10 THINGS TO DO IN COPENHAGEN

I've lived in the south of Sweden for the majority of my life and that means living very close to Denmark. I'm also part Danish and have therefor been in Denmark quite a bit, but mostly Copenhagen and Helsingør/Elsinore. So I thought I would share with you all, whether you're planning a trip to Denmark or not, ten things to do in Copenhagen.
 
1. NYHAVN

Nyhavn, the part of Copenhagen you've probably seen a thousand times on Instagram. With it's colorful, picturesque houses by the harbor it's a very popular destination during the summer. In summer Nyhavn is filled with restaurants with outdoor seatings overlooking the harbor. Nyhavn is also the beginning of most of the sightseeing boats around Copenhagen.

Picture: Visit Copenhagen

2. CHRISTIANIA
 
Christiania is a wild, wild ride. It's a part of Copenhagen that lives by it's own rules and is most famous for being the "hippie" part of Copenhagen. This is a part where people with alternative lifestyles gather. The area used to be a military area but it was abandoned and in the 70s it was occupied by hippies. Christiania has an autonomy based on each individual's responsibility for his own life and home. There are no laws but only few rules in Christiania; no weapons, no violence, no heavy drugs and no buying/selling property. Cannabis is forbidden in Denmark but in Christiania it is not, therefor Christiania is a common place for selling/dealing cannabis. There's even a street, Pusher Street, when you can buy cannabis in little stalls just out in the open. I'm not a advocate for any kinds of drugs but I do find Christiania and the people living there very fascinating. Many believe that Christiania is only a shelter for drug users, but there are at least as many people who express their joy that a sanctuary like this exists. Christiania is perceived by many people as a kind of breath in the big city. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in Copenhagen since it is one of a kind and filled with beautiful art!

Picture: Visit Copenhagen

3. TIVOLI
 
The Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen was founded back in 1843 and is still one of the most visited places in Copenhagen. Tivoli is an amusement park in the center of Copenhagen. All the rides are designed to fit Tivoli's old style and it's all very nostalgic! It's very common to visit Tivoli at night and just have a bite to eat in there and take a walk around the park. Tivoli also transform every holiday, so if you want to get an unique visit; visit Tivoli during Christmas, Halloween or New Years.

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4. GLYPTOTEKET
 
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek or more commonly known as Glyptoteket is a very special museum. The museum has two main exhibitions; The Department of Antiquities with Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and The Modern Department and it also has a beautiful winter garden. It's an amazing museum to visit since the architechture is extremely beautiful! It's also free on Tuesdays or if you have the Copenhagen Card.

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5. STRØGET
 
Strøget is the main shopping area of Copenhagen with both high end/luxury-stores and budget-stores. There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants in the area if you get hungry whilst doing tons of shopping!

Picture: Visit Copenhagen

6. DEN BLÅ PLANET
 
Den blå planet or The Blue Planet in English is is Northern Europe's largest aquarium and has water on all sides and it is suposed to give you the feeling of being under water. There are three big exhibitions; the ocean tank, the Amazonas and the Coral Reef. It's a bit expensive to visit but if you have the Copenhagen Card you have free entrance!

Picture: Visit Copenhagen

7. DEN LILLE HAVEFRUE
 
The original little mermaid! Not really but still. Den lille havefrue was gifted to Copenhagen about 100 years ago by Carl Jacobsen after he watched the ballet of The little mermaid by H.C. Andersen. Den lille havefrue is visited by an insane amount of tourists every year and because of this the statue has been vandalised several times; it's been painted pink and had its head decapitated amongst other things. It's worth a visit if you're nearby!

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8. CITY TOUR
 
As in every other city I recommend going on a city tour. There is a varaity of free tours and paid tours both by foot and by boat in Copenhagen. You can choose from historical tours, art tours and so much more. I recommend everyone to go on a tour!

9. THE NATIONAL MUSEUM 
 
Denmark's National Museum in Copenhagen has exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History. It is located in The Prince’s Palace, built in 1743-44, but since the palace is no longer used by the royal family it is today a museum instead. Denmark's National Museum offers self-guided tours and a Children's exhibition for the little ones! Denmark's National Museum is free for childen under 17 or for anyone with a Copenhagen Card!

Picture: Visit Copenhagen

10. COPENHAGEN BOTANICAL GARDENS

I'm a sucker for botanical gardens, I just love them. So of course Copenhagen Botanical Gardens had to make it to the list. The gardens are located in the centre of Copenhagen and covers an area of 10 hectares and is particularly noted for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses from 1874. The garden has 27 glasshouses. The most notable is the old Palm House from 1874 that is 16 metres tall and has narrow, cast-iron spiral stairs leading to a passageway at the top. There is no entrance fee to visit the gardens so it's definitely worth a visit!

Picture: Visit Copenhagen

HOW TO: TAKE OUTSTANDING TRAVEL PHOTOS

Are you a sucker for a gorgeous Instagram-feed? But you just no matter what you try can't get those perfect Instagram travel shots? Then listen (more like read, but you get the point) carefully at what I'm about to tell you. Getting those banger Insta-shots doesn't have to be that difficult. Here are 8 tips on how to up your Instagram game and take outstanding travel photos!

RELATED POST: HOW TO AFFORD TRAVELING
 

 
1. INVEST IN GEAR
If you are really serious about taking your photography to the next level you should, if you can afford, invest in some quality gear. Small point-and-shoot cameras are no longer super expensive and you can get an entry level DSLR camera for a small amount of money. This step is of course not a necessety but it gives you the creative freedom to take the picture you want. With a more advanced camera you can adjust your settings manually and get a unique picture created by you! But remember; the best camera is the one you have with you. Your iPhone is good enough!
 
2. CONCIDER THE TIME OF DAY
The light changes trough out the day and you should therefor have that in mind when you take your picture. Shooting in the middle of the day in the glazing sun might not always be the best idea. The light is harsh and creates weird shadows on people. The best time for shooting is around sunrise or sunset. The light is the soft and will light your subject beautifully. 
 
3. GET UP EARLY
If you really want that perfect shot, get up early. Not only is the light great but the tourists aren't awake yet! Which is great for you! That way you won't have 125 random tourists in the background of your shot and it will look much better!

 
4. USE THE RULE OF THIRDS
The rule of thirds is super simple. Google it if you've never heard of it! Always have it in the back of your mind.
 
5. LEARN HOW TO EDIT
Editing isn't cheating, it's a part of photography. Learn the basics and your photos can go from blah to WOW.
 
6. ANALYSE YOUR FAVORITE ACCOUNTS
What is it about their pictures that you like? Is it the blurry background? The colors? The composition? When you have examples of what you like then learn how to do that specific thing! Hannah (picture below) is one of my favorite people on Instagram. Therefor I sometimes look back at her feed, analyze what I like about it and learn from it!

 
7. FIND YOUR UNIQUE STYLE
Don't copy other photographers, find your own style of shooting and play with it! It's no fun if everyones photos look the same. Be you, always. I'm all for getting inspired by other photographers but don't EVER copy!

8. GET IN FRAME
I hate being in photos and I've always been behind the camera. But it's no secret that it's more interesting seeing a picture with a person in it than with out. So get in your photos, put your best smile on and take a picture! Not only is the picture more interesting to look at, for example you can use yourself for scale which I think is such a cool photo! Christian from Lost Leblanc is so good at this. By including himself in a picture he really shows off how big something in the background is and his pictures are so cool!

 

 
I hope you learnt something from this post and that you found it useful. Don't forget that to become a great photographer you need to practice. Pick up your camera, whether it's your iPhone or a DSLR, and go out and shoot, shoot, shoot! It's a common saying that you need to do something for 10,000 hrs to become an expert and it so is the case with photography as well, you don't go pro over a night. Put in the time and effort and you will be rewarded with great photos! Good luck on your photography journey!

RELATED POST: AIRPORT MISTAKES & HOW TO AVOID THEM
 

 
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AIRPORT MISTAKES & HOW TO AVOID THEM

Airports! A place you either love or hate. Personally, I really like airports, mostly because I really like to sit and watch people. That sounded really creepy but there's something facinating about watching people getting trough their day. When I'm at an airport I like to sit and watch people and try to guess where they're going; business trip or a sunny holiday? I might never know but I really like it! For others airports is just conected to stress. But to help you relieve that stress I present to you common airport mistakes and how to avoid them!
 

 
BEING TOO LATE
 
I know that sometimes unplanned things happen that makes you late but try as hard as you can not to be late to the airport! You don't want to miss a flight and have to reschedule just beacuse you were too lazy in the morning. Rescheduling can be expensive and totally unnecessary if you were on time in the first place. 
 
BEING TOO EARLY
 
The exact opposite of being too late. Being several hours early is just no fun. Yes, it does take some time to get trough security, passport controls and finding your gate but it doesn't take 5 hours. Arrive with a good amount of time to spare, bring a book to read whilst waiting or go grab yourself a meal. You have plenty of time, but you don't have to spend the entire day at the airport. 
 
NOT PREPARING FOR SECURITY
 
Before I started to travel more regulary going trough security was the biggest thing causing me stress (and it didn't help when they checked my bag for drugs on my first ever solo trip to Paris only 17 years old!). Remove your belt, empty your water bottle and pack your liquids in a plastic bag before getting in the security line. I usually travel with a lot of camera gear and electronics such as my laptop and chargers so I try to gather all electronics in the same bag so when it's time for security it's easy to unpack and re-pack afterwards. 
 
 
READ MORE: HOW TO AFFORD TRAVELING
 
NOT CHECKING IN ONLINE
 
Always check in online before arriving at the airport! By doing this you don't have to stand in line to a check-in desk or maschine and will therefor save a great amount of time. By checking in online you usually can choose your seat before all the best seats are taken. Bonus tip: If you are two people flying together, book the window seat and the aisle seat chances are that no one wants to sit in between you and you will have to entire row to yourselves!
 
NOT WEIGHING YOUR BAG AT HOME
 
Overweight baggage can be extremely expensive, make sure you haven't packed too much. Enough said. 
 
Me traveling to Madrid alone back in 2016! I'm glad I've updated my photography skills since then haha!
 
READ MORE: TRAVEL MISTAKES TO AVOID
 
NOT TAGGING YOUR LUGGAGE
 
This goes for both checked luggage and carry-on. If you or the airline accidently lose a bag it's very difficult to get it back if there's no name and/or phone number on it. It's better to be safe than sorry in this case. Also, take a quick photo of your luggage before checking it in, in case the airline lose it, this will help them identify it and get it back to you faster!
 
NOT BRINGING A PORTABLE CHARGER
 
The outlets at the airports are usually already taken so bring your own charger, that way you don't have to rely on the ones at the airport. 
 
NOT TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE AIRPORT
 
Parking your car at the airport is expensive but some airports even charge to get in to the drop-off zone. Save yourself the money by taking public transport to the airport. It's also great because you don't have to remember where you parked your car haha, which is always a struggle for me!
 

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