Best time to visit Denmark

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Best time of year to visit Denmark

Although the happiest country is terrific year round, the best time to visit Denmark runs from May to August, when the days are long and warm. The peak season runs in July–August when Scandinavian families head to the coast. Yet, it's a good time to see white cliffs of Mons Klint at their best and a variety of deer in Dyrehaven or to spend a day in Legoland. Autumn brings rain showers and the "Black Sun" phenomenon to Denmark. As the nights get longer and colder, the chances to witness northern lights are higher. In November–December the country gets into Christmasy spirit, and it's a good idea to book a room in advance.

17 THINGS TO DO IN DENMARK (SEPTEMBER 03 - SEPTEMBER 12)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–early April  • nature

Denmark enjoys nature's colourful show a few times per year

Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival

Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival

May 8–October 27, 2024 • event

Jutland's sand turned into huge and impressive sculptures

Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania

May–September (all year round) • activity

One of Copenhagen's most famous attractions, a town inside a town

Legoland

Legoland

April–early October • activity

All in all, Denmark is the home of Lego. Are you ready to go back to childhood in the kingdom full of Lego constructions and fun rides?

White Cliffs of Møns Klint

White Cliffs of Møns Klint

April–October • activity

Perhaps the most beautiful beach and most interesting geological sight in the whole country

Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød

May–September • food

Don't mistake smørrebrød for a plain sandwich, because it isn't

Dyrehaven (Deerpark)

Dyrehaven (Deerpark)

May–September | September–February • nature

An ex-royal hunting ground is now a great place for deer watching

Seals in the Wadden Sea

Seals in the Wadden Sea

June–September • nature

Visit vast beaches to watch seals in their natural habitat without disturbing them

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

May–September • activity

The windy weather of Denmark can be a good thing when it comes to these sports

Aarhus Festival

Aarhus Festival

August 30–September 8, 2024 • event

The largest cultural event in Aarhus and one of the largest in Denmark

Wild Horses

Wild Horses

April–September • nature

These noble creatures are left to wonder freely throughout Denmark

Copenhagen's Parks

Copenhagen's Parks

mid-April–mid-October • activity

Drops of green, perfect for a break from the city's buzz

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

April–October • activity

The sand of time is especially merciless to this lighthouse

Singing Trees (Park of Music)

Singing Trees (Park of Music)

all year round • activity

An unusual park where you'll hear some famous songs

Lindholm Høje

Lindholm Høje

early January–mid-December • activity

Denmark's most precious artefacts from both Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age were found here

The Øresund Bridge

The Øresund Bridge

all year round (best April–October) • activity

The iconic part bridge and part tunnel, which connects Denmark and Sweden

Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring

all year round • food

Pickled Herring as almost anything in Denmark, is a part of the Viking heritage

27 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Moesgaard Vikingedage Festival (Viking Moot)

Moesgaard Vikingedage Festival (Viking Moot)

out of rangeJuly 25–28, 2024 • event

Recreating the old and great traditional Viking fair in Aarhus

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangeearly November–December • event

The best way to get into the festive spirit is to visit a Christmas market—the vendors seem to be aware of the deepest desires of your Christmas heart

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

out of rangeJuly 5–14, 2024 • event

Catch local and international jazz stars at the premier destination for music lovers

Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer)

Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer)

out of rangeJune 23 • event

A Nordic tradition, celebrated on the night before the Midsummer's Day

Flower Fields

Flower Fields

out of rangemid-March–August (best in late April–early July) • nature

The flat expanses of the country will surprise you with vast blooming patches

Sailing Viking Ships

Sailing Viking Ships

out of rangeMay–August • activity

It's not about watching. Here you can actually get to sail the ship

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

out of rangeJune 29-July 6, 2024 • event

The largest music event in Northern Europe was inspired by Woodstock

Copenhagen Pride Week

Copenhagen Pride Week

out of rangeAugust 10–18, 2024 • event

Once a year, the world's LGBTQ+ community gathers in the most gay-friendly place on the planet to celebrate themselves

Black Sun or Starling Murmuration

Black Sun or Starling Murmuration

out of rangemid-March–mid-April | mid-September–mid-October • nature

This strange, dancing, airy body is neither tornado nor ghost, but a million starlings!

Strøm Festival

Strøm Festival

out of rangeAugust 31–September 3, 2023 • event

The top electronic music festival in Scandinavia invades the city of Copenhagen for an entire week

Shakespeare Festival at Kronborg Castle

Shakespeare Festival at Kronborg Castle

out of rangeAugust 1-17, 2024 • event

Watch some masterfully performed Shakespearean play at Hamlet's castle

Grenen, the Northernmost Point in Denmark

Grenen, the Northernmost Point in Denmark

out of rangeJune–August • activity

The point where two seas meet is unique in many ways

Tivoli Gardens (Summer Season)

Tivoli Gardens (Summer Season)

out of rangeMarch 31–September 24, 2023 • activity

The oldest amusement park in the world invites for some of the most magical and nostalgic rides of all times, and lots of other exciting adventures

Distortion Festival

Distortion Festival

out of rangeMay 29–June 2, 2024 • event

A week of massive daytime street parties and nightclub events

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx)

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx)

out of rangeMay 23-25, 2024 • event

The world's largest architecture festival embraces 3 cities, around 40 venues, 150 events, over 10 days, and thousands of visitors

Studenterkørsel

Studenterkørsel

out of rangeJune 26–30, 2024 • event

A two-week long party for the fresh graduates

Fastelavn

Fastelavn

out of rangeFebruary 11, 2024 • event

Come and try the old Danish tradition of 'tilting at the cat in the barrel'

Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday and Festival

Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday and Festival

out of rangeApril 2 • event

Visit Odense and learn more about H.C.Andersen, a man that became one of Denmark's symbols

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeJune–August • activity

For tough Scandinavians Denmark is almost like Palma de Mallorca

Copenhagen Beer Festival (Ølfestival)

Copenhagen Beer Festival (Ølfestival)

out of rangeMay 24-25, 2024 • event

Enjoy thousands of beers and meet beer enthusiasts from all over Denmark and abroad

Roskilde Airshow

Roskilde Airshow

out of rangeAugust 18–20, 2023 • event

One of the most exciting summer events close to Copenhagen

Crocus Blooming at Rosenborg Castle

Crocus Blooming at Rosenborg Castle

out of rangemid-March–early April • nature

A combination of the beauty of nature and Danish design

Gløgg

Gløgg

out of rangelate November–early January • food

Essentially gløgg is like mulled wine, but with some additional treats

Copenhagen Comics

Copenhagen Comics

out of rangeMay 18-19, 2024 • event

A vibrant comic convention in the capital of Denmark

Denmark's Christmas Markets

Denmark's Christmas Markets

out of rangeearly November– all December • event

Discover some of the best Christmas markets in Denmark

Oyster Safari in the Wadden Sea

Oyster Safari in the Wadden Sea

out of rangemid-October–April • activity

Denmark may not be a famous producer of oysters but it definitely has a thing or two to offer

Christmas Food

Christmas Food

out of rangelate November–early January • food

Danes are creative when it comes to celebrating Christmas

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