm, you will have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Hammershus and Helligdomeklipperne. Hammerhus is the largest medieval castle ruins in Northern Europe. Helligdomsklipperne, also known as Sanctuary Cliffs, is a group of coastal rocks up to 22 metres high. 

We will be back at the hotel in time for dinner.

Being in Denmark  the 23. June will enable you to experience the bonfires in celebration of midsummer. This particular tradition offers insight into the Danish culture of cosiness.

You should not miss out on an enjoyable and fundamental Danish tradition. This is the evening when the Danes celebrate what has come to be known as "Sankt Hans aften", which can be translated as the evening before the day of Saint John the Baptist.

The meaning of the summer solstice has varied through time: the Viking visited water wells and held bonfires to ward off evil spirits. In medieval times, curative herbs were gathered for the year. The bonfire tradition continues to this day. In the 1920’s, people began affixing a straw witch to the top of the fire as a way to remember the witch burning of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Speeches are often followed by singing.  Though church hymns were previously sung, in 1885 “Vi Elsker Vort Land” (We Love Our Country) by Holger Drachmann became the patriotic anthem of the holiday and is still sung today.

You can find bonfires most places along the Danish coastline. The bonfire is typically lit at any time between 8 and 10 in the evening. Our tourleader will take everyone interested to the nearest local bonfire. Remember a picnic blanket, some drinks and get ready for the lovely smell of a crackling fire on a summer’s night!

Meals: Dinner 

24 June 2022Explore Bornholm - excursion option

Today you will have the entire day to explore the island. You will be able to enjoy breakfast at your hotels before heading out to venture on your own, or if you prefer, you can also join an optional excursion to Svaneke, Gudhjem and Østerlars. The tour will depart at 10:00. 

Svaneke was awarded the title of Denmark's most beautiful town in 2013, you will understand why when you visit. Gudhjem is the only town upon a hill in Denmark, we suggest you try the local dish "Sol over Gudhjem" while you're here. Our last stop will be at one of Bornholm's well-known round chuches called Østerlars, the largest on the island. 

We should be back at the hotel by the early evening, just in time to relax a bit before dinner-time. 

Meals: breakfast and dinner 

25 June 2022Race Day and Celebration Dinner

Today is the big day! You will enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before we take the bus to the start. If you are doing the marathon, then you should be on the bus in time for the 6:45 departure to the start line. The marathon will start at 8:00 from Gudhjem. 

For those doing the half-marathon, the bus will depart at 8:00 in time for the half-marathon start at 9:00. 

You will get the chance to run along the northern coast of Bornholm through forests, beaches and cliffs overlooking the Baltic Sea. 

After the challenging race you took part in, you will have some time to wind down and recover, before heading off to the celebration dinner. After all, you deserve to celebrate your achievement with a festive dinner. The bus to the dinner will depart at 18:45, and dinner will be served at 19:00.

Meals: Breakfast, light lunch in Finish Area & dinner

26 June 2022Goodbye Bornholm

Sadly, it is time to say farewell to Bornholm.

After an early breakfast, we will board the bus that will drive us back to Copenhagen. Guests are responsible for their own flights home from Copenhagen.

Meals: Breakfast


Hammershus & Sanctuary Cliffs

23 Jun | 4 hours | 50 EUR

Once we have arrived to the island by bus from Copenhagen, you will have time to drop off your belongings at your hotel and grab a quick lunch. The tour to Hammershus and Sanctuary Cliffs will start at 15:00. 

Bornholm is best known for its history as a Viking stronghold, due to its strategic positioning. During our visit to Hammershus, the largest medieval ruins in Norther Europe, our tour guide will talk about the history of the fortress and the struggles between Denmark, Sweden and even Germany during World War II. You will have plenty of time to visit the ruins and walk around to enjoy the spectacular views over the island.

Once we have finished visiting Hammershus, we will move on to our second stop of the day. The Sanctuary Cliffs (or Helligdomsklipperne in Danish) sit along the coastal cliffs between Gudhjem and Tejn, and they are considered to be one of the most important landmarks not only of Bornholm, but in the whole of Denmark. You will have the chance to walk into the up to 60 meter deep caves as well as see the special cave spiders. 

We will head back to the hotels in time for dinner (which is included if you are staying at Skovly or Griffen).

  • About the Tour

    Duration: 4 hours

    Departures: 15:00 


    - Bus to/from Hammershus and Sanctuary Cliffs
    - Local guide



Svaneke, Gudhjem & Østerlars

24 Jun | 6 hours | 60 EUR

Today you will get the chance to discover some of the most noteworthy places on the island, including a smoke house and the harbour in Gudhjem and Svaneke and the infamous round church of Østerlars.

Gudhjem is one of the most popular summer spots on the island. A typical dish from Bornholm, called “Sol over Gudhjem,” is originally from this town. As any proper Danish dish, it of course has herring in it.  This charming village lined with colourful homes along the Baltic Sea, is definitely worth the visit. 

Next, we will move onto Svaneke is a small fishing village on the eastern coast of Bornholm. It is filled with small, half-timbered houses and winding lanes leading to the harbour. You will have time to buy lunch at a local smoke house or take a beer at Svaneke Bryghus (a well-known local microbrewery). Keep in mind that Bornholm has a flourishing culinary scene so we highly recommend you enjoy the local specialties.

Our final stop is the Østerlars round church, the largest of all four round churches on the island. It was built sometime in the early 12th century, and considering it's age, the church has been very well preserved. The church was used both as a place of worship and for protection against invaders. 

During the whole tour, we will have a guide who will show us the highlights at each stop and talk about the island's history. You are more than welcome to follow the guide, or simply walk on your own and discover the towns for yourself. 

We should be back at the hotel by the early evening, just in time to relax a bit before dinner-time. 

  • About the Tour

    Duration: 6 hours

    Time: 10:00


    - Bus to/from Gudhjem and Østerlars
    - Local guide


Price information


All prices are per person in EUR.

Shared double room: 590 EUR - ON REQUEST
Single room supplement: + 180 EUR - ON REQUEST

Griffen Spahotel
Shared double room: 690 EUR - SOLD OUT
Single room supplement: + 220 EUR - SOLD OUT


  • 3 night accommodation at chosen hotel on Bornholm
  • Bus Copenhagen - Bornholm - Copenhagen
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinner Day 1 & 2
  • Celebration Dinner Day 3
  • Transportation to start area in Gudhjem (42.2 km) or Hammershus (21.1 km)


  • Race entry
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel and health insurance 
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary 
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'

Race Entry

Marathon or Half-Marathon:

  • 80 EUR:


Race entry includes: 

  • English-speaking race officials
  • English-speaking medical team from Denmark
  • Timing and results
  • Medal
  • Craft Runners T-shirt
  • Manned water and energy drink stations along the route 
  • Collapsible cup for hydration 
  • BBQ snacks and one beer or soft drink at the finish line



Booking and Payment

The booking of a trip is binding for both customer and travel agency once the deposit (25% of the total trip price) has been paid at the time of booking on the website. The remaining amount, 75% of the total trip price, will be charged to the customer’s payment card as provided by the customer, 75 days before trip departure. Bookings made later than 75 days prior will require full payment immediately.

The email sent to the customer upon booking a trip acts as the booking confirmation. It is therefore of vital importance that the customer provides a valid email address.

Refer to our Terms & Conditions for further information.

Important Info

Questions about Denmark or Bornholm?

For information on visas, currency, electricity, and more, please check our Destination Guide page.

For information on weather and clothing, please check the our Climate & Weather page. 

If you're curious about the destinations that we'll be visiting or other background information on Denmark, you can read all about it on our Travel Destination page. 

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