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Denmark Northern Lights

The northern lights in Denmark are considered to be a celestial spectacle during which the hues of vibrant light dance across the sky in marvellous colours. Many people especially visit Denmark to witness this fantastic nordic natural highlight experience.

But Northern Lights can be seen only a few times a year and not every day, depending upon the weather and the clarity of the sky. Some of the best places to see the northern lights include Kjul Strand, Grenen, Faroe Islands archipelago, Thy National Park, and Samsø as they are remote destinations having less pollution. These places are located on the extreme north and exhibit perfect weather conditions, which increases the prospects of seeing the Northern Lights.

The best time to see northern lights in Denmark is between April to September when the nights are darker, and the sky is less cloudy. During this time, the long hours of darkness prevail, which enhances the opportunity for seeing the aurora. So pack your bags and get ready to catch the fantastic sight of the Northern Lights by visiting Denmark.
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Essential Information About Northern Lights in Denmark


Best Time to See Northern Lights in Denmark

The northern lights are present year-round, but you can't see them when the nights are light. The best time to see northern lights in Denmark is considered to be between April to September when the sky remains cloudless, and the nights are darker, giving more opportunity to witness this phenomenon.

During this time, the sun doesn't dip far enough below the horizon, paving the way for a longer period of darkness, which further supports this phenomenon.

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Conditions to Witness Northern lights

Clear sky and less cloudy weather are one of the best times to see northern lights in Denmark as the aurora lies above the highest clouds, and if it is cloudy, you won't be able to see this phenomenon happening.

If there is a storm, then you will not be able to see the northern lights.

The days close to the full moon are also not considered to be the best time to see northern lights in Denmark to witness the Northern Light as the sky may be too bright.

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How to reach Denmark?

- By Air: Denmark's major airport is Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, which is the largest in the Nordic region. It is connected to all the major destinations in the world. Many airports are also located at Aalborg, Billund, and Esbjerg, which receive flights from Scandinavia and the UK. SAS Scandinavian Airlines is the major carrier followed by Transavia, Easyjet, Norwegian, and Ryanair.

- By Sea: 
Frequent ferry connections are available from Denmark and Norway. Denmark also has various ferry routes between the UK and Scandinavia. The major operators are Color Line, Bornholmstrafikken, DFDS Seaways, HH-Ferries, Fjordline, Polferries, Stena Line and Scandlines.

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What Causes Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are caused due to billions of collisions in the Earth's atmosphere between the gaseous particles with charged particles that are released from the sun's atmosphere.

These collisions totally excite the molecules present in the Earth's atmosphere due to which these molecules release energy, and they emit light. This creates vibrant hues of green, pink, blue, and violet dancing in the night sky, which is termed as Northern Lights.

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How Can I Photograph The Northern Lights?

To photograph the Northern Lights, you need to use a long exposure setting in your camera. This means that your camera's shutter should stay open for a longer duration, letting more light in.

You should not try to snap the photo in a fraction of a second.

It's advisable to use a shutter speed of 10 or more seconds. The slower shutter speed typically means that you will have to stay still to prevent the photograph from being blurry.

Use a tripod as it will ensure sturdiness for better photography.

Unknown Facts about Northern Lights

Northern Lights is also known as Aurora Borealis. Aurora is the goddess of dawn, and Boreas is the popular Greek term for the north wind.

People have claimed to witness the Northern Lights since 1619.

Inuits believed that the lights were the spirits of their ancestors who were playing a game with a skull that was used as the ball.

The different colors of the Northern Lights occur due to a diverse range of gas particles.

The most common color that you can observe during this phenomenon is pale yellow-green, followed by a mix of green and red.

Places to See Northern Lights in Denmark


The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands, located between the North Atlantic and the Norwegian Sea, is considered to be one of the best places to see northern lights in Denmark as it is less developed than the other parts of Europe.

This remoteness ensures less light pollution leading to a clear aurora viewing experience. The skies here mostly remain clear, paving the way for greater chances of viewing the Northern Lights in its full galore. During the dark winter months, people visit this island in a huge number to have a spectacular view of the Northern Lights.


Grenen is a peninsula that sits at the northernmost part of Denmark and is known to be one of the best places to catch an expansive view of the Northern Lights.

It is not so developed and remains uncrowded at most times of the year leading to less pollution and more chances of clear sky that is ideal for viewing the Northern Lights. The best thing about this area is that it gives an amazing view of the northern sky looking towards Norway in the north and Gothenburg in the east.

Kjul Strand

Kjul Strand is a stunning beach located outside the quaint town of Hirtshals, and it offers the stunning view of northern lights in Denmark. It is the place from which ferries leave for most of the ports on Norway's southern coast.

The northern view and northern location of this beach make it an ideal spot to see the northern lights. Another impressive factor about this beach, which makes it the best spot to see the northern lights, is that it has less light pollution in comparison to the nearby towns, which thereby supports the phenomenon of Aurora Borealis.

Nationalpark Thy

Thy  National Park is considered to be one of the best places to see northern lights in Denmark as it offers excellent northerly views. Located on the western coast of Denmark, a few parts of the national park will allow you to witness the aurora borealis in the best way due to their northern location.

Under dark sky conditions, you can have a spectacular view of the Northern Lights from here just by looking north from the coast or northwest. The weather condition also remains ideal over here with a clear sky and uncloudy weather that are crucial factors to see the Northern Lights.


Samsø is a beautiful island that is known for its remoteness, clear weather, and spectacular views, which makes it an ideal site to see northern lights in Denmark. The best thing about this island is that it is located further north than the other locations making it one of the best places to see northern lights in Denmark.

The pollution level over here is less, which further increases the prospect of seeing the northern lights. But sometimes the view might be obstructed due to the lights coming from Aarhus, which is an urbane city located due north of this island on the Danish mainland.

Other Things To Do In Denmark


Climb The Råbjerg Mile

Climbing the Råbjerg Mile that is a migrating sand dune that moves about fifteen meters per year is considered to be one of the best things to do in Denmark if you wish to pace up your adrenaline level.

Once you reach the top of the dune, you'll be able to witness the splendid view of the nearby areas and lush greenery that prevails here. More than two lakh people come here annually to climb to the top of this amazing feat of nature, but only a few are able to make it to the top.

Explore Egeskov Castle in Funen

Your trip to Denmark is not complete if you have not marveled at the breathtaking beauty of Egeskov Castle that is considered to be one of the most popular buildings in Europe.

This castle has a magical setting as it is located in the middle of a lake and is surrounded by lush green gardens. It is built in the Renaissance style and has a working moat and elegant spires. You can witness here an amazing display of old cars and a period costume exhibit.

Visit The Buried Church in Skagen

Another interesting activity that you must try in Denmark is visiting the buried church that is located in the seaside area of Skagen. This church is dedicated to Saint Laurence, and it dates back to the 14th century.

You can witness only the church tower as the rest of the church is buried inside the sand. It was considered to be the largest church in the olden era, but as the nearby sands started drifting here over the years, the building got entirely covered by the sand.

Go Underground at the Maritime Museum

Constructed by star architect Bjarke Ingels, the Maritime Museum is an iconic underground museum that gives you an enthralling tour of the maritime history of Denmark.

It is considered to be the most innovative and interactive museum in Denmark, where you can learn details about the lives of sailors and their popular perceptions. The entire museum is shaped like a huge ship, and you can witness here a huge array of thematic exhibits.

Build a Tower at Legoland in Billund

This is one of the best activities that you can enjoy with your kids at Legoland that is home to around twenty-five acres of Lego-themed parks. At Lego House Billund you can also witness an astonishing forty million blocks of Lego from which you can build a tower. The kids can also enjoy these thrilling rides, and they can even play in themed areas such as Pirateland, Duplo land, and Castleland.

Explore the Viking Museum

Experience the maritime history of Denmark at the Viking Museum that is mainly famed for exhibiting the five famous ships that were deliberately sunk in the year 1070.

You can also explore this museum to have an in-depth experience of how the Vikings lived in the olden era. You can dress up as Viking and sit on a reconstructed boat to walk into the Viking era. The museum also exhibits Viking Age structures and various parts of a human skeleton.

Visit the Little Mermaid Statue

Stay in awe as you visit the Little Mermaid statue, which is an iconic site in Denmark. This beautiful sculpture is around a hundred years old and takes inspiration from the famous story of the Little Mermaid.

The bronze sculpture of the Little Mermaid sits on the shoreline on a rock, and it seems to gaze towards the land bringing into reality the party of the story where she was said to be in love with a prince.

Go to Kronborg Castle

One of the best things to do in Denmark is exploring the Kronborg Castle that was the setting for the famous play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. It has also been listed to be UNESCO World Heritage Site and has ornate wood carvings and a castle chapel.

The architecture is inspired by the Renaissance period, and it houses Knight's Hall in the center of the building and ancient tapestries on the western end of the castle.

People Also Ask About Denmark

  1. How often does Aurora Borealis happen in Denmark?

    There is no particular frequency that can be estimated about aurora borealis happening in Denmark. Most likely, aurora borealis happens year-round, but the best time to see northern lights in Denmark is between April to September when the sky remains cloudless, and the nights are darker.
  2. Can you see the northern lights in Denmark?

    Yes, you can see the northern lights in Denmark at Kjul Strand, Grenen, Faroe Islands archipelago, Nationalpark Thy, and Samsø. These are the remote locations with less light pollution increasing the prospects of seeing the Northern Lights.
  3. What colour are the Northern Lights?

    The northern lights can be pink, red, green, blue, or violet in color.
  4. When do the Northern Lights occur?

    The Northern Lights occur year-round when the sky is clear and cloudless, but the best time to see northern lights in Denmark is between April to September when the nights are darker, and the weather is extremely pleasant.
  5. Where can I see some of the best northern lights in Denmark?

    1. Kjul Strand: This magnificent beach near the charming town of Hirtshals is one of the best places to witness the spectacular vistas of the Northern Lights in Denmark. It is here where you can savour a mesmerising evening under the twinkling stars and the spectral glow of the Aurora Borealis. Its tranquil environment complements the celestial phenomenon, turning an ordinary night into a surreal experience.

    2. Grenen: Located where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea converge, this northernmost beach of Denmark is another prime location for viewing the Northern Lights. As you stand on the sands of Grenen, holding hands, you will witness the magical dance of the Northern Lights across the vast sky. This beautiful backdrop adds to the romantic atmosphere, making it an unforgettable night.

    3. Faroe Islands archipelago: Floating between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islands archipelago is an extraordinary place to witness the Northern Lights in Denmark. In this remote paradise, you can embark on a scenic cruise around the islands or soak up the local culture in the cosy coastal villages. The thrill of the Aurora hunt and the seclusion of the location also ensure that your experience here is unique and memorable.

    4. Nationalpark Thy: Nestled in northern Jutland, the Nationalpark Thy offers you not only a chance to see the Northern Lights but also the thrill of outdoor activities. You can hike through the untouched landscape, cycle along the trails, or spot the park's diverse wildlife. The frosty winter months offer the best chance to witness the ethereal spectacle of the Northern Lights painting the sky.

    5. Samsø: A charming island in the Kattegat Sea, Samsø is another top place to see the Northern Lights in Denmark and promises a delightful mix of stunning landscapes and outdoor activities. While you explore the island's picturesque villages or walk hand in hand along the coast, keep an eye on the sky for the grand appearance of the Northern Lights. The tranquil island setting adds to the magic, making Samsø an ideal destination for romantic views of the Northern Lights.
  6. What month is best to see the Northern Lights?

    April to September is considered to be the best time to see northern lights in Denmark as the nights are darker, and the sky is less cloudy, increasing the chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
  7. Do the Northern Lights happen every night in Denmark?

    No, the Northern Lights do not occur every night in Denmark. The weather needs to be clear and cloudless to see the Aurora Borealis. If there is a storm or a cloudy night sky, then you won't be able to see Northern Lights. April to September is considered to be the best time to see northern lights in Denmark.
  8. Are the Aurora Borealis and the Northern Lights different?

    No, the Aurora Borealis and the Northern lights are not different. Aurora Borealis is considered to be the scientific and official name for the Northern Lights.
  9. How long does Northern Lights last?

    The Northern lights commonly appear in the evening when it gets dark and continues till late at night.
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