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Chilled in Copenhagen, Denmark (Pros & Cons of Off-Season Travel)
Off-season vacations in Scandinavia or anywhere could be rewarding if you plan right.
Some people had flexible enough jobs, schedule and lifestyles to select when to take their vacations, but many of us had limited choice.
Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year and each season offered a different ambiance, event and experience.
But, have you ever been to Copenhagen in the winter? It was indeed freeeeezing during Christmas season until the mid of February.
Copenhagen, Denmark is the royal capital of Denmark, Europe's oldest kingdom; it was one of the world's premier design capitals, full of palaces and squares with over one thousand years of history.
In tourism industry, the year was divided into 3 seasons: The peak season (mid-June to August), middle season (April to mid-June and September to October), and off-season (November to March).
Each had its pros and cons. It was regardless of when you travel, if the objective is to "meet the people visit & explore the world” Scandinavia and Europe was a powerful magnet destination and you would find it was filled with attractions any time of year.
I absolutely loved the city. Danish design shop & department stores totally lives-up and so cool. I went to all the beautiful design stores like Illum Bolighus and Hay, they were stunning.
There were many pop-up shops here, where you can buy all sorts of various Christmas decorations, edibles gifts such as caramelized almonds and Christmas candies. I thought it may be one of my favorite cities in Europe.
Definitely worth your visit as Copenhagen was award city in 2013 for the climate change campaign. The plan was aim to prepare and develop Copenhagen to be a green city of future. It was a climate proof city that was beautiful and modern and lots of people riding bikes to save-the-energy (even in the snow!)
Yes, summer was a great peak time to travel, however it was crowds, high temperatures, sunny weather, long days and night, over booked tour and high price of package tour.
Some countries were best experienced in peak season. Travel in the peak season in Scandinavia, Britain, and Ireland which had the terrible crowded. However its factors were depended on where you want to go and the best weather and longest days as possible.
Copenhagen, Denmark had a very busy for all seasons through the years; basically the peak was from mid-June to late August. **Off-season airfares were often -100 of dollars saver than peak season**, it's good to save your budget to but souvenirs to friends and family etc.)
Most of the time, with less crowds in Copenhagen, the travelers may find that you could sleep for less: and while many bed & breakfast and other non-hotel budget accommodations many be closed, those still open are usually empty, many 5 stars hotels drop their prices, and budget hotels would have plenty of vacancies with best facilities.
Off-season time were limited, as it was dark around 4.00 o’clock PM. I explored Copenhagen and it was very windy, cold and dark, but it was fun to explore. I started in town and went shopping on Strøget. I thought the main reason I bought very little was because everything was in Krones (the conversation rate is 6 kroner to 1 US Dollar or 34 Thai baths).
So, if the visitors wanna enjoy having Europe by yourself, in wintertime in Copenhagen Denmark, Scandinavia or anywhere else in Europe, then we could feel ‘So alone’ and wonder "Where are the tourists? Denmark has the most dreamy work/safety/social/environmental/welfare structure, and the best friendly and good people. To thrive in-the-winter, the visitors had to get the most out of the limited daylight hours.
A Clear and certain trip's plan, let’s double-check hours and confirm your plans. Start early and eat a quick lunch. Tourist offices closed early. Dress warmly. Cold weather was colder when you lived outdoors trying to walk around somewhere by yourself. Let’s pack for the cold and wet for example: Coat, gloves, wool hat, long johns, waterproof shoes or boots, and umbrella.
Commonly, I was not a winter person. Therefore, for my views toward the right time to visit for all travelers, "middle season" for example April, May, June, September, and October was the best period with best price in reserve a package tour, as it offered the best mix of peak-season and off-season pros and cons.
By the way, if you visit Copenhagen, Denmark in winter or Christmas it usually gets windy and cold. So, let’s visit Copenhagen; experience the city during the Christmas Holidays and see the trees and the streets and shops with all their festive decorations.
This was the initial clothes packing list that I recommend for surviving these 10 long nights/or almost 2 weeks. I was concerned on how-to-stay warm in the frozen temperatures.
SOME PACKING LISTS FOR 10 DAYS (IN WINTER)
1. 4 bras and 9 underwear
2. 3-4 warm fabrics clothes
3. 2 Jackets
4. 1 Umbrellas
5. 3 Long Johns
6. 4 thick pants
7. 1-2 Thick dresses
8. 2 large thick scarves
9. 5 pairs of thick socks
10. Winter boots
11. Body & Face Lotions for dry skins
12. Gloss Lipstick (with little make-up cosmetics)
13. Shampoo/ conditioner/ body wash/ deodorant/ toothbrush/ toothpaste
15. Camera, Batteries, Power adapters & chargers
1.Nyhavn was my favorite spot in the Copenhagen, Denmark . It was a strip of colorful townhouses, pubs and restaurants along the riverbank, although I imagine it would be even prettier in the summer when the sun is shining and the river isn't frozen over.
2.The Memorial Anchor built in 1872 which was docked at Holmen Naval Base during the Second World War. The anchor stands on a small circular with stones carved with the following legend. "SAT TIL MINDE OM DEN DANSKE SØMAND DER MISTEDE LIVET I KRIGENS AAR 1939 - 1945" which translates to "SET TO RECALL THE DANISH SAILORS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR YEARS 1939 - 1945"
3.Frozen Yachts and boats at the harbor
4.The Little Cold Mermaid statue, located in the Langelinie waterfront area, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013 and it was one of the city’s most identifiable icons.