Camping in Denmark: Everything You Need to Know

Kristian Ole Rørbye


Kristian Ole Rørbye

Kristian Ole Rørbye

Kristian is from Denmark but now lives in Thailand. As a foreigner in another country, he knows the need to get a good start, especially in finance, such as taking out loans, buying a car, and finding the best internet at a reasonable price.

Sprawled over an area of 43,000 sq km, you are never too far from nature in Demark. The clean air and pristine countryside allow you to escape from the humdrum of city life and spend some time with nature.

The awe-inspiring coast and expansive forests offer a wonderful way to escape life's rigors and spend a few days or the weekend recharging your batteries.

Camping in Denmark can be a fun and thrilling experience. And the best part is that you will find hundreds of campsites across the country based on your budget and preference.

Denmark has basic, independent, and high-end campsites, but if you plan to camp wild, you can forget about it. While you can find independent and organized campsites in Denmark, camping wild is not permitted as many land parcels are privately owned, so campers are not allowed to set up camp in these lands.

But do not let that deter you, as there are several other options of camping in Denmark.

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Basic Campsites

Denmark has thousands of basic campsites in the public forests. Some of them are remote, while others are more easily accessible. However, they share one common rule is that motorized vehicles are not permitted at these campsites. So, you would have to arrive on foot or by bicycle, but it will be a worthwhile experience.

Some sites have running water, while others have a shelter made from wood. It is best to visit these campsites in summer, so the cold does not get to you. However, most are clearings in the forest and may not have toilets. Be prepared for basic facilities and nothing else.

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It is a good way to detox your body and undergo digital detox at these campsites. You cannot book your spot. So, make it a point to check the Ministry of Environment’s online map to find these basic campsites in the forests, and arrive early to get the space.

Zones for Pitching Tents for Free

Known as fri teltning in Danish, free tent pitching areas are designated zones in public forests where you can pitch your tent for free without incurring service fees or booking costs. Just bring along your tent and spend a night in the forest.

Remember, there are rules that you need to follow to maintain the environment and the ecosystem. That means you cannot pitch a large tent or stay longer than one night. You would have to bring your supplies to cook your food. Don’t forget to carry ample drinking water.

Organized Campsites

In Denmark, campsites are either independent or affiliated with the Danish Camping Board. The campsites affiliated with the board have a rating system ranging from one to five and you will need a camping pass, known as Camping Key Europe, to use these campsites. The pass gives you a discount and you also have to use it as an ID at the campsite. You can get this pass from the campsite on arrival.

On the other hand, if you use an independent campsite, you do not have to worry about the camping pass. Each campsite has its own rules and campers are expected to follow them. This can make it more interesting to stay at these sites.

The Best Campsites in Denmark

Now that you know about the different options of camping in Denmark, here are some of the best campsites where you can spend your time communing with nature.

Kerteminde Camping

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Located on the island of Funen, Kerteminde Camping offers a beautiful blend of nature and convenience. The campsite is close to a sandy beach and a picturesque harbor, making it an ideal spot for families and nature enthusiasts.

It features modern facilities, including clean restrooms, showers, and a well-equipped kitchen area. You can also enjoy activities such as fishing, cycling, and visiting nearby attractions like the Fjord & Belt Center.

This campsite is open year-round, allowing you to experience the beauty of Funen in all seasons.

Ballum Campsite

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Located on the west coast of Denmark, in Ballum, this campsite is a quiet and no-frills site. Here, you can stay in cabins but do not expect en-suite facilities. You would have to use the bathroom facilities of the campsite but it is worthwhile as each cabin has stunning views of the countryside and a private deck where you can relax enjoying the greenery around you and the chirping of birds.

This campsite is close to Romo Island and the Wadden Sea. You will find it peaceful and serene, considering that forests and fields surround it.

Rabjerg Mile Campsite

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If you are visiting the north of Denmark, stay at the Rabjerg Mile campsite. It offers easy and convenient access to Skagen, where you can see the confluence of two seas. It can be a sight to behold.

This campsite has heated pools where you can relax if you are not interested in taking a dip in the cold North Sea. The beach is about 6km from the campsite. The cabins can accommodate two or four individuals. The campsite is open from the end-March to the end of September.

Hvidbjerg Strand Resort

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In case you do not want to rough it out, you can choose the Hvidbjerg Strand Feriepark. This five-star rated campsite is located on the west coast and offers a treat for weary city dwellers. It comes with an indoor waterpark and a wellness centre. Families will love this campsite as there are ample play areas for kids.

You do not have to live in a tent or campervan if you do not want to. You can rent a hotel room beach villa, or cabin, depending on your preference. You can enjoy activities like swimming, cycling excursions, hiking, horse riding, and fishing.

Blushoj Campsite

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Located about an hour’s drive from Aarhus and 4km from Ebeltoft, Blushoj campsite is perfect if you want to explore Ebeltoft and Aarhus while still spending time in the countryside. This family-friendly site has a playground for kids and a swimming pool. You can enjoy shows and events in the evening.

You can stay in a tent (it can be rented at the campsite), caravan or cabin. You can enjoy home-like amenities even though you are in the countryside. Make sure you call ahead and book your space at the campsite, especially if you are going at the weekend or on a public holiday.

In Conclusion

This is everything you need to know about camping in Denmark. Make sure you understand the rules of the campsite and follow them. That will ensure you have a fun, relaxing, and interesting time camping in one of the many campsites dotting the country.

Kristian Ole Rørbye

ABOUT Kristian Ole Rørbye

Kristian is from Denmark but now lives in Thailand. As a foreigner in another country, he knows the need to get a good start, especially in finance, such as taking out loans, buying a car, and finding the best internet at a reasonable price.

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