Denmark, the tiny Scandinavian country jutting out of Germany may not be in many of your travel plans. But for the vast untouched beaches, charming cities and lush pine forests, it deserves a place there right now. Don't just visit the capital, Copenhagen -- go beyond -- to the quaint villages, chalky cliffs, whispering dunes, and save a date with the migratory birds. From fossil hunting to camping, there are some offbeat things to see and do in Denmark. Read on to know more.
Kayak at Funen and its Surrounding Islands
Funen is the green centre of Denmark, where green and ochre fields dance in the breeze. Being an agricultural heartland, Funen is blessed with a fantastic scenery. Funen is also home to some of the magnificent castles of Denmark which attest to the wealth of the region. Odense is the major city here and it is also the birthplace of H.C. Andersen.
Odense is only a two-hour ride away from Copenhagen. The view from the coastal train is enough to melt any of your apprehensions about Funen. You can kayak along the beautiful Odense river as it meanders through the overgrown trees to visit the Odense zoo. The zoo is aptly named one of the best zoos in Europe. Or you can continue the boat ride to Funen Village, where you can head straight into the times of the 16th century. Hop on a bus or a train and head to the magnificent Egeskov castle, the best-preserved water castle in Europe. This is a perfect stop for families, providing loads of activities and free space for the kids. For the shutterbugs, there are sumptuous opportunities to hone their photographic skills.
If you're the adventurous kind, there are small islands around Funen, where you can kayak in the sea. For history buffs, the area is scattered with burial mounds and settlement sites.
For more information, check the Funen Tourism Website.
Fossil Hunting at the Cliffs of Mon
The chalky white cliffs of Mon rise above the emerald waters of the Baltic Sea to form a stunning landscape. Mon is about 137 Kms from Copenhagen. There are well-defined biking paths to reach Mon. Alternatively, you can take a bus or taxi to reach here. The distinct, chalky soil near the cliffs provides nourishment to some rare orchids. So, if you happen to be there during early summer, you get a glorious treat for your eyes. If you're lucky, you might also find some fossils and amber along the coastline.
And don't forget to visit Geo Centre Mons Klint. At the Centre, you can learn about the evolution of Denmark and Mon for the last 70 million years.
More information at Visit Denmark.
Horse Riding at Thy National Park
Thy National Park forms the largest wilderness in Denmark. Thy is known for the windswept sand dunes and grasslands. The gorgeous landscape is characterised by a large number of pine and spruce trees. The area is also known for a large population of red deer and roe deer. Bird watchers can rejoice at the park, which is home to rare birds like the sandpiper and golden plover. Hop on an Icelandic horse and enjoy the well-laid hiking trails, or you can bike around the park.
Don't miss the remnants of the WWII bunkers dotting the area; check Museum Center Hanstholm for more details. Learn about the rich flora and fauna of the North Sea at the North Sea Aquarium.
Aalborg is the nearest city to Thy, and it is a short flight away from Copenhagen. There are also trains and buses from Copenhagen. From Aalborg, there are local trains and buses to Thy.
Check more details on Thy here.
Oyster Picking at Wadden Sea National Park
The newest National Park in Denmark, the Wadden Sea National Park is a must visit for nature lovers. The area is a stopover for many migratory birds to feast on the organisms of the rich and muddy waters before they head further north for breeding. You can witness a phenomenon called 'Black Sun', where thousands of starlings take over and hide the sun, thus making it black.
Between fall and spring, it is possible for visitors to go on an oyster safari with a guide. This particular activity is not family-friendly as it is strenuous. The Pacific oysters are a non-native species here and they threaten the natural balance of this region. The only predator who can eat them is the humans. So, get ready to enjoy them...and watch out for the tide.
Don't miss the charming old town of Ribe and the picturesque island of Fano nearby. Esbjerg is the nearest city, which is accessible from Copenhagen through air and road.
Read here for further information.
Camping in Bornholm
Bornholm is a small island in the Baltic Sea. It is located closer to Sweden and Germany than Denmark. Known for its white sandy beaches and rural landscape, Bornholm attracts a large number of tourists in summer. The best way to see Bornholm is by a bike or by hiking or by riding a horse. There are a plethora of activities for families to indulge in.
It is possible to camp at Bornholm in pure wilderness and experience nature like never before. There are camping options for any budget, including ones with a jacuzzi or a pool.
You can either fly from Copenhagen or there are ferry options available. Make sure to visit the Butterfly Park in Nexo. And don't miss the water sports activities.
The official Bornholm Tourism site has all the details.
Denmark has quite some unique experiences to offer you. What are you waiting for? Start planning your Danish holiday now!