Winter wonderland in Denmark

Winter is gone and we have officially entered the first month of spring. Yay! I haven’t actually seen the psychical signs of spring yet, but I stay optimistic, guys! To be honest, it hasn’t been the best winter of all times, but I’m planning an exciting trip at the moment that has managed to take my mind off things and focus on an awesome spring!

FEELING THE WINTER BLUES IN RANDERS

The thing about Danish winters is that they’re long and very dark. Sun sets at 3.49 and we go months barely seeing the sun. So as the weather started getting colder in Denmark, I began my annual ritual of wondering why I live here, and it got me thinking. Maybe we should move. Maybe I should get a 9-5 job like a NORMAL person. Maybe I’m just living in a fantasy world by being a freelancer and never knowing what my income will be the next month. Freelancing is stressful and it’s exhausting at times. But it’s also liberating and the one thing I really dream of doing. I told Thomas a few times that I had decided to look for a full-time job, but both times I got offered freelance work the very day after. The third time it happened, I saw it as a sign that I should keep following my dream and not give up hope. I’m already beginning to feel better about it.

Winter hasn’t been filled with joy and fluffy white snow, and I’ve pretty much been curling up on the sofa with my computer and the latest season of House of Cards. But the good news is that I have a good feeling about the spring. I have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months, which I will fill you in on later, so I’m already feeling the winter blues lifting. Thank goodness for that 

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Bridge across the Guden River

I spent most of the winter in Randers, which is my hometown. It’s the sixth largest city in Denmark, and although the city itself doesn’t have a whole lot to offer, it is surrounded by beautiful nature and forests. When it wasn’t raining or too windy, I went for a walk to some of the green parts of Randers. One of the prettiest is The Doctor Park, which has large green areas and lakes with ducks, swans, turtles and exotic birds. In the winter, the lakes are great for ice skating.

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The Doctor Park (named after Dr. Otto Lassen)

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

Randers, Denmark
Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

Thor’s hill, the former location of Thor Brewery

FAMILY TIME IN NORTH JUTLAND

While Randers hasn’t been the most uplifting of places this winter, I had a great few days with mom, dad and my uncle in North Jutland earlier this year. In December, we went to Blokhus and Løkken, which are on the West Coast. Jutland’s West Coast stretches from Skagen in the north to Ulfborg in the west and it is by far the coldest, the windiest and most rugged place in Denmark!

I love it there. It’s so wild and untamed.

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark
North Jutland, Denmark
Winter in Denmark
Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

CHRISTMAS IN AARHUS OLD TOWN

Just before Christmas, I went to my soul city Aarhus with Pernille. Aside from having sushi at our favorite restaurant, we went to Aarhus Old Town. The Old Town is an open-air museum with 75 historical buildings from the last 500 years of Danish history and it houses a big Christmas Market in December. 

All the traditional shops are open in the winter period and the streets are packed with locals in medieval clothing. It’s similar to the Old Towns in Tallinn and Riga

Photo of the Week 19 - Denmark in 1800s

Photo of the Week 19 - Denmark in 1800s

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A Nordic honey heart. I eat them guiltily all through December

Winter in Denmark

Trying mulled wine with white rum (and actually liking in!). Traditionally, it’s made with red wine.

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Aarhus railway station

FROSTY MORNINGS IN FUSSINGØ FOREST

I’ve been to Fussingø forest a few times this autumn and winter. It’s a great place for walks and swimming, even in the winter! When I was there, I saw a winter swimmer, which is a serious thing here in Denmark. I know several people who actually enjoy getting naked and jumping into the ICE-COLD ocean or lakes. It’s supposed to boost the immune system and make you burn more calories, because swimming in cold water makes your body work twice as hard to keep you warm.

It all sounds dandy and super healthy, right? But I’m still going to pass.

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The frozen Fussingø lake

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark

MEET NAOMI AND CHARLIE

In January and February, I got two more favorite persons in my life: my niece Naomi and godson Charlie. They’re born only three weeks apart so the past few months have been all about babies. Cutie boo one and two both live in Randers so I have plenty of opportunity to see them both, which I do every chance I get. I’m actually on my way to see Charlie right now 

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Naomi

Winter in Denmark
Winter in Denmark
Charlie

Charlie

Winter in Denmark
Charlie-2

SUNSETS FROM MY BALCONY

We might not have the volcanic scenery of Iceland or the fjords of Norway, but we do have some pretty unique sunsets in Denmark. Luckily, our apartment has the best view for sunsets in the winter so I’ve been running back and forth for my camera most of the winter. I must have a gazillion photos like these, but that can’t possibly surprise anyone 

Okay guys, time to look ahead and welcome spring. I’m totally ready to be inspired, renewed and refreshed. How about you?

Winter in Denmark

Winter in Denmark
Winter in Denmark
Winter in Denmark

How was your winter? Have you ever felt the winter blues?

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Miriam

Travel blogger at Adventurous Miriam
I’m Miriam Risager, and this site has been my scrap-book, playground and home since 2013. I launched this blog as a way to share my journey, as well as share the hows, whys and wheres for other travelers.