Let’s be honest here, Denmark isn’t really much of a well-known destination, not one that is usually on most travellers' wishlists anyway. And we have absolutely no idea why! Denmark may be small in landmass, but boy does it deserve a lot more attention than it gets! It's so spectacular that we'd move there, if we could! Packed to the brim with things to do and see, this beautiful Scandinavian country truly deserves a spot on your travel bucket list. From old-fashioned charm and dynamic cities, to fascinating history and beautiful medieval castles serving remarkable food. Denmark is where you'll meet friendly people and be greeted by the wonderful weather. Experience picture perfect beaches and natural beauty as far as the eye can see, get ready for some exciting travel adventures in Denmark.
Our list of reasons why you should visit Denmark at least once, has something for everyone; whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or have a deep appreciation for art and culture, or just someone looking to find yourself and a deeper meaning to life, Denmark needs to be your next destination of choice!
Hygge, probably one of the most difficult things to explain, but a feeling or experience all Danish people understand. Pronounced ‘hue-ga’, and roughly translating to ‘cosiness’, hygge is a term that means different things to different people. It’s a feeling of being content and comfortable, with the simple things in life, your loved ones, your environment, being in your own skin. It is thus not a surprise that Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the top countries with some of the world’s most happiest people! If you’re looking to do a bit of soul searching, then the Danes are the perfect people to use as examples, and truthfully, with the fast-paced lives that most of us live, we could all use a large dose of hygge in our lives!
Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen, the author of the popular fairy tales most of us read as children, like ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’ was Danish? You can actually pay a visit to his childhood home here, or stop by the iconic Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen for a bit of a photo session!
Denmark also boasts a number of magical castles that look just like the ones you see in movies! You’ll find the magnificent renaissance Castle of Kronborg, which was the setting of Shakespeare's famous play, Hamlet, and now a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. The Castle dominates the Danish landscape along with Fredensborg Palace, the Queen's summer residence. Utterly enchanting!
For a blast from the past, a visit to the Old Town in Aarhus cannot be missed! The open air museum will take you back to the 1900’s. From cobblestoned streets, to town houses from that era, to even people dressed and acting like those from the period, you will find the entire experience fascinating.
What better way to see the best of the country, than zipping around on a bike!? Not only do you get to make use of Denmark’s incredible cycling infrastructure, you also get the chance to enjoy its great weather, take in the sights at your own pace, and get a bit of exercise too! The Danish love their bikes, and there are possibly more bikes in the country than cars! Major cities like Copenhagen have bike paths so that you can ride around and explore safely. Make use of the cycle superhighway here and experience what it’s like to be a Danish commuter.
Picture Credit - ettitude, pinterest.co.uk
Yup, you read that right! How many people that you know have seen two seas meet with their own eyes? You’re going to have bragging rights for a while after your trip to Denmark!
Skagen is probably one of our top reasons to visit Denmark and one of its most popular destinations. In Skagen, the Baltic Sea meets the Northern Sea. How often does anyone get to experience such a unique natural phenomenon of the colliding of seas? It is an experience unlike any other!
The city is also known to be one of the sunniest in Denmark, and has plenty of beautiful white sand beaches for you to treat yourself to a bit of R&R.
Picture Credit - www.visitdenmark.co.uk
Delve deeper into Denmark’s fascinating history and experience the best of Viking heritage! The country has a long Viking history as their homeland, and thus boasts numerous ancient Viking attractions. In Lindholm Høje, you’ll be awe-struck by the large Viking burial site, rune stones, houses and monuments, and at the Viking Ship Museum in the historic town of Roskilde, you’ll be taken aback by the numerous detailed exhibits on the Vikings and their ships. And, here’s another thing you can scratch off your bucket list, you’ll even get the chance to sail a Viking ship! If you’re a serious history buff, there’s even a Viking festival in Aarhus that you can attend! It takes place every July, and it’s as medieval as you can imagine!
We can’t think of a better place to really experience Denmark’s colourful architecture than the picturesque waterfront area of Nyhavn. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one iconic spot that Copenhagen is renowned for. Locals and tourists alike flock to this entertainment district for its charming atmosphere and the plethora of attractions housed here. Take a boat tour down the canal, or just relax at one of the many cosy cafés lining the street, people watch and admire the brightly coloured buildings the area is famous for.
The famous Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, also known as the ‘Buried Lighthouse’ sees thousands of tourists each year. The now abandoned lighthouse was in operation until 1968, but today it's slowly being buried under the shifting sand surrounding it. Due to erosion, the lighthouse is expected to fall into the sea in the next 10 or so years. So while you can, and before it’s entirely gone, hike up the sand dunes and explore the area and the lighthouse!
While Muslims don’t make up a large percentage of Denmark’s population, a, Muslim-friendly trip to Denmark is certainly possible. A few Muslim-friendly facilities can be found in major cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus thanks to the Muslims that reside there. Although finding Halal food in Denmark won’t be easy, it is not entirely impossible. The HalalTrip Mobile App is a fantastic app to have on your phone while exploring the country, as it will not only help you find mosques and prayer places in Denmark, but also Halal restaurants, must-visit attractions and more, making sure your Halal trip to Denmark is an unforgettable one!
Hishama is a Lankan born, ex-Dubai-an who enjoys all things travel. When she's not at her day job as an Online Marketing Specialist, you will find her hanging out with friends at one of the city's newest cafés, reading a Jodi Picoult novel, Netflix-ing pretty much anything, obsessing over broadway, or just dreaming of her next big adventure abroad that she wishes she could afford.