We have had only 1 day in Copenhagen, it has been just a short stop on our way to Iceland. (Thankfully there was a luggage storage facility available at Copenhagen Airport so we managed to get a full 12 hours exploring the city with our trailing our luggage with us).  It is absolutely freezing so we booked on to do a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the city.  I am so very excited about seeing the Little Mermaid.  Unveiled on 23 August 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.  The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.

Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince. — Wikipedia

In the afternoon we visited the Christmas Markets in Tivoli Gardens, it is absolutely freezing cold but the Christmas Markets there really were very beautiful. There was stall after stall of gorgeous household goods, food, drinks and games which was very festive and pleasant to walk around (with frequent stops at the fire pit’s to warm up). It costs to get in but in return the markets are a cut above others that we have visited in Europe and with the added bonus of snow it was a real christmas treat.

Later we made our way to Nyhavn which is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. Serving as a “heritage harbour”, the canal has many historical wooden ships. We explored the canals and pretty narrow streets before heading to The Ströget to see the shopping district.
By this point I am quite desperate to get back to the airport and board our flight to Reykjavik, Iceland as being outdoors for a full day in -1 temperatures has taken its toll.

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