A collection of Denmark travel and backpacking resources including Demark travel, entry visa requirements, employment for backpackers, and Danish phrasebook.

Backpacking Denmark

Looking for important travel information while backpacking around Denmark? Here you will find information on working in Denmark, entry visas, Denmark hostels, and much more.

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A guide for backpacking around Denmark. Get important travelers information when it comes to Denmark including visa requirements, employment opportunities, common Danish phrases and translation, as well as Denmark hostels.

Facts About Denmark

Denmark is a beautiful country with a welcoming and friendly culture. Danes like to demonstrate their passion for modernity and Denmark is indeed very modern with its many museums and wonderful infrastructure. However, there is also a distinctive medieval feel to the country due to the preservation of outstanding churches and other historic buildings.

Denmark is a lively destination and a renowned festival hot-spot; there is a wide variety available, from jazz, rock, classical to country. However, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday then Denmark also offers many scenic islands to choose from, their coasts lined with picturesque fishing villages and little thatched cottages. The capital, Copenhagen, has bustling street activity all year round and, as it is the least expensive Scandinavian capital, is reasonably affordable for budget travellers.

  • Currency: Danish Krone (Dkr) = 100 øre
  • Time Zone: GMT + 1
  • Language: Danish
  • Telephone Services: Country Code +45
  • Emergency Numbers: 112 for all services

Climate

Denmark has a reasonably warm summer beginning in June and lasting until about August. The winter months, December through to March, experience a very wet and cold climate. The Spring and Autumn seasons are generally mild.

Denmark climate map including average rainfall and temperature by month. Find the best time to backpack Denmark based on your climate preferences.

Things to see and do

Copenhagen has a population of almost 1.8 million and is therefore the largest Scandinavian city. Copenhagen is a very green city with numerous parks and gardens all over the city. Copenhagen is a very lively city with so much to see and do during the day with the added bonus of an extremely active night scene.

At Amalienborg Palace, home to the throne since 1794, you can watch the changing of the guard and visit the museum, which gives you the chance to see the royal residences througout history. There are also many museums in Copenhagen, and if you choose only one, then choose the Nationalmuseet with its wonderful collection of Danish historical artefacts.

The Tivoli Amusement Park, in the centre, is well-known for its wide variety of attractions to cater for all; you can check out the great rides or go to the outstanding concerts. The most famous of all attractions in Copenhagen is the Little Mermaid statue which is a short walk north of the city centre. It is no doubt the smallest of the attractions, but draws the largest amount of attention.

If you would rather explore farther afield then the islands Christiansø and Ærø are both idyllic destinations. Christiansø is an hour by boat from Bornholm and the whole island is unspoiled; there are no cars or modern buildings. The island is in fact a preserved 17th century fortress. Ærø is another beautiful island with its own unique identity. There are daily ferries from Faaborg on Funen to Søby, which is situated on the western part of the island. Ærø is the home of many small villages and farms and the scenic landscape is the perfect place to see by bicycle.

Esbjerg is located on the West coast of Jutland and has a beautiful coastline with sandy beaches. This lively city is full of things to see and do, there are so many museums and galleries that you are spoilt for choice. Due to the fact that Esbjerg is a well-known fishing town, The Fisheries and Maritime Museum is a very popular attraction, with a recently opened saltwater aquarium. Esbjerg is a great destination and it is also a very good place to start your travels as it has excellent transport connections with the rest of Denmark.

Travel

The rail network in Denmark is efficient and connects the main cities on all the islands. Danish State Railways operate express trains called Lyntogs which are aimed at long-distance travellers without many stops (www.dsb.dk). There is also a new type of service available which is the IC3 intercity trains which are faster and more direct. The Englaenderen boat-train is another option and runs between Copenhagen and Esbjerg, offering connections with ferries from the UK. The Scanrail Pass allows unlimited travel in Denmark and also in Sweden, Norway and Finland. As everywhere in Europe, you can use Inter-Rail passes. Ferries are commonly used to travel around Denmark and there are not many buses which operate long distances, only really where there are no railways.

Accommodation

Denmark has a high number of camping grounds and hostels all over the country so budget travel is certainly catered for. There are 100 Youth and Family Hostels around the country but it is required that you have a membership card which you can obtain if you are a member of an affiliated organisation. For more information and a list of the location and ratings of the hostels visit the website at danhostel.dk. Campsites are also a good way of affordable travel and there are more than 500 which are recognised as having good facilities and amenities. The Danish Tourist Board can give you a full list of campsites and more information regarding their ratings.

Health

The standard of health in Denmark is high and the UK has a reciprocal agreement with the Norwegian health service entitling British national to free emergency medical treatment. Further treatment cover can be obtained by bearing a completed E111 from. You should still take out travel insurance however as these two levels of cover will not extend to some medical treatments.

Useful Links

danhostel.dk has information on hotels in Denmark

Danish State Railways operates the rail network in Denmark

Copenhagen Kastrup Airport – find out details of the airport, runway length, destinations you can get to from Kastrup and customer reviews.

Entry Visas for Denmark

A valid passport is required for everyone except EU Nationals with a valid ID card. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 3 months. If you intend to stay for longer than 3 months or wish to work in Denmark you should contact your local Danish Embassy for further details.

Addresses

For information regarding visas, immigration or work permits you should contact the local Danish Embassy:

Royal Danish Embassy
55 Sloane Street
London
SW1X 9SY
Tel: (020) 7 333 0200
Fax: (020) 7 333 0270

If you require assistance from UK representation whilst in Denmark you should contact the British Embassy:

British Embassy
Kastelsvej 36/38/40
DK-2100
Copenhagen
Tel: + 45 35 44 52 00
Fax: + 45 35 44 52 53
email: britemb@post6.tele.dk

The Danish Tourist Board dispenses travel advice for visitors to Denmark:

Danmarks Turistrd (Tourist Board)
Vesterbrogade 6D
DK-1620
Copenhagen
Denmark
Tel: 33 11 14 15 
Fax: 33 93 14 16

Foreigner Work Permits in Denmark

As with most other European countries, EU nationals may enter and stay in Denmark for up to three months without needing any sort of Visa. For longer than three months you will need a residence permit (opholdsbevis). To obtain this permit you should show proof of employment where you are working for more than 20 hours per week, or evidence of financial support. A CPR (personnummer) is a personal registration number, which you will also need to apply for, and it is important to get a tax card (skattekort).

Casual Work

There should be many opportunities for work in hotels, restaurants, and pubs etc. in Copenhagen and other main cities. The best openings are often found by asking around in person, but you will likely need some knowledge of Danish to communicate with employers as well as customers when you find work. If your Danish leaves much to be desired and you want a job with less customer interaction, it is worth trying newsagents for work as omdeler, delivery people. Unlike in the UK, newspapers are delivered at night in Denmark, so bear this in mind if you consider this type of work.

Camping

One of the main British camping agencies operating in Denmark is Eurocamp. Most jobs can be found during the peak tourist times in the summer. Eurocamp arranges work for couriers on Danish as well as other European campsites. It is preferred that you can speak another European language well because the job involves welcoming and interacting with a range of visiting nationalities. Employees must be over 18, and can anticipate earning approximately Kr 95 per week.

Au Pairing

Generally, au pairs in Europe can expect to earn about Kr 40 per week, receive free meals and accommodation, and to have the chance to attend language courses. A number of au pair agencies operate throughout Europe, or have associated agencies abroad that can help you find au pairing vacancies, try Childcare International and Avalon Au Pairs. Au pairs are expected to look after the children as well as performing basic domestic tasks such as cleaning. Placements range in length and you are often required to stay for a year, but Childcare International can offer some two to six month stays. To become an au pair in Europe you must be aged between 18 and 27.

Agricultural Work

Denmark has a large agricultural industry and so jobs should be fairly easy to come by, and are best found by asking in person. The main fruit harvests (tomatoes, apples, cherries, and strawberries) are between July and September, try the region of Faaborg for opportunities. Farmers often provide campsites for worker accommodation, and you can expect to earn about Kr5 (approx. 47p) per kilo of fruit picked. Needless to say therefore, to earn a decent amount of money from this type of work you should expect to work long hours and labour to be strenuous. Alternatively, you could try work in the Svanholm community situated near Skibby on the isle of Sealand. Svanholm hosts adults and children, and work on their organic farms for up to 40 hours per week will earn you food and accommodation.

Volunteering with Concordia

Volunteers work in groups with children and communities in a number of countries throughout the world. Projects last for up to three weeks, in the summer months. All volunteers are supplied with food and accommodation and are required to pay a fee of Kr 75 to register with Concordia.

Volunteering with Tearfund

Tearfund are a Christian organisation whose volunteers work on short term schemes in different countries in youth camps assisting children, or practical community projects such as building and painting. The projects usually last for up to six weeks in the summer. Volunteers are expected to fund their own travel and other expenses, which can amount to over Kr 1000. Applicants must be over 18 and evangelical Christians.

Useful Links

How to Say Common Danish Phrases

Meeting People

English
Danish
yes
ja
no
nej
thank you
tak
you are welcome
velbekomme
please
Vær venlig
excuse me
undskyld
hello
goddag
goodbye
farvel
Good morning
Godmorgen
Good night
Godnat
I d not understand
Jeg forstår ikke
Do you speak…?
Taler du…?
English
Engelsk
Danish
Dansk
What is your name?
Hvad hedder du?
Nice to meet you
Rart at møde dig
How are you?
Hvordan har du det?
good
godt
bad
dårligt

Directions

English
Danish
map
kort
left
venstre
right
højre
straight on
lige
far
langt
near
nær ved

Methods of Transport

English
Danish
Where is…?
Hvor er…?
How much is the fare?
Hvor meget koster en billet?
ticket
billet
A ticket to…, please
Jeg vil gerne have en billet til…
Where are you going?
Hvor skal du hen?
Where do you live?
Hvor bor du?
train
tog
bus
bus
underground
S-tog
airport
lufthavn
train station
togstation
bus station
rutebilstation
underground station
S-tog station
departure
afgang
arrival
ankomst
parking
parkering

Time

English
Danish
What time is it?
Hvad er klokken?
today
i dag
yesterday
i går
tomorrow
i morgen

Accommodation

English
Danish
hotel
hotel
room
værelse
reservation
reservation
Are there any vacancies?
Er der nogen ledige stillinger?
No vacancies
Intet ledigt
passport
pas

Places

English
Danish
post office
posthus
bank
bank
police station
politistation
hospital
hospital
chemist
apotek
shop
stormagasin
restaurant
restaurant
museum
museum
church
kirke
square
plads
street
gade

Shopping

English
Danish
How much does this cost?
Hvor meget koster den her?
I will buy it
Jeg vil have det
I would like to buy…
Jeg vil gerne have…
Do you have…?
Har du..?
open
åben
closed
lukket
postcard
postkort
stamps
frimærker
little
lidt
lot
meget
all
alt

Meals

English
Danish
breakfast
morgenmad
lunch
frokost
dinner
aftensmad
vegetarian
vegetarianer
cheers!
skål!
The bill please
Jeg vil gerne have regningen

Drinks

English
Danish
drink
drikke
coffee
kaffe
tea
te
juice
juice
water
vand
beer
øl
wine
vin

Food

English
Danish
meat
kød
fish
fisk
vegetable
grøntsag
fruit
frugt
potato
kartoffel
salad
salat
desser
dessert

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Denmark Hostels

Hostels are a cheap form of accomodation, and so they are essential to backpackers and other budget travellers. We have compiled a list of hostels in Denmark to help you plan your journey. If you are looking for a hostel in Denmark, you’ve come to the right place.

Funen
Jutland
Zealand

There you have it, the ultimate Denmark backpacking guide. We hope you have found all the information you need for backpacking around Denmark.

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