After the epic climbs of the Norwegian coast, the Danish countryside was a bit of a letdown. The light rolling hills don’t really compare to the fjords and mountains. The cycling culture was impressive, but it definitely felt like something was missing. One thing I did like however was the system of primitive campsites, removing some of the need to look for a place to wild camp as Denmark isn’t quite as open as Sweden and Norway are about the ability to put your tent where you like. I tried to stay at two, the first I ended up not finding as I’d marked it wrongly on my map, and just slept in the forest instead. The second, near Roskilde, was fantastic and made especially interesting by the two other people camping there who had hiked in the night before and so I had someone to natter to around the campfire that they built.
Copenhagen, is well-known for being bicycle friendly, and it very much seemed to meet my expectations for this. The number of cyclists possibly seemed higher than Amsterdam. One downside to cycling there however is the number of tourists who know nothing about the bicycle lane system and instead think they are a good place to stand to take a photo, causing a great deal of ire from commuting cyclists forced to slam brakes on and swerve to avoid hitting them.
While wandering around the city on a couple of free-walking tours, I heard a number of great stories, but at the moment I’ve just got fragments of them in my head so wouldn’t make for great reading. The area of Christiania however does stick in the mind, and especially how the Copenhagen opera house has the Christiania flag built into it’s design (as a screw you from the architect to Mærsk, the sponsor of the opera house, who apparently hates Christania.)