Scuba diving in Denmark

Diving in Denmark

Diving in Denmark — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

It’s been called “the most overlooked diving place in the world” and “the shipwreck capital of the world”. But are those names justified? Let’s dive in and find out, starting with the basics:

Geography

Denmark is a European country located at the southwest “corner” of Sweden and is comprised of over 1,400 islands, many of which are very small (less than 1 square kilometer in size) and only 74 of which are inhabited.

Languages

The official language of Denmark is Danish, but over 80% of the population speaks English and almost half of the population speaks German (worldatlas.com).

Climate

Denmark has a temperate climate, this means it has mild winters and cool summers. It certainly is not a tropical place to dive, but that could be a good thing (less tropical = less crowded). Most of the dive sites in Denmark are accessible year-round.

Because of its far-north location, daylight hours in Denmark vary dramatically throughout the year. The longest day in Copenhagen has over 17 hours of broad daylight, and the shortest has just over 7. For about 3 months around May, June, and July, it is never even officially night time (timeanddate.com).

Love shipwrecks? Welcome to shipwreck heaven

Although we could not confirm the figure, numerous sources (padi.com, masterpiece.dk, divein.com) suggest that Danish waters may harbor over 10,000 shipwrecks. True or not, one thing is for sure: there is no shortage of wrecks to visit in Denmark.

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Must see wrecks in Denmark

It is always best to ask local divers for recommendations on which wrecks are the most interesting to see near where you are staying, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Vapper, an Estonian cargo ship that was sunk by torpedo in 1940.
  • SMS Undine, a German defense ship that was launched in 1902 and sank during World War I, under the attack of a British submarine.

There are also many great places for beginner divers to gain experience, like at the Amager Strandpark dive park, or at near-surface wrecks like that of the HMS Defence.

Other things to see and do in Denmark

Legoland!

Looking for a place to take the whole family? Look no further than the historic Legoland Billund Resort — the first ever Legoland amusement park. Fun fact: Denmark is the birthplace and current headquarters of The Lego Group (lego.com)!

Nyhavn

If you’ve Googled Denmark, you’ve probably seen a picture of the iconic, colorful, waterfront buildings of Copenhagen’s Nyhavn (“New Harbor”). It’s a great place to go for a walk, enjoy coffee at a local cafe, and take in the history of Copenhagen.

Moesgaard Museum

The Moesgaard Museum focuses on archaeology and ethnography. It comes highly recommended by both us and the nearly 2,000 people that reviewed it positively on TripAdvisor! It really is a very well put together museum and often hosts special exhibits, like the “On The Steppes Of Genghis Khan – Mongolia’s Nomads” exhibit in 2018.

Should you go diving in Denmark

If it’s wrecks you seek, then you should already be packing your bags. If you ask us, Denmark is definitely one of the most underrated diving places in the world. Plus, it’s just a great country to visit in general. It may not be the warmest place to visit, but the sights it has to offer (both under and above water) more than make up for the lack of consistent beach-side weather.