Enjoy life by the sea in Denmark

Take a deep breath and dive in with the Danes to get the best out of the many fishing villages, beaches and clear waters of the Danish coastline. With over 400 islands and 7000 kilometres of Danish coastline, Danes could certainly be said to have salt water in their veins.
Monday, May 4, 2015

Lean back in a deck chair at a traditional beach hotel and soak up a sunset with sand gently massaging your toes or up the tempo with long hikes, horseback riding along steep cliffs and rides on the waves of the west coast of Jutland. Your options are limitless when it comes to enjoying life by the sea in Denmark. 

Coastal break

Denmark is world famous for its good work to life balance, leaving the Danes with more spare time on their hands than most other nations and giving them plenty of opportunities to enjoy a break from everyday life. Whether you’re pining for a long holiday, a weekend break or just an impulsive day trip, the many coastal villagessandy beaches and ocean views are never more than one hour away.

Life by the sea

Recharge your batteries by the sea in one of many homely summer cottages for rent, in a tent at the cosy camping areas or at one of the many beach hotels, a ‘badehotel’, that have experienced a revival over the past decade, and invite guests into an evocative time warp.

The Danish darlings along the coastline include Skagen, which is famous among artists for its special light, and which in the past attracted painters such as P.S. Krøyer and Anna and Michael Ancher. Today, this old and pretty fishing village has been transformed into a modern miniature city, making it a hot spot for bon vivants, bohemians, sailors and others in search for the good life by the sea. The buzzing summer harbour life paints another lively picture of Danish sea side culture. Enjoy scoops of homemade ice cream in an old fashioned cone while watching yachts come and go or sample the catch of the day in one of many sea food restaurants. 

Experience some of Denmark's many islands

Try island hopping between some of the 70 inhabited islands and experience the adventures of island camping with your family. Experience the lobster festival on Læsø and a wide range of other island events like Samsø festival or the Apple Flower Festival on Askø. If travelling with children, catching crabs and playing with kites are great options – and for nature lovers, activities like seal and porpoise watching on the island of Rømø, caving in Bornholm and fossil hunting around Møn and Stevns cliffs are some of the many choices on offer.

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5 things you should try while you’re in Denmark:

1. Spend a night in one of Denmark’s legendary beach hotels

2. Go island hopping between Denmark’s 400 islands

3. Eat wild shrimp from Skagerak at the harbour in Skagen

4. Rent a summer cottage by the sea in Jutland

5. Go for long walks on the wide sandy beaches of the west coast of Jutland


Fun facts about Denmark:

You can set foot in two different oceans when standing on Grenen, at the very tip of Denmark

Danish beach hotels have experienced a revival over the past decade – not least due to the Danish TV series ”Badehotellet” (The Beach Hotel)

The north of Zealand is called the Danish Riviera.

Læsø is the only place in the world where seaweed was used on roofs until the 20th century. 

Denmark has 244 Blue Flag beaches!


Activities and events by the sea

Activities and events by the sea


Island hopping in Denmark