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    Denmark is the historical and spiritual home of the Viking. Danish ancestors explored, settled, traded and plundered far and wide across the world during the period of history known as the Viking age. Once feared in Europe for their raiding and pillaging, today's Vikings are a peaceful bunch who have long since traded in their long ships for bicycles. But if you want to get a taste of the old Viking culture and way of life, come to Denmark!

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    So you want to explore Viking history in Denmark? There is the whole range of experiences to choose from, whether you like to delve into special exhibitions, live like a Viking for a day in an outdoor museum or go hiking among burial grounds and ancient monuments.

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    Thinking of taking a city break in Europe? Love exploring a city’s atmospheric streets or getting up close to local culture? Then Denmark has four fabulous city break destinations especially for you. Danish cities such as Aarhus and Aalborg are small and intimate, making them easy to get to know on a short break. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is the world’s most liveable city and it’s easy to see why when you take a Copenhagen city break.

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    Live in the moment... The best holiday moments in life are made with friends and loved ones and there's no better place to create life-long memories than a Danish holiday home. Scattered across the country and often found next to beautiful coastline, quiet forests or picturesque lakes, Denmark's holiday homes are a national passion. Read on to find inspiration for and help booking a summer home holiday in Denmark.

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    Legends and Sagas from the Viking age tell great stories and give insight into the values and beliefs of the Vikings. By studying the Legends and Sagas one will therefore not only be entertained but also learn a lot about Vikings

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    Viking ships and Viking festivals with handson activities – and historic Viking fortresses. Denmark offers a unique chance to experience 1000 years of Viking heritage. Download itinerary as PDF

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    Explore the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and Scandinavia’s oldest town, Ribe. And discover Viking history and the world’s first LEGOLAND – all in the Region of South Denmark. Download itinerary for The South of Denmark

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    Follow this easily accessible route around the country and piece together the Viking history of Denmark.

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    In the Viking age playing was used both for fun and educational purposes. The Vikings used playing as a way to educate and prepare their children for war and the adult life ahead.

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    The everyday life of a Viking was all about obtaining food and shelter. This was no different for the children who worked and did not go to school. Everything that a child needed to know it learned by doing as the adults did.

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    The Viking Sword The king slowly works his way through the crowd and into the lake. When the water hits his knees, the king stops, places his sword above his head and greets the gods. He then throws the sword deep into the lake where it instantly disappears. When the offering is over, everybody returns to the King's hall and the festivities can begin.

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    West Zealand is a part of Denmark steeped in history. From the stone age through the Viking era, medieval times and the present, West Zealand has played an important role in Danish history. The region is home to the impressive cathedral city Roskilde, dating back to Viking times. West Zealand has plenty of Viking attractions to look at, including Viking ships and Viking fortresses. The region is scattered with small market towns and quiet harbours, and the nature consists of beautiful fjords, beaches, cliffs, rolling hills and islands.

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    "King Gorm made these runes in honour of his wife Thyra, the pride of Denmark". Such is the inscription on one of the rune stones in Jelling. Rune stones were raised by Vikings to honour loved ones'memories, to proclaim important subjects, tell stories or to brag about achievements.

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    Discover your Danish heritage If your ancestors originally came from Denmark visiting the country of your ethnic roots could very well be the trip of your life. Whether you know a little or a lot about your Danish ancestor or ancestors, this page is designed to give help you trace your Danish roots, and you a good impression of what life was like for your relative – and perhaps even inspire you to make the trip to the Old Country yourself. Visit Denmark and walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

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    A thousand years ago, the Vikings forced themselves onto the world stage and left an indelible mark on many parts of Europe. Denmark, their homeland, has been shaped by Viking culture and here are some of the places you can see this most strikingly.

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    We all think we know the Vikings, from the stories of raiding and plundering to Norse mythology and those horned helmets. But how much of this is fact, and how much is myth? Here's a brief overview to help you brush up on your Viking knowledge!

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    On June 22nd, the National Museum of Denmark opens its international special exhibition, VIKING, which presents a modern picture of the Vikings and displays a large number of unique finds from museums in 12 countries.

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    Rich in Viking heritage and a favourite hang-out of Danish painters, North Jutland's cultural and historical offerings are many. Take time out from the beach to explore the region's artistic and historical traditions.

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    Photo Contest - Official Rules

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    The official Scandinavian airline with daily direct connections from the US to Copenhagen. Tel. 800-221-2350 www.flysas.com Gateways with daily departures:New York (Newark) Washington Chicago Chicago-Copenhagen, 8 1/4 hours. New York-Copenhagen, 7 1/2 hours. Washington DC-Copenhagen, 8 hours.

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    Whether visitors are looking for a fun and educational family holiday or an inspiring weekend break in one of the world’s most liveable countries – then look no further! Download itinerary as PDF

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    History, family adventure and fine dining – the island home of legendary fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen has much to offer. Romantic island B&Bs, maritime heritage and age-old castles, Funen is the heart of Denmark. Download itinerary for the Island of Funen

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    Denmark’s rocky Baltic island of Bornholm is a popular holiday destination that offers heritage sights and nature – all of which can easily be reached on bicycle or on nature walks. Download the itinerary for Bornholm

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    Five Stars of Scandinavia Tel. 800-722-4126 info@5stars-scandinavia.comwww.5stars-scandinavia.com

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    Nelson's Scandinavia Tel. 800-542-1689info@nelsonsscandinavia.comwww.nelsonsscandinavia.com

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    Tel. 877-256-1999tor@atiworld.comwww.atiworld.com

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    Jensen World Travel, Ltd. Tel. 847-256-5550tor@jensenworldtravel.comwww.jensenworldtravel.com

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    Borton Overseas Tel. 800-843-0602 Fax. 612-822-4755info@bortonoverseas.comwww.bortonoverseas.com

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    800-223-5500www.icelandair.com Routes (via Reykjavik, Iceland): Seattle-Reykjavik-Copenhagen 11 hours (new gateway)Toronto-Reykjavík-Copenhagen, 9 1/2 hours (new gateway). Boston-Reykjavík-Copenhagen, 9 hours. Minneapolis/St. Paul-Reykjavík-Copenhagen (summer only), 10 ½ hours. New York (JFK)-Reykjavík-Copenhagen (summer only), 10 hours. Orlando-Reykjavík-Copenhagen (winter only), 12 hours. Halifax-Reykjavik-Copenhagen (May-October), 13 hours.

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    800-241-4141www.delta.com Routes:  New York (JFK)-Copenhagen (from May 28, 2010), 7 1/2 hours Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson)-Copenhagen, 9 hours  Daily non-stop service.

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    800-231-0856 www.united.com Routes: New York (Newark) - Copenhagen, 8 hours Daily non-stop service.

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    Celebrated for its classic modern design tradition, Denmark lets visitors discover architectural wonders and new contemporary art museums with an inspired vision of Nordic living. Download itinerary as PDF

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    Romantic and inspiring – in Denmark visitors can live like a king at historic castles and manors. Experience these grand estates and enjoy fine dining, golfing and centuries old heritage. Download itinerary as PDF 

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    Marshlands, a Viking heritage centre and Denmark’s oldest cathedral city

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    There are many different ways to enjoy Denmark, depending on your interest. Are you looking for a romantic weekend break to Copenhagen? Thinking of a blissful break around Denmark's countryside by bike? Or maybe you're ready for some family fun at Denmark's fantastic theme parks. Plan the holiday in Denmark that's just right for you with the help of all of VisitDenmark's inspirational content, gathered in this handy guide.

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