Danish tours for seniors
Standing proudly at the edge of the North Sea, Denmark is a beautiful country with picturesque scenery and a vibrant local culture. Wander through centuries-old castles, gaze over ancient Viking ruins, or take in the charming streets of Copenhagen. With 7000 km of coastline, 400 islands and lush, rolling hills, the great outdoors has as much charm as the storybook castles and user-friendly cities.
Lively and liveable Copenhagen is as culturally rich as it is cool with hip restaurants, Viking treasures and one of th world’s most sustainable city centres. Discover over 800 years of Danish history at the majestic Christiansborg Palace or have some fun at the fascinating Lego House. Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus , was the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and is nicknamed ‘the city of smiles’. With a vibrant food scene, interesting architecture and eclectic museums, Aarhus is an amazing destination in its own right.
Uncover a Viking past and view of the world’s biggest fjords on this journey through Scandinavia. In low-lying Denmark our small group journey takes us to visit the Zeeland, the sea land, and our program includes the vibrant capital of Copenhagen. In Norway we travel through endless forests, skirting great fjords to Bergen.
Denmark, Sweden and Finland realised that the only way to remain competitive on the world stage was through the value of superior design. Travelling with like-minded people on our small group tour you will explore the cities and towns where those high quality products, appreciated around the world, are created.
In Copenhagen, one will find Amalienborg, the home of the Danish royal family. Consisting of four identical 18th-century palaces with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard, Amalienborg has been home to Danish royals since 1784…
Discovering Scandinavia Discovering Scandinavia. In this article, we will learn about Denmark with a focus on Viking history, and uncover highlights of Copenhagen. Click here to read our article focusing on Sweden. Small group tours…
The Faroe Islands, far far away Tjornuvik village, Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands (also called the Faroes or Faeroes) is a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark, a group of 18 pristine volcanic islands…
Have you heard of hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”)? It’s a way of life in Denmark, and there’s been a recent buzz around the subject. It certainly contributes to Denmark being the happiest country in the world.…
Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Denmark has an excellent public transportation system, with train and bus services covering the length of the country. Domestic flight services are also available, and taxis are always an option in major cities.
In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our long stay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.
Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.
Geography Environment and Weather
Denmark consists of the Jutland peninsula and the Danish Archipelago, covering a total area of 42,924 square miles. Denmark has 8,750 kilometres of coastline, and no location in Denmark is futher than 52 kilometres from the coast. The terrain of the country is largely flat, with rolling plains and sandy beaches.
Denmark has a temperate climate, with mild summers and cold winters. Depending on the season you intend to travel, check the weather reports and dress accordingly.
World Heritage sites
Denmark has 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can view the official list of the sites here (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/dk). A few notable heritage sites include:
Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church, which stand as striking examples of Denmark’s cultural past and religious history.
Kronborg Castle, the stately Renaissance-era castle that served as the setting of Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Roskilde Cathedral, the medieval Gothic cathedral that has been the main burial site for Danish monarchs since the 15th century.
Festivals & Events
The largest annual festival in Denmark is the Aarhus Festuge. Running for 10 days from late August to early September, the Aarhus Festuge hosts an electic range of events, including musical acts, dance performance, films, and cultural exhibitions. The Night of Culture is held in mid-October in Copenhagen, and features tours and open-nights of more than 300 cultural sites around the city. For a direct glimpse of Denmark’s Viking past, check out the International Viking Market in early May, with the bygone Viking market of medieval Ribe brought back to life through re-enactments and costumed performers in centre of the city.
- A History of Denmark, by Knud J. V. Jespersen
- Gustav Vigeland: His Art and Sculpture Park, by Tone Wikborg and Ruth Waaler
- The Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell
- Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, by Mary Wollstonecraft
Eating and Drinking
Meat and seafood feature prominently in Danish cuisine. Stegt flæsk (pork belly) is the national dish, and is usually served with parsley sauce and boiled potatoes. Herring is a mainstay of Danish food, and is enjoyed pickled, marinated, smoked, fried, breaded or dressed in mustard. Open-faced sanwiches, or smørrebrød, are immensely popular – varities of smørrebrød include kartoffelmad (boiled potato with mayonaise and chives) and fiskefilet (pan-fried fish with remoulade and lettuce). Sweeter offerings include rababergrød (rhubarb compote) and risalamande (rice pudding mixed with cream, vanilla, and almonds). Akvavit is a popular liquor in Denmark, while beer and gløgg (mulled wine with spices and fruit peel) are also popularly consumed.
Health and Safety
Generally speaking, Denmark is safe to travel in, though always exercise common sense while travelling. Pickpocketing has been on the rise recently, so remain alert when in crowded areas and when near ATMs.
Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. Denmark’s electricity supply runs at 230V and 50Hz. Denmark uses both the Type C and Type K electric plugs, so make sure you have the right travel adaptor with you.
Denmark has a single time zone, Central European TIme (UTC+1). Daylight savings commences on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October.
If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you tip an appropriate amount for services. Tipping is not customary in Denmark, with service charges generally included in the bill at restaurants, hotels and taxis. That said, feel free to tip if you feel you received particularly outstanding service at one venue or another.
Wifi should be available in most hotels, cafes and restaurants when travelling in Denmark
Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Denmark. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.
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. You may want to avoid Copenhagen in June and july, as these are the busiest months for tourism.
Articles relating to Denmark published by Odyssey Traveller
- Discovering Scandinavia & Viking Denmark for tourists
- Questions About Denmark: The Definitive Guide for Travellers
- The Viking’s Woollen Sails Exploring the Faroe Islands: The Definitive Guide for Traveller
- Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, Europe’s Magical Theme Park
For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.
External articles to assist you on your visit to Denmark
Responsible travel tips for Denmark
- Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
- Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
- Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
- When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
- Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
- Before departing, make sure you have a number of Kroner in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.
About Odyssey Traveller
We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups between six to 12 people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Britain. Our maximum number of people on a tour is 18 mature aged travellers.We have some 150 tours and offer 300 scheduled departures on offer each year. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983.
Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities.
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We are also pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals. Students can apply for the scholarship by clicking on this link to find out more details.
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