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12 Danish Island Getaways

Denmark is a top destination for island hopping. Here you’ll find more than 400 named islands (72 of them inhabited) and tons of beautiful harbors and quiet beaches to escape to. Most of the small islands can be reached by ferryboat any time of the year. Below you’ll find 12 of our small favorites. 

Gather ideas for your next summer holiday with our guide to Denmark's best beaches

Denmark's Best Beaches

Denmark has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. With over 7,300km of coastline, choosing the best of Denmark's fine white sand, family friendly and crowd-free beaches is tough! We've picked some of Denmark's most popular beaches for this guide, bringing together dynamic dune-covered beaches and calm, sheltered beaches great for kids. What's more, you're never more than 50km from the coast in Denmark, which means a day at the seaside is easy.

Denmark is a perfect destination for water sports holidays

Water sports in Denmark

Denmark is a perfect destination for water sports holidays. In Denmark you're never more than 50km from the coast, which means there are plenty of great opportunities to do water sports. Whether you like diving, surfing or kayaking there's something for you. Here's VisitDenmark's guide to some of the best places for water sports activities in Denmark.

Slip and slide in style at Denmark's best water parks!

Water Parks in Denmark

In Denmark you're never more than 50km from the coast, so it's no wonder the Danes love making a splash. From wild water parks to beautiful beaches, there's no excuse not to get wet in Denmark this summer - or all year round if you're a viking! Here's VisitDenmark's guide to some of the best Danish aqua parks.

There's plenty of maritime events throughout the year to suit everyone

Maritime events

Come experience Danish maritime culture this year. In a country surrounded by seas, there's plenty of maritime events throughout the year to suit everyone. From tall ship races to herring fishing competitions and harbour festivals - get your water kicks in Denmark!

Islands Brygge harbour bath in Copenhagen

Outdoor swimming spots

Islands Brygge

Islands Brygge

Windsurfing North Jutland

Active holidays

Surf's up!

You’ll experience superb conditions for windsurfing, with some of the best in Europe found at Klitmøller, on the West Coast. 

Fishing

Deep sea fishing trips are another popular pursuit and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take an organised fishing trip out to the region’s off-shore sandbars and wrecks.

Active holiday in South Jutland

Active holidays in South Jutland

Golf and angling

South Jutland is a haven for golfers, with numerous challenging golf courses across the region. Anglers can enjoy the best angling waters in the country in South Jutland.

The Military Road

Set out onto the region’s extensive network of walking and cycling trails, in particular Denmark’s longest trail, the Military Road (Hærvejen).

West Jutland surfer

Active holidays

Surfing

Surfers of every variety will find exciting challenges along the West Coast, while beginners can try the perfect conditions of Ringkøbing Fjord. Why not try kite surfing or the exhilarating thrill of a day kite buggying?

Fanø

West Jutland islands

Fanø

Located just off the coast from Esbjerg, Fanø is an old maritime island with a perfect landscape for beach activities such as kite flying and sailing. The area is also an excellent place to hunt for Danish amber that washed up on the beaches. You can also see a variety of wildlife on the island, such as wild rabbits and seal colonies. The architecture on the island is also extremely special and inspired by the Frisian style.

Kayaking West Zealand

Active holidays in West Zealand

Cycling

Cyclists love West Zealand, with its many sign-posted cycle routes and easy access from Copenhagen. Hike the area’s many popular sign-posted routes, such as those across the Odsherred peninsula.

On the water

The river Suså and the Tystrup-Bavelse Lakes are great for kayaking and angling. As an angler, you’ll also find great catches all along the coast. At Lammefjord Canal you might even catch a carp.

Mountain bike in Denmark

Natural experiences in West Zealand

Stunning views

You will witness a very special light when the weather is clear at Odsherred, a peninsula jutting out into the mouth of Isefjord. From here, you can see beautiful views as far as the eye can see. 

Moorland

Near Havnsø, at the bottom of Nekselø Bay, you find Zealand's largest moorland, Vesterlyng. Vesterlyng is protected, but you can swim at its lovely beach and walk around the parts open to the public.

Active holiday in Denmark

Active holidays in South Zealand

Cycling

The gently undulating landscape of South Zealand and the flat islands of Lolland and Falster are great places to get on your bike and cycle round the region. Cycle routes are easy to find and well sign-posted.

Alternative activities

You can kayak at various spots along the coast and for an alternative way to see the dramatic Møns Klint, why not join a horse riding tour of the area?

Active in East Jutland

Get active in East Jutland

Saddle up!

Why not experience the green island of Samsø at the helm of a prairie wagon? You can hire a prairie wagon for a week’s holiday and take in the island’s sights at a relaxed pace.

Golfing

Active holidays

Golf

You can play on many North Zealand golf courses as a non-member and they are close enough to each other that you can try different courses out over one holiday. You'll find courses for golfers of all abilities in the region.

Cykel Bornholm

Looking for an active holiday at Bornholm?

Shipwreck views!

Try the old coast walking trails and cycling routes for fantastic views of the island. If you dive, there are many shipwrecks along Bornholm’s north and east coasts waiting to be explored.

Beach sports

Bornholm’s southern beaches are a great place to try sports such as beach volleyball, kite surfing and wind surfing. You can also rent boats and sea kayaks, to explore the island from the surrounding Baltic Sea.

Active holiday

Active holidays

Gone fishing

Anglers head to Funen for some of Europe's best coastal angling spots, particular good for catching sea trout. You’ll find great locations for angling on both Funen and the South Funen Archipelago.

South Funen

The South Funen Archipelago

Peace and quiet

The South Funen Archipelago is often viewed as a whole island group, but the many islands within the archipelago are diverse and offer their own unique experiences. They do have a number of things in common, however, such as peaceful nature, cosy villages and quaint harbours.