We arrived in Copenhagen late at night after a short flight from Zurich. My first impressions of Copenhagen were positive, being 10 days out from Christmas there were lights everywhere and the streets were lined with both people and bicycles, hundreds of bicycles. Not to mention it was cold and wet, but I guess the cold weather was to be expected as we were now in Scandinavia and would only be travelling further north in the coming days. After a short train from the airport we arrived in Nyhavn, a waterfront entertainment district , located with 1 kilometre of Denmark’s east coast which is where we would be staying. After arriving at our hostel we unpacked, found something eat and pretty much went to sleep. I can never sleep on planes so I myself was quite exhausted.
The next morning we were up early as we had booked a bike tour of the city. It was a 15 minute walk from our hostel and we made sure to arrive 5 minutes early after almost missing our tour in Zurich. When we got there we filled out some paper work, received our bikes and were just waiting on our tour guide. Well as it turns our he was late, the first time we are early for something our tour guide is late. 10 minutes had passed and the guy in the shop was trying to get a hold of our guide with no luck. We were eventually informed that he was no longer coming so our tour was cancelled. As a result we were given a refund as a bonus we were given the bikes to use for free over the weekend which was perfect for us as we were flying out of Copenhagen on the Monday and the bikes would allow us to get around a lot quicker than walking and Uber does not exist meaning we would save a lot on Taxi fares.
After our tour was cancelled Benji and I decided to make use of our time with the bikes and explore the city ourselves. We got a map from the man in the bike shop and after some information and set off. To be honest I’m not completely sure where we ended up but that was the fun, just riding at our own place taking in the waterfront views, the colourful alley ways and the rain that began to come down. It was only light but that combined with the cold weather made for not the most comfortable of experiences. After about an hour or so of riding around Copenhagen we made an impulse decision. When we were planning our trip I remember seeing there was a 30 minute train from Copenhagen to Malmo, Sweden and thought we could do that if we had a few hours spare. It would give us an opportunity to visit and explore another country on top of the many we had already planned. Beside it would be cool to say that we rode to Sweden. I then suggested since we had the bikes we could ride to Sweden, we would be unable to ride to Malmo as the train went underwater. However if we followed the Danish coast up North we would eventually reach a bridge we could cross to the city of Helsingborg, a coastal town in Southern Sweden. So we decided to head of on what would be a 6 hour and 100km round trip, what could go wrong.
To begin with it was great, riding along the Danish coastline, it was peaceful and beautiful despite it being quite overcast. It didn’t take long for the fatigue to set it, slowly but surely it began to get painful and it was a struggle to continue. I think we only made it about 10km, so a 20km round trip and I have no idea what made us think we could last the 100km but even though we didn’t make it it was nice to just ride along the coast. It was obviously harder on the ride back but we took it much slower stopping along the way at a cafe where we had scones and of course hot chocolate. By now it was raining again so stopping also gave us some shelter from the elements. We were still a few kilometres from Copenhagen and with it getting dark we had to make our way back and unfortunately it was still raining. By the time we made it back it was dark and we were exhausted. We got back to our hostel, got changed and went out to find a pub that was showing the premier league as Manchester United were playing Liverpool and Benji is an avid Liverpool fan.
It was Saturday December 15, which happens to be Dad’s birthday so on the way out I made sure to call him on his way to work. I managed to get the timing right despite the time difference and It was great to talk to him catch up although it was mostly me talking about what I had been doing the past few days. Once we eventually found a pub it was so nice to just sit down and relax, especially as it was warm inside. We ordered food and eventually got talking to a man sitting next to us who was also watching the game. He ended up buying us 2 beers each which was nice and drinking Carlsberg in Denmark is so much better than back home in Australia, which is to be expected I guess. After the game which Liverpool ended up winning 3-1 we sat outside and continued talking to the guy who lives in Denmark however is originally from South Africa. It is always nice to to meet people whilst travelling, we also happened to meet a couple in the same pub that were from Australia. After talking for roughly an hour we decided we should probably head back to our hostel and get some rest after the exhausting day we had had. Although it was a little crazy it was also an amazing experience. i don’t think i’ll ever try and ride 100km in a single day again.