Best time to visit Denmark
temperature & rainfall
When to visit Denmark & when not to
a month by month guide
The start of the year often promises grey skies and cold temperatures with several outdoor centers closed and daylight hours only occupying an average seven hour window.
That said, January and February aren’t awful months to visit Copenhagen and there’s much to be said for fewer tourists and more affordable accommodation from where to seek shelter indoors.
Moving into March and temperatures are starting to rise alongside the early bulbs and if you’re heading to Denmark in April there’s a much better chance of blue sky days both in the north and the south of the country.
May and June are often mentioned in the same breath as the best time to go to Denmark as you’ll find longer days, fewer crowds and ideal weather conditions for getting out and about.
Visiting Denmark in July and August isn’t hideous however, there are many more tourists and Scandinavian families heading to the islands, lakes and more popular stretches of coastline, so head inland for a bit of peace and quiet as the sun shines.
September is another best time to go to Denmark with ideal conditions for cyclists intending to make the most of the national cycle routes and surfers searching for the swells on Jutland’s west coast.
The nights are already drawing in during early October so make the most of affordable accommodation and city breaks in places like Aarhus or Copenhagen before the Christmas markets and twinkling lights of November and December push up the prices.
What happens when in Denmark
Festivals & events in Denmark
Our cultural pick from the Denmark calendar
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The homeland of Hans Christian Andersen loves Christmas – so much so that towns are decked out in tasteful decorations throughout November and December and parties are organised months in advance. The season officially begins on the first Friday evening in November, when Tuborg brings out its special Christmas beer, Julebryg, that’s sweeter and stronger than the regular brew. Known as J-day, it is cause for celebration right across Denmark. Shopping is a treat, with fantastic Christmas markets, sparkling shop displays and pebernødder, lightly spiced little biscuits, set on counters as a treat for customers. Glædelig jul!