Europe has been basking in almost endless sun the last few weeks. While temperatures have been sweltering further south, Scandinavia has been enjoying temperatures in the mid to high 20s, perfect for exploring the country or heading to the beach.
The following are a variety of activities and excursions taken over the last few weeks, ranging from trips to the beach to excursions to the twin cities of Helsingor and Helsingborg and a bike trip through the countryside of north Sjaelland to the costal town of Gilleleje. And then there was the wedding of some close friends, my first “Danish” wedding with all of its (bizzare) customs and traditions (cutting of socks, stomping of feet, etc). Enjoy!
View of Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church from the Opera House. The Red Bull Cliff Diving competition was held off the roof of the house (27m/90 ft) in late June.
With the warm weather, people flock to the beaches to swim. This is Islands Brygge in Copenhagen harbour.
While Islands Brygge is popular with the younger crowd, beaches such as Amager Strand are more family friendly. This is a dock at Amager Strand which includes changing rooms and diving platforms.
Sometimes it is nice just to get out of the city. The costal town of Helsingor and Kronborg castle are always worth a visit.
I like this shot of the Dannebrog (Danish flag) and Kronborg
For me, a trip to Helsingor is not complete without a short ferry to visit its Swedish sister, Helsingborg.
A pleasand bike ride through the north Sjaelland countryside from Hillerod to the costal town of Gilleleje
Gilleleje, a town on the north coast where many wealthy Copenhageners have summer cottages
A view of Gilleleje’s harbourfront in the late evening sun
The beautiful venue where my friends’
wedding party was held, a traditional Danish building with thatched roof
The same venue just before midnight. Danish wedding parties are typically very long, lasting into the early morning
Fireworks at midnight…