Denmark by motorhome: tips, locations, itineraries

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Does Scandinavia appeal to you? If so, we’d like to take you on a motorhome tour of Denmark. It’s the ideal way to visit this country without spending too much.

Denmark may not be the first place you think of when you think of visiting the Scandinavian countries. Yet it is not lacking in charm, and has the advantage of being the closest to France. It is made up of a territory attached to the mainland, Jutland, and numerous islands. The main ones are Fionie, home of Hans Christian Andersen, and Seeland, where the capital, Copenhagen, is located. Bridges allow you to cross from one part of the country to the other, as well as to Sweden. So you can visit the whole of Denmark from France without having to take a ferry.

Route ideas in Denmark by motorhome

At 43,094 km2, Denmark is only slightly larger than Switzerland, making it ideal for exploration in one, two or three weeks.

Denmark in a week

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In one week, for example, you could do a tour including Ribe, Billund (home of Legoland), Aarhus in Jutland, then Odense and Nyborg in Fionie, ending in Seeland, with Copenhagen.

Denmark in two weeks

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In two weeks, you can extend this tour by adding Viborg in central Jutland, Skagen in northern Jutland, Svenbord, the Tasinge Islands and Langeland in Fynland, and Kronborg Slot in Seeland.

Denmark in three weeks

In three weeks, you can choose to follow the coast, passing through Ringkobing and Hostelbro before heading for Aalborg and Skagen, then down to Aarhus and on to Fionie and Seeland.

How to reach Denmark from France

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If you’re renting locally, you can choose to travel to Denmark by plane, train or bus. There are numerous flights to Copenhagen and other major cities, so use Ulysse to make your choice. By train, you’ll find all the details on DB France, the French site of the Scandinavian rail company. Allow 14 to 18 hours for the journey. With Eurolines buses, you’ll need just over 18 hours from Paris.

How and where to rent a motorhome in France?

If you want to leave directly from home, you can rent a motorhome in France. To make it even easier, you can use the Yescapa application.

How does it work?

  • First, you need to choose the motorhome in your city (e.g. Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse, Paris, Montpellier or Marseille).
  • Choose your vehicle according to type, sleeping capacity and mileage. And make sure the owner authorizes you to leave the country.
  • Send an online rental request to the owner. In it, specify all the information relating to your trip.
  • If accepted, you will meet the owner for the first time and visit the motorhome.
  • On the day of your departure, you will pay the deposit to the owner after signing the contract. An inventory of fixtures will be made in order to complete the contract.
  • That’s it! You can visit Denmark in your motorhome and enjoy your stay! On your return, you can simply take stock of the situation.

Renting a motorhome in France

How and where to rent a motorhome in Denmark?

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If you’re flying to Denmark, it’s possible to rent your motorhome on the spot. However, it’s advisable to use online platforms and reserve your motorhome before you leave. This will ensure that you have the vehicle you need to visit Denmark in a van or camper van.

Renting is very simple on these sites. Enter your travel dates and the city where you’d like to rent your motorhome. Search by number of spaces, price and vehicle type. Then make a request and pay online if accepted. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail, and that’s it! Now all you have to do is pick up your camper van or motorhome and explore Denmark!

Rent a motorhome in Denmark

Driving a motorhome in Denmark: the rules you need to know

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On the whole, driving in Denmark is similar to that in France. Danes are very respectful of the highway code, and traffic flows smoothly. However, there are a few notable differences:

  • You must drive with your low beam on, day and night.
  • Priority is given to green travel. It’s imperative to give way to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Forget the right-of-way principle at intersections.
  • Parking distances must be respected: leave five meters before a crosswalk, a cyclist crossing or a double yellow line, and ten meters in the vicinity of an intersection.
  • Don’t leave the engine running unless technically necessary.
  • The green light is preceded by an orange phase.

Holders of a European license are exempt from the international permit requirement.

The road network is in good condition, and freeways are free of charge. Speed limits are :

  • 130 km/h on freeways, but many stretches are limited to 110 km/h
  • 80 km/h on the road
  • 50 km/h in built-up areas
  • There are also 40, 30 and even 15 km/h zones in urban areas.
  • However, there are two toll zones:

    • The Storebælt (bridge linking Fionie and Seeland): Tolls vary according to the length and weight of your vehicle. For example, it costs 370 Danish kroner (approx. €43) for a vehicle between 6 and 10 m long and weighing less than 3,500 kg. Detailed rates are available at https://www.storebaelt.dk/english/toll-charges. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card. Campers must use the manual payment lane and not the blue payment lane. This rule enables the tollbooth operator to check the vehicle’s characteristics, in order to apply the right price.
    • Øresund Bridge (linking Denmark and Sweden): the price is €106 for a vehicle between 6 and 10 m long. If you plan to cross the same bridge on the way back, you’d better buy a BroPas. It costs €43, but allows you to pay half price. The round trip will cost you €149 instead of €212.

    Motorhome parks

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    Unauthorized camping is prohibited in Denmark and carries heavy fines. However, there are a large number of free sites with basic facilities. To find out where they are, you can download a free app such as Park4night, Campercontact or campingcarinfos. They’ll also give you the coordinates of the sites. Don’t forget to buy a camping card, which entitles you to discounts.

    Some notable camping areas on your route:

    • Ribecamping, on the edge of a forest ;
    • Blommenslyst-camping, near Odense, in a very natural environment;
    • Charlottenlund, on the outskirts of Copenhagen and close to a beautiful beach. Housed in a former fort, it offers parking close to the capital, which can be reached in around 30 minutes by frequent bus services;
    • Roskylde camping, with views over the fjord.

    Don’t hesitate to book your pitch in advance. You’ll be given a code, which will enable you to arrive on site outside opening hours.

    What’s the best time of year to visit Denmark in a motorhome?

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    The climate is not as harsh as one might expect from a Scandinavian country. It’s true that it’s the most southerly of the Scandinavian countries, but it’s also blessed with coasts influenced by the Gulf Stream.

    Winters are not very cold, with temperatures rarely dipping below 0°. You could therefore consider visiting Denmark by van at any time of year.

    The major drawback is the length of the sunshine. It’s hard to visit a country when the sun doesn’t rise before 8.30 a.m. and sets from 3.30 p.m. onwards. The best months, with pleasant temperatures and long days, are between May and September. If you want to visit Denmark in a converted van outside the local school vacations, you’ll need to avoid the period from late June to early August.

    Bon voyage!