Denmark is the smallest but most densely populated Scandinavian country. It is made up of one large peninsula that shares a land border with Germany and the rest is scattered over more than four hundred islands.
There are countless reasons to visit Denmark and experience its culture. You can relax on sandy coastlines, hike through dense forests or shop their world-renowned fashions; there is something for everyone.
No matter how idyllic the destination, traveling abroad will always come with unexpected difficulties.
We have put together a list of some top tips and tricks to learn before you plan your getaway to this beautiful part of Scandinavia.
Denmark’s currency is called the Danish Krone, as opposed to the Euro, because they rejected the proposition to switch to the currency of the European Union.
Even if your home currency has a good exchange rate, you should bring your traveler’s checks as well as the cash you plan to exchange.
If coming from the United States, you will receive 6.45 Krones for one American dollar. This is fantastic news for American travelers that would like to visit Europe without spending an arm and a leg. Despite the great exchange rate for Western travelers, it is still wise to budget out your stay beforehand.
The inexperienced traveler may not be aware of the need for the most basic packing essentials.
If you intend to charge or plug in anything that runs on electricity, you typically need to bring the appropriate outlet adapter. Denmark is no different. The outlets you will find in hotels and businesses are made for 230V AC and have two rounded prongs.
Most portable American electronics require a 120V outlet which has two flat prongs. These can be purchased online and at many big box retailers in the United States. Make sure to buy one in advance to avoid overpaying for an adapter at the airport.
As in most of Scandinavia, the crime rate in Denmark is extremely low. In 2002 the nation had 491,026 reported crimes. That is roughly eleven million less than were reported in the United States in the same year.
The high quality of life and average income per citizen are key factors to keeping the crime levels down. This is great news for tourists, who are typically considered targets and can be easily exploited. Even with the remarkably low crime rate, it is important to remain vigilant and stay safe while abroad.
Unlike their American counterparts, most European and Scandinavian citizens speak multiple languages. Danish is the official national language of Denmark but Swedish and Norwegian are also common amongst its citizens. Thanks to early childhood education and the dissemination of American culture around the world, many Danish people speak English fluently.
Western travelers will be especially grateful for this because Scandinavian languages, including Danish, are notoriously difficult to pronounce.
Best Time to Visit
Due to its location at the top of the Northern Hemisphere, Denmark is subject to brutally cold winters and mild summers.
The average temperature in July is sixty-three degrees Fahrenheit. If you are dreaming of lounging by the pool on your summer vacation, this is probably not the destination for you.
The best time to visit is typically in the springtime, from May to June. The weather can be unpredictable so bring clothing that you can layer for when it gets chilly. You may be tempted to visit in the summer because of the higher temperatures and longer daylight hours. Instead, you should consider the spring because it draws fewer tourists which means lower prices on travel and accommodations.
Visiting in the winter is beautiful but many tourist destinations are closed for the season. No matter the season, make sure you get outside and enjoy the natural splendor that is such an integral part of the Danish culture and experience.
Although it is not the most expensive European country to visit, a vacation to Denmark is still a bit of a financial investment. Traveling on a budget will require planning and preparation.
A three-star hotel will run you around two hundred American dollars a night while a higher end hostel will charge about fifty. If booking through an online rental service you can rent a house or studio apartment. This has become an increasingly popular option in recent years. They are typically cheaper than hotels, nicer than hostels, provide more privacy and amenities.
Renting a house will give you access to a kitchen, which will help to cut costs as you can make your own meals instead of eating out. This is not suggested for all of your meals though because you absolutely cannot miss out on Danish cuisine.
The plethora of islands and travel options will be enticing, but the farther you go the more it will cost. Try to choose a part of Denmark where you will have access to as much as possible.
Copenhagen is popular, being the capital city and a ferry ride away from Sweden. It is also the nation’s most populous city which means you have a wide selection of hotels and hostels to choose from. Getting around by cab or public transport will get expensive if you are staying for more than a few days. This will also prove as a more practical option if you travel outside the city to sightsee or camp.
Travelling by bike is extremely popular in Denmark, thanks to their eco-friendly attitude, and is your cheapest option. Renting a bike for a day will cost between ten and sixteen American dollars and take you farther than you can imagine.
Best Places to Visit
As previously stated, Copenhagen is the first place you think to go when visiting Denmark. It is popular for a reason but do not let that stop you from exploring outside of the city.
For the lovers of literature and architecture, Kronborg Castle is a must-visit location. Located in Helsingør, about an hour from Copenhagen along the coast, it is a monstrous castle that served as inspiration for the Shakespearean Hamlet.
If you are looking to have a bit of antiquated fun without leaving the city, the Tivoli Gardens is for you. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and has delights for old and young alike. Travelers who are hoping to relax and do some shopping will find the town of Nyhavn to be perfect. It is famous for its brightly colored houses along the waterfront as well as quirky shops and restaurants.
Denmark is a beautiful and unique location that calls out to be visited. Its proximity to the Arctic Circle allows for longer days during the summer and mild weather makes for comfortable strolls. The varied landscape, including land borders and islands, give travelers a wide variety of travel options and experiences.
Exploring the country includes every type of travel imaginable; train, bike, ferry, airplane, etc. The food and architecture are an intriguing blend of modern and Viking-era influence. With all the things to see and do, every prospective traveler should plan their trip in order to get the most out of it.