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Top 5 Summer Destinations in Denmark - Scandinavian Travels

Top 5 Summer Destinations in Denmark - Scandinavian Travels

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Continuing our summer travel series on Scandinavian travel destinations, we focus this week on the top 5 summer destinations in Denmark, Sweden’s neighbour to the south. Read on for tips on what to see, eat and do and start planning your summer holidays or bookmark this for future travels!



A remote island in the Baltic Sea, Denmark’s sunniest island lies halfway between Poland and Sweden.  Like most Scandinavian destinations, Bornholm is brimming with natural beauty and outdoor pursuits.  You can hike along the coast to visit Bornholm’s lighthouses, climb along the cliffs of the Vang or walk/ bike over 150 miles of trails on the island while viewing the gorgeous granite cliffs that overlook the ocean.

Culture enthusiasts will want to visit Hammershus castle, the largest medieval construction in Scandinavia, dating back to the 13th century and the water tower designed by Jorn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House.  The island is known for its pottery and glass art, so be sure to travel light so you can bring some back!  (Check out Lov i Listed, gorgeous local pottery that opens for a sale once a month- and be sure to get there early, before it sells out!)

The island also produces some of the country’s most amazing produce, due to its mild climate.  Local dishes to try includeSol Over Gudhjem (herring, egg yolk and chives slathered on top of fresh rye bread) and gourmet licorice infused with chili or sea buckthorn fromLadricks by Bulow.  True foodies will book in advance to try Michelin-starredKadeau, one of the country's most creative eateries.



Skagen, on Denmark’s northernmost tip, was once a medieval fishing village and is now a charming resort town.  With houses in shades of mustard yellow, giving it a picturesque quality, it’s a great place for a summer holiday.

Artists have been attracted to Skagen for its light since the late 19th century, which led the well-healed of Denmark to turn this into a chic holiday town.  Skagens museum, a former laundry turned atelier turned gallery, is a great spot for checking out the local talent.

Besides the gorgeous white sand beaches, be sure to check out the sand dunes that make such a striking landscape.  On top of a huge sand dune, a wooden structure called Somerket offers a fantastic view of the sea; more amazing views can be seen from the lighthouses in town.  Grenen sandbar, which marks the place where the waters of the Baltic Sea meet the North Sea, is the island’s most popular attraction- you can see a water ‘line’ where the two colours of water meet.

Foodies will need to book in advance for Ruth's Gourmet-  one of the country’s top restaurants- which mixes French and Danish cuisine.  Local seafood can best be enjoyed fresh from the harbour.

And if you visit in summer, be sure to check outSkagen Festival, the country’s oldest music festival. 


3. North Zealand & the Danish Riviera


North Zealand is home to the Danish Riviera, running along the northern coast of the island, featuring some of the most gorgeous sand beaches in Scandinavia, just an hour from Copenhagen.  A family-friendly destination, the Danish Riviera offers swimming areas with lifeguards, plenty of ice cream and summertime sunshine.  Activities-wise, the typical Scandi outdoor summer activities apply- biking, hiking, alongside water sports like kite-surfing.  For nature lovers, the Unesco World Heritage beech groves in Gribskov are worth checking out, along with the dunes and beaches at Hornbaek and Gilleleje.


Culture-wise, you’ll want to check out Hillerod, featuring Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare’s Hamlet hails from.  (Shakespeare fans will want to check out the summertimefestival featuring the playwright.)  Fredensborg Palace, used by the Danish royal family and nicknamed the Danish Versailles, is also here, not to be confused with the nearbyFrederiksborg Castle, which is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia.


The area is full of posh and inventive eateries, as you would expect from the well-healed crowd here.  Don’t miss the classic cinnamon rolls atBrod&Vin and the inventive menu atRestaurant Sletten.


Had enough lounging on the beach and strolling through idyllic forests?  Come to Copenhagen for a summer city break.  Start by taking a cruise down the canals to get the lay of the land and see the most famous sights, The Little Mermaid andChristiansborg Slot.


Copenhagen has a myriad of cuisines to try.  Start in the up-and-coming Reffen, a market by the harbour, to try over 30 types of Danish and international street food.  Upmarket foodies will want to tryNoma, a Michelin-starred restaurant named one of the top 10 in the world. And you must trysmørrebrød, the Danish open-faced sandwich on rye bread.


And it would be hard to leave Copenhagen without a little shopping.  Check out Stroget, the longest pedestrian shopping street in the world, filled with Danish and international shops, and then head to Kronsprinsensgade for Danish designers.  Pop intoCoffee Collective to refuel with some of the city’s best coffee.


Summer evenings are best spent at Tivoli Gardens.  Enjoy a stroll around, have a cocktail or ice cream, jump on the carousel, and tune in to the free summer concert series,Fridays Rock.  Weekend nights even finish with a fireworks display over the lake.




Vibrant and hip, Aarhus was named European Capital of Culture in 2017.  Long considered Denmark’s second city, this smaller town has become a great one to visit in recent years, with its cool young vibe.  Most of the city, located on the Jutland peninsula, can be explored by foot or by bike.


Start by checking out the art scene.  You won’t want to missARoS, with an outstanding modern art collection and panoramic views of the city throughOlafur Eliasson’s Your Rainbow Panorama, which sits on top of the museum and gives you rainbow-coloured views.  TheMoesgaard Museum offers an interesting look at prehistory, so trek out to the suburbs to check it out as well.


Stroll through some of the cool neighborhoods like the Latin Quarter, full of restaurants, cafes and galleries, and check out the outdoor market at Frederiksbjerg. Aarhus Street Food is a fun destination for a bite to eat, or check outPondus for an upscale meal with local ingredients.

Finally, to end with a bit of fresh air, have a picnic at the lovelyBotanical Gardens- a great stop for families and nature-lovers alike.

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