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There is an unmistakable hint of approaching winter in Denmark in November. As fall gives way to winter, the air gets chilly outside, and those with a keen nose will pick the scent of wood smoke and mulled wine. This is a wonderful time to plan a Denmark trip to explore galleries and museums, take scenic drives in the countryside, and cozy up in cafés over delicious Danish cuisine. Visitors can also experience the magic of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen at the Winter Season Opening, with Christmas festivities featuring illuminated rides, Christmas markets, and traditional Danish treats. As November in Denmark is considered the low travel season, there are far fewer crowds at popular sights and attractions. So if you want a relaxed holiday experience, this is the time to go.

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Denmark Weather in November

A forest in Denmark boasting the last of Autumn foliage in November.
Early November is the last time you can witness the beautiful autumn foliage before winter starts kicking in.

November in Denmark marks the transition from autumn to winter, bringing colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Average temperatures range from 3°C (37°F ) to 7°C (45°F), with the mercury often dropping below freezing point during nights. The month also sees a significant reduction in daylight hours, and you can expect approximately eight to nine hours of daylight per day. Daylight saving time ends towards the end of October, resulting in earlier sunsets. November is also a wet month in Denmark, so expect frequent rain showers and overcast skies. Towards the end of November, some northern and inland areas may experience light snowfall.

Read our article on the best time to visit Denmark for a more detailed month-by-month overview.

Why Visit Denmark in November

An up-close image of a racehorse.
Attend the annual Hubertusjagt Horse Race for a thrilling display of equestrian prowess and tradition, where riders and their horses navigate challenging obstacles amidst breathtaking scenery.
Kobenhavns Museum on a gloomy day as seen throughout Denmark in November.
On your trip to Denmark in November, cozy up to indoor attractions such as the Københavns Museum in Copenhagen as the temperatures start to drop in this month.

From a packed cultural calendar to early Christmas festivities, here are some enticing reasons to plan your trip to Denmark in November.

  • Fewer crowds: November sees fewer tourist crowds in Denmark compared to the peak summer months, allowing visitors to explore the popular attractions and landmarks around the country at a more relaxed pace.
  • Cultural events: Cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus host several cultural events in November, from classical concerts to theater productions and art exhibitions. Don’t miss the Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival and the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker Prince, held in Tivoli Gardens in November.
  • Traditional festivities: Join locals in celebrating St. Martin's Day, or Mortensaften in Danish, a cherished tradition celebrated in Denmark on November 11th. Rooted in Christian and pre-Christian customs, this festive occasion honors St. Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier known for his acts of kindness and charity. You can also anticipate Tivoli Gardens’ winter season opening in late November, where the famous amusement park transforms into a magical winter wonderland with festive decorations, early Christmas markets, and seasonal entertainment for the whole family.

Where to Go and What to Do

Amager Helgoland on a chilly day towards late November.
Go for a swim in Amager Helgoland, a vintage-style sea bathing complex open for public, when on your trip to Denmark in November.

Head to Copenhagen in November for an array of wonderful wintry activities. Learn all about Arctic traditions at the Copenhagen Arctic Festival. Held on the first weekend of the month, the Arktisk Festival focuses on all spheres of the Arctic world, from culture and history to travel experiences. One of the most popular things to do in Denmark in November is ice skating, and you can join the locals at the Bridge Rink for some fun on the ice. The rink begins to get busy in the first few days of November, and it’s a great way to meet locals and get a feel for the city.

Go to Dyrehaven in Klampenborg, about 18 kilometers north of Copenhagen, to watch the Hubertusjagt Horse Races. Every first Sunday in November, this extreme horse race sees riders overcoming several obstacles and tricky trials.

Brave the icy waters of the North Atlantic for some winter swimming. The colder weather in November is ideal for stripping down and hitting the water (if that’s your thing!). You’ll also find plenty of places in Copenhagen to dip, from the Helgoland Baths (Helgolandsgade Bad) to Havnebadet Islands Brygge. Amager Beach Park in Copenhagen has designated swimming areas where brave souls can swim in the cold waters of the Øresund Strait. Further afield, Ballehage Beach in Aarhus is a scenic spot for winter swimming, with sandy shores and views of the Bay of Aarhus. Svendborgsund on Funen and Vejle Fjord in Jutland have winter bathing clubs for plunging in this picturesque coastal area.

Need Help Planning Your November Trip to Denmark?

November in Denmark may be chilly, but it’s a delightful time to explore the cultural side of the country and enjoy cozy and enchanting events and festivities in the run-up to Christmas. From world-class theatrical performances and traditional celebrations to braving the cold for ice skating or winter dipping, Denmark in November promises an unforgettable experience.

For a hassle-free trip, contact our local travel experts to organize a customized Denmark trip itinerary for a one-of-a-kind summer adventure! 

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Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on March 19, 2024

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