Camping in Denmark: Everything You Need to Know

by · Updated May 24, 2021

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

The awe-inspiring coast and expansive forests offer a wonderful way to escape from the rigours of life 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 are planning to camp wild, you can forget about it. While you can find independent and organised campsites in Denmark, camping wild is not permitted as many land parcels are privately owned and that means 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.

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 motorised vehicles are not permitted at these campsites. So, you would have to arrive on foot or bicycle but it will be a worthwhile experience.

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

It is a good way to detox your body and also undergo a 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 own supplies to cook your food. Don’t forget to carry ample drinking water.

Organised 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.

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 it is surrounded by forests and fields.

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 will be able to 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 have the option of staying in a tent (it can be rented at the campsite), caravan or cabin. You will be able to 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.

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