Viking Ocean Cruises: Denmark

Last fall, my husband and I embarked on a Viking Ocean Cruise aboard The Viking Star.  Our journey began in Berlin, and it ended in Bergen, Norway.  Today, I’m sharing about our stops in Denmark:  Copenhagen and Aalborg.

Copenhagen Canal

After leaving Berlin on our Viking Homeland’s Ocean Cruise, our next stop was in Copenhagen, Denmark.  My husband had visited Copenhagen before, but it was my first time.  Although we had a pretty gloomy day there, Copenhagen is a beautiful city to explore!  The locks seen on the bridge are “love locks.”  Couples sign their names on a lock, attach it to the bridge and throw the key in the water.  This symbolizes their love being sealed forever.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark. It was originally a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century.  It is now one of the major financial centers of Northern Europe.  June is the sunniest month of the year with an average of about eight hours of sunshine a day. July is the warmest month with an average daytime high of 70°F. By contrast, the average hours of sunshine are less than two per day in November and only one and a half per day from December to February.

Copenhagen Canal

We were pretty interested in just wandering around Copenhagen on our own, but there were several excursions offered through Viking:

  • A walking tour of Copenhagen
  • Exploring coastal Copenhagen
  • Roskilde Viking Ship Museum & Cathedral
  • Christianborg Castle & Tivoli Gardens
  • Copenhagen Food Lover’s Tour
  • Copenhagen Canal Cruise
  • Jazz Cruise through Copenhagen

We ended up hopping on one of the canal cruises, which was a fun way to see the city.  And we spent the rest of our time looking in shops, trying out restaurants and ending the day with wine tasting.

Copenhagen Spire

Copenhagen is very much a low-lying city geographically.  There are plenty of architectural elements that sour above the city with church spires and palace towers.  In fact, Copenhagen is often referred to as the “City of Spires.”  I really loved looking at the detail of some of these great sights.  I mean… look at the creatures on this one!

Copenhagen Palace

Amalienborg Palace where Denmark’s royal family resides. It’s famous for its Royal Guard, called Den Kongelige Livgarde. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in 100 Gothersgade by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon.

Copenhagen Mermaid Statue

This is the famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen (a major tourist attraction since its unveiling in 1913).  Our ship was docked near this statue.  You’ll find tons of tourists in this area trying to get a glimpse of her.

Copenhagen Bicycles

The one thing I found most interesting about all of Denmark was the number of bicycles in the cities.  It seems as though everyone uses bicycles as their mode transportation.  And there are so many of them that most people just park them without even locking them!

Copenhagen Gelato

There are plenty of gelato places in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen Canal area

Nyhavn is the name given to the 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It’s lined by 18th and 19th century colorful townhouses, bars, cafes and restaurants.  It’s so pretty!

Copenhagen canal

Plenty of wooden ships are docked along the canal.  This is a very popular tourist destination in Copenhagen.

Food in Copenhagen, Denmark

We had to try some of the local food too.  This is crispy pork with applesauce, rye bread and cucumbers.

Beer in Copenhagen

I mentioned before my friend Sandy and I traveled on this cruise with our husbands.  Here are our husband’s, enjoying some of Copenhagen’s finest beer- of course!

Biking Excursion Aalborg, Denmark

The next stop on our Viking Cruise was the city of Aalborg, Denmark.  It’s an adorable city- Denmark’s 4th largest city (about 136,000 people).  It’s known for being one of the happiest cities in Europe.  Apparently the people of Aalborg are very satisfied with their city!

Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg felt so small and relaxed to me.  The people there were so friendly, and the landscape was quite beautiful.

Aalborg, Denmark

We had signed up for a biking excursion around Aalborg, and we even took our bikes on a ferry to a little island for a picnic.

Aalborg, Denmark

These are super cute houses that are adjacent to the waterfront in Aalborg.  Every one of them is quite unique.

Aalborg, Denmark

They’re all decorated in interesting ways.  There must be a lot of artists who live in this area.

Open Faced Sandwiches in Aalborg, Denmark

Before heading back to the ship, we grabbed some open-faced sandwiches at a local restaurant in Aalborg.  Open-faced sandwiches are quite popular in Denmark.

Aalborg, Denmark biking tour with Viking Cruises

And then it was back to the boat to end our tour of Aalborg.  I really loved this city.  It seems like such a calm, low-stress kind of place to live.  I’m so glad that Viking Cruises has included it on their itinerary.

More excursion opportunities in Aalborg:

  • A walking tour
  • West Coast & Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse
  • A Day in the Life of a Viking
  • Meet the Danes
  • Danish Beer and Walking Tour

Next stop:  Norway!

If you’d like to read about the beginning of our Viking Cruise, check out: 24 Hours in Berlin, Germany and Viking Ocean Cruises: Tour of the Viking Star

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  • Gina B wrote:

    Hi Lori, Love your pictures of Denmark. I have distant relatives who live in Copenhagen and would live to visit them. A Viking Cruise look interesting but I do not like ships on water. Keep us posted on you trips. Also, love your recipes. Keep blogging.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thank you! I hope you get to visit them someday… it’s a neat place to visit!

  • chris mergener wrote:

    Thank you for posting the pictures and your travels. This will be the only way I will get to see these beautiful cities. It sure looks you had a good time. 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You’re welcome!