Earlier in the semester we were invited to sign up for a trip called the “Legendary cruise to Copenhagen”, it was not for a few months and was not free (unlike the Stenaline cruise) but promised to be well worth the cost and included students from many universities in Oslo. Before we knew it those few months flew by and we found ourselves boarding the DFDS Seaways cruise to Copenhagen for a weekend!
We left Oslo on a Friday afternoon and spent the night meeting new students from other schools and squeezing 10 guys into a jacuzzi tub on the deck of the boat as we cruised down the fjords. We did not reach Copenhagen till the next morning but were welcomed with open arms.
Hello Gorgeous: Welcome to Copenhagen
Since none of us had been to Copenhagen before we found a hotel on the way to the main part of the city and asked for a map to help find our bearings. Little did we know how friendly the Danish people were! It seemed that every time we pulled out the map someone would ask us if we needed help. One lady even stopped her morning run to ask us if we needed help and pointed out some good places on our map and explained how to get there. After we made it to the main area of the city (thanks to the woman’s instructions) we pulled out the map again and this kind gentleman walked over to Ryan and helped him figure out where we should go!
Probably a good call making room for those bikes on the metro because the city was filled with them!
The architecture was exactly what we had hoped to find in Copenhagen so we just wandered around for a few hours taking it all in. Here is Luke, Ryan and Lucas.
Canal Tour of Copenhagen
We eventually passed by a Canal Tour and decided that it would be a great way to see Copenhagen so we hopped in line. Coincidentally a bunch of other exchange students had just bought their tickets too so we all boarded the boat together.
Unlike the Opera house we had an unfortunate view of The Little Mermaid statue. The statue has been there for 100 years this year and our tour guide said that it has been a popular attraction….. especially for vandals. It has been decapitated twice in its life and even blown into the bay by explosives!
So in case you ever wondered what the backside of a tourist attraction looks like, this one’s for you.
After about an hour we arrived back in the narrow canals and passed the famous colored houses.
After the cruise we walked down to the famous green light district of Copenhagen which was filled with tourists! Unfortunately, there is a no camera/photos rule that is strictly enforced here so we weren’t able to snap any photos.
Back out to sea
By this time it was getting late in the day so we started our trip back to the cruise ship, we were all tired from the little sleep we had got so once we got back to the boat Luke, Ryan and I found a quiet spot at the back of the boat as we waited for departure.
As soon as we had sat down and ralaxed the room we were in decided to blast the speakers above us to get the evening started (facepalm). Somehow Ryan ended up falling asleep so Luke and I entertained ourselves as we headed out to sea
Ryan finally woke up so we headed out on deck so they could get their classic Titanic photos (though from the back of the boat of course). It was cold but beautiful out so we snapped some pics and headed back inside to get ready for the evening.
Last night on the boat
We danced the evening away with our fellow exchange students and new friends. We met this guy gettin jiggy on his own so we bounced around with him on the dance floor for a few songs.
The evening got late and we all found our ways back to our cabins one by one, and so concluded the Legendary Cruise to Copenhagen. It was a great time that none of us will forget so a special thanks to the ESN people for organizing it!!