When To Go

It’s no surprise that the best time to travel to Denmark is in the summer. From May to August, Denmark tourism hits its peak, as foreigners amble along Copenhagen’s friendly roads, or set forth into the northern areas in search of less crowded fun. And while vacations in Denmark are never a bad idea, the vast difference in weather throughout the year makes the summer months far more tourist friendly.

If variable prices are a factor when traveling abroad, the winter months, as always, are the amongst the cheapest times to travel to Denmark. If you want better weather, try late spring or early fall - the main Denmark attractions haven"t closed up for winter and the weather has yet to take its annual turn towards grey and gloomy.

Not only are the days warmer, they are longer. Significantly longer. June and July can find the daylight lasting for over 18 hours or more per day. Allowing for this, most Denmark attractions (especially popular ones like the Rosenborg Castle) also extend their hours during these months, so even if you are braving the busiest tourist season, there are still plenty of ways to stagger your sightseeing to avoid other visitors, if you like. Because despite all the natural wonders and cosmopolitan appeal that registers when you travel through Copenhagen or Odense, Denmark tourism still never really reaches the level of their neighbors to the south – most travelers during a tour of the continent stick to the warmer climates of France and Italy, or even Germany. The higher prices incurred during vacations in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia is also a factor, but the fact remains that these countries are often a bit overlooked in the scope of European travel, and for very little reason.

For those that prefer leaving home during the winter months, travel to Denmark offers quite a few interesting options during this time period, too. Though Denmark attractions keep their normal hours (assuming they stay open, which the immensely popular Tivoli Gardens does not), they are generally a lot quieter during chilly months of January and February, where temperatures often hover just around freezing. But Denmark has, like the rest of its Nordic brothers, embraced the cold as a selling point – the islands cast a far different impression during the winter, isolated and distant and more like a Christmas fairytale than anything else. For Danes, this season is also a time of celebration, as many of their most popular holidays and festivals take place in the dark of winter - Copenhagen’s Christmas proceedings are definitely a highlight of vacations in Denmark. Though if you are planning to travel to Denmark’s coastal cities from London or Dublin, you’ll find little different about the weather - surely a comforting thought to some.

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