Staying alive in Copenhagen


I had a quick mid-week work trip to Copenhagen and Kelley was able to tag along. We did not have a lot of time to explore the city but I am not sure we could have tolerated much more time there due to the polar vortex that caused crushingly cold temperatures (~-15C with a wicked wind chill) throughout most of Europe and the snowstorm that shutdown Ireland. I have never experienced a wind that gave me an instant brain freeze!

Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries but in the 16th century it was one of the largest, ruling all of Norway and most of Sweden. Before that, Denmark, along with Norway and Sweden, was home to those pesky Vikings. The Danish Vikings were even responsible for the founding of Dublin! Copenhagen is Denmark’s beautiful capital city and is home to some fabulous architecture, gardens, palaces, museums, and urban spaces. Despite the frigid temperatures it was lovely to walk around and explore and I bet it would be especially lovely on a warm summer day!

The Copenhagen Opera House
Kelley was lucky to see the Changing of the Guard
The ubiquitous hats, which are made from Canadian Black Bear fur


Christiansborg Palace, which is both a palace and home to the Danish Parliament and Supreme Court
Some unique sculptures on the Christiansborg Palace, quite desperate and anxious looking men as they await a verdict in the courts


It was SO cold the canals FROZE!
The classic Copenhagen picture but with an icy twist


A fun interactive sculpture that played a musical note as you passed through each rung
The smaller than life Little Mermaid statue, which is a tribute to Hans Christian Andersen who authored the book. (Kelley: It was so cold I was afraid my mouth would freeze if I smiled)
A nice layer of ice on the rock!

To cap off our stay in Copenhagen we did a canal tour to get a unique view of the city and experience a new level of cold as we busted through the sea ice.


Amalienborg, the home of the Danish Royal Family
Nice layer of rime ice on the Danish flag, which holds the record for the oldest national flag from the 11th century.
A cool bridge that looks like a ships mast and the Black Diamond, i.e. the Royal Library behind it.
A duck not sure what to do with himself on the ice
Børsen, the oldest stock exchange in Denmark

And that was our trip to Copenhagen! Like I said it was quick trip but there is lots more to explore, especially in warmer weather!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Len Kagami says:

    Thanks for showing us a different Copenhagen: frozen yet still very beautiful 🙂 I think you did a great job. Although it was icy cold, you still walked outside and made such wonderful photos. Thumb up!


  2. Bob says:

    May have been a short trip, but great pics!


  3. edavis1951 says:

    These are absolutely incredible pictures. I would not have survived the cold and admire the two of you for your adventuresome spirits….always wiling to enjoy the experience!


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