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When is the best time to visit Denmark?

Kastellet, Copenhagen

The best time to visit Denmark is in June, July and August, when daylight hours are long and temperatures sit comfortably between 59°F and 68°F — ideal for hiking in the green landscape. This is a popular time to get outdoors for visitors and locals alike, and the coast can get busy.

The weather between September and November gets cooler, slowly dropping from 64°F to 46°F as the season goes on. The crowds thin out and the longer nights are perfect for curling up under a snug blanket by a roaring fire.

December to February is cold, snowy, and windy, with average temperatures just above freezing (although it is more mild than other Nordic countries). Temperatures begin to increase in March but it remains chilly until May, meaning you’ll see fewer other visitors.

Overall, Denmark is a year-round destination and when you go will depend on what you want to do when you visit. It’s more temperate than the rest of Scandinavia, and you’ll find a relatively mild climate across the country thanks to its more southerly latitudes and the moderating influence of the sea.

It’s possible to see the northern lights in Denmark, though the season is more limited — October to March — and the probability somewhat lower than elsewhere in Scandinavia.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling in Denmark

Farmhouse in the snow

Visiting Denmark in December - February

December, January and February are cold months, although temperatures usually hover just above freezing. The islands can be a little warmer, but are usually windy. Days are short, and it’s normally dark by early afternoon. Winter sports are plentiful, and you have a chance of seeing the northern lights. Christmas markets open in early December in cities and villages across the country, and the Tiovli Gardens are decked out for the festive season.

Events & Festivals

  • Christmas markets open at the end of November — the most well-known is probably in Tivoli Gardens, where you can enjoy a glass of gløgg and peruse the wooden stalls full of craft items and festive food.
  • On New Year’s Eve, Amalienborg Square has fireworks displays and a parade by the Royal Guard.
  • Vinterjazz is a country-wide jazz festival in early February.
Denmark coast

Visiting Denmark in March - May

Spring months can still be cold, with temperatures as low as 50°F, and highs of about 60°F in May. It’s the driest season, though the difference is minor as rainfall is pretty steady throughout the year. May can be a great time for visiting Copenhagen — it’s less busy than in the summer months, but the weather is good.

Rapeseed field in Denmark

Visiting Denmark in June - August

The weather is most conducive to outdoor adventures in June, July and August. Days are warm but rarely hot, averaging between 68°F and 78°F. Of course, the weather is wildly variable, so always be prepared for rain or a drop in temperature, even in the summer.

Landscapes are in full bloom throughout the summer, days are at their longest (up to 17 hours in July) and all the sights are open and fully operational. The coastal areas can get very busy, especially in July when the Danish take their summer break.

Events & Festivals

  • Denmark’s prestigious summer jazz festival season starts in early July with the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, followed by Sommer Jazz in Arhaus in mid-July and Æro Jazz in Ærøskøbing in late July.
Food forager

Visiting Denmark in September - November

Fall is a lovely time to visit Denmark, particularly September and early October, when the weather is still good and days are still long, but the crowds are much smaller than you’ll find in the summer. The changing foliage paints the landscape glowing golden, and coffee shops often have warm, welcoming fires.

The northern lights start becoming visible in October, though the probability of seeing them is somewhat lower than in other regions of Scandinavia.

Events & Festivals

  • Christmas markets open at the end of November — the most well-known is probably in Tivoli Gardens, where you can enjoy a glass of gløgg and peruse the wooden stalls full of craft items and festive food.
  • Every year in mid-October, over 300 museums, galleries and churches in Copenhagen open their doors after hours for Kulturnatten (Night of Culture).

Denmark Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Copenhagen 36°F 2" 37°F 1" 43°F 2" 50°F 2" 61°F 2" 68°F 2" 70°F 3" 70°F 3" 63°F 2" 54°F 2" 45°F 2" 39°F 2"

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