Located in Northern Europe between Sweden and Germany, Denmark is a moderately small country known for its Viking heritage, its modern progressivism, and the “happiness” of its people. One thing that is not often mentioned when considering Denmark is the opportunity for adventure. Spread across three main islands (Jutland, Zealand, and Funen) and a scattering of smaller land masses, you won't find insurmountable mountain ranges or record-breaking waterfalls or tropical coastlines or a natural world waiting to wow you with scope and size. Then again, your greatest adventures can be had delving into some of the world's most innovative cuisine, the artifacts of an impressive sea-faring culture, and a cosmopolitan nightlife scene led by thriving Copenhagen.
This is not to say the great outdoors doesn't beckon in Denmark. Cycling is hugely popular and is a great way to traverse the islands, whether you're heading north from Aalborg to Grenen Skagen (the northernmost tip of Denmark and the meeting place of the Baltic and North Seas) or merely perusing the boulevards and waterfronts of Copenhagen. Hiking is found over a moderate range of distances in three national parks, as well as innumerable smaller natures areas. Thy National Park in North Jutland and Mols Bjerge are an assortment of rolling hills and grassy plains, while the unique ecosystem of the Wadden Sea National Park provides a marshy destination for bird and man alike. Then again, the Rabjerg Mile, a sand dune also in Jutland, is an always migrating oddity that is worth a day trip from either Aalborg or Aarhus.
Another thing that Denmark has going for it are clean, safe beaches, and although the summer season can be comparatively short, they make up for it with over 15 hours of sun. For those who'd rather not be ogling bathing suits on the beach, there are a few skydiving outfits that will drop you from above the clouds (including the Varde Faldskaermsklub in southwestern Jutland) or even an organization that will let you pretend like you are (Copenhagen Air Experience). Kitesurfers have found superlative conditions at Hvide Sande in Jutland's western coast, while novel activities like kayak polo can be had at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen.
Like we said, you'll not be put in the most extreme natural circumstances when in Denmark, but that's okay for most folks. Sometimes an escape to any of the country's small island municipalities (Aeroe, Langeland, Bornholm, etc.) for beach walks, cottage-style houses, and stretches of un-touristed world is all we can ask for. Take a look at our adventure activity listings for further information.