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.
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 (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.
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.
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.