Denmark's 11 Best Towns to Explore in Summer


by Josephine Remo

This might not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to a summer getaway, but when the summer sun kisses Scandinavia´s smallest country, all of it blossoms into a captivating and welcoming paradise, with its peak in July. Imagine long, sunny days filled with outdoor adventures (including more than 150 sometimes suprisingly good beaches) and cozy evenings basking in the golden twilight. It's also a time for wonderful Danish celebrations and festivals.

capital Copenhagen is of course a gem, and this small country is packed with marvelous other cities and towns well worth a visit all year round, such as Aarhus with its cultural scene; Odense with its literary heritage; and Ribe, the country's oldest town, with its medieval vibe and Viking history. But these are the places which in my opinion best embody the glory of Danmark in the summer.


The capital city especially buzzes with energy during the summer months. From the jazz festival's melodies to myriad food festivals, Copenhagen is an experience like no other. Swim in the pristine canals; join a city tour; enjoy street food from diverse culinary traditions; and embrace the vibrant atmosphere that permeates the city's neighborhoods. Copenhagen offers a unique blend of urban excitement and natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination for any Danish itinerary..Temperatures in summer, averaging 18-22°C (64-72°F), with long daylight hours and occasional heatwaves reaching over 30°C (86°F). Swimming in Copenhagen's clean canals, harbors, and beaches along the Danish coastline is possible.


Just a short distance from Copenhagen, Dragør is a charming fishing village that offers a peaceful escape from the city. Stroll through its cobbled streets with well-preserved houses and experience a different side of Danish life. This old fishing town exudes a serene and cozy atmosphere, making it the perfect day trip or overnight stay for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of the capital.


At the northernmost point of North Zealand peninsula and also an easy drive from Copenhangen,this bustling town with a vibrant heartbeat is primarily known for its active fishing harbor, where the day's fresh catch is a typical serving. The homemade fishcakes with remoulade and buttered rye bread from the harbor kiosk are a must-try! With its stunning white beaches and rich history, Gilleleje is a destination that deserves a spot on your travel itinerary. Explore the charming streets, relax on the sandy shores, or discover local treasures in the cute shops; Gilleleje offers a delightful blend of maritime activity and relaxing coastal vibes. 


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With its fetching stretch of beach, nearby forests, and thriving seafood scene, this seaside resort town (above), on the island of Sjælland, facing the Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden, offers an authentic taste of Danish summer. Soak up the sun on the golden sands, explore the verdant woodlands, and indulge in culinary masterpieces crafted from the day's fresh catch. Don't miss the Hornbæk Ugen (Hornbæk Week) in late July, a celebration of the town's rich culinary heritage featuring food events and festivities showcasing the best local flavors.


Surfers and nature lovers flock to what´s known as "Cold Hawaii," up in North Denmark. Ride the waves and experience some of the finest surfing conditions in Northern Europe, or explore the breathtaking landscapes of Thy National Park. This surf paradise exudes an authentic, chilled-out vibe that captures the imagination. Rent gear from Westwind, a surf shop offering boards and summer clothing, or check out Klitmøller Collective for a more urban fashion flair. Indulge in a seafood feast at Niels Juel, overlooking the sea, or forage for wild raspberries and mushrooms in the surrounding woods for a self-prepared meal.


Also up in North Denmark (and just an hour and a half up from coast from Klitmøller), this beach paradise is known for its iconic white bathhouses, fishing boats lining the pier, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Løkken is perfect for a family-friendly getaway, offering a mix of relaxation and lively café culture. Stroll down the sandy streets, soak up the seaside charm, and create lasting memories in this idyllic coastal town.


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Like Gilleleje located on the coast of North Zealand (they´re just over an hour apart), this quaint harbor town has a pristine sandy beach, an ice house, and a famous fish shop serving fresh prawns – the perfect midday treat. Explore the chalk-white sands of Nordstrand, complete with child-friendly sandbars and clear waters. Venture into the surrounding dunes, where rose hips and purple heather add splashes of color to the landscape. For unique finds, visit Dorthes Brocante in Nykøbing Sjælland, offering Moroccan rugs, local ceramics, and vintage treasures.


Perched at the northernmost tip of Denmark, this charming town (above) is famous for the Baltic and North Sea meeting point, where you can stand with one foot in each. The unique light and artistic heritage make Skagen a must-visit destination. Explore the Skagens Museum, which houses works by famous Skagen painters, and indulge in fresh seafood at the bustling harbor. While Skagen can get crowded during the peak summer months, its enchanting atmosphere is well worth the visit.


Known as the "Gateway to the North Sea," this town on the west coast of Jutland (the part of mainland Denmark attached to continental Europe) offers a unique blend of rugged landscapes and serene fjords.Indulge in delectable meals at Restaurant Sandgaarden, where bright interiors and exquisite a la carte evening meals await. For thrill-seekers, try water skiing at Hvide Sande's Kabelpark or take in panoramic views from Lyngvig Fyr, a lighthouse offering breathtaking vistas of the North Sea and Ringkøbing Fjord.  And don´t t forget to stop by Vestkystens Gårdbutik, a charming farm store famous for its homemade ice cream..





Located on the picturesque island of Bornholm, out in the Baltic Sea to the east of the rest of the country, this trendy summer town perfectly blends tradition and modern vibes. Wander through its lively streets and alleys, where a vibrant atmosphere prevails. Indulge in locally brewed craft beers at the famous Svaneke Bryghus, and savor the legendary "Krølle-Bølle" ice cream, a true treat for sweet-toothed visitors.  Svaneke's picturesque harbor and bustling energy make it a true highlight of Bornholm.


In yet another charmer on the North Zealand coast - less than a half hour from Gilleleje - mmerse yourself in the lively (and generally boho) cultural scene, attending folk festivals and browsing markets where the town's vibrant spirit shines through. In mid-July, the Musik i Lejet music festival draws crowds of friends and music lovers, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. After a day of exploration, fire up a grill on the beach near the dunes, the prime spot for watching the sunset. Pair it with a cold drink, and you'll experience the true essence of Danish summer living.

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Josephine Remo is a Danish travel blogger with a background as a flight attendant, turning her passion for exploration into a lifestyle. For the past ten years, she's traveled extensively, spending the last three years living as a digital nomad. Josephine loves sharing her adventures and tips on Pinterest and Instagram, inspiring others to embark on their journeys. 

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  • I been Denmark, Copenhagen and TIVOLI (scary ha ha ha) on 2012 whihc is great time for me and really nice place. Actually i am running trekking company in Nepal (who involve in travel tourism) arrange trip to Nepalese Himalaya, Tibet tour and Bhutan tour, so if anyone interested travel to Nepal please feel free to contact

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  • I had a great time in Copenhagen a couple of summers ago, but have never heard of most of these other towns. I´m intrigued!

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