Exploring Copenhagen

Last week I had a business trip to Copenhagen. Although I had four meetings in three days, I still had room in my schedule to start my days with a run. The long daylight hours made me realize how far north Copenhagen is–it was broad daylight at 4:30 am, and the sun didn’t go down until after 10 pm. I also learned that there is a fine line between exploring Copenhagen and getting lost on it’s crooked streets!

Lans Map

On my first morning, I did the same loop I had done on my last vist to Copenhagen. Since it was much lighter in late May than it had been in late January, I was able to get much better pictures this time!

Exploring In Copenhagen (Lans)

On my second morning, I had a general idea of where I wanted to run, but ended up discovering Kastellet fortress instead–it’s the pentagon-shaped area near “The Little Mermaid” landmark in the map below.

Docks Maps

It took me a while to realize that I essentially was on an island and would have to get back to my entry point in order to get off! You can see I only ran around half of it–I was worried about getting back to my hotel in time to get ready for my breakfast meeting. You also can see that I did not take a very direct route back to my hotel–so much for my great sense of direction!–but I saw some great sights along the way.

Exploring In Copenhagen (Docks)

On my last day, I had no intention of going for a run, but when I woke up at 4:40 to broad daylight, I figured out that I had just enough time for a short run before I had to head to the airport at 6:00 am to start my long slog home. I was very cautious about my route since I didn’t have time to get lost explore.

parks map

I didn’t have time to wait for my Garmin to find a signal, but it finally caught up with me.

Exploring in Copenhagen (Parks)

Can you believe how bright it was at 5:00 am?

Have you gotten lost exploring a new city?

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7 Responses to Exploring Copenhagen

  1. Carla says:

    I loved the pics on facebook too.
    your life is so…INTERESTING and international these days.
    and yes.
    paris ireland london israel etc—but all all all by accident 😉
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  2. It’s great that your job allows you to run in all of these beautiful cities. Looks like a fun place to run.
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  3. oh yes, i’ve gotten lost in a new city while on a run! it’s kinda fun though 🙂 great pics!!
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  4. Love the scenery and love that you took advantage of the extra daylight. I’m pretty cautious running in a new city, even though I have a good sense of direction too.
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  5. Love this! I went to Copenhagen once about 8.5-9 years ago, but I was pregnant and not running at the time. I would love to go running there!
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  6. Kim says:

    Wow – incredible pictures!!!
    No, I can’t believe how light it was at 5:00 am- I wish it were like that here!!!
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  7. jill conyers says:

    That is so amazing! What a wonderful run it must have been!
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