Denmark is a country located in Europe with name that begins with letter D. In truth, Denmark is a country of islands: almost half of the country’s area is surrounded by water. Of the more than 1,400 larger Danish islands, only 74 are inhabited. The largest and most important are Zealand with the royal city of Copenhagen and Fyn. With 43,094 km², Denmark is about the same size as Switzerland, but instead of mountains, it offers gently rolling land and wide seas formed by ice age glaciers. Even the Danish mainland, the Jutland peninsula, is washed by the sea: by the North Sea in the west, the Skagerrak in the north, the Kattegat in the east and the Baltic Sea in the south.
The southernmost country in Scandinavia has only one land border, namely in the south with Germany. In the west, the nearly 8 kilometers that separate Copenhagen from Malmö in Sweden were spanned with a bridge over the Oresund Strait. The two regions are historically, culturally and economically closely intertwined. Denmark has just under 5.75 million residents. If you include the residents of Greenland and the Faroe Islands – both areas are politically part of Denmark – the figure is 5.85 million. The vast majority of Danes live in cities. Besides the capital Copenhagen, Aarhus with around 200,000 and Odense with almost 150,000 residents are the largest metropolitan areas. Check Countryaah to find more countries that begin with letter D.
Denmark is an EU and Schengen country. However, due to the sporadic border controls reintroduced in 2016, a valid passport is required.
Denmark’s northern European climate is tempered by the surrounding seas. In summer it is around 17 °C on average, cooler and slightly more humid than in Central Europe. In winter, the influence of the Gulf Stream ensures that temperatures on average level off around freezing point.
Food and drink
Is there more than Smörrebröd? – Yes there is. Marine fish in particular have a short path from the sea to the plate. Whether baked, deep-fried or smoked: Herring, cod, eel and plaice are popular, usually complemented by boiled potatoes. Roast pork and dairy products also have their place in the Danish kitchen, as well as a diverse range of flour and desserts. Coffee and beer dominate on the beverage side. Even if alcohol is relatively expensive for tax reasons, people like to warm themselves up with the glögg mulled wine drink in winter.
Denmark holidaymakers quickly get used to the ubiquity of the Danish flag (Dannebrog). This early example of simple, elegant Danish design supposedly dates back to Viking times and is still held in high esteem by the population. The Danes are considered friendly and reserved people, exuberant emotional outbursts in public are not their thing. Political discussions can also be safely avoided – as is always the case on vacation – especially when it comes to the historically not always unclouded relationship between Danes and Germans.
The health infrastructure in Denmark is very good.
Around the tourist hotspots in Copenhagen, tourists should take care of their bags and backpacks. Otherwise Denmark is a very safe country in terms of crime statistics.
No vaccinations are required for entry. For information on standard vaccinations, please refer to the current vaccination plan or vaccination calendar. We recommend that you take a first-aid kit with you. You should bring any medicines you will need on the trip as some are difficult to obtain. Before you leave, consult your family doctor about which medication would be useful. There are hospitals and dentists in the cities.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRIP
This trip is an outdoor trip to sometimes very remote regions where there is no infrastructure, just pure nature. Please be aware of this before you decide to take this trip. There are no sanitary facilities or power supply in the camp sites near Kuummiut and on the Rasmussen Glacier, we are in pure wilderness. At our Tasiilaq site there are only Dixie toilets and a large water tank for drinking water and for washing things up. In Tasiilaq and Kuummiut there is a “wash house” that is open on different days of the week and where you can shower for a fee. In Reykjavik, of course, all sanitary facilities are available at the camp. Eating out in Greenland is also very easy. Almost all products must be imported into the country by ship and have a long shelf life. The choice of possible menus is accordingly very limited. According to the character of this trip, you should be aware that the success depends on the team spirit of the group, mutual tolerance and openness towards the local nature and culture. We depend on your cooperation, for example, to help you prepare meals, do the dishes and fetch water, carry group equipment from the boat to the campsite and back, set up and dismantle the tent, etc. Last but not least, this even promotes team spirit in the group and, with all-round commitment, creates a special class travel experience with wonderful memories that will linger on for a long time.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR EQUIPMENT LIST (TENTS, CLOTHING)
During the whole trip we stay in tents that are provided by us (2-person igloo double-roof tents). For this reason, it is essential to bring a warm sleeping bag and a sleeping mat / self-inflating mat. In addition to warm functional clothing, you should definitely pack a rain jacket and trousers as well as ankle-high, waterproof hiking boots if possible. You will receive a checklist with your travel documents after booking, which should help you with your thoughts, but which does not claim to be exhaustive.
CHANGES TO THE ROUTE
Subject to change: Please note that the course of the program on this adventure trip must be variable depending on the weather and other influences (e.g. impassability of the paths). We also expressly reserve the right to change the overnight accommodation, as nature sets the rules in Greenland and it can never be ruled out that icebergs, for example, can impair the passage of some fjords. In such rare cases, however, there are always adequate alternatives, because East Greenland is so rich in fascinating landscapes and regions that with a certain flexibility we will not miss any of the incredible impressions, because those who are open to these circumstances will be richly rewarded by the tremendous experience of nature. Sometimes it is also advisable to adjust the itinerary slightly, when exciting natural phenomena emerge somewhere. However, these changes are always made in the interests of the group and the travel experience. Of course, we adhere to the tender to the best of our knowledge and belief, so that you can generally orientate yourself on the route plan.
Due to the relatively unpredictable weather conditions in Greenland, the boat transfer from Kulusuk Airport to Tasiilaq can in exceptional cases be replaced by a helicopter flight, which is then not part of the service. The costs for this are around € 120 per person and direction, which are paid by the participants on site. For the same reasons, we must point out that flights from Iceland to Greenland and back can generally be delayed due to weather conditions. In this case, all Greenland travelers, and thus also the participants of our groups, have to pay for any costs that arise due to a delayed return flight from Greenland to Iceland (accommodation, meals, flight rebooking) on site, which we expressly cannot cover. These cases are very rare.
Our hikes are geared towards the intensive experience of a country. Accordingly, it is more about enjoying nature and perceiving the landscape than about athletic performance. We take enough breaks so that there is time to pause and take photos. Nevertheless, you should have an average level of fitness and some hiking experience, especially for this trip. The hikes themselves are not particularly strenuous, but they mostly run in impassable, uneven terrain with some elevations of up to 700 meters in altitude, possibly even in bad weather. Our tour guides are trained hiking guides and always make sure to give all participants enough information in advance of the tours so that alternatives can be found if necessary.
BRINGING YOUR LUGGAGE
Basically, you only have to carry your daypack on trekking. The main luggage is transported by boat or van. We ask for your help in unloading and loading the group and main luggage from the boats and to carry it over short distances to the campsites.
Cars are driven in East Greenland, and only in the town of Tassilaq / Ammassalik. Luggage must be carried by the customer from the boats to the campsite and back (on the bank, max. 100 meters), as well as group luggage, group tent, cooking equipment, food. Or. in Iceland from the airport to the car, from the car to the campsite and back, etc. When the camps are in place, the excursions or hikes only take place with a daypack (picnic, water, camera, rain protection, sun protection etc.).