With expansive, sandy dunes, romantic heathland, and the largest unbroken system of tidal flats in the world, West Denmark ranks as one of the country’s most strikingly gorgeous destinations. This six-day trip takes you off the beaten path to uncover a refreshing getaway that’s all your own—and it’s designed so you can still see it all in four days or extend up to seven days if you’d like. Among the wide beaches, lush beechwood forests, and more magnificent untouched scenery, you’ll enjoy thrilling outdoor activities, sustainable dining, and unspoiled parks where you can truly escape the crowds (and the “real” world, too).
On the wonderfully wild west coast of Jutland, you can break away from everyday troubles and instead, discover everyday wonders in nature. Try your hand at surfing the North Sea’s waves at the aptly named Cold Hawaii. Treasure hunt for prehistoric amber in the sand. Go horseback riding in a 13th-century park. Read on for more unforgettable experiences.
Itinerary / 6 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
DAY 1Arrive in wild West Denmark
Head to Fanø, the most northern of the Danish Wadden Sea Islands, and hunt for trolls and treasure on its wide, sandy beach. In addition to shells, you might just find the gold of the North Sea: prehistoric amber that’s been washed ashore by storms and currents. While you’re there, try your hand at blokarting, a type of windsurfing that takes place on land. If you’re seeking a less heart-racing activity (blokart cruisers can reach speeds of 20-30 miles per hour depending on the wind) you can also kayak, surf, or play a round at Denmark’s oldest golf course.
Afterward, venture into Wadden Sea National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a seal, eagle, or wolf safari, and marvel at remarkable wildlife roaming free in one of the country’s great nature reserves. If you go during the spring or fall, you might be lucky enough to witness the Black Sun—a phenomenon during which thousands of starlings fly in sync and create circular formations, turning the sky black. That evening, drive one hour into the town of Ribe to stay overnight.
DAY 2Explore Ribe and Thy National Park
In the afternoon, drive three hours north to Thisted, a market town close to Thy National Park. With a rich heritage of local flavors, take time to experience some of the regional produce and traditional foods such as freshly-made jam, honey, and beer at Thisted Bryghus, a brewery where local raw ingredients such as bog myrtle have been used for over 100 years.
Tonight, you can sleep right in the rugged coastal wilderness of the Thy National Park itself, which contains some of Denmark’s wildest land and traditional seaside villages. Pitch your tent in Hvidbjerg Dune Plantation or another beautiful site and enjoy a night of stargazing. If you prefer more traditional accommodations, settle into Hotel Thisted, a cozy family-run property with a sunny back garden.
DAY 3Spend a day in Thy National Park and Klitmøller
Fishing is at the heart of Thy National Park’s historic communities like Stenbjerg. Stop by for lunch at Stenbjerg Kro, an old Danish inn overlooking the sea, to dig into the catch of the day and some warming homemade spiced schnapps, or head out to sea with a local fisherman to see what you can hook with a little patience and expert guidance.
Later, visit Cold Hawaii at Klitmøller, Denmark’s center for extreme watersports. The North Sea’s mighty waves create the ideal conditions for kitesurfing and surfing of all levels, or, should you want to take it a little bit easier, paddle boarding and canoeing can be done in some of the calmer waters.
DAY 4Check out Limfjord or Silkeborg
Afterward, go on a glass-bottomed kayak trip in neighboring Skive and glide over the still, open waters of the Limfjord as you get an up-close look at fascinating underwater sights such as mussel banks, eelgrass, and sea anemones below the surface. If you prefer to spend the afternoon on land, the Lake District in Silkeborg—with more than 50 lakes and the largest contiguous forest in the entire country—is home to some of the best hiking trails in Denmark. Breathe in the scents of trees and set of on top routes that cross hilly terrain, valleys, heath, and lush woodland. The district is also ideal for biking.
At the end of the day, head to the Hotel Vejlefjord, nestled in the forest along the fjord. Known for its thermal baths and thalassotherapy spa (which uses seawater for treatments), be sure to take some time to relax in the forest and salt saunas.
DAY 5Discover Middelfart and the Hindsgavl Nature Reserve
Once you’re back on solid ground, stop by the Hindsgavl Nature Reserve. Dating back to the 13th century, this park has plenty of trails for walking, biking, or even horseback riding among its diverse landscapes. While you’re there, pay a visit to the Hindsgavl Nature Centre, whose roof offers guests a panoramic view of a nearby deer park.
Another option in the area is to go porpoise watching. Because the Little Belt has one of the world’s densest populations of these members of the whale family, you’re practically guaranteed to spot them. Using listening equipment onboard, you’ll be able to listen to the whales communicate with clicking sounds. Afterwards, make the one-hour journey back to Billund.
DAY 6 Depart from Billund
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