Danish culture is inclusive, and democratic egalitarian ideals run deep. This may seem like a political propaganda slogan, but these principles have been imprinted and applied in daily life on many levels, and they are very much alive.
When public events are planned, it is usual to look for methods to involve people of all ages and economic capacities, so whether you go alone, as a family, young, elderly, disabled, on a splurge or on a budget, you will discover fascinating activities and events to enjoy and participate in. Many establishments provide special discounts to youngsters, groups, students, and the elderly, and children are usually welcomed everywhere.
Some individuals believe that inclusion and equality should only apply to “the Danish tribe” or those who pay large taxes (mostly in the countryside, less so in the city). Although this may seem to be a contradiction in words, these concepts have nevertheless had considerable impact on Danish culture in the past decade or so, reflecting a similar trend in Europe and the Western world at large. However, as a visitor, you should not expect to deal with or experience this development; the ideals of inclusion, equality, and egalitarianism are deeply embedded in Danish society.
Because the weather in Denmark may be unpredictable, it’s a good idea to have other indoor activities as a backup plan if your plans involve outside activities. If you don’t mind a day or two of gloomy weather and a few drops of rain, simply pack a raincoat and you’ll be OK.
Denmark has a 7,400-kilometer coastline, which is almost as long as Brazil’s and longer than India’s. Almost all are open to the public, and several have world-class beaches with kilometers of uninterrupted white sand. In the summer, several popular locations have lifeguards and other amenities, and there are many beachparks and sea baths, such as Amager Strandpark (beachpark) in Copenhagen and Den Permanente (seabath) in Aarhus. Denmark’s beaches are popular not just with Danes but also with visitors, some of whom prioritize beach holidays. Every summer, the west coast of Jutland, in particular, is exposed to a real invasion of more than 13 million German visitors, who typically stay in the numerous holiday houses that dot the shore from north to south.
The weather in Denmark may be fickle and unpredictable; one day it might be bright and sunny, the next gloomy and cold, and even rainy, so keep this in mind and prepare accordingly to get the most of your stay. The water temperature is typically about 14 degrees Celsius in mid-June and gradually rises until September. However, the shallow waters of Kattegat warm up faster than the North Sea coast of western Jutland. Summer weather in Denmark fluctuates greatly from year to year, and even from week to week, thus the number of swimming days ranges from zero to more than thirty. A bathing day is declared when the average of seawater temperatures recorded at one metre depth throughout the nation reaches 19 degrees Celsius or higher; however, seawater temperatures ranging from 14 to 19 degrees Celsius are warm enough for a dip in the waves. Water quality is generally good across Denmark, however essential data, including safety requirements, may be found online at The Danish Nature Agency. Some Danish beaches feature difficult or downright hazardous currents that should be avoided; each year, a number of unfortunate (or misinformed?) visitors die.
Denmark has a long and proud tradition of music festivals, dating back to the first Woodstock-inspired Roskilde festival in 1972. They have become an all-important fixture of the Danish summer, with one to fit almost every age and music preference taking place between June and August, and with very impressive attendances given the country’s size. There are so many that naming them all would be absurd, but here are a few of the more significant ones:
- Roskilde Festival (June/July). One of Europe’s four major rock festivals, organized by a non-profit organization. 80,000 tickets were sold, and over 110,000 people attended the event in Roskilde.
- Skanderborg Festival (August). With 45,000 attendees, this is the world’s second biggest rock festival, held in a picturesque setting within a historic woodland near Skanderborg’s lakeshore.
- Skive Festival (previously Skive Beach Party) attracts nearly 20,000 spectators to Skive every year, mainly features Danish bands and attracts a mostly local crowd.
- Langelands Festival (July/August). A family-oriented event with 20,000 attendees on the island of Langeland.
- Copenhagen Jazz Festival. (July) – Over 20,000 people attend one of the world’s best Jazz Festivals, which features small and large concerts across Copenhagen.
- Tønder Festival (August). Over 20,000 people attend one of the world’s best Jazz Festivals, which features small and large concerts across Copenhagen.
- Aarhus Festuge (August/September). Each year, Aarhus hosts ten days of music and cultural events with a distinct focus.
- Grøn Koncert. (July) – A one-day event featuring some of Denmark’s greatest performers. The performance travels throughout the nation, often stopping in eight different locations over a two-week period, attracting a total audience of over 200,000 people.
- Aalborg Carnival. (May) – Despite the fact that music is not the primary attraction, this carnival is the largest in Northern Europe and generates an ambiance worthy of any music festival. Each year, the Main Parade has a new theme, with over 25,000 people dressed up and dancing in the streets.
Denmark is overflowing with amusement parks, including some of the most renowned in the world; Copenhagen’s Tivoli is one of the world’s oldest, and according to Walt Disney, a significant source of inspiration for his own Disneyland. Dyrehavsbakken, also in Copenhagen, is the world’s oldest running amusement park, set amid magnificent beech trees, and both parks include some of the world’s oldest still operational rollercoasters, going back to 1914 and 1932, respectively, and both earning the ACE Coaster Classic Award. Just as well-known is Legoland in Billund, the biggest and oldest of the now-global brand, with its magnificent miniature LEGO sceneries as the main attraction and a decent variety of thrill rides to keep youngsters entertained. While outmatched by its world-famous competitors, the nation still has four additional large amusement parks: Sommerland Sjlland, Bonbonland, Frup Sommerland, Djurs Sommerland, and a slew of lesser ones.
Denmark’s vast coastline provides abundant opportunities for coastal fishing; however, this needs a permission, which is available through the official web site or all post offices for DKK40 for a day, DKK130 for a week, and DKK185 for a year. The accompanying slip, on the other hand, instantly informs you of the permitted seasons and sizes of the most frequent species found along the Danish shore. Sea Trout, Cod, and Plait are abundant, and, with the exception of a few interior fjords, water quality and therefore fish numbers are adequate.
Denmark has a varied variety of streams and brooks (no real rivers) that house Salmon, Brown, Rainbow, and Sea Trout (in season), as well as Pike, Perch, and Roach, as well as a number of inland lakes that also hold Zander, Bream, and Tench. Freshwater fishing in Denmark is a bit more complicated than coastal fishing because there are a number of local communities that preside over the rights to fish in specific waters, usually in agreement with the land owners where the waters are located if they are not owned by the state, but this also means that some stretches of a specific stream or brook may be off-limits due to the land owers. The state mandates regulations for seasons and sizes, but the municipalities control permit costs and periods. Local tourist offices are generally well-informed and have the authority to sell permits, which may be issued on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
Finally, there are many “Put-and-Take” facilities located across the nation. They don’t need a permit since you buy the privilege to fish for a certain number of hours and lots of fish – typically Rainbow Trout – are assured. Many put-and-takes are “self-serve,” in that you fill out a form and drop it, along with the appropriate payment, in a post box. Do not be shocked if the owner drops by at some point to see whether you’re in luck, while also keeping note of the number and times of forms, hours, and money received from the box.
In Denmark, hunting is conducted on the basis of landowners maintaining the right to hunt on their property and then potentially renting it out to interested parties while keeping a tight eye on who hunts where and when.
While a general hunting ticket (DKK500) is needed, hunting is usually solely done with individuals you know who have hunting rights to the property in question, thus if you want to go hunting in Denmark, you would most likely need to befriend a land owner or a friend of one beforehand.
Danish firearms laws is very stringent. In general, it is prohibited to possess or carry any kind of firearm anyplace. There are exceptions for hunting and weapons clubs, however this needs a specific permission, and the weapon must be hidden and unloaded outside the shooting area (hunting grounds or club). Many kinds of knives are also prohibited. Weapons that cannot be used for hunting or shooting purposes, such as knuckles, are prohibited at all times and in all places. Carrying an unlawful weapon, particularly one that is ready to use, may result in a hefty fine: A hefty fine and perhaps a few weeks in jail.
Denmark is a cyclist’s paradise, and everywhere you go, you’ll see people riding their bikes; young and old, thick and thin, for transportation, recreation, or sports. Denmark is one of the most bicycle-friendly nations in the world. This also means that the bike infrastructure is excellent, making it more convenient and safe than in many other locations. Most significantly, the nation is very flat, making it ideal for bicycling about, whether in the city or in the countryside. Several Danes and visitors take “bike vacations” to many of the country’s popular and peaceful locations. So immersing yourself in the culture is one of the greatest ways to connect with the Danish spirit, as well as a wonderful and simple way to see pretty much every part of the country.
It is essential to realize, however, that many rural roads are small, with occasional rapid driving automobile traffic and no bike lanes, so riding in the countryside is not advised unless you are a highly skilled and alert rider.
Denmark’s long coastline makes it ideal for surfing, particularly wind- and kite-surfing. The North and West coastlines have some of the finest spots in the world, and Klitmller (dubbed “Cold Hawaii”) even hosts a leg of the windsurfing world cup every year. It is possible to attend lessons for all levels of expertise in many locations, which makes for a lot of fun, and it is not even as chilly as it may seem.
In addition to the sea coastlines, there are many interior rivers, streams, and lakes that provide great possibilities for waterway enjoyment. Canoeing and kayaking are popular sports, and hiring the necessary equipment is generally simple. Camping places are situated along the major rivers, ranging from basic, free shelters to fully furnished, commercial sites, providing a variety of possibilities ranging from a couple of hours of fun to a week of “water ways safari.”
Canoeing is popular in the lakes and rivers around Silkeborg, Skjern National Park, Ribe Creek, Uggerby Creek in Northern Jutland, Mlle (Mill Creek) in Copenhagen, and Sus in Southern Zealand.
The Limfjorden sound is excellent for sea kayaking (particularly near the islands Fur and Mors), the islands south of Svendborg are world class (Sydfynske hav), and the Copenhagen canals provide intriguing possibilities.