What To Pack For A Trip To Denmark? Packing List For Each Season!
When a friend of mine mentioned his travels, one place that sounded really interesting was Denmark. It’s a Nordic country with temperate weather and lots of interesting things to do and visit. I plan to visit as well, and I hope this packing list I made will come in handy for you, too.
What should I pack for a trip to Denmark? Warm clothing is a must for a trip to Denmark because the temperature ranges from 26-70 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 to 21 degrees Celsius) on average throughout the year, but there are also a few extra things you should pack such as an umbrella, rain boots, cold weather accessories, and an outlet adapter to enjoy your stay.
Denmark is a wonderful place to visit because it offers unique and interesting activities from natural beauty to historical museums and even breathtaking castles. Read on for a packing list as well as a list of interesting things to check out during your visit.
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What to Pack For Your Trip to Denmark by Season
Denmark has a temperate climate, so warm clothing is highly recommended when you travel there. Here is a bit about each season as well as what to pack to ensure you have everything you need.
Winter in Denmark spans from December to February. Temperatures rarely rise above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius). It is the windiest time of year, and because Denmark is so far in the north, the sun sets in the middle of the afternoon.
Below is a list of what to bring with you in your suitcase for cold winters in Denmark.
- Sweaters: These will keep you toasty under your coat if you venture outside. Wool sweaters are especially warm.
- Heavy sweatshirt: Sweatshirts let in less cold air than sweaters do; this is a good alternative if sweaters aren’t your thing.
- Warm coat with a hood: A parka or quilted coat is important to stay warm in Denmark’s cold climate. I recommend a hood to block the wind as well.
- Heavy-duty boots: Be sure to bring a pair of warm, heavy-duty boots. Be sure they fit well and are comfortable for walking long distances in case you go sight-seeing.
- Cold weather accessories: Thick socks, gloves, hats, and scarves will keep you bundled up and warm.
The weather in Denmark gets cold and windy, but with this packing list, you won’t be cold or get drenched during your visit.
Spring in Denmark (March through May) is mild and will reach it’s higher temperatures in May at a maximum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius). Daylight lasts from four to eight hours in the spring and increases the closer you get to May. Thankfully, nighttime isn’t much different than daytime when it comes to temperature.
Stock up your suitcases with these items if you visit Denmark in spring:
- Lightweight sweaters: You don’t need heavy woolen sweaters during the spring, but they are still a good way to keep warm. Try some lightweight options.
- Waterproof jacket: A lightweight jacket is best when it’s waterproof. The closer it gets to May, the more it rains in Denmark.
- A vest: A sweater vest or fleece vest is a great idea to keep your core warm if you chill easily. This is particularly helpful for cold rain.
- Lightweight layers: Layers are the way to go in the spring. It allows you to add or remove layers as needed.
- Cushioned socks: Thick, cushioned socks will serve a dual purpose to keep warm and keep you from getting blisters while sightseeing.
Spring in Denmark is mild, but it can still get chilly. With these items, you should be able to enjoy your trip without incident—or getting chilly.
Summertime (June-August) is rainy season in Denmark, and temperatures can reach as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). This is a lot more than people thing, granted that Denmark is located in the north. Summer in Denmark has the longest days as well, making it a great time of year for uninterrupted sightseeing.
The summers in Denmark are very hit or miss, it can be very rainy and be pretty low in temperature or like last year in 2018 where we had one of the hottest and driest summers ever with extremely high temperatures. Do some research before you visit Denmark to get an understanding of what kind of summer we're having this year.
Here are some essentials for summer in Denmark:
- Casual clothing: Bring casual clothes for your trip such as jeans or long pants, long-sleeve shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sandals, light shoes, and comfortable socks.
- Light jacket or cardigan: Though the temperature during the day and night don’t vary drastically, evenings might get a tad cool depending on what type of summer it is. Bring a light jacket or cardigan.
- Waterproof jacket or raincoat: Summer can be rainy in Denmark. Don’t get caught unprepared and pack something waterproof.
- Lightweight layers: As in the spring, lightweight layers are beneficial in summer if you chill easily, mostly in the evenings.
There are a lot of places to visit and activities to try out in Denmark during the summer. Come prepared with the right attire and accessories to get the full effect.
Starting in early September, Denmark’s weather starts to get colder and windier. Temperatures range from 50 to a mild 65 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 18 degrees Celsius), so bring a variety of clothing. It gets colder closer to the winter.
Here are some ideas of what to pack if you visit Denmark during the fall:
- Sweaters: Keep warm with sweaters throughout the fall in Denmark. Bring a few heavier options as well as a medium-weight for slightly warmer days.
- Warm coat with a hood: Keep the cold and wind out with a heavy coat with a hood. You will feel much warmer! Make sure this is also waterproof.
- Fleece vest: a vest is an easy layer to add if it is especially cold—or if you chill easily.
- Cold weather accessories: Warm socks, waterproof gloves, and a hat or two are great additions to your suitcase to make sure you have everything you need.
Fall in Denmark means the temperatures drop, but if you pack accordingly, you won’t have issues.
Regardless of when you are visiting Denmark, be sure to bring enough outlet adapters to charge your electronics. If your clothing isn’t waterproof, an umbrella is also worth bringing—especially during the summer and fall, which is known as the rainy season.
7 Fun And Interesting Activities in Denmark!
There is a lot to do in Denmark. You can visit museums to learn about the art and history, visit countless landmarks, and dine on seasonal dishes, among other things. Let’s talk about what you can do when you visit Denmark.
#1 Copenhagen Zoo
The Copenhagen Zoo is located in Copenhagen, and is home to many animals. There are a variety of animals here including monkeys and penguins. The zoo even boasts nighttime experiences with bats, making lunch for the animals in the kitchen, and milking a cow. This is a great stop if you are traveling with children.
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Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in Europe and spans over 11 hectares(27 acres). With its about 1,1 million visitors per year it is currently the 4th most visited tourist attraction in Denmark, definitely worth a visit!
#2 Thy National Park
You can also visit Thy National Park in Thy, which opened in 2008 as the first national park in the country. It is a 94-square-mile park on the coast. The park is home to wildlife like red deer, roe deer, and a variety of birds. There are also lots of types of plants such as grasses, bushes, and lichens. It’s a beautiful area to explore with the family.
#3 Viking Museums
The Viking Museum in Roskilde is an amazing treat for those who aren’t familiar with Viking culture and history. Here you can peruse various artifacts including ships that date back to the 11th century. You can learn the most possible from your visit with the tours they offer in the museum.
The Viking Center in Ribe(One of the oldest cities in Denmark) showcases the traditional way of viking living. It is filled with Viking activities for the kids and full of paid actors in viking outfits to make the experience as authentic as possible.You can try to fletch your own arrows, watch the blacksmith make his own swords or even try to shoot with a traditional Viking bow and arrow.
Visiting the viking museums/centres of Denmark is guaranteed to give you and the kids a fun and learning experience.
#4 Visit Historical Landmarks
There are countless landmarks to visit in Denmark. One is The Little Mermaid statue, located near a promenade in Copenhagen. It is a mermaid during her transformation to become human. Edvard Erikson, the artist, made the statue out of bronze.
The Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod is an amazing sight to behold. The castle is the largest residence in the renaissance style and was home to Danish King Christian the IV. The large castle, dating back to the 1600s, is located on a lakefront and has an extensive garden.
The Amalienborg Castle, the Danish Queen’s winter residence, is located in Copenhagen. This became the royal residence after a devastating fire of a prior palace in 1794. At Amalienborg, there are regular tours offered to visitors. This is one of many castles to visit in Denmark.
Nyhavn is a famous 17th-century waterfront which is a very popular place to visit. It has endless amounts of cafés, Restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a nice beverage or eat a nice meal while enjoying the view of one of the worlds most beautiful waterfronts.
The colorful houses gives an authentic 17th century feel, and you really forget that we are in the 21st century.
#6 Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens, also known as just "Tivoli" is an amusement park and pleasure garden near the center of Copenhagen. It is the second-oldest amusement park in the world only beaten by Dyrehavsbakken in Klampenborg, which is also in Denmark. What can I say? we Danes like to have fun!
With almost 5 Million visitors every year Tivoli is the second-most popular seasonal amusement park in the world!
Tivoli Gardens is home of many roller coasters for both small and bigger children. They also have the amazing "Golden Tower" which takes you 100 meters up in the air and drops you in a free fall! They beauty of this ride is the gorgeous view you get of Copenhagen once you're at the top, I wouldn't recommend taking your smaller children on it however, since it is quite intense.
Even if you don't like roller coasters Tivoli has one of, if not the most beautiful flower gardens in Denmark, and you really feel like you are out in nature even though you are really in the center of Copenhagen!
As you may know the Lego concern is founded and based in Billund in Denmark. This is also the location of the original Legoland theme park which is a very popular tourist attraction for good reason.
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The park is filled with Lego themed roller coasters and props making you feel like you are a part of a lego world! The rides are very child friendly overall but there are some rides more suited for older children/adults.
Even if you don't want to jump on the rides, there is a beautiful mini-Lego city which is made of millions of real Lego bricks in the shape of all kinds of locations and attractions located mostly in Denmark.
Legoland is a great visit especially for the kids who enjoy Lego in their everyday lives.
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Givskud is a Zoo with a special twist. You can drive among exotic animals in your own private car!
Givskud Zoo houses approx. 50 different Animal types and focuses on preserving endangered species.
You don't need a car to see all the animals, there is a lot of animals to see outside the driving tracks too!
Even if your kids aren't interested in all the animals, Givskud has an enourmous playground which will surely tire your kids out in no time!
Givskud is a great place to visit, even over multiple days due to its vast size.
What City Should I Stay in While Visiting Denmark?
If you enjoy bustling cities with lots to do, you should stay in Copenhagen. It’s the capital of Denmark, has an airport, and has a wide range of places to stay. The average cost of a 3-star hotel is about $200 (USD).
The city of Aarhus has about a third of the population of Copenhagen. It has a lot of things to do including visiting museums, cathedrals, and a large garden. It costs about $140 (USD) for a night in a 3-star hotel in Aarhus.
The third largest city in Denmark is Odense. It is a nice compromise between the bustling cities and a less expensive stay. 3-star hotels average about $115 (USD) per night in Odense. This is also a great location for a day trip if you decide not to stay in the city.
If you travel to Denmark with children, your best bet might be Billund. As mentioned, it’s home to Legoland, but it’s also a bright new town with lots to offer. The average 3-star hotel in Billund will run you about $120-125 (USD) per night.
A quaint maritime town in Denmark is Helsingør. It’s known for its sea-faring traditions as well as its historical shipyard and museum. A stay here in a 3-star hotel will cost between $115-$120 (USD) per night.
How do I Get Around in Denmark?
Traveling through Denmark could be an easier experience than you might think—even without a car.
There are many airports, with the largest is in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. There are several more throughout the country, including locations in Billund, Aarhus, and Roskilde.
The Danes also have public transportation such as railways and taxis. The road systems and bridges alike are very nice and well-cared for.
There are also public ferries for transport via waterways. This is more common in sea-faring towns such as Helsingør.
Denmark is also well-known for having bike-friendly roads and laws, which makes cycling one of the most popular ways to get around. There are many places to rent bikes in Denmark, so make sure you bring comfortable shoes to get around in.
The country of Denmark is a beautiful place to visit despite the temperate climate that ranges from 26-70 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 to 21 degrees Celsius) on average in temperature(Temperatures can be as high as 95 Fahrenheit in the summer). Denmark can have very hot summers, but somewhat cold spring/fall and very cold winters. Don’t let the sometimes-rainy weather get in the way of taking part in these breathtaking activities. Pack accordingly, and enjoy your visit.