True Scandinavian warmth
A visit to Denmark is all about hygge – a cosy feeling of contentedness. You’ll find it in the people, the food and the scenery. It’s no wonder Denmark is continually voted the happiest country on earth.
This Nordic nation is made up of the Jutland peninsula and 443 islands, about 74 of which are inhabited. Its capital, Copenhagen, is a beautiful city, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle with its exquisite gardens.
You’ll find growing numbers of roe deer grazing in the countryside and antlered red deer in the woodlands of Jutland. Look to the coast and you may spot porpoises, whales and seals.
Culturally, Denmark has a lot in common with its other Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Norway. Find a table at a traditional restaurant and you’ll likely find yourself feasting on meat, fish and potatoes. Danish dishes are seasonal, but definitely try a smørrebrød (open sandwich) for lunch, or, if you’re a little hungrier, order frikadeller (pork or veal meatballs) or kogt torsk (poached cod). And of course, toast your fellow travellers with a good Danish beer. There has also been a recent leaning towards gourmet cooking at many of the top restaurants resulting in New Danish cuisine, and Michelin stars for a couple of Copenhagen’s most acclaimed eateries.
1,500km from Copenhagen, sitting just above the tip of Scotland, are the Faroe Islands, a self governing nation under the sovereignty of Denmark. This chain of 18 volcanic islands are an outdoor lover’s dream with lush green valleys, gushing waterfalls and incredible wildlife. It also has a fascinating culture and offers an experience quite unlike anywhere else in Europe.
Denmark is a cultural heavyweight in the fields of design and architecture and Copenhagen has to be one of the most sophisticated cities in the world with first-class museums and galleries. But the Danes know how to let their hair down too and their famous hygge is an expression of this commitment to the good life.
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Need to Know
is the local time
Danish Krone is the local currency
Copenhagen is the capital city
Stegt Flæsk is Denmark's national dish
When to go
The best time to visit Denmark is in the summer from June until August when the weather is at its warmest. While the scenery is beautiful when it snows in winter, temperatures from December to February can be very cold. If you're wanting to soak up the sun on the coast, visit around August, but if you're city-bound the temperatures in May and June are milder and more conducive to exploring places like Copenhagen.
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