Marathon on the Rocks

25 June 2022

6-Day Package

Take a couple days to explore Denmark's capital Copenhagen and move on to the rocky island Bornholm.
21-26 Jun
6 days
790 EUR

If you haven't had the chance to visit the Danish capital yet, we highly recomment this 6-day package where you will be able to see the highlights in and around Copenhagen, as well as enjoy a few days at the marathon destination. 

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. 

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Itinerary

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

21 June 2022Arrival in Copenhagen: Optional Running Tour

Today, you will arrive in charming Copenhagen and get a couple of days to explore the capital before going to Bornholm.

This afternoon, we offer participants the opportunity to book a running sightseeing tour through the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Our local running guide will take us on an 8km tour through the historical streets, and we'll stop at the most famous and interesting sights. Please see Package Add-ons for more details. 

In the evening, you are free to enjoy the city as you please. 

22 June 2022Optional excursion: Castles, Vikings & Royal Tombs

This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will get the option to visit some of Denmark's most prominent castles and the former capital of Denmark, Roskilde, where we both visit the Viking Ship Museum and Roskilde Cathedral. The bus will depart at 9:30. If you prefer to just stroll around the cosy streets of Copenhagen, then you are also welcome to do that.

Kronborg Castle has been around since the 1420s and is one of the finest Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Kronborg was immortalized by Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and is often referred to as Hamlet’s Castle. The castle’s strategic position at the entrance to Øresund meant the king was able to keep track of all ships passing into the Baltic Sea and collect taxes. 

Frederiksborg Castle was built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, it is the largest Rennaisance castle in Scandinavia. It sits on three islets in the Castle Lake in Hillerød, surrounded by a lake and elegant gardens. After a big fire broke out in 1859, the castle was rebuilt by J.C. Jacobsen, founder of Carslberg. Since 1878, the castle has housed the Museum of National History. 

Roskilde Cathedral is the most important church in Scandinavia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The oldest parts of the church date from the late 1100’s and it is the only building in the world with that many kings and queens buried in it. In total, 39 kings and queens are buried in the cathedral. You will see their tombs and burial monuments everywhere.

The Viking Ship Museum contains five original viking ships from the 11th century. There is also a boatyard and lots of rebuilt models of the old ships. It is a museum of shipbuilding and seafaring in the Viking era.

After our busy day visiting some of Denmark's landmarks, we will head back into the city in time for dinner, you will be able to enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

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

Today you will have your bags ready for your next and final destination, Bornholm. You will be able to enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking the morning bus to 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: Breakfast & 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 churches 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 & Celebration 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

Excursions

Running Copenhagen

21 Jun | 1.5 hours | 40 EUR
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We've arranged a specially-crafted running tour for Marathon on the Rocks participants that you can book if you would like some sightseeing in Copenhagen and to stretch your legs before heading off to Bornholm. The relatively short distances, the fantastic sights, and the vibe of the city makes it perfect for sightseeing while running. The tour departs at 17:00 from Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square). From the statue of world famous storyteller H.C. Andersen, we will head towards the main sights in Copenhagen including the Parliament, the Queen’s castle and the Little Mermaid.

The route has been planned with the beautiful scenery of Copenhagen in mind and we will be running along the canals and the harbour as well as through some of Copenhagen’s many parks. We keep our tours very informal and run only in smaller groups, so there is plenty of time to ask questions about the sights, places, or people that we pass, or any other questions that you may have during the tour. The pace will be adjusted according to overall level of the participants, but you should expect between 5-6 minutes per kilometer. 

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Castles, Vikings and Royal Tombs

22 Jun | 8 hours | 130 EUR
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Those of you who would like to learn more about the history of Denmark will visit two of the most reputable castles not only in Denmark, but in all of Scandinavia. The tour will also include a visit to the former capital Roskilde. After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will get on a bus towards Kronborg in Helsingør it will depart at 9:30 so please be sure to be ready by then.

Our first stop will be Kronborg Castle. Kronborg Castle has been around since the 1420s and is one of the finest Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Kronborg was immortalized by Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and is often referred to as Hamlet’s Castle. The castle’s strategic position at the entrance to Øresund meant the king was able to keep track of all ships passing into the Baltic Sea. For 400 years, the castle was the headquarter for the collection of the Øresund dues.

Underneath the castle, you will find the casemates - damp passages used for protection during times of war. These underground passages had room for soldiers and their horses, and had provision to feed 350 men for up to 6 weeks. Another treasure lying under the castle is Holger Danske, an impressive stone statue. Holger Danske is a mythical hero in Danish culture, according to the legend, he has been sleeping for hundreds of years and will only wake up to defend Denmark if she is ever under attack.

For our second stop, we will head towards Hillerød. Here, in Castle Lake, we will find Frederiksborg Castle sitting on three islets surrounded by a lake and spectacular Baroque gardens. The castle was built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, it is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The aim of the castle was to enhance Christian IV's status as a powerful European monarch. After a big fire broke out in 1859, the castle was rebuilt by J.C. Jacobsen, founder of Carlsberg. Since 1878, the castle has housed the Museum of National History. The museum presents 500 years of Danish history illustrated through portraits, paintings, furniture, sculptures and decorative arts.

Our last stop is in the former capital of Denmark, Roskilde, where we both visit the Viking Ship Museum and Roskilde Cathedral.
Roskilde Cathedral is the most important church in Scandinavia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The oldest parts of the church date from the late 1100’s and it is the only building in the world with that many kings and queens buried in it. In total, 39 kings and queens are buried in the cathedral. You will see their tombs and burial monuments everywhere.

The Viking Ship Museum contains five original viking ships from the 11th century. There is also a boatyard and lots of rebuilt models of the old ships. It is a museum of shipbuilding and seafaring in the Viking era.
The five ships displayed in the Viking Ship Museum were sunk around the year 1070. They were originally built between 1024 and 1040. This has been established by studying the rings of the wood from the ships. It has also been established that the ships were built in Ireland, Norway and Denmark. This underlines the size of the Viking empire.

Please note that lunch is not included in the excursion, but you will have time to buy lunch at some point during the tour. 

After our busy day learning all about Danish history and culture, we will head back to Copenhagen where you will have the evening to relax before we depart for Bornholm the next morning.

  • About the Tour

    Duration: 8 hours

    Time: 9:30

    Inclusions:

    - Transportation to all sights
    - English speaking guide
    - Entrance to Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castle, Roskilde Cathedral and The Viking Ship Museum

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Svaneke, Gudhjem & Østerlars

24 Jun | 6 hours | 60 EUR
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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

    Inclusions:

    - Bus to/from Gudhjem and Østerlars
    - Local guide

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Hammershus & Sanctuary Cliffs

23 Jun | 4 hours | 50 EUR
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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 

    Inclusion

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

     

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Price information

Prices

All prices are per person in EUR.

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro & Hotel Skovly
Shared double room: 790 EUR
Single room supplement: + 320 EUR
 

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro & Griffen Spahotel
Shared double room: 890 EUR - SOLD OUT
Single room supplement: + 360 EUR - SOLD OUT

Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation at Comfort  Hotel Vesterbro
  • 3 nights accomodation at chosen hotel on Bornholm
  • Bus Copenhagen - Bornholm - Copenhagen
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinner Day 3 & 4
  • Celebration dinner Day 5
  • Transportation to start area in Gudhjem (42.2 km) or Hammershus (21.1 km)

Exclusions

  • 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 booking.albatros-adventure.com 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 Bornholm or Denmark?

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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