13. The Danish Riviera
Running the length of the island of Zealand’s northern coast, the so-called Danish Riviera is home to some of the finest beach resorts in all of Scandinavia. Particularly popular are the castle towns of Helsingor and Hillerod, which play host to the majestic Kronborg Castle (the stomping ground of Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet no less) and the elegant Renaissance Frederiksborg Palace respectively. Beach wise, Gilleleje and Hornbaek take the biscuit with their yellow stretches of sun-splashed sand, backed by undulating dunes and colourful beds of roses. And then there are the coastal forests, headed by the primeval beech groves of Gribskov (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the much younger Scots pines of Tisvilde.