What is Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah)? According to Visit Denmark, “Hygge is as Danish as æbleskiver and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cosying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too. And there’s nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world.”
So in order to truly discover Hygge, Denmark is another country I want to visit without much of a plan and just have the ability to experience Denmark, with one exception, starting in Thisted and ending in Copenhagen. Thisted is in the northern part of Denmark, and near as I can tell a small town, close to some cool natural attractions. However the most important part of visiting Thisted to me is being able to see the Baptismal record of my great-grandfather Nels Larsen, which is still at the local Lutheran church and experiencing Hygge in the area of my family roots!
Public Transportation seems to be the best way to get around Denmark, and so for my journey that is what I would rely on. I would also most likely try and stay at AirBnB’s or Bed & Breakfasts to get a more local experience, another chance to experience Hygge!
In my research it appears to have some great outdoor opportunities, like standing in two seas at once, amazing castles and churches, not to mention lighthouses galore! A great opportunity to refill my Vitamin D and happiness quota! Also the opportunity to stay away for guided tours as much as possible, not that they are bad, I just am really want to discover Hygge, and that happens in communities! I would love to connect with distant family members before arriving, and am lucky that I have a friend that grew up in Denmark to use as a reference guide!
I would plan on spending about 10 Days discovering Hygge and the budget would look as follows:
Car rental $600
For a starting total of $2885. The price alone helps to create Hygge already 🙂
Are you looking for Hygge too! While Denmark seems to have the market on it, it can also happen anywhere! Take some time to experience the good things in life with good people! It is truly time well spent!