Beaches In Denmark

Best beaches in Denmark: Kick back and relax in the Scandinavian sun

When you think of beaches in Europe, what’s the first country that springs to mind? We would assume that the South of France, Spain, and Italy are on your list. But what about the best beaches in Denmark? Are there even any beaches in the country? 

Believe it or not, Scandinavia has some excellent beaches. The only real problem is that for all but a few months of the year, the weather doesn’t play fair. Denmark is included in this category, and you’ll find plenty of sandy spots dotted throughout the country. 

When the sun comes out, there are few things that Danes love to do more than grabbing a towel and catching all the rays they can before the country is draped in another thick gray cloud. 

Across the Jutland peninsula, as well as many islands, you’ll find plenty of companions to soak up the good weather with — plus some gems that you’ll have all to yourself. 

In this guide, we’ll identify the best beaches in the country — along with answering all the questions you might have about their quality and more.

Does Denmark have any beaches?

As we mentioned in the intro, Denmark and its neighboring Scandinavian cousins have their fair share of beaches. At most, you’re 50km from the sea, and the country’s geography plays a vital role in its culture and history. 

Denmark has over 170 blue flag beaches, though these aren’t manned with lifeguards year-round. Most have personnel during the relatively short summer season, though; outside of that, you enter the water at your own risk (you probably wouldn’t want to lie down on the sand in the middle of a storm). 

You don’t need to go far to find a beach in Denmark. Even Copenhagen itself has one, and locals frequent it for several activities in addition to sunbathing — such as kitesurfing.

Does Denmark have nice beaches?

You’d be surprised at just how good many of Denmark’s beaches are. The majority are well-maintained, with plenty of facilities for you to leave your trash and go to the toilet. 

At this point, you’re probably also asking: “does Denmark have sandy beaches?” — and once again, the answer is yes. Many of Denmark’s beaches are relatively free of rocks and pebbles, and you’ll find good-quality sandy ones throughout the country. 

One thing to note is that sometimes, it can get quite windy — even during the summer. This goes to partially explain why the country has so many dunes, but it’s also good to keep in mind if you’re expecting a more laid-back experience. 

It’s also worth keeping in mind that some beaches have strong sea currents, and you should never do anything that would put you or others in danger. 

Okay, so we’ve briefly touched upon the quality of beaches in Denmark — plus whether or not they’re actually enjoyable. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of our 14 favorite Danish beaches.

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Amager Strandpark

If you’re looking for beaches in Copenhagen, look no further. 

Suppose you ever go to the Danish capital in the summer and wonder where everybody is. In that case, you can choose one of two possible answers: they’re on holiday, or they’re enjoying the day over at Amager Strandpark. This beach is adored by locals and is well off the tourist trail. 

At Amager Strandpark, you’ll find a decent-sized area to lay down on a warm summer’s day. You’re also allowed to grill food here, too.

Amager Strandpark has several other fun activities you can try. You can cycle and have picnics — as long as you take your waste with you. You’ll also find surfing opportunities and can see over to Sweden on a clear day. 

To get to Amager Strandpark, you’ll need to cycle 25-30 minutes outside the inner city. Alternatively, you can get the metro to Amager Strand; services run directly from the airport and some of Copenhagen’s other stops.

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Lakolk Strand

The west coast of Denmark is home to arguably the country’s most beautiful nature. One of the most popular beaches in the country is on Rømø, a large island connected to Jutland by a bridge. 

Lakolk Strand is quite spacious, and you’re allowed to drive your car down to the beach. You’ll find plenty of space to relax if the weather is good, but for the more adventurous, wind and kitesurfing opportunities are also plentiful. 

Lakolk Strand has a lifeguard during the summer months and has plenty of lakes that are safe for children to enjoy themselves in. Between May and October, horse riding is also allowed on the beach. 

To get to Lakolk Strand, you’ll need to drive to Rømø; the journey is around three hours and 45 minutes from Copenhagen and just over two hours from Aarhus. If you’re traveling from Esbjerg, the beach is a little over an hour away by car.

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Tisvildeleje Strand

The northern part of Sjælland is a paradise for those that love beaches, and Tisvildeleje Strand is one of Denmark’s favorite resorts. The beach is located in the town of Tisvilde, which is roughly an hour away from Copenhagen. 

Tisvildeleje Strand has a good stretch of sand for you to sunbathe on, as well as several beach huts and a large forest just where you could spot some wild deer if you’re lucky. If you want to stay the night, you’ll find a broad range of accommodation — including hotels, hostels, and campsites. 

On and around the beach, you’ll find various facilities — including places to get ice cream if you’re feeling peckish. 

To get to Tisvildeleje Strand, take Route 16 or Route 19 from Copenhagen. Alternatively, you can hop on a train to Hillerød — and change from there to get the 960R to the beach.

Hvidebakker Strand

Læsø is one of Denmark’s most loved islands, and it’s a fantastic place to live very, very, slowly. During the summer, it has some of the country’s longest days — and the lighting is a source of inspiration for all who visit. 

Like many other parts of Denmark, Læsø has no shortage of sandy beach space. Hivdebakker Strand is a favorite with families and is on the island’s northern tip. Behind the sand dunes, you’ll find spots to lie down and enjoy the sea while your children build sandpits and have fun. 

Hvidebakker Strand has a toilet and is close to Østerby Havn, which has several places to eat and drink — plus various forms of accommodation. 

To get to Læsø and enjoy this beach, you’ll need to get a ferry from Frederikshavn in the north of Jutland, roughly 45 minutes from Aalborg and just under 40 from Aalborg Skagen. The journey takes around 90 minutes.

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Hornbæk Strand

Jutland and Denmark’s many other islands have some superb beaches that rival many in Europe. However, you don’t need to venture far from Copenhagen to enjoy some of the best. In the north of Sjælland, you’ll find the Danish Riviera. 

Except for a few weeks in the summer, you shouldn’t expect temperatures that you’d find in Saint-Tropez or Nice. However, you will find excellent stretches of sand and some great opportunities for water sports. 

One of the most popular beaches close to Copenhagen is Hornbæk Strand, located in a small town just north of Helsingør. You’ll find places to have a picnic here, in addition to equipment rental if you want to enjoy a day on the sea. You can also explore the forested areas nearby and enjoy your own barbecue. 

To get to Hornbæk Strand, you can drive north via the E47 motorway and Route 235; the overall journey time from Copenhagen is just under 50 minutes. If you want to travel via public transport instead, you can get a train to Hillerød or Helsingør before switching to the local light rail service; it’ll take between 80 and 110 minutes.

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Bellevue Strand, Klampenborg

Just north of Copenhagen, you’ll find a stretch of exclusive suburbs with some of the capital region’s best nature experiences nearby. One place packed to the rafters during the summer is Bellevue Strand in Klampenborg, which is close to the Dyrehaven nature reserve. 

Bellevue Strand is especially well-known for its distinctive architecture. The lighthouses on the beach were designed by the iconic Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, who was also the mastermind behind the luxurious Bellavista Apartments close by — plus a gas station that now hosts an ice cream bar. 

At Bellevue Strand, you’ll need to come early during the summer to get a spot; it’s relatively small and hugely popular. You’ll find several places to eat nearby, including a Frankie’s Pizza outlet and several cafés. 

Around 10 minutes away by bike is the gas station we talked about, where you can enjoy ice cream, burgers, and more at Olivers Isbar. 

To get to Bellevue Strand, you can cycle north of Copenhagen; the journey from the city center takes 35-45 minutes. Alternatively, you can get the S train to Klampenborg. 

If you find that Bellevue Strand is too busy, you can always try and find a spot at Hellerup Strand or Svanemølle Strand – both of which are slightly closer to Copenhagen.

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Fyns Badestrand

When we talk about beaches in Denmark, or Denmark in general for that matter, Fyn often gets left out of the equation. But this island is much more than a transport link between Jutland and Sjælland — and because it’s off the beaten path, you can enjoy yourself with fewer crowds. 

If you want to enjoy a view of the Storebælt Bridge that connects Fyn with Sjælland, the best place to do this is at Fyns Badestrand in Nyborg. In addition to places where you can put your towel down and soak up the sun, the beach also has places for you to play volleyball with a couple of friends if you want. 

In addition to what we’ve already mentioned, Fyns Badestrand has disabled access to the beach. 

Fyns Badestrand is roughly 40 minutes from Odense by train. From Copenhagen, the train to Nyborg takes just over an hour; you might want to consider stopping here if you’re planning to explore the area for longer or passing through towards Jutland.

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Søndervig Strand

If you want to see a beach where Mother Nature has well and truly left her mark, Søndervig Strand on the west coast of Jutland is an excellent place to start. With dunes stretching long over the horizon, you’ll find some of the country’s finest sand on this beach; it was voted the best beach in Denmark in 2014. 

Søndervig Strand is close to the sleepy resort town of Søndervig, which has spots for you to grab something to drink or eat once you’re finished lounging around. On the beach, you’ll find a lot of places to put your stuff down — and it’s manned with a lifeguard during the summer months. 

If you feel like you’ve ventured too far from civilization, Søndervig Strand has wi-fi access. You can also rent towels and whatnot, along with joining in with several wellness activities — such as yoga. 

To get to Søndervig Strand, the best way is to drive. From Copenhagen, it’s just over four hours — so you might want to consider doing a road trip and stopping off at towns like Odense, Køge, and maybe even diverting for a trip to Legoland along the way. 

Driving from Aarhus to Søndervig Strand is much simpler. The journey takes roughly two hours across the heart of Jutland. You can take public transport, but the journey is much longer — so it’s not really worth it.

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Løkken

Løkken has transformed in recent years and turned into one of Denmark’s most popular resort towns. It’s a fantastic place to kick back for a while, and the surrounding area has more than enough to keep you entertained on your holiday. 

On the beach of Løkken, you’ll find spacious sand to play in — along with over 400 iconic white beach huts. You can also hop in a sauna with a view of the sea, along with participating in surfing. 

Thanks to its close proximity to the sea, this resort in the north of Jutland has several seafood restaurants for you to sink your teeth into once you’re finished on the beach. You’ll find a beach bar towards the north. 

If you want to stay for a while, you’ll find plenty of accommodation in Løkken. But as this is a popular place for Danes to take their summer vacations, we recommend booking well in advance if you plan to travel between May and early September. 

Løkken is 42 minutes away from Aalborg by car and an hour by bus. You can get direct trains from Aarhus and Copenhagen to Aalborg before changing, while it’s also possible to fly to Aalborg from the Danish capital and continue your journey from there. 

If you were in Skagen beforehand, you could get here by car in around an hour.

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Klitmøller Strand

The northwestern part of Jutland is frequently visited by Danes for its outstanding natural beauty, and right next to Thy National Park is where you’ll find Klitmøller Strand. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that this beach is especially loved by surfers; it has a surf camp called Cold Hawaii. 

As you emerge on the other side of the dunes, you’ll notice that Klitmøller Strand has plenty of space for sunbathing. It’s a good spot for both wind and kite surfing, and you can rent watersports equipment if you want to join the fun. 

Closer to the town, you’ll find a selection of cafés and bars — along with places to stay overnight. If you’d rather spend some more time out in the wild, you’ll find plenty of camping spots in Thy National Park. 

To get to Klitmøller Strand, it’s roughly a five-hour drive from Copenhagen. From Aarhus, it’s just over two hours — and the journey is an hour and 35 minutes from Aalborg. If you’re traveling internationally, the best choice is to fly to Aalborg and continue your trip from there.

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Dueodde Strand

If you mention the word “Bornholm” to anyone that’s lived in Denmark for a while, they’ll probably react with a smile – before giving rave reviews. This idyllic island between Sweden and Poland is arguably the most beautiful of Denmark’s 1,400+. 

Bornholm has acres of cycling routes, plus plenty of cute towns and intriguing rock formations. And like many other parts of Denmark, it has a pleasant beach for holidaymakers to relax on. 

Dueodde Strand is one of Scandinavia’s prettiest beaches; here, you’ll be left in little doubt as to why the Danes are so fond of the seaside. 

One of the most enjoyable activities here is to head to the top of Dueodde Fyr, which is the lighthouse overlooking this stretch of coastline. From the top, you can gain a bird’s-eye view of the south of Bornholm. 

At Dueodde Strand, you can also play volleyball with a couple of friends. There are also spots for camping, plus a diner and steakhouse. 

To get to Dueodde Strand from the main part of Denmark, you’ll need to take the ferry. You can do this from Køge, which is just south of Copenhagen; the journey to Bornholm’s capital, Rønne, takes five-and-a-half hours. 

Alternatively, you can drive or take the train to Ystad in the south of Sweden. The journey from Copenhagen to Ystad is 65-80 minutes, depending on whether you drive or take the train. From here, it’s a further 80 minutes by ferry to Rønne. 

From Rønne, Dueodde Strand is a 30-minute drive.

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Palmestranden

Palm trees in Denmark? Yes, you read that right. In the far north of Jutland, you’ll find Palmestranden. If you ignore the wind and rain, you might feel like you’re somewhere in the Caribbean. 

Palmestranden is around 500 meters long and just north of Frederikshavn’s town center, where you can get ferries to Gothenburg, Oslo, and Læsø. Close to the beach, you’ll find camping opportunities. 

To get to Palmestranden, you’ll need to drive for roughly 50 minutes from Aalborg. From Aarhus, the journey takes just under two hours.

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Den Permanente, Aarhus

If you move to or visit Aarhus, you’re never far from delightful nature. Close to the city, you’ll find several forests — and there are plenty of beaches for you to enjoy too. One of the nearest to central Aarhus is Den Permanente. 

At Den Permanente, you can light up a bonfire or barbecue — as long as you’re considerate to others. You’ll also find bathing facilities nearby, and you’re also allowed to bathe nude here. 

To get to Den Permanente, all you need to do is grab your bike and ride 10 minutes outside of central Aarhus.

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Blåvand Strand

Completing our list of the best beaches in Denmark is Blåvand Strand. Translating to Blue Water Beach, you’ll find this glorious stretch of sand on the west coast of Jutland. 

At Blåvand Strand, you’ll find Denmark’s westernmost point — where you can peer out into the vastness of the North Sea. The nearby town has a couple of facilities if you’re feeling hungry, including a bakery and a selection of supermarkets. 

Blåvand Strand is just over two hours from Aarhus by car and three hours and 40 minutes from Copenhagen. If you’re staying in Esbjerg, you can get here in less than an hour.

Danish beaches are some of Europe’s best-kept secrets 

Beaches in Denmark are clean, well-equipped, and have fantastic sand. The choice of adventure is yours; if you want to lounge around and do nothing, you’ve got plenty of space to do that. And if you fancy some surfing, you won’t need to go far for that either. 

Getting around Denmark is straightforward; regardless of whether you live here or are planning a summer vacation, you might want to consider heading north instead of south. Beyond its beaches, the country has plenty of activities to keep you entertained. 

If you fancy calling Denmark your home, you’ve made an excellent choice. The quality of life is fantastic, and it’s a superb place to raise children. Norway also ticks both of those boxes; if you’re struggling to choose, consider reading our guide to picking between the two countries.

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