For a project of mine, I would like to cycle from France to England and from Denmark to Sweden.

In case of France to England I think it is definitively not possible to cycle through the tunnel. But are there any other feasible ways for an averaged-trained person with no special skills to cross the sea there by human power only? Swimming for example is not an option, since it would need superior skills and stamina.

In case of Denmark to Sweden, it's definitively possible. In the worst case, one would need to travel all the way through Russia, but it's doable. But there is also the Oresund bridge. Can I cycle there? If not, maybe walk?

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    Swimming does indeed require training and support but for administrative reasons it's currently not possible from France to England, only in the other direction.
    – Relaxed
    Aug 14, 2015 at 15:59
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    You can also canoe.
    – MastaBaba
    Aug 14, 2015 at 16:28
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    And fly:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gossamer_Albatross Aug 14, 2015 at 16:32
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    It's not possible to cycle through the tunnel, unless you're Chris Froome. In that case, it's no problem... Aug 14, 2015 at 18:17
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    @reirab Maybe but that's not my point, I haven't even used the word “legal”. Realistically, if you want to attempt it without dying in the process, you need quite a lot of help (a kayak, a boat, and people who know about tides and currents to time your attempt properly). The main group you can turn for that would be the Channel Swimming Association and its registered pilots, who only support crossings in one direction.
    – Relaxed
    Aug 14, 2015 at 22:28

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It depends on what you consider 'special skills'. With some excercise, paddling should be feasible for most people.

For the English Channel, you can easily find operators and boat charterers offering planning support or equipment rent: http://www.fullthrottleboatcharters.com/kayak-across-english-channel/

Crossing the Øresund may not be much more than 5km (depending on where you cross) and can obviously be done with very simple equipment. Here's a video of two Swedes crossing on stand up paddleboards: https://vimeo.com/102203607

  • What's Øresund ? Aug 16, 2015 at 7:22
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    @BurhanKhalid The strait between Zealand and the Swedish mainland. Aug 16, 2015 at 15:16

As of July 2014, bicycles were not allowed on the Øresund Bridge. Check back in 55 years:

It's currently forbidden to cycle across the Öresund bridge, a part-bridge, part-tunnel connection between Malmö and Copenhagen, which was made famous by the hit television show The Bridge. But if new proposals by Sweden-based construction company Skanska and Swedish consultancy firm Sweco come into effect, the dream for commuting cyclists could become a reality.


The bike lane, referred to as a "super cycle path" (supercykelväg), would run in separate tunnel above the cars on the Öresund Bridge.


A report from the two companies explained that growth is expected to skyrocket in the Öresund area, meaning an increase of an estimated one million people by the year 2070.

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