Guest contributor Ellen Daae Hardy lives in Norway but escapes to Copenhagen whenever she can. Here, she shares some of her Copenhagen bicycle photos.
I visit Copenhagen as often as I can from Norway, where I live. One thing I love is the Copenhagen bicycle culture.
The city has more bicycles than people! It’s full of bicycles of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Coming from Norway, there’s a novelty here in that people can cycle all year round; in Oslo, only those who are very committed with spikes in their tires dare to ride in the harsh winters!
Copenhagen bicycle photos
Cycling in Copenhagen:
Denmark is a flat country, and there are special bicycle lanes, so it’s very easy to get around by bike – except over the cobbles in the older part of Copenhagen!
People of all ages and tastes ride and park their bikes all over the city, and there are plenty of good photographs waiting to be taken of them. You’ll see old, traditional, sit-up-and- beg models parked nonchalantly against a modern racer.
I usually start my Copenhagen visits with a walk from the center to Torvehallerne for a nice organic breakfast. It’s a wonderful market full of different food shops, fresh vegetables, fish, bakeries, chocolate, wines, fresh flowers and loads of cafés.
Then I walk to the the 17th century Round Tower, which is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. When you reach the top, you get a wonderful view over Copenhagen. I always take a few minutes to walk from the tower to the Graabrødretorget, a public square with colorful facades and a big plane tree.
From there, I typically head towards Strøget (one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets) to the Royal Smushi Cafe. It’s a lovely place with design decorations and the best Danish treats served on Royal Copenhagen porcelain.
After some refreshments I walk down to Nyhavn – the old port and the place where Hans Christian used to live.
I try to end my trip with a walk in the Nyboder district, about 15 minutes away from Nyhavn. Nyboder is an historic row house district of former naval barracks (it was featured in the film The Danish girl).
I just love its old colorful facades, cobbled streets and the millions of things you can take pictures of.
I got my first proper SLR camera in my 20s, which I took with me to Greece, where I was particularly inspired by the blue hues coming alive in the sunshine. And ever since then, I’ve been hooked on photography.
Doors and windows really intrigue me. What’s behind the door? Where does it lead? What stories can the house tell?
Photos of Copenhagen:
But back to Copenhagen… All the while, I take lots of Copenhagen photos. Sometimes I’m hunting for bike photos – it’s kind of a thing in Copenhagen to take pictures of bikes.
Then it’s usually time to run to the bus and catch the boat back to good old Norway!”
Photos courtesy Ellen Daae Hardy
Ellen Daae Hardy is an avid photo buff who lives in Norway. She’s traveled widely throughout Europe. Favorite cities? Ellen loves Copenhagen. But she’s also been know to say: “I would have London as a husband and Paris as a lover.”