An archipelago of no less than 443 named islands, it’s perhaps no surprise that Denmark gained a wide reputation as a powerful seafaring nation as early as the 10th century when it first emerged as a unified kingdom. Even before then, Danish Vikings were colonising, raiding and trading right across Europe – including England of course, where Sweyn Forkbeard imposed Danelaw in 1013 as its first Danish king. Denmark today is a prosperous, progressive land with high social mobility and an even higher standard of living. In fact it’s regularly ranked as the happiest country in the world – and you’ll quickly discover why on this eye-opening tour of Denmark.
The scrupulously clean, smart, yet relaxed city of Copenhagen is a revelation. Perhaps best known for the Carlsberg Brewery, the Little Mermaid, the Royal Danish Theatre and the renowned storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, there’s an intriguing connection between all four. The bronze statue was commissioned by the son of the founder of Carlsberg who was fascinated by a ballet performed in the Royal Theatre based on Andersen’s fairytale of a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea to gain the love of a human prince. You’ll see all these iconic places on your tour of Denmark – as well as the picturesque and colourful Nyhavn (New Harbour), the Houses of Parliament (the Christiansborg),
the magnificent Amalienborg Palace and the world famous Tivoli pleasure gardens - the second oldest amusement park in the world. Your tour of Denmark will also take you to historic Roskilde, the country’s ancient capital that dates back even earlier than the 10th century reign of Harald Bluetooth. You’ll visit its magnificent gothic cathedral, the baroque masterpiece of Fredericksborg Slot, and the world’s finest Viking museum. Seeing their wonderfully preserved ships close up will be yet another reminder on your Denmark tour of how this remarkable race conquered the seas of the world more than a thousand years ago.