8 tips to road trips in beautiful Denmark

– recommended by LeasePlan employees

June 11, 2020

The engine is purring, you’re basking in the warmth of sunshine through the windscreen, a picnic basket is packed in the boot, and you feel the jittering joy of anticipation. You are heading out into Denmark’s beautiful landscape on a road trip with family, sweetheart or friends. If spending a weekend or a few days in this pursuit sounds perfect, then read on. We love driving at random and have amassed eight recommended Danish destinations that are perfect for road trips in your company car.

LeasePlan’s employees have roots and affiliations throughout Denmark, and they are excellent sources of information about what their favourite spot has on offer for tourists. The great thing about our small country is that you can come a long way on a single day or weekend. These splendid trips let you get away from everyday life, be refreshed and have memorable experiences. If you’re looking for new summer activities, our suggestions are yours to enjoy!

Marielyst, Falster

Jan Fiskbæk, Key Account Manager

For the past decade, Jan has been the happy owner of a cottage on Bøtø in Marielyst, which enables him to enjoy the sea, forest and activities for all age groups – not to mention the area’s calm, relaxing atmosphere. The beach in Marielyst has been voted the ‘Best Beach in Denmark’ by Rejseliv’s readers for the past three years and you’ll understand why once you’ve been there. These 20 kilometres of soft, silvery sand constitute a major attraction in their own right. Marielyst is a pleasant seaside town with cafés and restaurants where you will truly feel the summer atmosphere. Nearby you find the old market town of Nykøbing Falster, as well as the Medieval Centre, an exciting open-air museum.

Møn

Jesper Bagge Rasmussen, Technical Consultant

Jesper was born and raised on this small island in Smålandsfarvandet, the Danish waters connecting the Great Belt to the Baltic Sea. He loves Møn’s rolling scenic countryside, which naturally includes the chalk cliffs known as Møns Klint. At the interesting GeoCenter museum, you can see how the cliffs were formed and then enjoy the impressive sight of this natural phenomenon. If you feel hungry, there are several eateries at Klintholm Harbour, or just drive to Stege to eat at Støberiet, where you select your own cut of meat from the butcher’s display case before it is prepared.

Als

Lene Hansine Jørgensen, Key Account Manager

Lene was born and raised on Als, in the village of Dyndved to be precise. She is still fond of visiting her native area and gladly shares her best suggestions. The town of Sønderborg is a charming place to visit in its own right. The old town has many historic buildings, including Sønderborg Castle. Also visit Egen Church, which is particularly renowned for its lovely old horse stables. Danfoss Universe is definitely worth visiting for the whole family, and Lene also recommends the grounds surrounding Augustenborg Palace, where Hans Christian Andersen once sat under a linden tree writing fairy tales.

North Jutland

Anne Kornerup, Customer Consultant

Anne spent many childhood holidays in North Jutland with her grandparents, and she and her family moved to the area when she was 13. Anne recommends visiting the drifting dune Rubjerg Knude near Lønstrup, a beautiful breathtaking experience; standing atop the dune, you are almost 100 metres over the North Sea. Nearby are the charming holiday towns of Blokhus and Løkken, and North Jutland in general offers wide, beautiful beaches. If you have children, Fårup Sommerland amusement park is a wonderful place to spend a full day.

North Zealand (Frederiksværk, Liseleje, Hundested)

Mette Jensine Mølgaard, Head of Marketing

North Zealand features lovely beaches, beautiful fjords, charming harbours and lots of summer atmosphere. Also, it is not far from Copenhagen if you are living or spending a holiday there. Mette is originally from North Jutland and agrees with Anne’s suggestions about the area, but today she has a summer cottage near Frederiksværk, so she also enjoys the pleasant, beautiful experiences in this part of Denmark. Liseleje is a lovely gem with a magnificent beach and scenic woodland and heath landscapes, and the village includes a splendid, creative nature playground called Havtyren. Frederiksværk has a unique atmosphere with its yellow buildings along the canal, and a visit to the Powder Works Museum (Krudtværksmuseet) housed in historic buildings, where gunpowder for the Danish military was produced for two centuries, is highly recommended. Hundested’s old fishery harbour has been transformed into a port of cultural experiences and is definitely worth visiting, such as for lunch. Knud Rasmussen’s House is also a great excursion spot. The area around the house where the famous explorer of polar regions and Greenland once lived is one of the places where the views and scenery are truly breathtaking. And the site is worth visiting in its own right, even if you don’t want to explore the museum.

Mariager

Line Dons Bjerre, Management Assistant

Mariager, also known as the town of roses, exudes extraordinary charm! The asymmetrical charm of its crooked houses, cobbled streets and half-timbered houses adorned with roses is unadulterated nostalgia. In this town you will feel the presence of history and it has once housed a large monastery. Although the monastery itself no longer exists, the monastic church still towers over the town in all its splendour, and Line warmly recommends a visit to this big church, one of the most beautiful in Denmark. Dine at Hotel Postgården, centrally located in the old town. Here, you will feel transported back in time among all the old houses, and you can easily spend a day in the town centre, supplemented by a trip on the vintage railway through the forest and along the fjord.

Roskilde

Eduardo Jensen, Key Account Manager og Gitte Jensen, Customer Consultant

Eduardo and Gitte live in Roskilde and Jyllinge (near Roskilde) respectively, and they highly recommend a visit to the town. Roskilde is an old market town steeped in history dating as far back as the Viking Age. It is filled with beautiful old houses such as Lützhøfts Købmandsgaard, furnished as it was in the 1920s. But not least Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is definitely worth visiting. If you’re fond of cars, go to a Thursday get-together on the waterfront where classic and vintage cars meet in a beautiful setting. Visit the Viking Ship Museum with demonstration workshops, go sailing on the fjord, or simply go for a nice stroll around the town taking in the atmosphere.

Gudhjem, Bornholm

Katrine Sørensen, Accounts Assistant

Katrine is one-half bornholmer, as her father’s family comes from the Gudhjem area, where Katrine and her family now have a holiday flat. This explains her seeming endless summer holiday memories from Bornholm, and Katrine guarantees that you will have a fabulous experience on the island. Gudhjem calls itself Denmark’s only mountain town, and besides the village’s steeply inclined streets, Katrine recommends a walk in nearby forests (such as Døndalen), featuring both rocky scenery and waterfalls. Savour the herring speciality ‘Sol over Gudhjem’ (Under the Gudhjem Sun) in the village smokehouse, and don’t miss the ferry crossing to the Christiansø archipelago to experience the stunning historic naval fortress.

We hope this will inspire you to take a pleasant road trip or two through our beautiful country. Happy travels!

Are you planning on driving abroad in the summer of 2020 instead, please read this note