Danes rank among the world’s happiest people. On our trip to Copenhagen, we found out why this is.
The Danes are famous for their ‘Hygge’ lifestyle which is pronounced ‘hue-guh’, its closest translation to English is ‘cosiness’. It ties in with the ideas of companionship, wholesomeness and contentment. This really transfers through its venues and people.
Our fam trip was hosted by Norwegian Airlines, Nordic Choice Hotels and Monkfish. When we arrived in beautiful Copenhagen, we were whizzed off through the city to the first venue ‘The Plant’ by Rickshaw. The Plant is an old factory transformed into an exclusive venue. We were greeted with Glühwein, served with nuts and dried fruit followed by Aebleskiver, which are Danish pancake balls with jam and icing sugar.
Our next stop was Copenhill, an urban skiing venue with an artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area. If that wasn’t adventurous enough for you, they also have the world’s tallest climbing wall! We enjoyed the amazing view and the more daring members of the group attempted skiing or snowboarding down the slope. The rest of us enjoyed some more Gluhwein by the fire, a much more ‘hygee’ option!
After the day of exploring, we checked into our luxurious rooms at the Clarion Copenhagen Airport, just in time to get ready for dinner. We had a pre-dinner drink in the hotel bar and the bartender suggested some delicious cocktails for us to try, the service was fantastic. We then headed into the city centre to a restaurant called Llama. They specialise in South American style cuisine, served in tapas style and sharing bowls. The food was amazing and the restaurant had a lively atmosphere.
We enjoyed a cheeky pre-lunch dessert at La Glace, the most famous bakery in Copenhagen. We indulged in a buttered bread roll, mini cakes, biscuits and a slice of cake each! Afterwards, we visited Hotel Skt Petri, located just off the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe. The hotel has a laid-back open plan lobby where all guests are encouraged to make themselves feel at home. We took part in a Christmas cake decorating activity and enjoyed lunch in the restaurant – needless to say we did not need dessert after visiting La Glace. After lunch, we explored the Christmas markets to burn off some of the Danish delicacies and do some Christmas shopping.
We then headed out of Copenhagen by train into Malmo in Sweden where we checked into the Clarion Malmo Live. Our rooms had floor to ceiling windows with views over Copenhagen and Malmo. Dinner and drinks were served in the hotel’s sky bar, Kitchen & Table, which also had amazing views of both cities and a buzzing atmosphere.
On the last day, we were up bright and early to see the event space at the Clarion Malmo Live Hotel that has a 1500 seater convention hall and over 20 conference rooms. Our minibus then drove us over the Oresund Bridge back to Copenhagen. We had a quick site inspection of Terminalerne that is located in Nordhavnen, an up and coming area for meetings and events. The venue boasts dramatic views over the water. Next stop was a site visit to Parkhus11 which is a warehouse venue that can accommodate 450 guests.
To finish the weekend off we visited the Tivoli Gardens for lunch and a festive quiz. After a wonder around and more Christmas Market shopping we travelled home in a very festive mood.