Starting off our journey to Copenhagen, Denmark. We had to sleep on the train.
Breakfast at the train station! A cheese-covered pretzel.
Our tour guide in Copenhagen.
Fun fact: The walls to many of the historic buildings in Copenhagen are made with poop.
A nice view of the canals within the city.
For almost 10 euros you can climb to the top of this church… We decided it was not worth it.
Heading into Christiania. Christiania is basically a hippy commune within the city of Copenhagen. It considers itself its own country. It doesn’t believe itself to be part of the EU.
Everything was covered in graffiti. Even the dumpsters.
A look at a home within Christiania.
Proof that it considers itself not part of the EU. This is the exit of Christiania.
Fun Fact: Drug dealers openly sell weed inside Christiania, even though it is illegal in Denmark. Drug busts are rare, but they do happen. One happened a week before we arrived. Want to see how sketchy the town was? Look closely at the biker behind Carmela.
There he is biking closer to her.
And even closer. (I didn’t get the shot, but he gave her bunny ears for the camera! hahaha
Carmela buying drugs….. (Just kidding she is just giving our tour guide money.
We found a Disney store in Copenhagen.
What kind of Disney fanatic would I be if I didn’t go in?
Waiting for out very expensive and not very tasty burgers. They took so long we almost missed out train ride to Stockholm, Sweden.
Made it to Stockholm at around midnight.
Walking by the harbor in Stockholm.
If you look, you can see its partially frozen.
The Vasa museum.
The Vasa is a warship. This photo gives you a brief intro to what the Vasa was.
The Vasa warship is very well preserved. 98% of it is original.
The back of the ship
A model of the ship
Notice how the model is very colorful but the actual ship is not? The Vasa used to be full of color, but sitting in the harbor for hundreds of years tends to wear off the paint.
An image depicting the ship.
One of the Vasa’s cannons
One of the skeletons found inside the ship.
This is where they research and preserve different parts of the ship.
Town Hall of Stockholm.
If you have ever watched the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on TV, this is where the banquet takes place! You will probably recognize this staircase.
Up on top is one of the world’s largest organs.
A view from the balcony.
This is where politicians have their meetings
The Gold Room. Yes, that is real gold on the walls. The entire room is covered in near 24k gold mosaic tiles.
The other side of the gold room.
A view outside the town hall.
The sun is setting!
My favorite meal in Europe so far. Swedish meatballs!!
We were walking through the streets at night when I heard music in the distance. So naturally, I made us go find the source. Turns out, it was a disco iceskating rink. Of course we had to do it!
We now made it to Oslo, Norway. One of the top tourist attractions was the Vigeland Sculpture Park. It is a park full of naked statues. Of course we had to check it out.
I don’t even want to know what this is a statue of…
Once it was daylight, we headed to the Akershus Fortress within Oslo. It is basically a castle with a fortress around it.
Of course there is a creepy statue within the fortress. Oslo seemed to be full of them.
This seagull was very friendly… other than the fact that it bit Emily when she tried to touch it.
The Open-Air Museum in Olso! It is an outdoor museum of the history of Oslo.
This church was built in the 1600’s!
Inside the church. It was very small.
A classroom from when Oslo was first created.
This is what Oslo looked like back when it was first established. Very old and cramped wooden buildings.
the “Old-Town” of Oslo. More modern than when it was first established, but still pretty old. From the 1800’s I believe.
We had to leave our mark on the history of Oslo!
Oslo Opera house.
Headed on our flight to Tromsø, Norway. Tromsø is near the top of Norway. We are headed in hopes to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Excited to see the Northern Lights.
And we are off!
Unfortunately, conditions were bad in Tromsø, so they had to fly us to Bodø until the conditions were better.
Forcing us to get off the plane at Bodø. Unfortunately, the Tromsø airport closed, so they had to fly us BACK to Oslo. Norwegian Airlines was nice and booked a hotel for our entire flight, and they rescheduled us for 9am the next morning.
After our second flight attempt, we made it to Tromsø. This is the runway. Somehow our plane was able to land on the snow and ice. It was a bit scary, but it all worked out in the end 🙂
A picture of our AirBnb in Tromsø. It was very cozy.
Look at all of the snow. Tromsø got over 2 feet of snow within the 3/4 days before we arrived. No wonder we had trouble landing.
Trying to figure out the bus schedule…
Walking in the snow.
Trying to find the Botanical Gardens.
We got a bit lost trying to find the Botanical Gardens and ended up in a trail going through the forest.
Look how deep the snow was.
We are cold and wet, but loving all of this snow!
We finally found it!
Taking a break and laying in the snow.
We found a playground!
The church within the city of Tromsø
The skies cleared up the next morning. Who know how beautiful Tromsø was.
We had no idea there were mountains.
Headed to Polaria, which was an Arctic Museum/Aquarium.
A polar bear! It was unfortunately stuffed, but still pretty cool!
There are some weird fish in the Arctic.
A bearded seal! These can only be found in the arctic.
They trained the seal to jump out of the water and do a bunch of other really cool tricks.
Time for our big Norwegian meal!
So many interesting options… Cod, Whale, Reindeer, OH MY!
I went with the Steak of Whale. I just want to say: It was AMAZING!
Very happy with my choice.
A look inside the church I showed in a previous picture. (It wasn’t open when we first saw it, so we went back after lunch to check out the inside).
Well…. yeah…. We thought this was the Tromsø History Museum. Somehow I don’t think this is part of its history. Everything was in Norwegian so who knows what this was.
Finally, some actual Tromsø history.
They used to live in teepees!
The sun was beginning to set. Look how beautiful the sky was!
Headed on our Northern Lights chasing tour! VERY excited.
It was getting pretty cold outside. -12.5 degrees celsius! What else would you expect when you are inside the Arctic Circle?
They lights started to come out to play. Also, look at all of the stars. The sky was BEAUTIFUL. I had never seen so many stars in my life.
This was probably at the best point in the night. The lights were very bright, and they were dancing through the sky. So much movement! I was speachless.
This was the more iconic church in Tromsø. We couldn’t go inside, but it had some interesting architecture.
My first souvenir! I had to buy the Norwegian flag.
We made dinner in our AirBnb. Pasta, chicken, salad and wine.
One last look at the snow before we left Tromsø.
We headed back to Copenhagen because we wanted more time within the city.
Poor Carmela was sick so she slept in the Airbnb while we went sightseeing.
The castle in Copenhagen
Look at this crown. I wonder how much it was worth!?!
Walking through the castle grounds.
This castle even had a moat!
An aerial view of the city of Copenhagen.
We discovered a street food market! It was AWESOME! It was full of ethnic food stands from all over. So many choices.
Trying to decide what to eat.
The juice stand sounded amazing.
I had to get some. It was made with strawberries, orange juice, ginger and lime. Yummy.
My final meal. Juice with fries covered in duck meat! VERY delicious. (Also, I bought a second cup of juice because it was so good).
We spent our last night at the Danish Opera! The show was called Mahogany. It was weird to say the least.
A view of the Opera house. It was hard to get a picture since it was dark.
Headed on our way back to France. We had to take a ferry as part of our journey!