Journeying Scandinavian Capital Cities


Small captured moments from our journey to three Scandinavian capital cities: Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo– which all had some of the most highly rated coffee shops worldwide. Coffee notes are for another post in itself, so here are pictures of the remaining adventures here!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen was something special. Once we got out of the metro and started walking towards our hostel in Old Town, we could feel it. The air was crisp and fresh, the buildings old and beautiful, the streets calm and spacious—definitely a breath of fresh air after the craziness of London. And after learning a little bit more about the history and culture enriching the city, I knew I wouldn’t be able to see all the museums and palaces I had wanted in my short time here. After all, our priority is still coffee shops, and I am left with a deep longing for a few extra days here. There were so many beautiful places we saw thus far, (I know I already want to go back to Isle of Skye and experience more of Scotland). But Copenhagen… I really want more of you!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Leaving for Copenhagen at 3:50 to wait for a bus that arrived at 5… traveling isn’t always glam and fun—at least not when you’re on a budget =P Still an experience!

Traveling to Denmark
A nice surprise upon arrival… one of the best hostels yet!! Hip and happening, and clean and crisp in the dorms. Wish I could’ve stayed longer!

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel, Denmark

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

So glad we stayed in Old Town… sunny, beautiful and colorful streets, full of bikes and friendly people… a lovely, laid-back atmosphere to be a part of.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen

Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen

View from The Tower, Christiansborg Palace

The Tower, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen

The Tower, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen

The Tower, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen

HC Orstedsparken

Tulips, HC Orstedsparken, Copenhagen

Tulips, HC Orstedsparken, Copenhagen

HC Orstedsparken, Copenhagen

HC Orstedsparken, Copenhagen

HC Orstedsparken, Copenhagen

Walking around The “Lakes”

The Lakes, Copenhagen

The Lakes, Copenhagen

The Lakes, Copenhagen

Nyhavn

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle Garden, Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle Garden, Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

I loved Copenhagen. Out of all our visited cities so far, I want to go back to tour the palaces and museums and enjoy hours in the beautiful parks!

Mmm they really like hot dogs here… gotta try one!

Hot Dog, Copenhagen, Denmark

Stockholm, Sweden

By the time we got to Stockholm, we really needed to do our laundry! It also rained a bit, so it forced us to finally relax a little and not pack out our schedules. We checked out a couple shops, but really just wandered around old town, Gamla Stan.

Stockholm, Sweden
Laundry Day!! 

Laundry Day

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

City Hall

City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

Enjoying the rain….

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…and not so much as we walk to the train station.

Stockholm, Sweden

It was a beautiful train ride from Stockholm to Oslo… it’s funny how I’m often, if not more, captivated by the ride to destinations than even some certain cities themselves! The diversity and richness of these landscapes are beautiful. Here we passed green meadows surrounded by tall pines… wood fences harboring cattle and horses… hidden, glistening lakes encoved by endless tall, towering trees… little towns on the edge of the water—their colorful red buildings against rolling, bright green grass… I just love such countrysides engulfed in nature.

Oslo, Norway

At this point, I was a bit cityed-out so I found myself spending our time in Olso in coffee shops and gardens! Oslo was the most surprising of the Scandinavian capitals. It’s quite new, so there aren’t as many old buildings and architecture. At one point, the city was made out of wood and destroyed in a fire, and they had to rebuild everything. So Oslo has a big-city feel, with a busy tourist area and then a lot of eclectic areas, quite international too. Thus, if you come to Norway for the fjords and famous mountain scenery—don’t go to Oslo.

Oslo Botanical Gardens

 

Oslo Botanical Gardens, Norway

Oslo Botanical Gardens, Norway

Oslo Botanical Gardens, NorwayAll I wanted to do today was bask in the sun, and that’s what we did! As we sat down near this little pond, we met a whole family of ducks! It was such a cute surprise… it’s the little things, and often the little things for me are in the form of nature and creation =]

Oslo Botanical Gardens, Norway

Oslo Botanical Gardens, Norway

Oslo Botanical Gardens, Norway

Oslo Botanical Gardens, Norway

Delicious taco truck – 4 Gringos- in the main square. Food is SUPER expensive here in Oslo, this meal was $13…

Street Tacos, Oslo
Royal Palace

Royal Palace, Oslo

Royal Palace, Oslo

 

Royal Palace, Oslo

Royal Palace Garden, Oslo
Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress, Oslo

Breakfast time: Creperie Marie – bacon, blueberries and syrup! Delicious, but $12! We had ramen and fruit most of our stay… =P

Oslo Crepes
Olso did have beautiful clouds.. Norway is a country I’ll have to come back to, but to explore the North and West fjords and countrysides!

Oslo Clouds

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