From acres of lush countryside to port towns characterised by pretty, pastel-coloured buildings, Denmark offers picturesque landscapes that look as if they could have jumped straight from the pages of a fairy tale. In fact, it’s where world-famous fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born, lived and worked – making Denmark a country that can offer more magic and folklore than many of its Scandinavian neighbours.
Popular ports in Denmark
Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital and its port is around four miles away from the city centre. It’s a cultural, cosmopolitan hub with several districts that all have their own distinct personalities.
Stroll through the streets of Copenhagen’s old town, Indre By, to soak up an atmosphere that’s a mix of old and new. It’s a place for culture lovers and shoppers alike, with royal palaces, museums and historic buildings sharing this attractive space with plenty of chic shops. Must-visits include Christiansborg Palace, Strøget shopping centre and the iconic Little Mermaid statue.
End your day down by Nyhavn district’s bustling harbour, which is lined by brightly coloured townhouses. The numerous canal-side restaurants give you the chance to sample delicious Scandinavian food and drink. Enjoy some fiskefrikadeller (cod fishcakes) or pickled herring washed down with a Danish beer as you mingle with locals and fall in love with Copenhagen’s unique evening vibe.
Skagen is located on the east coast of the Skagen Odde peninsula in northern Denmark and is the country’s northernmost town.
As it’s home to Denmark’s main fishing port, Skagen naturally has a rich maritime heritage and offers visitors some of the best seafood found across the country as a whole. There’s a good choice of restaurants serving dishes made from a range of local produce, including herring, shrimp and lobster.
Art and nature have both contributed much to the personality and appearance of Skagen. A group called the Skagen Painters were attracted to the town in the late 19th century and artistic communities have been drawn there ever since. The Sand-Covered Church is a sight not to be missed, with just its tower now visible after it was buried under sand from nearby dunes during the late 18th century.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Denmark?
Denmark is a beautiful destination for a Scandinavian holiday at any time of the year, with two cruise ships giving you the chance to sail there in comfort and style.
A Marella Explorer cruise offers fine dining and exciting entertainment all the way to destination Denmark. This stylish ship is home to no fewer than 10 restaurants and 10 bars that cater for all tastes. One of Marella Explorer’s most impressive features is the Indigo bar, where you can take in stunning views by day and let your hair down by night as the bar turns into a casino and nightclub.
Those looking for a chilled cruise experience can take advantage of the spa facilities for ultimate relaxation. The children will find plenty to enjoy at the kids’ club and everyone will love the family entertainment on offer. This cruise offers excellent value for money with its all-inclusive package.
Luxurious and comfortable, the Balmoral offers a traditional British cruise experience. Being smaller in size than many modern liners, the ship has an intimate and home away from home feel. Three restaurants serve British and international cuisines, so there’s always something new to try. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy some of your familiar favourites.
You can be as active or relaxed as you want during a Balmoral cruise. Energetic types will love the fitness centre and two swimming pools onboard, with the Atlantis spa being perfect for pampering. The entertainment on offer includes activities such as dance classes and port lectures. There’s also the chance to enjoy live music and cabaret shows in the evenings as you make both new friends and special memories.
Shore excursion ideas
There’s so much to see and do in Denmark, with an exploration of this enchanting country giving you the chance to experience unforgettable moments as you enjoy a range of fascinating experiences.
Visit The Little Mermaid statue
The iconic statue based on Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved fairy tale can be found right by Copenhagen’s cruise ship harbour. As well as a great photo opportunity, it’s the perfect place to take in the beautiful views across the water. The site can get busy, so the best time to visit the statue is early morning – this also allows you to go for a stroll around one of the city’s numerous parks and other historic attractions. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’ll be time to grab a traditional Danish pastry for brunch.
Explore the sands of Råbjerg Mile
If you stop at Skagen during your cruise, then you must visit this iconic and naturally beautiful feature. The Råbjerg Mile is the largest area of drifting sand dunes in the whole country, making it feel like Denmark’s version of the Sahara Desert! Hire bikes from Skagen town centre and you can expect to reach this majestic stretch of coast in around an hour. If you’ve not worn yourselves out from the bike ride, hike to the top of the area for breathtaking views over the sea and sprawling dunes.
Bridgewalking on the Old Little Belt Bridge
A visit to the port of Fredericia wouldn’t be complete without taking a walk on the wilder side and visiting the Old Little Belt Bridge. Trained guides take you on the ascent to Europe’s only bridge walk, then you’re rewarded with stunning views over the fjord the bridge crosses. You also get to see the town of Fredericia from a new perspective and over to the historical town of Middelfart. The guides will talk you through the history of the area, so it’s not just an adrenaline-fuelled experience but also an educational one.
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