Denmark's top 20 natural beauty spots [1]

This handy guide, developed in collaboration with the Danish Nature Agency, takes you to 20 of the best natural places in Denmark. And all of them are free to see. So what are you waiting for? Get out into Denmark’s great outdoors!

Skagen 

At Skagen, the northernmost tip of Denmark, you can walk out onto The Branch [2], a sand spit where the waters of the Kattegat and Skagerrak seas meet. Nearby you can walk on Råbjerg Mile, one of Europe's largest moving sand dunes, over 40 metres high.

Jammer Bay (Jammerbugten) 

Enjoy stunning views along Jammer Bay (Jammerbugten) in North Jutland, from its impressive highpoints, Bulbjerg and Ruberg Knot. Here, you’ll see one of the few places in Denmark where birds nest directly in the cliff face. Climb the highest point, Ruberg Knot, on high shifting sands, as high as the local lighthouse.

Fur Island, Limfjord 

This small island in the Limfjord is packed full of fascinating geological formations and diverse landscapes. Wander amongst exposed rock formations from ancient seabeds, with visible fish, insect, reptile and plant fossils.

Rold Forest (Rold Skov)

Rold Forest [3] is Denmark's second largest, covering and area of 80 km2. Here you can hike through ancient pine trees and beech trees and the creepy Toll Forest area with gnarled and crooked tree forms.

Lille Vildmose 

Small Vildmose is the largest raised bog in Western Europe and Denmark's only one. A great place to walk and enjoy unique flora, thanks to the frequently replenished water and nutrients captured and held here.

Mols Bjerge

The southern part of Djursland is one of the most rugged and varied landscapes in Denmark. Here, you can hike across heathland, woodland, marshes, pastures and meadows and encounter many different wild animals and plants along the way. This is a designated national park.

The Lake Highlands (Søhøjlandet) 

Mid Jutland offers you the largest forests in Denmark, dotted with lakes and moors. The country’s largest river, Gudenåen, connects many of the lakes in the area and gives you a great network of shoreline and forested walking and cycling routes.

Skovbjerg Hill Island (Skovbjerg Bakkeø)

The unspoilt farming, orchard and moorlands of Skovbjerg Hill Island make for a wonderful walking area. Head out and see typical Danish countryside on one of the many marked walking trails, which also take you across rugged dunes.

The Wadden Sea (Vadehavet) 

The Wadden Sea national park has more than 30 islands and is one of the world's most important habitats for waterfowl. Here you can witness the phenomenal Black Sun, created when tens of thousands of starlings fly together in amazing dark patterns on the sky.

Anholt 

The small island of Anholt, located in the Kattegat Sea, has a landscape often described as a desert. You can take a ferry trip out to the island and walk amongst the vast dunes and long beaches. The island also has one of the largest and most important seal sanctuaries in Europe.

The South Funen Archipelago

A popular area for yachtsmen, the many islands within the archipelago are diverse and offer their own unique experiences but all are peaceful. Wander round their cosy villages and quaint harbours. You can reach the islands from Jutland and Funen by small ferry boats.

Svanninge Bakker

The Svanninge Hills, just northeast of Faaborg, are epitomized by winding roads, hedgerows and charming half-timbered houses. From the hills, you have stunning views to the south west and across the South Funen Archipelago.

Hindsholm 

The Hindsholm peninsula is dotted with inlets and islands, such as Romsø. The area was shaped by the last glaciation and is connected to the mainland via a thin land strip. Take in views from Funen’s Head (Fynshoved) which separates the Great Belt from the Kattegat Sea.

Røsnæs 

Zealand's westernmost point, Røsnæs, is an open, hilly landscape with beautiful views over the sea. At different spots along its cliffs, you can see wind-shaped shrubs such as blackthorn and rose bushes. These wild thickets are particularly beautiful around Vindekilde-Grimsdal.

Jægersborg Deer Park (Dyrehaven)

Jægersborg Deer Park, 15 km north of Copenhagen, is one of the most visited natural sites in Denmark. Here you can get up close to around 2,000 deer, that are untroubled by human presence. The park also contains the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken.

Tystrup-Bavelse Lakes 

The landscape around the Tystrup-Bavelse lakes offers you hilly farmland and large forests to hike around. Two large glaciers met here 15,000 years ago and created a melt-water river, now a picturesque valley through which the Suså River runs.

Smålandsfarvandet 

This archipelago area is dotted with diverse islands, such as Fejø, Lolland and Falster. Experience accessible beaches, great for families and swimming, and walk amongst the rolling dunes and island landscapes.

Møns Cliffs (Klint) 

Mons Klint is one of the most famous places in Denmark. Here is the only place in the country where you can experience high chalk cliffs and the unique flora and fauna associated with them. You’ll meet many rare plants on walks in the area and can hunt for fossils on the beaches below the cliffs.

North Bornholm and The Hammer 

Bornholm and the Ertholmene Islands are the only places in Denmark where you can clamber over and see exposed granite formations. The Hammer, in the north of Bornholm, is a steep granite crag rising out of the Baltic. There are also great walks on the north of the island that take you through rift valleys and large lakes.

Ertholmene 

This small archipelago is located north east of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. These rocky outcrops have unique bird and plant life. Here, you’ll feel the bracing influence of the wind and sea that have shaped these exposed islands. You can reach the islands by ferry from Bornholm.

Further reading

Read more about Natural adventures in Denmark [4].

Read more about Cycling in Denmark. [5]