Three short weeks after my weekend trip to Abu Dhabi, our Scandinavian whirlwind Easter vacation began. Originally, we had planned to meet up with Dan’s Aunt and Uncle in Copenhagen but, unfortunately, they had to cancel their trip due to a loss in the family. Dan flew from Abu Dhabi to Berlin on Friday, April 7th and I met him at the airport where we flew to Copenhagen together. We quickly got checked into the Axel Guldsmeden eco-hotel in the city centre before heading to our 8:30 pm dinner reservation at Fiskebar. We enjoyed a flight of oysters to start followed by the squid for Dan and the trout for me. After dinner, we made our way over to Lidkoeb’s whiskey bar for our 2nd reservation at 10:30. We walked up to the 3rd floor of the 1880’s converted apothecary. Dan chose the flight of Nordic whiskey’s and I enjoyed a whiskey based cocktail to end our first evening in Denmark’s capital.
The next morning was a bit misty and chilly, reminiscent of our last trip to Copenhagen in February. We grabbed a coffee and a weinerbrod for breakfast, walked the Stroget, then hopped on a canal cruise. The cruise took us along the canals, past the famous little mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, and the picturesque Nyhavn.
After disembarking the boat, we walked across the bridge to Papiroen (Paper Island), to check out the street food warehouse. We kept it Danish and ordered the shrimp and salmon smorrebrod with a couple of local brews.
After our appetites were satiated, we wandered over to Christiania, the famous autonomous area of Copenhagen. Freetown Christiania was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks. We came in the back way and enjoyed the old warehouses and interesting spray paint art. We then walked down “Pusher street” where marijuana and hash are openly being sold.
That evening, we visited the Tivoli Gardens. We arrived just as the lights in the park were starting to illuminate. We did a bit of shopping, including picking up some of our new favourite licorice, Lakrids, before sitting down at one of the restaurants on the lake. Dan went for the schnitzel and I selected the local Plaice fish. After dinner, we strolled through the park and I finally convinced Dan to go on one ride, the Rollercoaster. After leaving Tivoli, we decided to check out another cocktail bar in the neighbourhood called Curfew for a night cap.
The weather really warmed up for us on Sunday so we decided to catch some views from the Round Tower. We then made our way to Nyhavn for lunch. The sun was intermittently poking out from the clouds so we sat outside enjoying the sunshine at Hummer, a Michelin restaurant. Dan went for the fish soup and I had the lobster roll. It was a light lunch so we decided we had room for an ice cream as well.
A perfect way to end our weekend in Copenhagen before heading to the ferry terminal to embark on our DFDS overnight cruise to Norway. We boarded the ferry at 4:00 pm, checked into our 2-berth inside cabin, and hit the deck with Danish beers in hand to set sail on our 17 hour journey. I was a bit jealous though of the ladies who were popping a bottle of champagne for the voyage. That evening, we had an 8:30 reservation at Marco Polo restaurant which included a 3 course menu and wine pairing. We were impressed. We took in a bit of the onboard entertainment before heading to bed, looking forward to waking up in Norway.