Copenhagen, Denmark

One Day in Copenhagen, Denmark: A Cruiser’s Guide

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Some of my favorite stops on my most recent Enrichment Voyage were not new ones at all—in fact, out of 19 countries, only two were first-time visits for me—but rather the places I had been many times before, like Copenhagen.

Copenhagen, DenmarkThe difference in this visit was that for once I experienced Copenhagen in the summertime, which might as well have made it a new stop as different as it was bathed in the warmth of sunlight then blanketed by winter gloom and smothered in cold.

Copenhagen, DenmarkWhat you hear is true, not just in Denmark but across Scandinavia: Everyone is outdoors the second the sun comes up until the moment it goes down (and beyond). And bear in mind, in summer months, that can be 3am.

Copenhagen, DenmarkThey’re also all so active, either out and running or walking or on their bikes. Guess that’s why you nary see an obese person!

Copenhagen, DenmarkI suddenly got why my friend Helle has always said she’ll never live anywhere else. Copenhagen in the summer is, quite simply, magnificent.

Copenhagen, DenmarkAnd speaking of Helle, I got to spend my two days in port with her and this little guy. Meet Otto.

Copenhagen, DenmarkSince the last time I saw her in 2009, when she and Bjarne came to visit us in Tennessee, she’s had not one but two baby boys. And in case you want to be sickened by what a Dane looks like three weeks after giving birth, here it is:

Copenhagen, DenmarkI know, right? She’s radiant…and so skinny. If that’s what happens after you give birth, maybe I’ll have a kid after all! (Kidding.)

Copenhagen, DenmarkI’d never actually met her firstborn, Sigurd, and I’d also never considered the fact that I wouldn’t be able to communicate with him in words given that, you know, I don’t speak Danish and he only knows about three words in English. Still, that didn’t stop us from becoming quick friends.

Copenhagen, DenmarkHow cute is he singing “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider in Danish?!”

Sigurd Sings from Kristin @ on Vimeo.

On the one night I was there, Helle had a cookout and invited our friends Lea and Kristian, as well. Then, the number of boys multiplied from two to four, with one on the way!

Danish Babies Danish BabiesWow. This was us nearly a decade ago:

Copenhagen, DenmarkAnd here we are now:

Copenhagen, DenmarkI can’t tell if time has been good to us, though I’m pretty sure we all look exactly the same! It was just funny seeing all of their mini-clones. The weird thing about having so many friends in far-off places is that you go years without seeing them, and then when you do, it feels like it’s been no time at all but—BAM!—they’re suddenly married and have kids trailing behind them.

Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen, DenmarkI’m so used to my American friends going AWOL when they have babies, until they’re at least two years old. Well, not in Denmark. They just throw the kid in the Baby Cadillac and haul him all over the city (even though all the stairs and cobblestone do not a stroller-friendly place make).

Copenhagen, Denmark Just another reason to love the Danes, love Denmark.

Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, DenmarkAlmost as if to match my mood for leaving my dear friends—and this incomparable Danish weather—the summer was gone as the ship pulled away. For once Mother Nature mirrored my mood.

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • August 9, 2013

    The quality of your Photo Fridays puts all others to shame. Love your photos. Anyway, as the parent of an almost 7-year-old I understand what you’re saying with the hiding until the kid is 2. I wish us Americans didn’t do that. And unfortunately so many parents I know stay hidden forever. And the most they travel is to the Gulf or Disney World. Must see the world.

  • August 9, 2013

    Your photo essay is absolutely stunning! I love, love, LOVE when the weather totally matches my mood and I am so glad you had that happen. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have gotten to read/see this amazing day!

  • August 10, 2013

    This photo essay is really beautiful.The baby in last pic got my attraction more with his naughty expression.

  • August 11, 2013

    Isn’t it amazing the difference a season can make? I first visited Budapest in 2010 right after the Icelandic volcano exploded. Though I went in may, the weather was freezing and intensely stormy. I just went back to Budapest two weeks ago and the change in atmosphere was amazing! By the end of the trip I was wanting to move there πŸ™‚

  • August 11, 2013

    Kristine, How many people do you want to hear from saying “Your photos / pictures are amazing” πŸ™‚ How do you manage to grab such nice / clear and beautiful images!! Thankyou for sharing these, after reading through your article it feels as if one of my friend just came back from a holiday tour and excitingly sharing her experience and pictures. Also Isn’t it really amazing that youve been to a place in a different season / weather and now youve been there again and guess what? it looks completely different πŸ™‚

    Keep writing and keep sharing. Cheers!

    • August 13, 2013

      There’s a typo in this comment. I can’t…

  • August 12, 2013

    so pretty!

  • August 12, 2013

    Thank you for taking such good photos during your trip. I can appreciate Denmark a lot more now that I know exactly what to expect when I visit. My friend went and said she loved the food. I can hardly wait.

  • August 13, 2013

    “nothing beats a sunny day with friends” anywhere you go in the world. you have the BEST friends ! ;D

  • August 23, 2013

    Love Copenhagen guys, these pics make me want to go back sooooo much. Looks like you had a great time πŸ™‚

  • September 2, 2013

    these photos are so beautiful…..

  • September 10, 2013

    Visiting Copenhagen with my family is my biggest dream ever.. I’m so excited for that time to come. πŸ™‚

  • September 24, 2013

    Your family pictures are amazing…I invite you guys to come and visit in Indian adventures and historical places by @

  • February 20, 2017

    Your photos of Copenhagen are beautiful, they make me want to go there. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

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