You’ve seen Copenhagen, and all the major attractions. What now? Here are 5 less-known locations that will give you a unique experience of what Denmark has to offer! Whether you’re renting a car or using public transportation, these locations are accessible and offer insights into Danish culture.
Skagen — home of Grenen
If you enjoy walking trips and yoga by the beach and want to escape the busy sounds of the big city jungle, Skagen may be the place for you. Pick up your rental car in Aalborg and take the scenic drive to Skagen. Once you’re there, enjoy the natural light and landscapes while going for lunch or dinner in one of the many seafood restaurants in town. You might also enjoy visiting The Local History Archive, a former courthouse, which holds impressive collections of photographs, maps, and books of the city’s port, shipyard, and fishing activities.
Not only is this town a quaint little spot, peaceful and idyllic — it is also the home of several natural phenomena. Visit Grenen, Denmark’s most northern point, and watch as the two seas, Skagerrak and Kattegat meet in large waves. You can also visit the Råbjerg Mile which is only 15 minutes away, and find peace in the moving sand dunes. This natural phenomenon is a must-see!
Cold Hawaii in Klitmøller
Two and a half hours from Skagen by car, you’ll find Cold Hawaii along the coast. As the name suggests, it’s a bit similar to the famous Surfers’ Paradise, except it’s a little colder. Don’t let it fool you though! If you seek excitement and want to learn surfing, you have reached the right destination. There are around 30 surf spots and plenty of instructors to help you.
HEART in Herning
During your road trip around Denmark, you might find yourself longing for a taste of modern Danish culture. HEART is, if you haven’t guessed, a heart that beats in the form of a contemporary art museum. From Aarhus, the drive will only take you a little over an hour! Enjoy the stunning building and explore a mixture of Danish and international conceptual and experimental art. If you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast, the museum also has a sculpture park consisting of 36 sculptures, as well as The Geometrical garden — where you can get lost in a maze made of 6-8 meters high hedges!
Sculptures in Give
Another small get-away and a quick one too! If you are in Billund to visit Legoland, and you’re in desperate need of an easy drive-through cultural experience, Give is a small town only twenty minutes away. You can find a map of the more than 50 sculptures placed around town to view for free and easily navigate around the town to see the work of many Danish sculptors. Many of the sculptures are also up for sale, so perhaps you’ll even find something you want to keep!
For a quick stop and a lovely snack, Christiansfeld makes the perfect rest stop — and it’s a UNESCO world heritage site too! You need no more than a couple of hours to see this beautiful town and you’ll be able to taste a true Christiansfeld specialty; honey-cakes. Get your coffee to go and stretch your legs while walking amongst some of the oldest preserved yellow brick houses. This small, but important, town is a wonderful place to discover the meaning of “hygge”.
Driving in Denmark
Denmark is generally a very drivable country, with a well developed and maintained road system and infrastructure. Apart from the Storebælt Bridge between Zealan and Funen and the Øresunds Bridge to Sweden, all roads are free. Distances in Denmark are short, and you will essentially be able to drive from one end to the other in less than a day. This means less time on the road and more time to explore everything that Denmark has to offer. Book your rental car and start planning your Danish road trip today!