Best time to visit Denmark
Denmark is on a similar latitude to the Scottish Lowlands, with gloriously long summer days.
The best time to visit Denmark is May-Aug when the days are at their longest, temperatures are mild and the countryside is in full bloom. Spring and autumn are best for birdwatching on the west coast, with migrant species passing through. For a city break in Copenhagen, any time of year will do – spring is a time for sunshine, flowering bulbs and coffee at outdoor café tables (where blankets are thoughtfully provided), summer offers pleasures like taking a dip in a Harbour Bath and autumn brings Kulturnatten (Culture Night), when art installations pop up in ‘secret’ locations.
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Kay Cliffe, from our supplier Skedaddle, discusses her best time to visit Denmark, and what to be wary of: “If you want to experience Denmark by bike the best time of year to visit is in the warmer summer months! This is when you’ll have the most opportunity for sunshine. But don’t forget to pack your waterproofs as, similarly to the UK, unexpected downpours can catch you off guard.”
VisitDenmark shares their own favourite time to visit the country: "Autumn is a great season for local produce and a great time to try Nordic food made with locally sourced ingredients. This is celebrated in the two major food festivals Copenhagen Cooking and Aarhus Food Festival".
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A fairytale Yule
The homeland of Hans Christian Andersen loves Christmas – so much so that towns are decked out in tasteful decorations throughout November and December and parties are organised months in advance. The season officially begins on the first Friday evening in November, when Tuborg brings out its special Christmas beer, Julebryg, that’s sweeter and stronger than the regular brew. Known as J-day, it is cause for celebration right across Denmark. Shopping is a treat, with fantastic Christmas markets, sparkling shop displays and pebernødder, lightly spiced little biscuits, set on counters as a treat for customers. Glædelig jul!
More about Denmark
Dig into our Denmark travel guide and explore at leisure as we take you through the food, the shopping, the people and a brief history of Denmark to make your life easier and your travel plans much more achievable.
As an island nation, finding out the best places to visit in Denmark is just as much about noting travel times as suggested itineraries with a combination of ferries, trains, planes and buses helping you make the most of your time in Denmark, as highlighted below on our rather useful map.
Find out more about our top activities in Denmark as well as discovering plenty more things to do, including green energy and pedal power in Copenhagen, and wind power for surfing, windsurfing and sailing off the west coast of Jutland.
Read what Responsible Travel recommends if you're planning on travelling with kids in Denmark.
As always, the best Denmark travel tips come from our suppliers, and if you're looking for advice on health & safety, food tips and how to cycle like a local in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, then right here is where you kick start your next Denmark travel experience.
Responsible tourism in Denmark could teach us all a thing or two as it excels in green ideals including sustainable energy, waste management and supporting public transport as well as those who prefer pedal power over petrol pollution.