Scandinavia

Copenhagen, the nice capital of Denmark

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Copenhagen is a major regional center of culture, business, media, and science. Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life. It is also considered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cities. The best time to visit is definitely the warm period from early May to late August. An excellent start to any visit to Copenhagen is to climb the unique 7.5-turn helical corridor leading to the observation platform of Rundetårn (the Round tower), one of Copenhagen’s most iconic buildings.

The city (and generally all Scandinavia region) is very expensive. 

Entrance to most museums is free once a week, mainly on Wednesdays.

 

 

citystTo eat on budget there are the many ‘shawarma’ and pizza joints’ that you find on almost every street in the city. You can get a shawarma for as little as 15-20 Kr and pizzas start at around 40 Kr). You can opt for take away or sit at the one or two tables that are usually available. The cheapest places can be found around Istedgade on Vesterbro and Nørrebrogade on Nørrebro. For breakfast and lunch try one of Copenhagen’s bakeries (Bager, look for a pretzel-like contraption out front). They are numerous and the quality is excellent. Many offer ready-made sandwiches (around 35 Kr) such as Denmark’s famous open-faced rye bread sandwiches called smørrebrød. A ‘must’ to do while visitting Copenhagen is to try a pølsevogn (sausage wagon). And finally, if your budget gets really small, buy some of your food in the supermarket. But watch out, prices can vary a lot depending on which supermarket you are going to.One of its symbol

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CPH Distortion is held in the first week of June and is longest and wildest party you could ever go to.  Over 60 parties in five days in each of the city districts, outdoors on the city streets and squares, in the clubs and three seriously huge parties.

Copenhagen Jazzfestival is held in early July and features ten days of jazz everywhere in Copenhagen (parks, cafes, clubs, and theatres). The real attraction is often the obscure concerts you bump into randomly in a park or square somewhere in the city.

Stella Polaris held the first weekend in August, is a big, free, chill-out event in one of the city parks. Top international DJs spin chill-out tunes on the decks, while people are relaxing in the sun and drinking beer.

Night of Culture (Kulturnatten) is held in mid-October. You buy a badge and get access to major museums, exhibitions, churches, libraries, schools, organizations, the parliament and other cultural attractions including some places that are not open to the public during the rest of the year.

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carlsbergA beer costs 30-40 Kr or so at most places in central Copenhagen, but some charge only 20-30 Kr, especially on weekdays or during early hours, while fancy places obviously charge more. As for where to drink, most tourists head straight for Nyhavn but while indeed pretty, the high prices here make it a bit of a tourist trap. If you are on a budget act like local teenagers and get primed with bottled beer from a supermarket or kiosk (3-7 Kr for a 330 ml bottle). It is legal and very popular to drink beer in public. Buy a beer, sit on a bench and enjoy Danish life. Other good areas are Vesterbro west of the central station, along Vesterbrogade and Istedgade and in the meatpacking district. On Nørrebro, the cluster of bars and clubs around Sankt Hans Torv and Blågårds Plads, just after the lakes, is another hotspot. For a coastal city Copenhagen has surprisingly few places where you can enjoy a water view with your beer or coffee. Also search for Bodegas somewhat equivalent to a pub, with prices often much lower than bars and cafés.

Welcome to Christiania…

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…land of love and freedom

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Christiania wass a working class neighbourhood 300 years ago, it is now a thriving area notable for its many canals and for its self-governing community that has been squatting on an old naval area since the seventies.

Their inventive, brightly coloured, home built houses are spectacular, as is the relaxed atmosphere.

This is truly one of Copenhagen’s most unique and best attractions.

 

 

Time to go leave Christiania

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and to visit Roskilde, an ancient viking city

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Nowadays Roskilde is famous for the legendary Roskilde festival, still goingon after 40 years of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll! It started by a group of friends in 1971 inspired by the Woodstock festival, it has grown from a few thousand guests in its first year, to over 115.000 visitors from all over the world. The festival takes place in late June early July on Roskilde Dyreskueplads south of the city. Many people show up a week before the music starts to get their tents up so they can sleep close to the stage area, and limit walking as much as possible as the camping area is huge! A good tip is securing a place as far from trees and fences as possible, since they in essence become one big urinal during the festival, if rain is forecast, you should also attempt to camp as far from the marked walkways, preferably on a slope, since mud quickly becomes and issue.

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And now Oslo, norwegian capital and its fjord

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Helsinki, finnish capital

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Swedish capital.

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something to eat, local meatballs

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Nordkapp! Cape north

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Sweden

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Festivals

Denmark: ROSKILDE FESTIVAL (Festival, Electro, Rock, Alternative) Roskilde;  COPENHAGEN CARNIVAL  (Carnival, Street event)

Sweden: Way Out  – Goteborg 

Norway: Oya  (rock, alternative, festival)  Oslo

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