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Unforgettable family summers in Northern Denmark

Photographs: Visit Denmark

Text: Lasse Frimand Jensen

As the summer season arrives, it's time to enjoy a memorable family vacation in North Denmark, which offers a variety of exciting activities and attractions for children of all ages. North Denmark has something for every adventurous family, from sandy beaches to interactive museums and thrilling amusement parks. Here, I will share some top things to do with children so you can enjoy this summer's holiday.

Hit the beaches

North Denmark is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and dunes stretching miles along the coast. On the west coast, the beaches are so vast that cars can drive along the beach. You can find the perfect spot to pitch a day tent and set up beach chairs between the picturesque dunes and the sea shoreline. Head to destinations like Skagen, Blokhus, or Løkken, with plenty of sun, sand, and sea opportunities. From Aalborg, you are just a 40-minute to an hour's drive by car or bus to the beach, making it a great day trip or overnight stay.

Discover Viking history

Immerse your family in the rich Viking history of North Denmark. Explore the Lindholm Høje Viking Burial Grounds near Aalborg, where you can see ancient burial mounds and artefacts. The Viking Museum in Løgstør offers interactive exhibits and a chance to sail on a reconstructed Viking ship. These experiences will transport your family back in time and provide a deeper understanding of Denmark's Viking heritage.

Enjoy thrilling amusement parks

For a day of excitement and adventure, visit one of North Denmark's amusement parks. Fårup Sommerland near Blokhus offers a wide range of rides, water slides, and entertainment options suitable for all ages. My first job was at Fårup Sommerland, where I returned year after year. I have some of my best memories from working all the rides and handing out tickets in the ticket booth. Djurs Sommerland, located in the region's eastern part, is one of Denmark's largest amusement parks, with thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly attractions. These parks promise laughter, adrenaline, and cherished family memories.

Explore the great outdoors

North Denmark is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore Thy National Park, Denmark's first national park, with its vast heathlands, windswept dunes, and serene lakes. Take a family hike through Råbjerg Mile, Denmark's largest migrating sand dune, or enjoy a picnic by one of the many tranquil lakes. These outdoor adventures will allow your family to connect with nature and enjoy quality time together.

Visit interactive museums

North Denmark is home to numerous interactive museums that the entire family will enjoy. The North Sea Oceanarium in Hirtshals showcases the wonders of the underwater world, complete with feeding shows and interactive exhibits. The Utzon Center in Aalborg offers a hands-on exploration of architecture and design. These museums combine education and entertainment, making learning a fun and engaging experience.

Discover wildlife at Aalborg Zoo

A visit to Aalborg Zoo is a delight for animal-loving families. With over 100 different species, the zoo allows you to observe and learn about wildlife worldwide. Children can participate in feeding sessions, attend animal shows, and enjoy playgrounds within the zoo. Aalborg Zoo combines education, conservation, and entertainment, ensuring a rewarding experience for the entire family.

North Denmark is a region that caters to every family member's diverse interests and ages and offers a summer vacation that your family will remember for years to come.

All summer long, International House North Denmark will share exciting and fun events happening around Aalborg and North Denmark on their social media pages. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram under International House North Denmark.

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