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How to navigate Danish holiday traffic over the Christmas break

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How to navigate Danish holiday traffic over the Christmas break
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The Christmas holidays are approaching, bringing with them one of the most traffic-heavy weekends of the year. Here's what you need to know if you're driving this weekend.


The heaviest Christmas traffic will be spread over a number of days, but a few spots are best avoided if you want to be sure of punctual arrival.

According to the Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet), Christmas Eve falling on a Tuesday is advantageous for those travelling across the country, since many will choose to make journeys at some point during the current weekend.

“Most people are probably more or less on holiday now,” Vejdirektoratet’s traffic centre duty officer Mette Nedergaard told Politiken on Friday.

The agency is not expecting major delays on roads in the coming days up to Christmas Eve on Tuesday next week.

Although some congestion was expected on Friday afternoon, the only other busy period is likely to be the morning of Monday, December 23rd, according to the agency.

The E20 motorway traversing Funen and Zealand, the E45 motorway section between Kolding and Aarhus, and Route 21 to and from the ferry terminal at Sjællands Odde in northwestern Zealand could see busy traffic and some delays at that time, Vejdirektoratet writes on its website.

Additionally, delays and queues are forecast on the morning of Saturday, December 26th, as people return home after their Christmas breaks.

Weather forecasts suggest that snow is unlikely, but Vejdirektoratet suggests motorists exercise caution anyway, given that different drivers than usual will be using roads at Christmas time.

“Keep your distance, stay in the right-hand lane (on motorways) and try to avoid the times we mention in our prognoses,” Nedergaard told Politiken.

Website can be used to stay up to date with traffic conditions on Denmark’s roads.

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