Tuesday, 5 July 2011


So, it finally happened, on the 31st June Leigh & I left our Kuopas apartment for the last ever time and took a bus to the train station. From there we traveled to Helsinki airport, catching a flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.

We arrived late to wet and windy weather, checked in to our hostel, and went straight to bed. The next morning we got up bright and early to find something for breakfast. Obviously this was Danish cinnamon swirls (my absolute favourite pastry item EVER), which were amazing! The rain from the night before had cleared and the weather was glorious. We had a good walk around the city centre,  and stopped by the Danish Museum of Art & Design for a look around.

We then had a walk up to the Little Mermaid and sat by the water for a good while, taking in the sun and sea, before enjoying a long walk back around the outskirts of the city.

The second morning consisted of visiting the Rosenborg Castle and the surrounding park area. Afterwards we decided to check out the botanical gardens, as they were nearby. The large conservatory was really impressive both inside and out, and we spent a long time walking around the outdoor grounds. It was really quiet despite being in the centre of the city, and a nice unexpected addition to our day.

In the evening we had a walk around Frederiksberg Park, which was huge! Unfortunately we couldn't see all of the park before it's closing time (10pm). We then headed back to the hostel for an early night.

The next day we visited the City museum, which was fairly small. Afterwards we had a look around the Amalienborg Palace, and some more of the city centre, before heading over the the Harbour Pool. This was basically an anchored wooden platform which floated in the channel between the islands, which served as a safe place to swim! The water was freezing but we still went in then dried off on the decking,  spending a good couple of hours sunbathing and enjoying the atmosphere.


In the later afternoon we ventured into Christiania which is some 'free-town' hippy commune, then explored a little more of the Amager island before heading back for another early night.

I really loved the city of Copenhagen, the architecture was beautiful and the people were really relaxed, much like Finland. I'd definitely like to come back some day and maybe visit more of Denmark too!

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