Are you up for joining the most special tour to North Korea that we have organised so far? Now you have the opportunity to join last year’s successful bike tour to the world’s most isolated country! We give you a unique chance to experience the North Korean culture close by. That goes for the life in the life and the view behind handlebars – but also out in the suburbs and the beautiful nature of the country. DMZ and the Ulim waterfall and dam near Nampo are just some of the places we are going to explore on this journey. Meanwhile, you can look forward to meeting local North Koreans, which in itself is a unique experience and guarantees that you come back with a broaden cultural mind-set.
After dinner, you can choose to walk the streets of Dandong and visit the harbour from where you can look across the water to North Korea.
Upon arrival, we visit Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph before we have a joined dinner in the company of our guides. We round off the day with a stroll along Changjon Street to Kim Il Sung Square where all parades and bigger events take place.
We start out by taking a trip to the metro, joining North Koreans on their daily commute. Exit will be at Arch of Triumph from where we drive to the War Museum. Here, we are enlightened about the historic beginning of North Korea, starting with the Korean War. Afterwards, we head to Kwangbook Supermarket where we are able to shop side by side with North Koreans before we eat lunch in the underground restaurant located in the building.
Later, we drive to Grand Peoples Central Study House, a public library that has cost more than 100 million dollars to build. We end the end at Workers Party Foundation Monument before we head to Sosan Hotel to stay the night.
Second part of today’s bike ride is the longest of the trip. On our way to Nampo City, we make a number of stops including a farm outside the city, and you can also look forward to biking on a North Korea highway (!).
Arriving at Nampo we check in at Ryongyang Spa Hotel. Yes, we did say Spa Hotel!
When we arrive at Kaesong at the end of the day, we check in at the traditional Minsok Folklore Hotel, where we stay the night on the floor in small houses heated by pipes laid under the building.
In Kaesong, we also visit the Koryo Museum to learn more about the Korean culture and history before the Korean War and to experience the strong connection that the two countries had before the division. We will also learn about Ryongyang Temple, which we will visit after the museum. Today’s 10 kilometres route includes a very steep climb, but fear not – we have plenty of time and you are welcome to drag your bike. Nevertheless, we promise you that the view on top is worth the effort.
On our way back to Pyongyang, our guide will explain about North Korea’s reunion policy – and how North Korea look at a potential, future reunification with South Korea.
After the bike tour, we drive to Wonsan City where we stay the night.
After lunch, we drive back to Pyongyang where we hold a farewell dinner with our guides and visit a local beer bar. Our last night in North Korea will be at Yanggakdo Hotel.
In Dandong, we have one last dinner with the group before we go to Hilton Garden Hotel. Here, the programme ends. Last night in China is also included.
Jonas’ debut to North Korea came during a study semester abroad where he lived in Seoul. Since 2015, Jonas has visited North Korea 11 times. During his first trip, Jonas gained so many contrasting and thought-provoking experiences that would never had been possible without visiting the country. Therefore, we decided to visit North Korea again and share this unique opportunity with others. By attending this trip as tour leader, that is exactly what he now does.
Jonas loves telling personal stories and anecdotes from his many different tours to some of the world’s most isolated countries. At the same time, we succeeds in reflecting upon his experienced and observations, asking healthy, constructive questions to the very different societies that he visits.
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