It's the Hygge Things in Life
There are just so many things left unsaid about the way I felt about Copenhagen. I knew that I wanted to wrap up my Copenhagen series in 4 posts. I rummaged through my mind on the possibilities of what the focus of my last post could be. From Tivoli, the Little Mermaid, coffee shops, Christiana… there are just too many things I loved and enjoyed about our time in the Danish capitol to sum it all up in a few blog posts.
Instead, I’m going to focus on a very Danish concept: hygge
What is hygge? I still couldn’t give you a direct answer. Its definition could be summed up as a number of things, most commonly cosiness. From what I’ve come to learn, hygge is a feeling. The word evokes images of hot cocoa, being wrapped up in blankets, and a room lit up by candlelight. But when I look back at my time in Copenhagen, the one word I could use to describe it is (you’ve guessed it) - HYGGE.
We were in Copenhagen during one of the hottest summers. Every Danish person we spoke to mentioned how this summer was a “special” one. That was one word for it! It was sweltering. Most places did not have air conditioning because there normally was no need for it. There were days where the heat was so unbearable, we’d walk over to an Espresso House (similar to Starbucks) to chug a cool beverage before heading on with our day. There was even a day where one of the Espresso House locations we visited ran out of ice!
Sounds pretty miserable, doesn’t it? Well, looking back at it, I am filled with joy at our time there. The way the Danish referred to this heatwave as “special” tells you a little bit about their mindset. It was then that I understood why Denmark is frequently referred to as the happiest country.
Hygge, as I’ve come to know, is a mindset. It’s about the little things you can do to take time for yourself and it’s a year round thing! It’s not just about feeling cosy on blistery winter nights. It’s also about enjoying the lushness of nature on a summer’s day. As Meik Wiking says in The Little Book of Hygge
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life - or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company - or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.”
With that being said, here are some of the most hygge moments during our trip to Copenhagen!
Taking a stroll by Nyhavn as the sun sets.
The smell of the garden by Rosenborg Slot
The lights of Tivoli in the evening
A good game of GALLOPEN!
Wander down quiet cobble stoned streets
A good latte
Gelato on a hot summer’s evening
Hygge isn’t just for the Danish, it’s for everyone. Since leaving Copenhagen, I’ve tried to live my everyday a little hygge. You should try it too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts on our time in Copenhagen. If you want to know more about how we spent our time, check out my vlog!