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Chilly winter climes continue into February in Denmark with icy temperatures, snowy landscapes, and short, dark days. But despite freezing conditions, this Scandinavian gem offers a wealth of extraordinary winter adventures. Hit the slopes for a one-of-a-kind skiing experience in the heart of Denmark’s capital city. Celebrate culture at one of the many festivals held around the country, or venture to the rugged coastline of Skagen for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. From cultural gatherings to outdoor adventures, a trip to Denmark in February has something for everyone.

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People ice skating and playing ice hockey in Denmark in February.
Experience the exhilaration of ice skating and the thrill of ice hockey in Denmark's crisp February chill.

The weather in Denmark in February is extremely chilly, with the average daily temperature lingering at 4°C (39°F). The average nighttime temperature sits below freezing point at around -3 °C (27°F ). While the country is still in the grips of winter until mid-February, temperatures gradually begin to rise towards the end of the month, and there are subtle signs of the impending arrival of spring. As the month progresses, daylight hours extend, with an average of eight to nine hours of sunshine. While February sees occasional breaks in cloud cover, with the sun making brief appearances, most days are still overcast and cloudy. The country receives eight days of snowfall on average.

For a more detailed month-by-month overview, read our article on the best time to visit Denmark.


Children queue up to hit a barrel to celebrate Fastelavn.
Watch children dress up in fancy clothes to "hit the cat out of the barre" as a part of Fastelavn.
Three pieces of Æbleskiver sprinkled with powdered sugar and jam.
Enjoy hearty portions of Æbleskiver or ball-shaped pancakes during breakfast on a cold February morning in Denmark.

 Bundle up and make the most of the beautiful snowy landscapes and winter activities before spring. From culture to cuisine, here are the best reasons to book your Denmark trip in February.

  • Low crowds and rates: February in Denmark is a quiet month for tourism, so you can enjoy Denmark’s beautiful landscapes, top attractions, and popular activities without the summer crowds. You’ll also find accommodation at lower rates.
  • Winter culinary delights: Winter cuisine in Denmark reflects a comforting and hearty character, with dishes designed to warm the soul in the colder months. February is the perfect time to tuck into traditional dishes like Rødkål med Appelsin (red cabbage with orange), Stegt Flæsk med Persillesovs (fried pork with parsley sauce), and round, fluffy pancakes known as Æbleskiver.
  • Festivals: February in Denmark is packed with festivals celebrating everything from music, theater, art, and film to gay pride. Celebrate the traditional Fastelavn in Copenhagen, enjoy a range of music at the Winter Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Winter Music Festival, and learn about the art of beer-making at the Mikkeller Baghaven Beer Festival. The Frost Festival, Denmark's largest multicultural event, and the annual Copenhagen Fair at Bella Center Exhibition Center are also held in February.


Lovelocks on a Danish bridge.
Embrace the romance of Valentine's Day by locking your love on Bryggebroen bridge

February in Denmark offers a mix of traditional charm and off-the-beaten-track adventures, making it an ideal time for cultural exploration and outdoor pursuits. Embrace the cherished Danish tradition of winter bathing by dipping in the chilly sea. Several coastal towns, including Copenhagen, organize winter bathing events where participants plunge into icy waters for a refreshing and invigorating experience. Head to Fisketorvet, the Brygge Islands, or Sluseholmen, where newbies and seasonal winter bathers can dive into the clear, albeit chilly waters.

Grab your skis and hit the slopes on CopenHill in the heart of Copenhagen. CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, combines a waste-to-energy power plant and a recreational facility featuring a state-of-the-art artificial ski slope on its exterior. In February, the facility transforms into a winter wonderland, with its ski slope blanketed in fake snow. The slope caters to various skill levels, making it suitable for beginners and more experienced skiers.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Denmark with an array of romantic activities. Enjoy a cozy dinner in one of the restaurants along the colorful waterfront of Nyhavn with beautiful views of the picturesque harbor. Book a couples' spa package for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation by the sea at Kurhotel Skodsborg north of Copenhagen. Escape to the charming town of Ebeltoft on the Jutland Peninsula, stroll through cobblestone streets, and visit the Old Town. Head to the northern tip of Jutland and enjoy a romantic seaside retreat in Skagen, where two seas meet. Delight in cherry wines at Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin, a picturesque winery on the island of Lolland. Take a guided tour and indulge in wine tasting in a romantic countryside setting.

Need Help Planning Your February Trip to Denmark?

In February, Denmark may be chilly, but there are plenty of adventures! From ice swimming and city skiing to coastal adventures and festival fun, you’ll find many incredible things to do in Denmark in February.

For a customized trip to Denmark, contact our local travel experts to arrange a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in this Scandinavian gem.

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Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on February 12, 2024

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