Annika's tips for getting to know Denmark
Join Denmark's travel trade representative in the UK, Annika Skjoldborg, as she gives you a personal tour of her top places to visit in Denmark.
I grew up around the island of Sealand, but have grown to become quite the Copenhagener. Slightly biased, I’ll make the claim that Copenhagen is the best city in the world. However, Denmark is much more than Copenhagen, which is also reflected in my personal recommendations of places to visit.
Explore the streets of multicultural Nørrebro
I love all of Copenhagen, but my heart in particular beat for the multicultural neighbourhood that is Nørrebro. This part of the city is best explored walking aimlessly around while looking up, as it contains many hidden treasures to come across, that locals don’t even know about. My favourite place is Superkilen. An odd urban park containing items from more than 50 countries to honour the diversity in the area. In my opinion the Nørrebro food scene is also the best in Copenhagen, and it gets better every year.
Hop on that bike
The second you step foot in Copenhagen you’ll notice them – the bikes. Being a pocket sized city, the bike is the best vehicle to reach for when transporting yourself around the city. More than that, pushing the pedals to get yourself from A to B is an ideal way to get a taste of what being a local feels like. It’s fun, effective and a nice workout.
Spend a summer day in Copenhagen
Nothing beats a sunshine filled summer day in Copenhagen and with the sun setting as late as 10 pm, the days are endless. First, get a blanket, snacks and a bottle of rosé and join the locals on the grass in the parks - my personal favourite is Ørstedsparken. After a while the Copenhagen harbour will be calling your name. The water is clean enough for you to jump right in. Your last stop of the day should be a harbour front dinner followed by a sunset drink at Reffen, located in the up-and-coming Refshaleøen.
Get off of the beaten path in Odsherred
Odsherred is just an hour from Copenhagen, yet it seems like a different world. If you truly want to get off of the beaten path, this is your spot. Denmark is known for being flat, but this province is filled with rolling hills. Having grown up in Odsherred, I didn’t appreciate it’s rural beauty until I left. Go for a small hike up Maglehøj Højderygstien and get a 360 degree view of the area and its splendid fields. Afterwards you should head for a swim at Høve Beach and devour fresh caught fish in the small harbour village of Rørvig.
The car filled Rømø Beach
Placed in the middle of the Wadden Sea, the seemingly endless Rømø Beach is quite unique in Denmark. At the beach you can park your car right next to your beach towel. The idea of cars being allowed on a beach seems a bit odd, but there’s something so serene about driving down a sandy beach that goes on as far as the eye reaches, with the windows rolled down, all while the sun sets into the ocean.
Feel the elements at Cold Hawaii
This last one is a bit of a joker, since I haven’t actually been myself. However, Klitmøller is at the very top of my bucket list. Known for its laissez-faire lifestyle, outdoorsy focus, beautiful nature and most of all its surfing, the place also known as Cold Hawaii seems like it has the potential to become my favourite spot in Denmark.