Leigh Landis, our wonderful Denmark expert. Leigh's knowledge of Denmark, and of Scandinavia, is invaluable when planning a trip to this famously expensive region. Leigh can maximize your time and utilize the most cost effective methods of travel within the region.
Denmark punches above its weight in global influence. Famous for stylish, functional and simple design and the concept of Hygge (hue-gah), this small country also has 22 Michelin star restaurants.
If Denmark has a pop symbol, it must be the bicycle. The two-wheeled wonder has steered itself into Danish consciousness during the oil crisis, usurping physical and cultural space from the automobile. Somewhere in the midst of Danish art, music, poetry and film one will most likely find a bicyclist – a symbol of freedom, health, and positive energy.
Denmark’s origins are in its Viking past and it reached its crescendo between the 13th and 17th century. While Denmark capitulated during World War II, the Danish Resistance helped several thousand Jews escape Germany and funneled them to safety in Sweden.
Denmark has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Jelling archaeological relics, Roskilde Castle and Krongborg Castle. Hans Christian Andersen, the legendary writer is probably Denmark’s most famous citizen and the Little Mermaid is immortalized in Copenhagen’s consciousness, while Karen Blixen, who wrote Out of Africa, has her own house-museum.
Explore the depths of Denmark, one of the “happiest countries in the world," while traveling with Exeter International.
For custom luxury travel and tours to Denmark, please contact one of our travel experts, or read on below for more information about where to go and when, along with our Insider's Guide.
The Scandinavian climate is colder than continental Europe. The best time to visit Denmark is during the height of spring in May, and June for the long nights. Even July and August do not get too hot. September is also a perfect time to visit. October to March the days are short and it can be grey, but the Danes are the inventors of the now world famous art of ‘Hygge’ – which translated to English can mean several things, but the nearest adjective is ‘cosy’. It is essentially a way the Danish culture has learned to cope with long dark winters, and make them fun. So to see hygge in action winter is the ideal time to visit!
Copenhagen is a maritime city and a visit to Nyhavn (New Harbour), part of the 30 miles of waterfront, is a must. For a unique perspective, take a boat tour along the canals and view the impressive modern buildings of the Opera House and the Library, known as the Black Diamond. Hans Christian Anderson lived in Copenhagen and loved the city so much that he dedicated a second birthday to the day he moved here!
Spend a day exploring the countryside. Only 25 miles away is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, set inside a park with a sculpture garden in a stunning waterside location. Nearby is the Kronborg Castle, made famous by Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet. Fans of Karen Blixen’s writing will want to pay homage in Rungstedland where she lived for many years and wrote all her work.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel in Denmark based on your exact preferences and interests.
Before you embark your Baltic cruise, spend a few days in Copenhagen, a wonderful place to visit before or after any cruise. A three night stay at one of the city’s luxury hotels may be the perfect start or end to your cruise experience.
Private Shore Excursion
If you are on a Baltic cruise and in port in Copenhagen, we can arrange a private shore excursion with your own Exeter hand-picked private guide. Our private shore excursions ensure that you’ll receive not only the best experience possible, but personalized service throughout, allowing you to maximize your time in port.
Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself ? Denmark is perfect for self-drive. Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24 hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!
Norway and Sweden are both easily accessible from Copenhagen and will make your Scandinavian travels complete. The Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen with Malmo in Sweden. Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen are all easily accessible via short non-stop flights.