Bike tour in North Korea
Experience North Korea behind the handlebars
7. May -16. May - 15.995 DKK
Are you eager to experience the most unique and special tour we have ever arranged for traveling North Korea? Now is the time! We repeat the success and arrange yet another bike tour to North Korea. This will be a tour where you will experience one of the most isolated countries in the world on close range. You will be able to experience North Korea in the city life behind the handlebars, in the suburbs and in the very pretty countryside. The DMZ, the Ulim waterfall and the dam at Nampo are amongst some of the amazing places you will experience on this unique tour. It is way more than the surroundings that make this trip special though. To the surroundings, you can add the meeting with local North Koreans and the expansion of your cultural horizon - A true experience for life!
Biking on roads the fewest of people has ever discovered.
Only 9 spots
Discover the North Korean nature
Get close to local North Koreans
A bike tour in one of the worlds most isolated countries
Visit 4 North Korean cities
Experience the DMZ the border between North- and South Korea
Itinerary for the trip
We will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dandong, China. After checking in we will enjoy a dinner at a North Korean restaurant, which is one of the only places in the world where North Koreans work outside of the country.
During the dinner, the tour leader will share his experiences, tips and tricks so you can get as much out of the trip as possible.
The day where we cross the North Korean border.
On the train ride from Dandong to Pyongyangyou can meet traveling North Koreans, and if you are respectful and friendly, it is a unique opportunity to hear personal stories from the North Koreans everyday life. You can also look out of the window and be fascinated by the lesser known side of North Korea. Upon arrival, we will take a walk at Kim Il Sung Square which is the most famous square in North Korea. The day will be concluded with a dinner with our North Korean guides.
The first day in North Korea and we are about to discover Pyongyang.
We start out by going down the Metro. We will meet North Koreans on their daily commute. The metro tour stops at the Arch of Triumph and after that, we will go tour the national museum of war. We will hear about the Korean War which is basically the time North Korea was established. At the war museum, you will hear about the Korean War from a Northern perspective and get on the American spy vessel USS Pueblo.
Then we will go to the Kwangbook Supermarket where you can do groceries alongside local North Koreans and eat lunch at an underground restaurant.
After lunch, we will go to the Grand Peoples Central Study House. We will get a tour by a local guide in this public library which had the costs of 100 million Dollars. You will see great marble halls, huge chandeliers and most importantly: The great book collections. The day will be concluded at the Workers Party Foundation Monument. We will go for dinner and stay at the Sosan Hotel.
The first bike ride of this tour is ahead of us. It is around the capital. The bike ride is 12 km long and will take us through all the greatest monuments in Pyongyang and along the promenade. We will stop underway so you can experience the architectural wonders up close. The city bike tour will end at the Juche Tower before we have lunch. Make sure to get plenty to eat because the coming bike ride will be the longest of this tour.
Strap in a prepare yourself. It is not only the longest ride it will also ride on the highway, but no worries the highway is not busy at all. We will ride 30 km to Nampo City. the North Korean West coast. The bike ride itself will on some of the least occupied streets in the world because even though it is a 6 lane highway there are only a few commuters and even fewer tourists. We will most likely meet North Koreans on the road who are also biking. and see the North Korean countryside.
Upon arrival at Nampo, we will go for dinner before we check into Ryongyang Spa Hotel. Yes, you read correctly, we will stay at a spa so you can be ready for more cycling the day after.
After a well-deserved stay at the spa, We are going way south today down the border city Kaesong.
Before we head out on the bike, we will go to the West Sea Great Barrage Dam. It is a humongous construction which divides the North Korean river from the sea. Then we will get back up on the bike. The bike ride today will be 15 km. Firstly we will climb Mt. Kuwol to Unryl, and after that be transported the last stretch to Sariwon.
In Sariwon we will try traditional Korean costumes, have a view of the city from a look-out post and visit a local university.
After having spent time in Sariwon, a 3-hour drive awaits in order to transport us all the way down to Kaesong.
When we arrive in Kaesong, we will check-in at the traditional Minsok Folklore Hotel. At the Minsok Folklore Hotel we will truly experience the North Korean traditions by sleeping on the floor, getting heated by the pipes that are lying under traditional buildings in North Korea.
The day begins with a morning walk in Kaesong City and up Janam Hill. After the walk, we will head to one of the most intense military areas in the world: the DMZ(Demilitarized zone) between North- and South Korea. The area is under constant surveillance by soldiers from both sides. We will get so close to the border, so if you are lucky you will actually be able to stand with a leg in both countries!
In Kaesong, we will also visit the Koryo Museum, a national museum focusing on the history and culture before the Korean war. Here you will see that North- and South Korea has not always been so far a part, and actually had strong connections before the war. At this museum, we will hear about the Ryongyang Temple which is the perfect preparation for our next bike ride, since the next bike ride actually is from the Pakyon Waterfall to Ryongyang Temple. Today's route is a very steep ascend. The steepest incline will be 17%. Fear not though. We have plenty of time on this route and it is not required to bike all the way - and getting to the top is definitely worth the effort.
and on the way back our guide will talk about how North- and South Korea can be reunited again – from a North Korean perspective. This is a unique opportunity to ask the guides of any prejudice you have regarding North Korea. In Pyongyang we will stay at Yanggakdo Hotel
Even though we have just arrived in Pyongyang we will leave again. We are going east to experience the rural parts of North Korea. Today ride will end by the Ulim Waterfall. We will eat lunch in a proper picnic style. The surroundings of today's bike ride will be the astonishing North Korean nature.
After the bike ride, we will go to Wonsan City to stay for the night.
You have just woken up in Wonsan City near the eastern coast. This is the last full day in North Korea and we have to experience as much as possible before heading home. In Wonsan, we will visit the railway museum, the city square and a school for talented kids. Hopefully, we will be able to ride along the promenade in Wonsan however, we will not know if it is possible before this morning.
After lunch we will head back to Pyongyang. We will have our final dinner with our guides, visit a local beer bar before we check into the Yanggakdo Hotel to stay for our last night in North Korea.
Last day in North Korea. We say good bye to our guides, and board the train back to Dandong, China. The train ride is the last chance to interact and get to know the North Koreans.
In Dandong we will have a farewell dinner together, and share our experiences. After the dinner we will go back to the Hilton Garden Inn. The stay at Hilton Garden Inn is also included in the price.
On the last day of our trip there is not much planned other than saying goodbye to each other. But if you still are adventurous, you can explore the broken bridge that goes halfway across the river to North Korea. If you at this time expect to travel more in China, you are of course more than welcome to do so.
Due to the general tourism in North Korea, the program can be subject to change. Prior and during the trip there will be minor adjustments, but we will do everything we can to keep you updated. In case something is canceled, we will find an alternative activity.
Tour leader - Jonas Bang Andersen
When you travel with Above Borders we will always send a tour leader to join the group tour. This is our guarantee to ensure:
Unique knowledge of the destination
Security and flexibility
On this tour, your tour leader is Jonas Bang Andersen
Jonas has in a age of 26 years, lived in 3 different countries, visited 15 countries split in 3 different continents and acted as a tour leader since 2015. When Jonas travel, he believed the best way to real understand and learn about another countries culture is to talk and interact with the local people. Only in this way, we can ensure that you will get close to, and thereby learn and understand, the destination. Therefore he always tries to meet and talk with as many locals he can, when he goes traveling.
When Jonas is your leader leader, you are guaranteed unique local knowledge, a lot of personal anecdotes and a entertaining tour.
The price for our bike tour to North Korea is 15.995 DKK. . Below you can see what is included in the price and what is not. This is the price no matter when you register.
Visa for North Korea
Transport from China to North Korea and back
Transport in North Korea
Al accommodation in China (2 nights) and in North Korea (6 nights)
All meals in China and North Korea
Two North Korean guides and one North Korean driver
Danish, English and German speaking tour leader - Jonas
Al entrance to museums etc.
Transport from Denmark (or anywhere else) to China
Extra meals, snacks and souvenirs
Double Entry Visa to China
Above Borders is a member of the danish travel gurantee fond (Memebershipnummer: 2943) which is your gureantee that we follow danish legislation for group traveling. We will always be available in case you have any questions and ensure you will be send material which will prepare you for our tour so that you can benefit most possible from every moment.
Frequently asked questions
No! As long as you follow the rules, then North Korea is one of the safest countries in the world to travel in. On our tours nothing ever happened to anyone, and nobody has anything stolen. We will af course make sure that every participant on our tours is fully informed about the rules, both before and during the tour.
No! We are followed by our North Korean guides and we can not go to other cities than what is already on the itinerary, but there is a reason for why we have chosen these cities and planned the itinerary the way we have: It is to get the best possible outcome from those days we have as we are there.
We will be talking to North Korean and you are welcome to ask what you want. We will be driving in the subway as the local does everyday. So no, not everything is fake, but we will follow an planned itinerary.
We have choosen to arrange the tour without pre booked flights. This is to give you flexibility, so that you can choose from where and to you want to travel. It can be that you might want a few extra days in China before our tour, or maybe you want to visit another destination after. We will for sure assist with your planning and will also inform which flight we will book.
An exact amount for the tour is hard to predefine, as it depends on many different parameters. To give you an overview after all, you find below find an list with extra cost besides the actual price for the tour:
- Flight ticket 3-5.000 Dkr.
- Train from Beijing to Dandong 450 Dkr.
- Visa for China 995 Dkr.
- Pocket money 1-2000 Dkr.
First of all you will be asked to pay deposit of 2.500 Dkr - further instruction will be given when you have registered for one of our planned programmes.
For os betyder det meget, at alle medrejsende får en fantastisk oplevelse – derfor lader vi dem også tale for sig selv, når nogen spørger, hvad de synes om vores rejser. Du kan læse, hvad de synes her:
"Above Borders has really arranged a brilliant tour. Everything was carefully planned and the timeline was held - there was even added extra experiences at the itinerary during the days we where there. It was really cool experiencing a country which is that closed to the outside world and you really gets to create your own opinion to all the stories you hear about the country. It was in any case an real eye opener for me. A tour to North Korea can in any case be recommend!"
“Incredible amazing experience which showed North Korea from a whole new angle which at the same time starts makes your mind wonder about a world far away from my own life in Denmark. The tour was really well planned with a lot of exciting experiences, good food and interaction with the local north koreans. An experience for life!”
“An amazing tour I would gladly recommend! The tour was really well organized and every detail was carefully planned, so that the particpants could enjoy the itinerary to the fullest. It was an experience for life and I hope I can revisit the country another time."
"Amazing tour, and I would love to go again. Great hotel with everything the heart desires, great food, a lot of new amazing experiences and new acquaintances. We had the sweetest guides which made sure that nothing missed and made sure we were in good and safe hands!"
"The platinum-star has been secured through a five star review. A very beautiful tour, with extra ordinary experiences and a very humorous and engaged tour leader Jonas. I would fore sure recommend a tour - if you plan to stay more days in China than planned, the skip Dandong and settle with only the one day/night in Dandong as the itinerary suggests."
Yes! Your passport will not get stamped and it will therefore not affect any of your tours you might have after. You will get a separate visa for North Korea, which will be handed our on departure. Furthermore it is not a problem if you have any to USA before.