While many projects have stalled this year, Denmark has not been holding back on a range of exciting openings, news and celebrations to look forward to in 2021.
In Odense, the birthplace of Denmark’s best loved storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, a major new museum dedicated to his life and work is opening in summer 2021. The building, which has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, will comprise of a series of wooden concentric circles and features a landscaped enchanted garden complete with a fairy-tale maze.
The spiraling Marsh Tower designed by internationally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will open in the spring of 2021, making a visit to the UNESCO certified Wadden Sea National Park on the Danish west coast even more unique. The tower will be 25 meters tall and the DNA-spiral inspired shape ensures panoramic views over the surrounding marsh landscape.
A new sustainability focused festival is to be launched from 19-21 March 2021. Located in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus the Fair Festival will focus on how to make more sustainable choices. Visitors will be able to meet companies work directly towards a more sustainable future as well as shop with a clear conscience for a variety of sustainable products from clothes to home accessories as well as tasty food and produce.
In 2021, Copenhagen and the neighboring Swedish city of Malmö are set to co-host LGBTQIA WorldPride. Taking place from 12-22 August, it is expected to be a dazzling celebration of equality, arts and human rights and will be combined with the EuroGames sports events which are taking place across the two cities from 18-20 August.
2021 will see an array of new hotels opening across Denmark. From the 5-star luxury on the Copenhagen harbor to new design hostels in both Copenhagen and Aarhus. The Baltic Sea island of Bornholm will also take its sustainability credentials to the next level with a new climate-positive wing at Green Solutions House.
Copenhagen’s urban waterways are noted for their clean, clear waters. In 2018, a prototype island called ‘CPH-Ø1’ was launched as the start of a larger project called Copenhagen Islands. The project introduced a new urban space to the city’s harbor called a “parkipelago” of floating islands. In the 2021 spring, new islands will be added.
Denmark’s first type of fast-food is celebrating 100 years. The Danish hotdog is still considered a bit of a national dish and is known for its topping consisting of fried and raw onions, thinly sliced pickles and three kinds of sauces (ketchup, mustard and remoulade). Try an organic hotdog at Den Økologiske Pølesmand or one with a Scandinavian twist at Nordic Hotdog.
While travel has been on a hold, new restaurants have been popping up across Denmark. In Copenhagen, noma’s renowned burger bar has become permanent with the opening of POPL. Meanwhile, eateries like Fasangården and BaneGaarden serve up innovative dishes in green surroundings.
Danish recycle artist, Thomas Dambo’s enormous troll sculptures, made from recycled wood, are already becoming a much-loved feature of the forests West of Copenhagen. Now 10 new trolls have been popping up around Denmark during 2020, and they have been labelled “The Journey to The Giant Troll Folkfest”. The trolls are hidden in secret locations around Denmark in a great treasure hunt, and the only way to find them, is to use TrollMap.com.