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13 Exciting Danish Experiences Await Visitors in 2024

Photo: Andreas Raun

Denmark, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant culinary scene, is gearing up to offer an array of thrilling experiences in 2024.

From culinary celebrations to scenic adventures, the country promises something for every traveller. Here are 13 captivating events and openings to look forward to:

1. Celebrating 20 Years of the Nordic Food Manifesto

The inception of the Nordic Food Manifesto in 2004 by visionary Nordic Chefs laid the groundwork for the contemporary and groundbreaking Nordic cuisine we savour today. With its 10 core principles centred around health, sustainability, ethics, and seasonality, the manifesto serves as a guiding beacon, inspiring a profound appreciation for food, flavour, and diversity both within Denmark and on the international stage. The profound influence of this manifesto is evident in the rise of culinary gems such as Noma and other esteemed restaurants that have redefined the gastronomic landscape of the 21st century. While the specifics of the forthcoming celebrations are yet to be finalized, it's undeniable that the upcoming year promises a delectable journey across the rich tapestry of the Danish culinary realm.

Food being prepared in North Zealand, Denmark

Photo:Robin Skjoldborg

2. Embark on Carl's Camino in Funen

Named after the renowned Danish composer Carl Nielsen, Carl's Camino unfolds as a scenic 110 km long hiking expedition gracing the island of Funen. The trail commences from the heart of Odense, Denmark's third largest city, leading hikers along a delightful path that winds through the picturesque countryside and meanders all the way to the enchanting town of Faaborg in South Funen. An immersive experience awaits, as walkers have the opportunity to retrace Nielsen's formative footsteps, accompanied by the harmonious melodies of his music and captivating tales from his life. As the trail prepares to welcome explorers in the summer of 2024, an enticing preview of its allure already beckons through a 5-kilometer sneak peek along the charming streets and alleys of Odense city centre.

The Elephant Gate at Carlsberg Byen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Photo: Ty Stange - Copenhagen Media Center
Family holiday in Odense, Fyn
Photo: VisitFyn

3. Unveiling the Home of Carlsberg in Copenhagen

Transforming one of Copenhagen's most ancient quarters into a contemporary marvel, the unveiling of the new Home of Carlsberg marks a significant milestone. The Carlsberg City District emerges as a captivating fusion of culture, history, and avant-garde architecture, catering to the varied interests of all who visit this dynamic neighbourhood. Rooted in the rich heritage of the illustrious Carlsberg Brewery, the district pays homage to the legacy of J.C. Jacobsen and his family, inviting visitors to delve into their captivating narrative. Offering a holistic experience, the Home of Carlsberg encompasses a preserved historic area, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the brewery's grandeur, from the majestic brewing horses and vintage bottle collection to delightful beer tastings, a newly established restaurant and bar, and insightful guided tours through the ancient cellars, unveiling a treasure trove of forgotten tales and secrets.

4. Copenhagen Hosts the World Coffee Championships

Denmark has one of the highest coffee consumptions in the world and the country’s thriving coffee culture takes centre stage as Copenhagen gears up to host the 2024 World Coffee Championships at the Bella Center from June 27th to 29th. The event, organized by the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA), will feature the highly anticipated World Latte Art and World Coffee Roasting Championships. Boasting leading specialty roasters like La Cabra, Stiller’s Coffee and Copenhagen Coffee Lab, alongside esteemed establishments such as Coffee Collective, Prolog Coffee, and April Coffee Roasters, the Danish cities Aarhus and Copenhagen beckons coffee aficionados to indulge in the finest brews, making these cities ideal destinations for coffee enthusiasts.

Andersen & Maillard - Bäckerei und Café in Kopenhagen

Photo:Andrea Nuñez - Copenhagen Media Center

5. Aiden Hotel Lolland - A New Gem in the Danish Archipelago

Nestled near the ferry routes linking Denmark and Germany, the construction of Aiden by Best Western Lolland is underway in the scenic area of Lolland. Renowned as a popular holiday destination with an array of Bed & Breakfasts and upscale resorts, Aiden by Best Western Lolland stands out with its ample availability and capacity. Scheduled for a grand opening in 2024, the hotel will feature 132 rooms and multiple well-equipped meeting spaces. Lolland's strategic location alongside the forthcoming Fehmarnbelt Link, Denmark's ambitious infrastructure venture and the world's longest immersed tunnel, solidifies its position as a crucial link between the two nations, set to commence operations in 2029.

Cyclists at Dodekalitten Lolland-Falster, Denmark

Photo:© Daniel Villadsen

6. Enhanced Connectivity with the Metro Line Extension to Sydhavnen

By 2024, Copenhagen's Metro system is set to expand with the addition of five new underground stations, creating a vital link between the burgeoning Sydhavnen neighbourhood and the bustling heart of the Danish capital. Nestled in the southern part of Copenhagen, Sydhavnen blends contemporary city living with striking architectural marvels, verdant spaces, and authentic waterfronts, all contributing to its rising allure. With an array of new dining establishments and cafes adorning the canal banks, the area is quickly emerging as a sought-after residential locale. The Metro extension promises to bring Sydhavn even closer to the vibrant pulse of Copenhagen's city centre, cementing its status as a thriving and accessible urban hub.

Poul Henningensens Plads Metro

Photo:Metroselskabet/Reginaldo Sales

7. Introducing the Tiny Seaside Resorts of Loddenhøj and Skarrev

Set to launch in 2024, the Tiny Seaside Resort is introducing two new retreats, namely Loddenhøj and Skarrev positioned directly along the stunning Aabenraa beach in South Jutland. These resorts offer a tranquil escape, allowing guests to unwind amidst breathtaking vistas in cozy, thoughtfully designed tiny houses. Enhancing the experience are a range of petite amenities including a fitness center and a reception area, all meticulously crafted to ensure both comfort and sustainability. Embracing eco-friendly practices, the Tiny Seaside Resorts promise an immersive nature-focused getaway, serving as the pioneering tiny house resorts on Scandinavian shores, where guests can bask in complete relaxation and serenity.

8. Welcome the New 25hours Hotel in Copenhagen

Immerse yourself in the vibrant urban culture of Copenhagen with the opening of the 25hours Hotel Paper Island. Boasting 128 well-designed rooms and a prime location on Christiansholm, popularly known as "The Paper Island," this hotel promises a contemporary and stylish stay. Historically recognized for its storage of large rolls of paper for Danish newspapers, the island has evolved into a trendy urban hotspot, celebrated for its central position and picturesque waterfront vistas. Anticipating further development, the area is set to unveil a new public park and promenade, adding to its allure. The forthcoming hotel, designed by the esteemed Danish architect firm COBE architects, will echo the distinctive style reminiscent of the celebrated "25hours Indre By."

25 hours hotel indre by

©25 Hours HotelPhoto:Stephan Lemke

9. Eco-friendly Island Hopping with New Electric Ferries

Starting next year, eco-conscious travellers can opt for greener travel options to the island of Samsøe and the peninsula of Als in Denmark with the launch of two new electric ferries operated by Molslinjen. Via Alslinjen, explorers can uncover the charms of South Funen and the captivating Als peninsula, enjoying everything from upscale dining experiences to the allure of picturesque seaside towns. Likewise, Samsølinjen offers a chance to bask in the natural beauty of one of Denmark's most sustainable islands, celebrated for achieving 100% energy self-sufficiency as early as 2007. Samsø is also revered as Denmark's vegetable garden, offering an ideal setting to indulge in the delights of New Nordic Dining.

10. Mandø on the Path to Dark Sky Park Certification

Set to receive its official Dark Sky Park certification in 2024, Mandø is poised to become a haven for nature enthusiasts and stargazers alike. As an integral part of the Wadden Sea National Park, this remote island, accessible solely by tractor bus, serves as a sanctuary for migratory birds, facilitating their extensive journeys from Africa to Siberia. Positioned amidst the national park, Mandø boasts an unparalleled darkness, rendering it one of Denmark's most optimal locations for celestial observations. Amidst a world inundated with light pollution, Mandø stands not only as a sanctuary for wildlife but also as a sanctuary for humans seeking solace and celestial wonder. With the final touches of paperwork and lighting fixtures underway, Mandø is on track to achieve its official Dark Sky Park certification, promising visitors a truly unparalleled and enchanting stargazing experience.

11. Commemorating Denmark’s Viking Legacy

Experience the depths of Denmark's Viking heritage with a visit to the newly designated UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danish Viking Age Ring Fortresses, including Aggersborg, Fyrkat, Nonnebakken, Trelleborg, and Borgring. These historical treasures, scattered across Denmark, offer a captivating glimpse into the Viking legacy. Moreover, uncover the essence of Viking life through the brand-new and exclusive 'viping' encounter at Bramslev Bakker Camping, conveniently located near Fyrkat and Aggersborg and blending contemporary comforts with the spirit of traditional Viking camping.

Die Trelleborg ist eine von fünf Ringburgen in Dänemark. Auf dem Bild ist ein Erdwall zu sehen, der markiert, wo sie einst stand.

Photo:Daniel Villadsen

12. Gilleleje Sø- og Havbad - A Luxurious Seaside Retreat

Discover a haven of tranquillity at Gilleleje Sø- og Havbad, a luxurious spa hotel nestled in the charming coastal town of Gilleleje. Scheduled to launch in 2024, this elegantly refurbished old town hall will feature 40 opulent rooms, an inviting outdoor pool, and a serene rooftop terrace, providing guests with a seamless blend of luxury and relaxation. Embracing the rich history of the late 1930s, Gilleleje Sø- og Havbad​​​​​​​ will serve as a chic and modern addition to the idyllic Danish Riviera, offering a timeless escape for the discerning traveller.

View of the water by Gilleleje
© Visit NordsjællandPhoto: Ann Jørgensen
Aalborg Tårnet
© Destination Nord Photo: Kjetil Løite

13. Renewed Vibrancy at the Aalborg Tower

Get ready for an exciting transformation of the iconic Aalborg Tower as it welcomes Skydepavillonen in the spring of 2024. Elevating the dining experience to new heights, this exquisite establishment will offer unparalleled panoramic vistas of Aalborg from its impressive 150-meter perch above the Limfjord. With an expanded menu and extended operating hours, the revamped Aalborg Tower invites guests to savour delectable cuisine and fine wines in a relaxed atmosphere, creating an irresistible allure for gatherings, events, and informal get-togethers for up to 50 guests.

As Denmark gears up to offer these and other remarkable experiences, visitors can anticipate a year filled with rich cultural exploration, culinary delights, and unforgettable memories.

PR & Press Manager, UK