Flights, Cheese & More Flights
We all know Scandinavia has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty; we’ve seen countless pictures of its Northern Lights, canyons, waterfalls and cliff edges on our social media. However, people often forget about its unique, stunning capitols. I have already visited Stockholm and Oslo in the past; so I thought it’s only fair I stop by Copenhagen this time on my way to the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
For those of you who follow my blog, you know I am not all about that city life, it’s no secret that I prefer mother nature and the great outdoors. So, the main aim of this trip was to check out the Faroe Islands & tour the great Iceland. However, it ain’t easy getting from Abu Dhabi to any of these destinations; therefore, here is how I planned it:
Fly from Abu Dhabi to Copenhagen via Amsterdam for some cheese and stroopwafels of course! I have read many wonderful things about Copenhagen so why not give it some time? Spend 3 days there and make every second count (spreadsheet game gotta be strong). On the fourth day, we’d take a flight to the Faroe Islands where we’d spend another 4 days. Of course, we would have to rent a car and drive all around the islands, can’t just spend all 4 nights in the same hotel or apartment. Finally, we’d take another flight to Iceland (ferries available too but gotta be lucky with the dates as they don’t depart daily). This time I decided to do Iceland differently; no more tours, no more hotels. I rented a couple of camper vans that will take us all around the ring road in 7 days!
Of course, there is no way I am fitting the entire two week blog in this post, so I decided each country would get its own. If you are interested in following the same two week plan I devised then just keep reading on.
When: August 24th to September 9th
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark; Faroe Islands; Iceland
Arriving in Copenhagen: The City of Bicycles
We finally arrived in Copenhagen and met up with Vic (the friends we made in South Africa) who was meeting us from the U.K. at around 7 pm; so we didn’t have much time before sunset (which is around 9 pm during the end of August). Luckily, the train runs between Copenhagen Airport and Copenhagen Central Station every 10 minutes and only takes 15 minutes so we were able to catch some sunlight on our walk from the train station to our airbnb.com accommodation [Wonderful apartment in the heart of Vesterbro]. The apartment is spacious and located conveniently in the center of the city, it was also very well priced so check it out on Airbnb. After checking-in and settling into the apartment we’d call home for 4 nights, we decided to go out for a little stroll and some good food
There are as many restaurants in Copenhagen as sand in the Sahara, seriously, bicycles and restaurants are the two most common things found in this city :p. Although that is generally a good thing, it does make it tough to decide where to eat. On our first night however; I decided to take a Danish friend’s recommendation and try out Gorrila Restaurant. Since it was late and a weekday, the restaurant wasn’t pact but I could tell that wouldn’t be the case on a weekend. We ordered a selection of items including rib sliders, pasta, lobster and cheese (can never have enough cheese). The portions were tiny, although to be fair we were warned by the waitress, but the food was delicious.
They don’t serve gorilla meat though!
Day 1: Bicycles & City Vibes
My favorite thing about Copenhagen is the ability to explore the entire city on a bicycle. There was absolutely no need for public transportation or rental cars. We started off the day with a breakfast at Carlton Restaurant & Cafe before renting out 4 bicycles, A.K.A our loyal steeds :P. Certain sense of freedom in riding a bicycle across town, sun shining down on all the different colored rooftops, clouds posing in the air begging for photographers to take advantage and a slight cold breeze cooling you down as you pedal on… perfect vibes. Our first stop after breakfast was the Copenhagen Central Station, partly because we needed to exchange money, but also because it is one of the Copenhagen’s landmarks; after all, it is the largest train station in Denmark. The first railway station in Copenhagen was built in 1847 and was actually almost in the same location as the present station. It was built outside the fortification where building with foundations were not allowed, so it was built entirely out of wood. However, expansions were soon necessary so a new larger section was opened in 1864. Here is the interesting part though, even with the expansion, there was only one track leading out of the city. Finally, the present station was built in 1917 but has seen major overhauls since then. My favorite thing about the station though was it’s parking, because while we’re usually used to car parks; Copenhagen rocks this: