Summer brings back lots of memories in many people’s hearts. The sense of warmth on your face, the freedom, and longer days filled with lots of special times. It’s nostalgia in the most purest sense. I was lucky enough to spend part of my summer road-tripping through Denmark during the Covid-era. Julie was moving to Denmark to begin her studies and we had the time to explore the country for a few weeks. It was one of the best times I’ve had.
One of our first drives was to the northern most part of Denmark, Skagen, where both the Baltic and North Seas meet. Here the beach stretches as far as the eye can see and with the location so far north you have long days.
On this day, we went to a Selvplukk – self-picking strawberry farm. You pay at the end once you weight your strawberries and you’re allowed to eat as many strawberries as you can while you pick (or maybe that’s only for the kids). Also, it costs half of the price of store bought, which seems like the opposite of what happens in the US, where you pay more for the experience.
On one of the days we went to pick wild mushrooms in the forest with our favorite Danish family friends. You have to go deep into the forest to find the right spots where these mushrooms can be found. It was the first wild mushroom picking I’ve done and we found enough to make a tasty dinner meal.
I’ve never been to a strawberry farm, but if I ever have a garden somewhere in the north/cooler climates, then this is all that I would grow. These were perfect and sweeter and better than any store bought ones we’ve seen before.
Here the lavender grows wild and the butterflies and bees thrive during this time.
The sun shines for almost all of the day and you pass through endless fields of wheat and other crops.
The Danish beaches were so calm and open. We found no plastic anywhere and so it was something very rare to see.
Of course the towns were charming and beautiful during this time of the year.
So if you get the chance to go to Europe in the summer, then I would definitely recommend that you tour through Denmark. It’s not on the top of most people’s list, but you’ll find something that’s memorable there and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
Road tripping around Denmark is a very pleasant and easy experience. You’ll likely have good weather during the summer, although there’s still a chance for rain. It’s easy to drive and there so much to see along the way. Ask about anything on the western side of Denmark in the comments below.