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Summer vs Winter Holidays to Denmark: When Is the Best Time to Visit?

Many of us assume that Denmark is a country best visited during the winter – and, indeed, the blankets of snow and icy temperatures are an incredible backdrop to explore historic castles like Christiansborg Palace and browse the trinkets, crafts and cuisines on offer at Christmas markets throughout Denmark.

However, there are an equal number of activities, excursions and attractions to enjoy during the warmer summers, with miles of dramatic coastlines and beautiful beaches without the overcrowding typical of many other popular destinations.

The Baltic Travel Company, the travel experts recommend some of the best things to do during your Denmark holiday at any time of the year – leaving you to choose the trip that most appeals.

Top Reasons to Consider a Holiday in Denmark

We provide a huge range of packages and itineraries for travelers of every age and interest, spanning the Nordic region. Denmark is to the south of this part of the world, a small, safe and welcoming country where you’ll find a diverse blend of modern, cultural cities and astonishing open landscapes.

With countless landmarks and architecture that date back to the days of the Vikings, visitors are always close to the coast – you’re never more than 30 miles from the sea wherever you are in Denmark.

From a travel perspective, Denmark is equally wonderful during the warmth of the summer season, where temperatures tend to reach a comfortable 20°C to 26°C, and in the winter when snowfall and ice are all but guaranteed.

Many of the spectacular Danish spas and outdoor activities remain accessible year-round, although if your dream trip is to embrace the art of hygge – characterised by roaring fires, candlelight and good company – you’ll want to plan a winter trip.

Visiting Denmark in the Summer

Denmark’s beaches are a well-kept secret, and with wild coastlines and over 400 tiny islands, you are spoiled for choice. Most guests perceive that Danish holidays are all about cosmopolitan cities, but a short journey will take you to gorgeous sandy beaches, miles upon miles of rolling sand dunes, and concealed coves where you’ll likely be able to enjoy your picnic in complete peace.

Søndervig is a great spot, in West Jutland, or we’d suggest Klitmøller Bay (affectionately known as cold Hawaii) for perfect conditions for windsurfing, kayaking and kitesurfing among the waves. There are over 200 Blue Flag beaches along the Danish coast, giving you the assurances that the water is clear, clean and safe for swimming or any water sports you’d like to give a go.

The architecture in the major cities is renowned, but you’ll also find rustic cabins and summer houses nestled around North Jutland and even on some of the islands, including Fanø and Bornholm. Combining a few days in a summer house with a city trip provides a real glimpse into Danish culture and ensures you get the best of both worlds.

Staying in Copenhagen in the Summer Months

Copenhagen is, of course, a fantastic place to visit, and the cobbled streets and squares are lively and full of entertainment when the summer arrives, with markets and trendy bars and eateries throughout Vesterbro and plenty of concerts and festivals to enjoy.

Aside from strolling through the city and relaxing on a tranquil beach or dipping your toes into the water, we can offer lots of suggestions for things to do, including:

  •    Dining at Nyhavn quarter, overlooking the historic harbour. Try the frikadeller meatballs and smørrebrød open sandwiches for an authentic experience!
  •   Hiring a bike or a boat to zip between the islands – Bornholm is a great place for a day trip, with the Hammershus medieval ruins and small cafes serving rich smoked herring.
  •   Throwing on your hiking shoes and visiting The Wadden Sea National Park, a UNESCO site known for its local seals, or Skjoldungernes Land National Park, where you’ll find stunning lakes, valleys and salt meadows.

The summer season runs from roughly June onward, and the longer hours of sunlight give you ample time to fill each day with activities and trips to remember.

Booking a Winter Holiday to Denmark

Denmark remains a brilliant place to visit during the winter – it’s busiest from December to February when you’ll also have the best chance of snow, with an average temperature of 0°C. The white dusting of snowflakes transform Copenhagen and the surrounding countryside into a winter wonderland with a great festive atmosphere.

It’s important to recognise that the sun sets as early as 3.30 pm, so day trips and excursions are best planned for the morning, leaving you to relax with a hot gløgg (mulled wine) or a mug of cocoa as you explore the city or wind down in your accommodation in the later afternoon and into the evening.

We’ve mentioned the stately homes and palaces, which look enchanting in the winter – we’d suggest Amalienborg, where the Queen resides at this time of the year, and Rosenborg Castle alongside Christiansborg Palace.

Tivoli Gardens is a superb spot for all the family – an amusement park that first opened in 1843, featuring wonderful gardens, an aquarium, traditional fairground rides and varied events and celebrations. Over Christmas kids can meet Santa here, with fairy lights strung around to create a sense of magic.

The Copenhagen Christmas markets are another must-visit, and the smaller craft markets are just as exciting; a great activity to enjoy before heading to Frederiksberg Runddel or Broen to try ice-skating – the latter is right next to Nyhavn harbour.

Activities to Try During a Danish Winter Holiday

Onto activities, and the cooler weather by no means limits the options on offer. Winter swimming is hugely popular, and spas like the Aire Ancient Baths in Copenhagen or the Alsik Nordisk Spa in Sønderborg are perfect for a more leisurely experience.

If you’re visiting in February, be sure to visit the Copenhagen Light Festival, best seen by kayak or canal boat from the water. There are 35 installations that light up the city with bright and artistic illuminations, running from Nordhavn along to Ørestad.

For more information about any of the attractions, locations or excursions mentioned here, please contact the Baltic Travel Company. Alternatively you’ll find complete details of all our Danish holiday packages online, for both summer and winter visits, complete with itineraries and flight details.

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