Because we are a small country there are plenty of opportunities for you to go travel and see some Danish nature in the rest of Denmark while spending a semester in Aarhus. We will provide you with a few places to visit, but feel free to comment and add more yourself if you have some nice spots around in Denmark!
You can travel either with bus or train, but for students the bus is often cheaper 😉 One of the companies is Sort billet which is the cheapest, but otherwise you can use Flixbus or the train with DSB.
During the spring, summer and fall you will most likely find us on the streets and enjoying the weather, whereas in the winter we will more go to museums, cinemas etc. and of course the most important: spending a lot of time with family and friends and just HYGGE.
Otherwise I like to have a walk by the sea – in fact I have my favourite spots in my hometown down there 🙂
Silkeborg and Himmebjerget
One place you need to visit while staying in Denmark is Silkeborg which is 40 minutes away by train from Aarhus. It is a smaller city but there are still a lot of things to do, you should definitely have a walk by the lakes and do a hike to Himmelbjerget, which is one of the highest points in Denmark.
Jelling is a small village today, but was Denmark’s first capital in the days of the great Vikings. Jelling is on UNCESCO and is considered one of the world’s heritage, because of the famous stone.
The Jelling stones (Danish: Jellingstenene) are massive carved runestones from the 10th century, found at the town of Jelling in Denmark. The older of the two Jelling stones was raised by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife Thyra. The larger of the two stones was raised by King Gorm’s son, Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents, celebrating his conquest of Denmark and Norway, and his conversion of the Danes to Christianity. The runic inscriptions on these stones are considered the best known in Denmark.
Jelling have furthermore a FREE museum called Home of the Viking Kings
You can visit this museum while being in Jelling and learn about the history.
The museum has just been updated with new visuals and interactions for both children and adults.
Furthermore, the landscape that surrounds Jelling such as the cities called Vejle, Skibet, Grejsdalen and Faarup Sø are all characterized and shaped by the ice age.
I bet you were having some LEGO as a kid? But did you know it is from Denmark and that the original park is in Billund? Billund is about 1:30 hour away from Aarhus by train. However there is not that much to do in Billund besides the LEGOLAND and the new LEGO-house, but if you want to find your inner child again, we highly recommend you to take a day and go there!
The most northerly place in Denmark, but definitely also a must see for you! If you go all the way out to what in Danish is called “Grenen” you will be able to see where the two oceans meets and be able to have a feet in each one, and also seals if you are lucky 🙂 You can either walk around 20 minutes next to the sea, or you can take the “Sandormen”, which is a kind of a bus that drives you out there and back again for a small amount.
In the city of Skagen you will be find a small city with some nice shops and also a great harbour. Once a year, but always at the same time, in week 29, a lot of young Danish people go to Skagen to have a party and enjoy the summer.
In the area around Skagen is there also a lot of things to see and visit, but we will recommend you to rent a car to go there, since this will be much easier for you. One of the things you can visit is “Raabjerg Mile”, which basically just is a huge amount of sand, that moves in average 15 meters a year because of the wind, but ake a hike in the sand and find your inner child again – but you need to be prepared for a lot of wind as well 😉
Fanø and Rømø
If you go more towards the southwest of Jutland you should definitely take some time to visit the two smaller islands Fanø and Rømø, which both is a part of the Danish Wadden Sea islands. Both of the islands is quite small, so don’t expect to spend a lot of time there, but if you want to have a feeling of a small Danish community you need to go here!
One thing about the islands that is quite special is that you legally can drive on the beaches.
On the small island in between Jutland and Zealand you there are also a few things you should see if you have the time to go there.
The best preserved Renaissance water castle in Europe is located on the southern part of Funen. Egeskov consist both of a castle, some museums and also a big garden to have a nice walk in.
If you decide to go to Zealand there is a lot of things to visit besides Copenhagen.
Does Hamlet and Shakespeare ring a bell? That is from Denmark too, and the history is actually about a Danish prince. As well as the “Jellingestenene” Kronborg has also been added on the list from UNCESCO.
You can both have a walk by yourself outside the castle, but also get a ticket and get into the different rooms in the castle.
If you decide to go into the castle you should definitely also go down into the basement and have a look at a Statue of Holger the Dane, which there is a myth about that when Denmark is in danger he will wake up and protect us.
If you are going to the southern part of Zealand and some of the islands, you should go visit Møns klint which is a big chalk cliff. Some of the cliffs are around 120 down to the water, but otherwise is there a lot of other nature around this area you should have a look at while over there.