Denmark Country profile: Definitive guide for Travellers

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Standing proudly at the edge of the North Sea, Denmark is a beautifulcountry with picturesque sceneryand a vibrant local culture. Wander through centuries-old castles, gaze over ancient Viking ruins, or take in the charming streets of Copenhagen – wherever you travel in Denmark, you will always find something new and exciting, from Norwegian fjords to the Christiansborg palace, escorted tours of Denmark with a local guide bring alive your travel to Denmark on a guided tour.

Escorted small group tours to key cultural & historic places of interest on Denmark tours. For mature & senior travellers who typically enjoy exploring Scandinavia.

Getting Around

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.

Accommodation

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.

Tour Guides

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.

Reading list

  • 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 (boild potato with mayonaise and chives) and fiskefilet (pan-fried fish with remoulade and lettuce). Sweeter offerings include rababergrød (rhubarbe 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.

Electrical supply

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.

Hand crafted tours for mature World Travellers

Denmark Tours

Experience Denmark’s rich contemporary culture and discover its history, architecture, food, and natural wonders. On this tour, we are immersed in the Danish landscape and culture, we visit the happiest city in Europe, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and the home of the Danish Royal family, among many other wonderful sites.

20 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate

Uncover a Viking past and view of the world’s biggest fjords on this journey through Scandinavia. In low-lying Denmark we tour 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. Extensions available in Tromsø or join our Norwegian Coastal Voyage.

13 days
Europe
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Scandinavian Designs Small Group Tour; Denmark, Sweden and Finland
Pre-guaranteed

Denmark, Sweden and Finland realised that the only way to remain competitive on the world stage was through the value of superior design. We explore the cities and towns where those high quality products, appreciated around the world, are created.

21 days
Europe
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

FAQs

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.

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