Winter wonderland in Denmark

By |2017-01-06T18:29:07+00:00March 14th, 2016|Denmark, Destination, Europe, Round-ups, Seasons, Series, Winter|20 Comments

Winter wonderland in Denmark

Winter in Denmark 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 

Winter wonderland in Denmark

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.

Winter wonderland in Denmark

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

Winter in Denmark

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.

Winter in Denmark

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 

Winter in Denmark

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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20 Comments

  1. Stephen Garone March 14, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Nice post. The colors in Randers are spectacular!

    • Miriam March 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Stephen. We’ve definitely had some colorful sunsets here 🙂

  2. Lauren March 15, 2016 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Wow those sunsets took my breath away! What a lovely world we live in 🙂

    • Miriam March 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Couldn’t agree more, Lauren!

  3. Bailey @ Weekends & Wanders March 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    It’s hard to imagine experiencing the winter blues with those ~amazing~ photos, but I totally can relate. I get the winter blues each February. Ironically, it’s the shortest month, but for some reason it just drags on for me and I really get into a funk for a good part of that month. Too many short days and grayness. Good thing spring is just around the corner!

    • Miriam March 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      I feel the same way. It’s been a long, long winter, but I saw the first daffodils in a garden today, which made me smile. Spring is officially here! 🙂

  4. Our Wanders March 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Oh we can totally relate to your feelings! Winter can be magical, but usually we are looking forward to spring as soon as Christmas is over. 😀 Here in Hungary we don’t have such cold and snowy winters as in Denmark, but it’s chilly, wet and dark… The lack of snow is maybe even more depressing, because everything is grey on cloudy days.
    We can’t wait for the the long summer days and just the feel of being outside without a winter coat – though we’ve been just caught in a snowstorm yesterday driving from Krakow to Budapest. 😀 But we’ve also seen the first spring flowers and we are quite optimistic that we will have a nice April after this crazy March. 🙂 We’ve already started planning spring and summer trips and look forward to hear yours, too!

    • Miriam March 17, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

      I couldn’t agree more! The few snowy days we had were so great because it completely changed the landscape and mood. It’s the grey, cloudy and wet winter days that are depressing. We had such a wonderful day in Denmark yesterday with 12 degrees, warm sun, blue skies and birds singing. Everyone was outside and it was so refreshing 🙂

      By the way, how is the weather in Budapest in May? Is it still foggy and grey?

      • Our Wanders March 18, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

        We started to have some sunny days, too, finally – though still mixed with some snowy/rainy ones. 😀 “Real spring” with blue skies and blooming flowers starts around April in Budapest and it should be pretty nice and warm by May. Though any time of the year there could be cooler and rainy periods, but the chance to have sunny days in May are quite good. 🙂

        • Miriam March 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

          That sounds exactly like Denmark, although we have seen snow in June some years 😉 Thanks for the weather update on Budapest. It seems like May would be a great month to visit 🙂

          • Our Wanders March 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

            Hope you’ll enjoy! It’s an amazing city and we don’t just say it because we are biased, of course. 😀

            • Miriam March 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

              I’m sure I will! Thanks so much 🙂

  5. Agness March 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love the sky and its color, absolutely amazing!! 🙂 By the way, Charlie looks so so so cute!!! x Give him a big kiss from a travel aunt Agness 🙂

    • Miriam March 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks, sweetie <3 Yeah, doesn't he? He's such a cutie and already charming all the girls 🙂

  6. Sagar Kole March 21, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Hae Miriam the baby out there is so cutee 🙂
    seriously he will charm all the girls out there 😉
    the winter out there is so cooool, and the pictures are just fab
    this is what we call the natures beauty.

    • Miriam March 21, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Thanks, Sagar! I’ll be sure to tell his mom you said that 🙂 We’ve had a long winter in the North, but the first signs of spring are finally beginning to show. Yay!

  7. Amy April 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear you’ve been suffering from some winter blues. It sounds like you have some intriguing travel plans for the coming months though, I look forward to hearing more! I totally get what you mean about the freelancing and moments where you feel you should just get a full-time job, I have been feeling the same way lately. It’s maybe not the easiest path, but if it makes you happy it’s worth persevering 🙂

    • Miriam April 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      That is so true, Amy. It’s normal to be in doubt and feel depressed at times, but if it mostly makes you happy, it’s worth fighting for. Thanks for the uplifting words 🙂

  8. Ashish Ranjan September 21, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    After looking at your amazing pictures and moving words, It incited my feelings to visit Denmark. And babies, they make everyone feel good because of their innocence. As we grow, that innocence is lost. I hope you help to raise them in a better way.
    I too started my career in Photography and writing, hope to use it as a platform to promote responsible travel.

    • Miriam November 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Ashish. I do aspire to raise my baby in a better way, so he keeps his innocence as long as possible.

      All the best to you.

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