Denmark in the summer … A dream. During the first week of July, my brother and I travel to Roskilde on the occasion of Roskilde Music Festival, one of the largest in the whole of Europe. Despite Denmark sharing the same latitude with countries such as Scotland or Ireland, my packing remains very summerly and optimistic. Long days & lots of sunshine have been published by an equally optimistic weather forecast. It’ll be fine!, as we like to say in Austria. Will it?
Well, dear friends & travellers, after a week spent in the country of the Vikings & Nordic Men, I can tell you this: Denmark has both a bitter and a sweet side to offer. The laughter, the smiles, the hospitality and the nature of speaking several languages makes you feel very welcome among the Danes: Sweet. Things such as the weather as well as the exchange rate can seem a bit bitter in comparison: Summer temperatures for this week decided to linger between 10° to 20°C, and spending money … oh let’s not go there: A coffee for € 6,-. A beer for € 10,-. Lunch for three of us travelling together as friends, starting from € 60,- or € 70,- in average pubs and restaurants … Oh dear. Denmark really is more expensive than I thought. Lucky then we got “our Danes”: Martin & Niels, good friends for a long time, help us steer clear through language, culture & country of the Danes! Together, we have collected quite a handful of experiences and useful tips: Don’t miss the following cities or heading out to one Denmark’s prettiest beaches & countryside hideaways. I promise it really is worth it!
City Hopping in Denmark: From Ribe to Roskilde
Copenhagen & Roskilde, the pearls in the East. A visit of the Hans-Christian-Andersen house in Odense, on the island of Fünen. And finally: Ribe, the oldest city in Denmark, a delightful jewel in the Southwest of the province of Jutand. There is a whole number of (small) cities worth seeing in Denmark, their greatest advantage being that all of them are within only a few hour’s reach of each other: It really is a small country. As a team of three travellers (Martin, our Danish friend & “tour guide”, my brother Julian and I), we have opted for renting a car as the easiest, albeit most expensive option: € 80,- per day with local company “One2Move” is not exactly a bargain, but as we can split the cost it becomes more reasonable for all of us. After visiting the capital city of Copenhagen as well as Martin’s home base, the city of Roskilde, we drive along enjoying his funny local Danish commentary crossing the so-called “speed bump” of Denmark (the central island Fünen 😉 ), in order to visit Western cities in Jutland such as Jelling, Hvide Sande or Ribe. Come on board this photographic trip here.
From good stories to good taste: Tracing the “New Nordic Cuisine” as well as the Vikings in Denmark
The term “New Nordic cuisine” has come to summarize culinary endeavours made by Scandinavian chefs on a high level of local and regional Nordic cuisine. Obvious we had to try this out! In the city of “runes”, Jelling in Jutland, as well as at the gourmet restaurant Snekken in Roskilde, we found what we were looking for: Delicious Danish Burgers and “Viking Cold Platters” as well as excellent fish meals. See, smell & taste for yourself …
Do you also enjoy hunting for traces of long-gone cultures, imagine the everyday life of people living in the past and like to explore mysterious stories about a country or place? Then, the chapter of the Vikings & Nordic Men of Scandinavia, above all Denmark, will be just perfect for you. Everywhere around Denmark, you can find remains & stories concerning this warrior people: Besides terrorizing other tribes or countries, the Vikings actually were also skillful sailors & tradesmen able to reunite parts of Sweden, Norway and Denmark that had never found peace before. Viking king “Harald Bluetooth“, one of the most famous Vikings of all times, continues to be known all over the world with “bluetooth” technology being named in his honour: Like him, bluetooth enables a connection with previously incompatible systems allowing a transfer of data and resources. Interesting!
Popular tips for destinations around the country: Our experiences and highlights for your trip to Denmark
Last but not least, Martin Julian and I would still like to share the following insider tips & recommendations for your trip to Denmark. These destinations and excursion targets are all worth the visit and can easily be reached and connected as part of a round trip within two to three days, like we did it. Here, I am telling you about what impressed us most: The famous chalk cliffs at the Danish island Mon as well as our day trip to the highest point of Denmark. Before you carry on reading, take a guess: What is the maximum altitude of the country of Denmark?
a. 100 metres above sea level
b. 170 metres above sea level
c. 270 metres above sea level
- Travel to the highest point of Denmark: Close to the small town of Ejer, the highest “peak” of Denmark “towers” in the Western Danish area of Jutland, at just above 170 metres above sea level. Did you guess right? This is lower than where we live by the Danube in Lower Austria (about 220 metres above sea level): It comes as no surprise that Danes like to trade in seashores for mountains and holidays in Austria, whereas we as sea-deprived Austrians delight in their endless Nordic beaches and long summer daylight hours!
- Hvide Sande: Tose in the sand & western-most point of Denmark. Here, we enjoy long hours at the beach offering wakeboarding, Windsurfing, fishing and a whole lot of other activities. The North Sea is cool by nature, my brother still is up for some skinny dipping: “After all, it’s summer!” Of course, I had to take this picture … 😉
- Mon Klint: Large, towering chalk cliffs rising in the south of Zealand. Here, nature has dealt the area with all its cards: Picturesque white chalk cliffs rising from a turquoise sea and being fringed by dense beech tree forests. Wow! A paradise for hikers and nature fans as well as a must-see is this trip into the very south-Eastern corner of Denmark.