The small Scandinavian nation of Denmark, while lacking the dramatic landscapes of its larger neighbours, makes up to visitors in so many other ways. The concept of ‘hygge’ – a cosy state of mind that brings about contentment, is conveyed in Danish culture, cuisine and people – it comes to no surprise that this is one of the happiest nations in the world. There is much on offer, from modern design and living, a strong Viking heritage, charming villages and dramatic castles that could have very well inspired the literary works of Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s most famous authors. A trend towards the New Nordic cuisine is growing, with a strong focus on traditional foods prepared in new ways using local, natural and seasonal ingredients, with several gourmet restaurants earning critical acclaim and Michelin Stars in the country.
While the main peninsula and islands of Denmark are relatively flat, the Faroe Islands makes up for that – an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands located halfway between Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean, a self-governing nation under the sovereignty of Denmark. Photographers and outdoor lovers will be delighted by the dramatic landscapes and sceneries with lush green valleys, dramatic waterfalls and incredible wildlife.
The best time to visit Denmark is in summer (June – August), with comfortable temperatures to enjoy the country’s many outdoor pursuits, especially so in the Faroe Islands, with some of the most dramatic landscapes and wildlife in the region. Needless to say, summer is also the busiest time for both domestic and international travellers, so for less jostling with the crowds, do consider travelling in late spring (May) or early autumn (September & October). While winter can be very cold (although milder than the other Scandinavian countries), Christmas is a charming season to visit to enjoy the festivities.
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