Discover exceptional value in Denmark this Autumn
1 October 2009
Everybody knows that school holidays and half-term breaks are the most expensive times of the year to travel, with prices peaking accordingly during these periods.
Denmark, however, bucks this trend – and with prices over the October half-term being around 45-55% lower than during the height of summer, Denmark’s unbeatable combination of fun-filled attractions and unspoiled “Great Outdoors” make this the perfect destination for a value-packed autumn break.
Some of the best seasonal deals are on holiday cottages, which can be found all around the country and in particular the scenic coastal regions. Novasol (novasol.dk), a specialist holiday accommodation provider, has some particularly attractive discounts during this period.
For example, Lodbjerg Hede (a comfortable, seaside cottage in the West Jutland region) is available to rent for £440 over half-term week – representing an incredible saving of £759 on the peak-season price. The house sleeps 12 and boasts fantastic facilities including an indoor swimming pool and is very close to one of West Jutland’s typically wide, sandy beaches – making it ideal for a spot of kite-flying in the autumn winds (tgv.dk).
Should the weather not be suitable for outdoor activities, there are plenty of indoor attractions at which kids can burn off their energy. The newest place to stay is at Legoland Billund Resort, which opened earlier this year at Billund in South Jutland with Denmark’s largest Aquadome tropical waterpark and Monky Tonky Land providing an indoor play area with fun for all the family.
Alternatively, its sister property Lalandia Resort is located on the south coast of Lolland (lalandia.dk), and offers a large range of indoor activities including badminton, archery, a fitness centre and spa.
There are watery wonders to discover at the Jutland Aquarium (jyllandsakvariet.dk), which features touch tanks allowing close encounters with sharks, crabs and other marine creatures; while at the Kystcentret Thyborøn (kystcentret.com), children can discover all kinds of amphibians and reptiles as well as learning about (and creating!) their own weather. Or for wildlife encounter in their natural environment, the Seal and Wadden Sea Safaris (naturesafari.dk) depart each day from Esbjerg Harbour to view Denmark’s largest population of spotted seals.
Those of a more swashbuckling nature can try the Viking Museum (ribesvikinger.dk) in the historic city of Ribe, while further encounters can be found at the nearby Viking Centre, home to a reconstructed Viking village. Parents, meanwhile, will enjoy Ribe’s unique charm; as the oldest city in Denmark, Ribe’s cobbled streets lined with colourful, half-timbered houses are a joy to explore (sydjylland.dk).
West Jutland is not the only region where families can get away from it all this half-term. Elsewhere in Denmark, other fantastic family attractions include the sweet factory at Bolcheriet Løkken (bolcheriet.dk), on the north-west Jutland coast, where visitors can watch lollipops and boiled sweets being made by hand and then buy them straight from the shop (visitnordjylland.dk).
Over in Aarhus, Den Gamle By (‘The Old Town’) contains old-style shops, gardens and workshops that have been brought from all over Denmark to create a unique, living museum capturing a snapshot of a time gone by (dengamleby.dk and visitaarhus.com).
With so many family-friendly attractions and activities to discover this autumn, Denmark’s coastal regions offer endless opportunities for a fun-packed half-term break – whatever the weather.
Getting to Denmark from the UK has never been easier. DFDS Seaways (dfds.co.uk) sails from Harwich to Esbjerg, while Norwegian (norwegian.com/en) and Ryanair (ryanair.com).
For more on Denmark, including the latest offers go to: visitdenmark.com