Is wild camping allowed in Denmark?

No, wild camping and standing free are unfortunately not officially allowed in Denmark. However, there are many forests and areas where wild camping is explicitly permitted. There are also grey areas that allow you to spend the night in nature.

Last researched: Autumn 2020

Fines of 5 € to 500 € may be imposed in Denmark for free standing or wild camping away from advertised camping or tent sites.

However, there are several designated forests where wild camping is permitted for one night. However, for these places some rules have to be followed:

  • The stay is limited to one night.
  • A maximum of six people or 2 tents may be set up.
  • Fire is only allowed in designated places.
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

There is another grey area allowing for bivouacking.

Cliffs in Denmark
Cliffs in Denmark
Camping on the coast
Camping on the coast

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Denmark

Denmark is one of the smaller countries in Europe. Denmark's landscape is dominated by the sea. With a 7.000 km long coast at the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the country offers a multiplicity of sandy beaches that invite you to take a swim. The mainland is characterized by its hilly landscape and dense forests. To make your journey through Denmark easier, we have put together a few tips and tricks with the help of the Caravanya Community.

Stay
Outside the breeding season (which lasts from March to August), it is allowed to stay on the coast and in nature reserves day and night. Even if wild camping is not allowed, you are allowed to stay without a tent in these regions. If you want to stay on private property, you still have to ask the owner for permission in advance.

By motorhome/campervan
In Denmark, you are only allowed to stay on campsites with a motorhome or campervan. However, resting in the vehicle is permitted to regain the fitness to drive. However, you should pay attention to the signs on the pitches. There are parking spaces that expressly prohibit the parking of motorhomes.

Fishing
Denmark is a popular destination for anglers due to its proximity to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Fishing in Denmark is only allowed with a fishing license. However, you can buy it directly on the spot without having to pass any tests. Also, there are even campsites with a "sport fishing" notice. Here you are right on the water, you can buy fishing permits and there are cleaning areas and freezers.

Gardens
The Danes are very open and hospitable people. In recent years more and more Danes have opened their gardens to provide campers with a free pitch. Such pitches can be recognized by signs with a white heart with two footprints in a green circle. Of course, you should still talk to the owner and ask for permission.

By the way: According to a study by the ADAC, Denmark ranks eighth among the cheapest camping countries in Europe. For example, two adults with one child pay an average of 40.49 € for an overnight stay on a campsite, including parking space and ancillary costs.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Denmark

Denmark, a relatively flat country, is nothing new. For this reason, it is also one of the most popular countries for cyclists. Most people also know that LEGO comes from Denmark. But did you know how many LEGO bricks each person has on average? Or that the biggest tire manufacturer in the world comes from Denmark? These and other facts have been gathered here for you.

Fact #1 - Tyre manufacturer
The largest tire manufacturer in the world comes from Denmark. With around 500 million tires produced each year, LEGO is in the first place, even if the tires are not very large.

Fact #2 - Jump into the New Year
Every country has its customs when it comes to the beginning of the New Year. At midnight the Danes jump from chairs or armchairs into the New Year; that brings luck.

Fact #3 - Play well
Another LEGO fact for you: LEGO comes from the Danish "leg godt" and means "play well". By the way, every person in the world has an average of 56 LEGO bricks.

Fact #4 - Hot Dogs
Many people automatically think of America when they think of hot dogs, but the Danes also love their hot dogs, here known as "Pølser". An average of 3 million hot dogs is sold in Denmark every year.

Fact #5 - Dannebrog
The Dannebrog is the Danish flag. It is so important for the Danes that there is a manual for them in which the handling is laid down. The manual is 64 pages long.

Fact #6 - Little cash
The Danes are increasingly switching from cash to card payment or online payment. You can even pay at cloakrooms and flea markets with a card and rarely need cash.

Fact #7 - The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a story by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. In 1913 a statue was erected in Copenhagen that attracts over a million visitors every year.

Fact #8 - Pork meat
Danes like to eat pork, from the bacon in the morning to hot dogs at noon and roast pork in the evening. That's why there are so many pigs here, about 13 million.

Fact #9 - Hygge
Hygge describes the Danish lifestyle. It describes a feeling of coziness and warmth, but cannot be translated as coziness because it is more than that.

Fact #10 - Tivoli
Tivoli is a well-known leisure and recreation park in Copenhagen. It was opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest theme park in the world. The oldest park "Dyrehavsbakken" is also located in Denmark.

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