Originally published on 17/11/17
A few months ago, we decided to book a flight to Copenhagen, Denmark. From there, we saw that it was only 5€ to go to Malmö, Sweden, by bus, and only 10€ to take a night bus from Malmö to Oslo, Norway. As we had always been attracted by Scandinavia, we organised a tour of these three countries and booked it all, choosing the backpack option.
How to sum up our autumn 2017 in a few words :
The warmest mentality in the coldest european countries !
Our Scandinavia Travel Tour – Autumn 2017
Morning ⇒ From the airport, you can take the metro to go the center in less than 30 minuts. Depending on the time you’re staying here, some travel cards are more or less rentable ! We bought two 72h zone 1-4 cards at the airport, for 200kr each (around 26€). As we woke up at 5am for our flight, we were just so hungry when we arrived in the city center and we chose the first affordable restaurant we run into, which happened to be McDonalds.
Afternoon ⇒ After getting some energy back thanks to the lunch, we strolled in several parks in the area, such as Kongens Have and the Botanisk Have of København. The most impressive one was definitely the second one. In fact, to add to this beautiful landscape offered by the park, you can also go into the Botanic greenhouse. It’s full of plants from the floor to the roof, and you can even take a small stairway to go upstairs (not to mentioned the 40 degrees celsius inside).
After this great experience, we headed off in the fresh air to the place I consider as the most stunning spot of Copenhagen : Freetown Christiania. It’s basically an old hippies neighborhood who autoproclaimed their independence. I had never seen this much art in one single place. I’m losing words to describe this place. It left me speechless with sparkles in the eyes, so I’ll let the pictures talk for me.
All those colors and the art freely given to us left us so positive and in an amazing state of mind. Even with our eyes wide open, we couldn’t catch it all. I’d go back anytime. Do not miss the “Stadens Museum for Kunst” which is a really cool place at the top of an old building of the neighborhood, where there are some explications about the place, and you can buy some awesome memories for very little money.
With our heads full of memories, we went to our airbnb very easily, as copenhagen is really well served by public transport. After spending an interesting culture sharing moment with our host, we went back to the city in the evening and tested a really cool bar called Madame Chus.
After this day, we went to bed with an increasing number of places added to the list of things to do !
Being waken up by the sun light is the best way to start the day, don’t you think ? It always puts you in a good mood. Our airbnb bed was really comfy and we were so ready to discover Copenhagen ever more !
Morning ⇒ While having in mind to go to the Nyhavn neighborhood to see the colorful houses next to the canals, the Copenhagen cliché picture, we ran into a place called Kastellet. I love getting lost in cities and discovering places we would have never thought to go to otherwise !
Kastellet is a park surrounding a little island with a castle and military base on the top of it. Some guards were still doing the “traditional walk” while playing cornemuse. In the past, this place used to show the puissance of Copenhagen.
Then, we walked past the Danemark Design Museum and couldn’t not stop. If you like modern art, it’s a must go. Art is made with all kinds of objects, and being surprised every time I enter a room is very pleasing. This museum was like a labyrinth with surprises everywhere. Good to know : it’s free for students and under 26.
From this point, we had a really nice walk in the port, next to the river and modern buildings. There were a few churches along the way, such as Marmorkirken, that we stopped inside to view. The roof was definitely as impressive from outside than from inside !
Lunch ⇒ On the opposite side of the river, there’s a perfect place to eat that you can’t miss if you’re in the area. You can take a bridge which will leads you straight into a huge hangar full of street food trucks with alternative decorations. It’s called Copenhagen Street Food and it’s a really animated place with so many different choices that we struggled to choose only one meal. You’ll for sure find something you like.
Afternoon ⇒ we finally went to THE place to go in Copenhagen : Nyhavn. It doesn’t have its reputation for nothing, this street is stunning. The sun was reflecting on the colorful houses and the canals to enlighten them in a beautiful way.
6pm ⇒ Our legs deserve a break. we chilled at a “joe and the juice” coffee, which is really known in Denmark. The decorations were as good as the juices ! After a day of hanging around, we decided to go home for a well deserved chill evening at our airbnb.
On this third day we woke up very early, thanks to the sunlight once again. We’re usually not early birds but I feel like your sleep rhythm is disturbed when you’re not in your country. As the night falls around 4.30pm at this period of the year in Copenhagen, we start our day quite early and finish it quite soon compared to what we’re used to do in France.
Morning ⇒ we strolled in the neighborhood of Norrebrø, where you can spot some street art if you look up at buildings and keep your eyes wide open.
There’s a graveyard of celebrities (mostly writers and poets), with a luxury vegetation. It’s really well maintained and loads of citizens are going there for a run. The neighborhood itself has good and original shops, such as thrift shops.
Afternoon ⇒ we headed off to Strøget and stopped at a place with benches to eat our sandwiches in the not so cold sun. If you’re travelling on a budget like us, I greatly advice you to prepare sandwiches for the lunch, because the restaurants there are really overpriced. We enjoyed being in this area to go buy some memories and gifts ! I found a book I was craving to buy since the release day : The Sun and the Flowers by Rupi Kaur, at Urban Outfitters, which is basically a poetry book full of quotes and life advices.
Then we walked to the Danish Royal Library, also known as “The Black Diamond”, and I can tell you it was so worth it ! The library has two faces : the old and royal part is at the back and the entrance of the building is new architecture. The view you get when you go to the top is marvelous !
As you can see, the whole building is really eyes pleasing ! Being near Copenhagen Street Food, we couldn’t resist the temptation to go grab some pancakes there. There are life quotes at literally every corner of the hangar, some funny ones and some deepest ones, so keep your eyes wide open. Anyways, you’ll be impressed by this place !
Evening ⇒ the highlight of the day came after that. Its name is Tivoli gardens ! This is the second oldest park is the world. Going there at the Halloween season was the best thing we could have done because the decorations were FABULOUS, and I truly mean it ! Seeing all this in an asian decor blown us away. The entrance was 110kr and you have to pay more to do the attractions. Here are some pictures so you can see how it looks like.
If you still have some money in your pocket, there are many restaurants and food stands, to enjoy an animated evening in this park.
Thanks for reading, if you have any comment or question, let me know !