Denmark: a Scandinavian sensation
Date Posted: 11/04/2013
With new flight options from the UK, and the opening of a number of attractions and exhibitions - including what is said to be Europe's largest aquarium - it’s never been a better time to plan a group holiday to Denmark.
Other watery highlights include a new Maritime Museum in Elsinore, and a major exhibition of the Viking's seafaring past, with the world's longest Viking long ship on display.
Copenhagen: the gastronomy capital of Scandinavia
Copenhagen has become something of a global food Mecca over the last few years and the new 2013 Michelin guide bestowed a total of 15 Michelin stars on 13 restaurants in the Danish capital - more than any other Scandinavian city.
Restaurant noma, the pioneer of ‘new Nordic cuisine’, has retained its two stars.
Food festival, Copenhagen Cooking (23rd August - 1st September) promises something for everyone, from new Nordic cuisine and gourmet restaurants at low prices, to food markets and countless other events across the city.
Get below the surface of the sea at the national aquarium
Copenhagen's newest attraction, Den Blå Planet opened its doors to the public on 22nd March. The spectacular seashell-shaped building is said to be northern Europe's largest aquarium.
The new aquarium creates an experience of getting below the surface of the sea and into a colourful world of fish and marine animals from different climate zones.
Expansion of Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks having first opened its gates in 1843, is a fairytale for children and the big kids in your group.
This year, the gardens celebrates its 170th birthday with an expansion and three new rides. The new area has been inspired by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and the rides are themed around stars, galaxies and planets.
Pictured: Street art in Copenhagen Harbour.
5-star Hotel d'Angleterre re-opening
Copenhagen's Hotel d'Angleterre is currently undergoing an ambitious renovation, and is due to reopen on 1st May.
When completed, the hotel will offer 90 rooms including 29 suites, two restaurants, two bars, and a larger day spa with a fully equipped fitness studio and indoor swimming pool, and refurbished private function rooms.
VIKING Exhibition at the National Museum
From 22nd June until 17th November, the remains of the world's longest Viking long ship will be the main attraction at the National Museum's major international special exhibition, VIKING, at Prinsens Palæ in Copenhagen.
VIKING is the National Museum's largest special exhibition on Vikings for 20 years. It will touch upon themes such as war and expansion, power and aristocracy, rituals and beliefs as well as cultural contacts and trade.
The M/S Maritime Museum opens in Elsinore
Following the sloping bridges down in the old dry dock between Kronborg Castle and the Cultural Wharf in Elsinore, group travel organisers can take parties to new underground venue, the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark which opens on 29th June.
The museum promises interactive displays for visitors, and a strong focus on visual experience - with colourful scenography and immersive film projections.
The Maritime Museum will be the finishing touch to The Cultural Harbour of Elsinore, where creativity, art and culture unfold in an urban milieu based on Elsinore's proud past as Denmark's maritime centre.
New direct routes and low cost airline options
Scandinavian Airlines has expanded its regional network and now offers a new direct route from Newcastle International Airport to Copenhagen from Sunday to Thursday.
In addition, the low cost airline Norwegian has commenced a three times weekly service from Liverpool to Copenhagen, with a convenient lunchtime departure from Liverpool at 1:55pm and one way fares costing from £33.
BMI Regional is opening a new route between Birmingham and Billund with the first flight scheduled from Monday 3rd June.
For further group travel information visit www.visitdenmark.com.