Top 22 Denmark Beaches

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Bordering Germany and Sweden, and with coastlines along the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Scandinavian nation of Denmark isn't an obvious choice for a beach holiday. But with a convoluted coastline and host of islands of all shapes and sizes there are plenty of beaches, many of which are surprisingly good. In addition you are never far from a beach where ever you are in Denmark. 

Whilst the beaches of Denmark may not compare to more tropical destinations, this is Scandinavia and what you will find is they are relatively minimalist and usually uncrowded. A good number of the best beaches have received the coveted “Blue Flag” award, ensuring they meet high standards for water quality, beach safety and facilities.

For those in the know Denmark's beaches are actually some of the best that Europe has to offer. Fine, often white sand, rolling dunes, tall beach grass, clean, sparkling sea, and steely blue- grey skies are all features of some of the country's most iconic beaches 

Obviously, given the northern location of Denmark, the swimming season at the beaches is relatively short, and lifeguards are only on duty from the end of June to the middle of August. Snowy beach scenes are not uncommon in the winter and this time of year can be particularly stunning, providing you're dressed for the weather.

The Best Danish Beaches...

  • 1. Bratten Strand // North Jutland

    Bratten Strand
    Jørgen Larsen

    Located about 10 km north of the east coast town of Frederikshavn the beach at Bratten Strand feels a million miles from anywhere. This long sweeping stretch of fine white sand and sapphire sea seemingly stretches on of ever. But it doesn't as this is the far north of Denmark and before long you will run out of land where the two seas meet at Grenen.

    Much of the year… read more »

  • 2. Nymindegab Strand // West Jutland

    Nymindegab Strand
    © Aleksandr Zykov

    Nestled on the west coast of Denmark, 500 m from the town of the same name, sits Nymindegab Strand, one of the most popular holiday getaways in the entire country. That's due in no small part to the fact that the area is home to some of the most stretches of North Sea coast.

    The beach is located at the southernmost point of Ringkøbing Fjord. Despite its name, the "fjord" isn't… read more »

  • 3. Henne Strand // West Jutland

    Henne Strand

    Situated on the west coast of Denmark's Jutland peninsula is the infeasibly long sandy beach of Henne Strand.

    Despite being one of the most popular beaches on this stretch of North Sea coast it never gets crowded here. In fact, outside of sunny days in the summer holidays it is generally quiet allowing you to appreciate the vast open space here.

    The beach is backed by an extensive network… read more »

  • 4. Dueodde // Bornholm

    Dueodde
    © Jon Kafling Wichmann

    Dueodde Beach lies on the southern tip of Bornholm Island in the Baltic Sea, with regular ferry services connecting it to Ystad in Sweden. Close to Denmark's easternmost point, the island is geographically isolated from the mainland, though a popular holiday destination due to the broad expanse of fine white sand that Dueodde Beach can offer.

    It's nickname of "Sunshine Island" gives a hint to Bornholm's prevailing climate, with it staying… read more »

  • 5. Bellevue Strand // Copenhagen

    Bellevue Strand
    Guillaume Baviere

    Summer holidays are a big part of the way of life in Denmark – literally. Holiday time has been mandated by the Danish government since the 1930s, and since then Bellevue Strand has been one of the most popular beaches in the country. That is due in no small part to the fact it is located within a stone's throw of the capital, Copenhagen.

    Danish architect Arne Jacobsen was responsible for… read more »

  • 6. Amager Strandpark // Copenhagen

    Amager Strandpark
    Guillaume Baviere

    Amager Strandpark is a beach with two sides, literally. Sitting on a 2 km long artificial island there is a lagoon on one side that serves as a kids paddling pool. On the other side of the beach, there are large sand dunes and a promenade along which you’ll find people playing ball and picnicking. From the beach there are views of a nearby windmill park as well as the… read more »

  • 7. Tisvildeleje Strand // Copenhagen

    Tisvildeleje Strand
    Kristoffer Trolle

    Tisvildeleje Beach is one of many beaches within striking distance of Copenhagen. Around 30 km north of the city the sandy shores here sit alongside the popular holiday village of Tisvilde. The area has long been a favorite of fishermen, and an active fishing scene remains a key part of the beach's culture today. Enjoy restaurants serving up the catch of the day or sit on the beach or in… read more »

  • 8. Hornbæk Strand // Copenhagen

    Hornbæk Strand
    Guillaume Baviere

    Within an hour's drive of Copenhagen, Hornbæk Strand is both the biggest and most popular beach in the region, and with good reason. For one thing, Hornbæk Beach is as soft a sandy beach as you’ll find anywhere. Its fine-grained sand is both soothing between the toes or to bask on top of, making this a great place to relax. That sand also collects in some impressive dunes that help… read more »

  • 9. Agger Strand // North Jutland

    Agger Strand
    Oberlausitzerin64

    Located within the Thy National Park, Agger Strand is a stand out natural beautiy among Danish beaches. A seemingly endless stretch of wind-blown soft white sand this stretch of the Danish west coast is both wild and stunning.

    The area has a long tradition of fishing, and remains home to a small, but active, fishing community. In the village, just behind the beach, are a number of traditional fisherman's cottages which… read more »

  • 10. Løkken strand // North Jutland

    Løkken strand
    Tomasz Sienicki

    Stretching for 10 km Løkken Strand is home to some of the best waves and softest sand in the whole of North Jutland. Given the pristine nature of this section of the North Sea coast it also has some of the cleanest water in Denmark.

    During the summer months swimming is popular at Løkken beach and there are lifeguards on duty. In addition, as a regular recipient of the Blue… read more »

  • 11. Lakolk Strand // South Jutland

    Lakolk Strand
    Arne List

    Just across the border from Germany on the little barrier island of Rømø is the wide open windswept expanse of Lakolk Strand. Often battered by the wind and waves of the North Sea this is both a place to feel at one with the elements, but also a great family beach during the summer months.

    borders a UNESCO nature preserve, so if you're looking for a great way to get away… read more »

  • 12. Grenen // North Jutland

    Grenen
    Martin Olsson

    One of the most unique places in Denmark, Grenen sits at the very northernmost tip of the country on a narrow peninsula. The name translates as "The Branch" and this refers to this long spit of land barely a kilometre wide. That special location makes it one of the best beaches to catch the roaring waves that are so much a part of Danish west coast beaches. Here the Skagerrak… read more »

  • 13. Eriks Hale // Funen

    Eriks Hale
    Sintakso

    The Ærø island beach of Eriks Hale is set on a narrow spit of land which juts out into the Baltic Sea. This has the effect of creating a beach with two very different coasts. To one side the Baltic Sea crashes against the sand, whilst to the back of the beach you have the sheltered lagoon of "Lille Hav" and the marina beyond. The calm waters here are ideal… read more »

  • 14. Palmestranden // North Jutland

    Palmestranden
    Willfried Wende

    As a rule we tend to associate palm trees with tropical locations such as California or the Caribbean. Even so, Palmestranden in Denmark does a great job of bringing a touch of that tropical feel to Northern Europe with 100 palm trees lining the soft white sands. These palm trees flourish from May to September, the rest of the year they live in a greenhouse.

    Palmestranden is a very family-friendly beach… read more »

  • 15. Den Permanente // East Jutland

    Den Permanente
    Kenny Arne Lang Antonsen

    Located in the city of Aarhus on Denmark's east coast is the man made Den Permanente beach. Designated a Blue Flag Beach in 2018 it is just a 10-minute bike ride to the city center which makes it one the most popular beach in the area.

    Den Permanente is a beach but it is also a "sea bath" - a protected area for sea swimming. This consists of wooden jetties… read more »