Who are we
HÆRVEJSLØBET – the Viking Gran Fondo presents a fascinating mix of physical challenges for your inner Viking, historical sights and beautiful landscapes at every turn of the pedals. A one-of-a-kind gran fondo featuring truly extraordinary opportunities to combine an authentic cycling challenge with a wonderful holiday for all the family.
Challenge your inner viking
HÆRVEJSLØBET – The Viking Gran Fondo is a both challenging and unforgettable ride along the natural ridge that was formed through Jutland during the last ice age. Here, an ancient road – Hærvejen – has, over the centuries, helped migrants, pilgrims, merchants and Vikings stay dry as they made their way up through Denmark.
Speaking of Vikings, you should definitely be one yourself to overcome our most iconic almost 300 km challenge and its climbs of up to 10%. You will even get to conquer a 650 meters cobblestone climb with hairpin bends!
That route starts in Germany, soon crossing the border into Denmark and then passing through the beautiful landscape with rolling cornfields, beech forests, hills, lakes and idyllic villages.
Your inner Viking will be nurtured along the way. Not least when you ride through the town of Jelling, a stronghold of famous Viking kings in the tenth century. And as you pass within touching distance of King Harald Bluetooth’s famous rune stone, you can almost imagine Viking horns growing out of your cycle helmet.
While the hardships of this demanding gran fondo will definitely put you to the test, the route also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the ride. As many as seven places along the way, you roll through one of our depots, famous not only for their great food but also for their even better atmosphere.
The finish line of HÆRVEJSLØBET – The Viking Gran Fondo is on the Parade Square in one of Denmark’s oldest and most charming cities, Viborg; close to the city's 150-year-old cathedral.
An incredible cycling experience for all
We prioritize the ability to choose between both road, MTB and gravel and between long and short distances. An even greater priority is that we all meet in the same destination to share the experiences in the end, although there are different starting points.
Hærvejsløbet - The Viking Gran Fondo is the place where cyclists of all ages and levels meet.
For some, the experience is about being part of something bigger, for others it is about challenging themselves along with friends or colleagues.
Supporting local communities
Hærvejsløbet - The Viking Gran Fondo is organized in cooperation with local clubs and associations along Hærvejen. There are about 800 volunteers from various organizations involved in organizing the event.
They arrange starts, signs, food and drink stations and a lot more along the way and in the finish area. For their work before, during and after Haervejsloebet they receive associations fee for their efforts.
Every year, approximately 1 million Danish kroner goes to the voluntary associations from Hærvejsløbet - The Viking Gran Fondo to support their work to promote exercise participation in Denmark.
In 2022 Hærvejsloebet is arranged for the tenth time by Denmark's second biggest sports organization, DGI.
Hærvejsløbet - The Viking Gran Fondo is supported by the Danish event organizer Sport Event Danmark.