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The Islands of Denmark

The most important of Denmark's islands...


How many islands does Denmark have? Approximately 406 close to Denmark's coastline, plus the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The number of Danish islands changes every few years when small islands are created or eradicated by nature. About 70 of them are populated. Let's do a little island hopping in Denmark and visit the best of them:

1. Zealand

Zealand in Denmark

This is Denmark's largest island. On maps of Denmark, the island of Zealand is the smaller, eastern part of Denmark. It's called "Sjælland" in Danish. Zealand is very flat (great for cycling!) and the largest city is also Denmark's capital: Copenhagen.

2. Bornholm Island

Sand Dunes on Bornholm, Denmark
Cees van Roeden

Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, east of Denmark and south of Sweden (Bornholm is actually closer to Sweden than it is to Denmark.) This island is a very popular summer travel destination, and the biggest town on the island is Rønne - which is also the point of arrival for island visitors.

3. Lolland, Falster, and Møn

Lolland (red) on Map of Denmark
The Island of Lolland
Lolland is the fourth largest Danish island in the Baltic Sea, located south of Zealand. Lolland is grouped with the smaller islands Falster and Møn. On Lolland, you'll find lots of things to do. The islands display the sand dunes typical for Denmark's coastline, along with the beautiful Sakskøbing Fjord and Nakskov Fjord. Major towns on this group of Danish islands are Nykøbing, Maribo, Sakskøbing, and Nakskov.

4. The Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands in Spring

The Faroe Islands or simply Faroes (in Faroese: Føroyar, meaning "Sheep Islands", in Danish: Færøerne) are a group of islands in Northern Europe with a population of around 49,000. The Faroe Islands are located about halfway between Iceland and Norway, and are known for their fresh, healthy air and maritime climate.

5. Funen (Fyn)

Map of Funen (Fyn) Denmark
Map of Funen (Fyn) Denmark

It's the third-largest island in Denmark and has 450,000 inhabitants. To Denmark travelers, Funen (Fyn) is an idyllic island destination with romantic old houses, lots of history in the modern city of Odense, and relaxing nature everywhere else. Let's find out about how to get to Funen, local attractions, and hotels and dining tips...

6. Greenland

Boat tour, Greenland
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Greenland, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is the world's largest island. Greenland (Danish: "Grønland") offers more than 840,000 square miles of arctic wilderness. Despite its tremendous size, Greenland only has a population of about 57,000 and the locals are especially friendly to everyone. However, Greenland only has three travel seasons.

7. Fanoe (Fanø)

Fanoe Island (Fanø)
Fanoe Island (Fanø)

Fanoe (or "Fanø") is a Danish island in the North Sea, with long sandy beaches and big dunes. You can enjoy lots of outdoor activities and stroll through the villages of Nordby and Sonderho (Sønderho). The island's southern tip lets you witness the tidal movement twice daily.

8. Elleore Island

Elleore Island / Kingdom of Elleore
Elleore Island

Elleore is a small L-shaped island just 4 kilometers out in the Roskilde fjord, on Denmark's east coast of Zealand. Elleore is an official micronation today, ruled by King Leo III, and boasts its own timezone. Only one annual summer event populates this island.

9. Amager Island

Map of Denmark
Map of Denmark

Amager is Denmark's island directly connected to Zealand, by the Øresund. Amager Island is home to suburbs of Copenhagen, and the Danish side of the Øresund Bridge, as well as Copenhagen Kastrup International Airport. Amager Beach (Amager Strand) is a very popular summer destination.

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