ABOUT Denmark is made up of the mainland peninsula called Jutland and over 400 scattered islands. The largest of Denmark’s islands, Sealand, is where you’ll find the capital city, Copenhagen. Denmark is part of Scandinavia and shares a similar geography with the south of Sweden, to which it is attached via the Oresund Bridge, and Germany, with which it shares a land border. Apart from the long border 42 miles with Germany to the south, Denmark is surrounded entirely by water. The furthest you can be from the coast at any point in Denmark is only 32 miles. At its West Coast, it touches The North Sea and this coastline is dominated by long, windswept stretches of sand and dunes. The North Coast runs up into the Kattegat and Skagerrak seas and is also a dynamic coast, with some of Northern Europe’s biggest shifting sand dunes. To the east, you’ll find a more sheltered coast and the calm waters of the Baltic Sea.

CLIMATE The Danish climate is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream and is therefore milder than surrounding Scandinavian countries. Denmark has four distinct season. The spring months, April to May, are the mildest, while the summer months of June, July and August are the hottest. Autumn, from September to November, tends to be rainy and more overcast. Winter runs from December to March and is normally cold, with frost and snow.

BEWARE Crime levels are low, but the tourist season attracts pickpockets and bag-snatchers in crowded areas. Keep your personal belongings, including passports and money, secure. You should also keep an eye on luggage, including in the overhead baggage compartment, when travelling on trains to and from the airport. There has been an increase in incidents where belongings have gone missing. The areas of Christiania and Nørrebro in Copenhagen are generally trouble-free, but there have been occasional disturbances and confrontations with the authorities. In Nørrebro there have been a number of instances of violence between Hells Angels and minority groups, which have included stabbings and shootings. While these incidents are mainly gang related and localised you should take extra care in these areas, particularly late at night.