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7 beaches off the beaten path you need to experience in Denmark this summer

Maybe you’ve been to Denmark many times already, or maybe it’s on your bucket list to visit the country in the north with the characteristic sand dunes where you can stay at the beach all day, as the sun doesn’t set until after 9 pm during the summer. This is our insider’s guide to seven hidden beaches you didn’t know existed in Denmark – and we recommend you try them out for a summer holiday off the beaten path.

1. Enjoy a fun and active holiday at Lynæs strand

Shallow water, soft sand and warm summer winds - a beach day at Lynæs strand offers the perfect condition for an active family holiday. Here you’ll find cosy eateries, a bathing bridge and a playground for the little ones. This gem is also less known than the other beaches in Odsherred and if you enjoy kitesurfing or windsurfing, the close proximity to Lynæs Surfcenter makes Lynæs strand the perfect destination.

2. Build sand castles and collect sea shells at Lumsås strand

The small town of Lumsås has an extraordinary beach that is perfect for sand castles, sun bathing, swimming and collecting sea shells. If you are craving a little more privacy, the beautiful dunes offer the perfect hideaway where you can enjoy some peace and quiet surrounded by the tall, soft grass. It’s also a beautiful spot for an evening stroll while you enjoy the view. A quick 10 min bike ride away, you’ll find Ishuset i Lumsås that offers old fashioned ice cream cones and hot drinks.

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Lumsås strand

3. Enjoy a beach day with your dog at Smidstrup strand

Nestled between Gilleleje and Rågeleje you will find Smidstrup strand, where you can bring the whole family, including your dog, for a fun day at the beach. The shallow water makes it perfect for the kids and with Kollerødgård Ismejeri just a couple of kilometers away, you can enjoy a break from the sun with a delicious treat.

If you want to experience the iconic candy striped bathing houses, Rågeleje Strand is not far away, and is also the perfect place to visit if you want to try windsurfing or kitesurfing.


4. Enjoy a quiet dip at Lille Kulgab in Tisvilde Hegn

If you prefer to enjoy your beach day in a secluded spot where your family can truly relax away from everything, Lille Kulgab is a wonderful location for you. The beach at Stængehus, located just a few kilometers down the coast is among the most secluded beaches in Denmark, where you and your family can enjoy your time together almost without being disturbed. Both beaches are great swimming spots and rest in the beautiful dunes of the nature reserve Tisvilde Hegn.

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Lille Kulgab

5. Spend lazy summer days together at Lyngsbæk strand

A stone’s throw away from the popular Femmøller Strand by Ebeltoft, you’ll find the lesser known Lyngsbæk strand, that’s a true gem. Here, you can enjoy a morning swim from the long bathing bridge and spend lazy days in the soft sand with the little ones. The beach also offers one of the best ice cream shops in the area, Molskroens Isbod, where you can enjoy a delicious treat. The entire bay area is great for jumping on your SUP boards as well.

6. Catch crabs at Skødshoved Strand

If you are dreaming of lazy summer days with your family, delicious ice cream when you need a break from the sun and warm sand to dig your toes into, Skødshoved Strand is a great place to be. Here you can take a refreshing dip in the blue waves or catch crabs at the marina not far from the beach and let them race each other at the crab racetrack. You can also have a lovely lunch at the charming Skødshoved Badehotel.

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Skødshoved Strand

7. Explore the beautiful scenery at Slettestrand on the west coast

Beautiful sandy beaches, stunning hikes and a wide variety of fun activities for the whole family makes Slettestrand and the surrounding area a great choice for families who want to experience both lazy days in the sun together as well as active days exploring on foot, mountain bike or horseback.

This north facing beach rests protected from the characteristic winds of the west coast, making this a wonderful place to explore. Go on hikes, look at the big fishing boats or give your tastebuds an exceptional local experience at the iconic Svinkløv Badehotel, which offers a beautiful summer menu.

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Many Danish beaches have lifeguards on duty throughout the summer months. Click here to see if there are lifeguards where you are visiting this summer.

Guro Sofie Ulsaker Nordahl
Written by Guro Sofie Ulsaker NordahlJanuary 2024
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