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    North Zealand is easily accessible from Copenhagen and offers you a varied array of outdoor activities, from swimming, walking and cycling to more extreme sports.

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    Copenhagen, Denmark’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital has long been a popular city break destination for British travellers. It also provides a very convenient gateway for British visitors to discover the region of North Sealand with daily, direct flights from across the UK including three new flights this year from Newcastle (SAS), Edinburgh (Easyjet) and Liverpool (Norwegian).

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    It’s now even easier to explore the many fascinating attractions and natural beauty of North Sealand with a choice of five suggested adventure holiday routes stretching across the region to suit any holidaymaker.

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    North Zealand is a holiday favourite with Danes and not just because of its close proximity to Copenhagen. North Zealand offers you lakes, deep woodland and green open landscape, perfect for walking, cycling and camping. The area is fringed by calm coastline where you can dip in Denmark’s best coastal swimming areas. The drive or train ride north into the region winds along the beautiful Oresund coast, giving you views across to Sweden.

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    Bornholm is great for cycling round, with a particularly attractive and unique cycle route network, which includes sections on the disused railway lines. With options for fishing, climbing and golf on the island too, Bornholm is a compact getaway which offers you lots of activities.

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    The top of Denmark is an island, split from mainland Jutland by the enormous Limfjord. To the north, it juts dramatically out into sea on all sides. You’ll find that this isolation produces a very special light and more hours of sunshine than the rest of Denmark. The landscape is beautiful but harsh, with endless white beaches, sand dunes, cliffs, heathland and forests. Witness the bizarre sight of trees bending east from the sheer force of the prevailing wind or take a break from the wind around the sheltered straits, inlets and bays of the Limfjord.

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    South Zealand is packed full of outdoor activity opportunities. Everything from cycling, horse-riding and kayaking is on offer for you to enjoy.

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    The wide open expanses of South Jutland offer you a wealth of outdoor possibilities, on land, water and wheels.

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    An easily accessible area with rivers and lakes for watery adventures and great cycle routes for cyclists.

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    Within two hours’ drive from Copenhagen, the archipelago of Sealand, Lolland, Falster and Møn offers scenic nature, heritage centres, UNESCO World Heritage sites – and family activities. Download itinerary as PDF

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    For centuries, North Sealand has been the playground of Danish kings and queens and you can feel its important role in Danish history at the region’s many castles and royal parklands.

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    Absorb wonderful art, architecture and sea views at Louisiana, Denmark’s most popular modern art gallery Follow Shakespeare’s Hamlet to it setting, Kronborg Castle Relax in the cute fishing villages and beach areas of the North Sealand coast See the stunning Frederiksberg Castle, nestled on a lake  Visit the home of the late, great writer Karen Blixen Further reading Read more about North Zealand.

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    A green vibe flows through every corner of Copenhagen, whether you are looking to eat, drink, shop or sleep the city has an eco-friendly option for you. According to the city’s climate strategy Copenhagen is to be the world's first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. Take a dip in the Harbour or have a green smoothie - there is a lot to do. All of Denmark boasts more bikes than cars and the best way to explore it is by bike.  Try The Margurite Route, a scenic route that passes through spectacular countryside. 

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    With water on every side and a maximum distance of 50km to the coast, North Jutland is all about beach life and swimming.

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    South Zealand offers you the highest cliffs in the country, Møn’s Cliff (Møns Klint) and Stevn’s Cliff (Stevns Klint). These dramatic, white fortresses border the Baltic Sea and are a great place to hike. You can reach these natural phenomena easily by road. The rest of the area is characterised by open, green landscapes, beautiful beaches and bridges connecting South Zealand with the rustic islands of Falster, Lolland and Møn. The islands are popular holiday spots and it’s easy to see why. You’ll find great attractions, laid-back living and some of the best beaches in Zealand.

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    North Jutland, Denmark's most northerly region, has plenty of appeal for an active holiday throughout the year. With 1,450km of broad, sandy beaches and a picturesque, unspoiled hinterland, a holiday in North Jutland brings together outdoor adventures and Viking history with blue seas, big skies and lots of good, clean fun. Here's VisitDenmark's pick of the best:

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    Meet the Vikings, go island hopping and visit some of Denmark's more than 400 islands, taste the new Nordic kitchen, learn more about Danish bicycle culture, or read about the Danish way of arranging MINDblowing meetings. Explore our inspiring feature stories below.

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    Holidaymakers with a love for the great outdoors will find plenty of appeal this summer in the North West Jutland region of Denmark. In addition to wide open spaces, clean seas and limitless fresh air, the region offers miles of broad, white, sandy beaches. Many have EU Blue Environmental flags and are backed by dunes, heaths and fragrant pine forests.

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    West Zealand is a big green bite out of Denmark’s largest island, Zealand. Travelling around the region, you’ll experience a landscape full of contrast, from green hills and high cliffs, to beaches, islands and long Viking fjords. West Zealand is a great place to visit different harbour and market towns and smaller villages that lie around the region. Many are located on pretty fjords. Spend time soaking up 1000 years of history at the region’s impressive cathedral city, Roskilde.  

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    Denmark is a family holiday haven. It’s an incredibly safe and relaxed country and there’s never far to the next great experience, be it fun, challenging or full of things to learn. All across the country you’ll find a wide variety of family-friendly accommodation, accessible restaurants, efficient services and welcoming staff. From world-renowned attractions such as Legoland, to unique experiences, such as ghostly tours of castle dungeons or a week in a prairie wagon, Denmark has something for the whole family.

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    Situated on a remarkable strip of dune land with the North Sea on one side, and Ringkøbing Fjord on the other, wherever you are, wherever you look, Hvide Sande is a unique experience. Here the uncompromising North Sea meets a gentle inlet, complete with wide heaths and rolling sand dunes. The area is very popular with sports anglers, water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers in general. 

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    From country towns and regional cities to wonderful wildlife and beautiful beaches, a short break in Denmark offers a huge range of possibilities that will appeal to all walks of life. And to really gain an insight into the country and its culture, what could be better than a visit to its very heart? The Trekanten region, located in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsular, is at Denmark's geographical centre and as such makes a splendid base from which to discover the essence of this thoroughly laid-back and enticing country.

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    DFDS Seaways sails 3 to 4 times a week from Harwich (Essex, south-east England) to Esbjerg (west coast Denmark). What’s more, with DFDS Seaways you have the convenience of taking your own vehicle. Simply pack everything you need, drive onboard, relax and let your Danish adventure begin!

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    With its timeless countryside, quiet roads and frequent ferry crossings direct from the UK, Denmark is the perfect choice for those seeking the convenience and freedom of a self-drive holiday. The country is blessed with a picturesque, rolling scenery of unspoiled farmland, forests and heaths, not to mention mile upon mile of pristine coastline - much of which can be encountered by following the 3,600km Marguerite Route.

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    Aalborg is located in the northern part of Jutland, next to the Limfjord. The area surrounding Aalborg is full of natural beauty and well-preserved historical sights. Untouched forests, conservation areas and the fjord make Aalborg an ideal starting point for natural adventures. Lille Vildmose – Danish wilderness.

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    Denmark’s biggest and oldest national park lies on the North West Coast of Jutland. Thy National Park is over 200km² in size and it offers you a dramatic landscape shaped by the sea. Much of it is covered with large areas of windswept dunes and sandy grassland.

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    No matter where you are in Denmark, you’ll never be more than 30 miles from the sea. And with over 4,500 miles of coastline, it’s hardly surprising that beach-life is an important part of Danish culture and a popular holiday escape throughout the year.

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    No matter where you are in Denmark, you’ll never be more than 50km from the sea. And with over 7,000km of coastline, it’s hardly surprising that beach-life is an important part of Danish culture and a popular holiday escape throughout the year.

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    Nature The countryside in The Bay Denmark varies widely, giving room to all sorts of outdoor activities. Take your bike out for a spin or go for a walk in the forests, plantations or along the beaches. You can also try your strength against one of the best mountain bike tracks in Denmark in the dune plantation of Svinkløv Plantage.

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    Denmark offers you three stunning natural areas designated as national parks, where you can experience a range of exciting activities or simply escape into nature.

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    Riding in a prairie wagon, cycling, angling, kayaking - whatever you're in to, East Jutland is the place to try it!

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    4500 miles of wide, sandy beaches cover Denmark. This means that the Danes are addicted to being near the sea to take a stroll, do water activities or sports and of course there are a lot of great holiday activities on the coastline of Denmark as well. This guide will lead you the top picks for activities on the water, in the water or at the beach.

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    Here's an overview of all the thematic holiday pages on visitdenmark.com. There's plenty to do and see, from urban city breaks to romantic rural getaways, and everything is withing manageable distance. Click on the links below and get inspiration for your next Denmark holiday.

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    Denmark is a small pearl in the North Sea. Despite its small geographic area, it has an impressive range of opportunities. Let your imagination take over, and let your holiday dreams run free – tell us what you want to experience in Denmark. Come join us and create your own Danish holiday experience.

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    Bornholm's towns are within easy reach of one another and make for a nice network of visits. Cycle or drive between quaint country towns and coastal harbours and try regional delicacies along the way!

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    Once feared across Europe for their raids and pillaging, it’s 1000 years since the Viking invasion of England by the Danish king, Swein Forkbeard* in 1013, and subsequently crowning of his son Canute as King of England in 1016, yet the legendary Vikings still provide fascination for those eager to learn more about this famous warrior race.

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    Weather-beaten wildernesses and fantastic destinations for walking, water sports and birdwatching.

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    Denmark is a safe country packed with fun offerings for all the family. From world class attractions, such as Legoland, to thousands of kilometres of unspoilt beaches, you'll find something for your whole family on holiday in Denmark.

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    Feel Denmark at its warmest this Christmas; a season steeped in unique traditions and magical experiences. As the weather cools down, the festive spirit heats up and Denmark glows with Christmas markets and traditional Danish celebrations, both indoors and out. Here you can browse guides on Denmark's best Christmas markets, be inspired on where to go Christmas shopping or prepare for a Christmas with a distinctly Danish twist.

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    Hotels in Denmark come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges and booking one that is right for you is easy. This page will get you started on finding and booking your hotel in Denmark.

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    Viking ships and Viking festivals with handson activities – and historic Viking fortresses. Denmark offers a unique chance to experience 1000 years of Viking heritage. Download itinerary as PDF

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