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Off to Denmark – one day trip with friends through the Baltic Sea

Living and studying in Sweden means more than only focusing on your own academic path or enjoying as much as you can the Swedish fika. Actually, when you’re a student here, there may be some chances to get to know new places and go through new landscapes that can enlighten your eyes and make you feel good.

If you live especially on the West Coast or the South of Sweden, it’s not so difficult to catch the opportunity to go and visit briefly countries such as Denmark, Germany, Poland and Norway. Well, that’s actually what happened to me few days ago. I’ve spent one wonderful day with some of my friends in Denmark – in a matter of few hours we were there and back to Gothenburg (for those of you who still don’t know what I’ve been doing and/or why I’ve been living in the second largest Swedish city, please have a look here).

Gothenburg is a city that strategically embraces the Göta älv, that is the river whose origin is in the Baltic Sea. Being a very important commercial port is not the only feature that makes Gothenburg a well known spot. Actually, its position is fairly favourable when it comes to travelling by ferry. If you happen to come here and plan to stay some time, why do not consider the option to take a ferry off to Denmark just for one day? It’s not that expensive, and especially if you are a group of friends, it can really be fun to spend some time on the ferry and then explore a little bit the North Denmark Region (Region Nordjylland).

In my case, my friends and I had the initial plan to reach Frederikshavn, a town whose harbour is well connected with the Scandinavian neighbours, as well as being famous for the quality of the fish. Once there, our idea was to move and visit briefly another small and still very important port town up in the north of Nordjylland, a town called Skagen. Its size is actually inversely proportional to its beauty and its historical background. Skagen was indeed home of many Danish Impressionist artists – who started the indeed so called Skagen Painters during the 19th century. Moreover, it’s fairly peculiar, considering its architectural style and the characteristic landscape where sand and dunes shape the seaside. By the way, before letting you show some glimpses of our short trip, let me just say that if you go there, you’ll have the chance to meet the point that both divides and unifies the Nordic Sea and the Baltic Sea.

Now, welcome on board and enjoy the rest!

 

Louisiana Museum and the Denmark-Sweden Border Control

It was a long weekend break last week and this calls for a short getaway. I’ve heard so much about Louisiana Museum, so stoked to finally visiting there.

Travelling to Copenhagen

I find it very convenient to travel to Denmark. Since I’m living very close to Skåne (South of Sweden), the fastest and most economical way for me to get to Copenhagen is to take the train from Sweden. From Lund/Malmö, it will only take about half an hour or less to Copenhagen.

I bought my train ticket from ticket machine at the train station. The ticket is valid for all train operators, including SJ and Öresundståg. The validity of the time period is also stated on the ticket, longer distance has longer validity such as a few hours.

If you’re travelling together with a friend and using the jojo card under SkåneTrafiken, consider getting the ‘Duo/Familj-biljetten’ option at the ticket machine. This ticket is valid for 2 adults travelling together and it gives a further 10% discount.

Travelling to Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts

I bought the train ticket directly to Humlebæk station. I changed the train at Copenhagen Airport and it takes a further one hour ride to Humlebæk. After a short walk from the station, I arrived at Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts. Woohoo!

Students pay DKK 100 for the entry instead of adult price, so don’t forget to bring your student ID. The museum’s cafe has very nice food with a scenic view. However, it’s a little pricey for me. Next time, I would remember to pack the picnic food along. Besides, the sunny spring weather is perfect for picnics.

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What to see in Louisiana 

There are currently 3 main exhibitions – Fire Under Snow, Eye Attack and Illumination along with several galleries of different artists. The outdoor sculpture park is amazing! The view is spot on. I can easily spend a few hours at the museum.

What excites me are the upcoming exhibitions  – Classics at Louisiana which features a selection of classic works from Lichtenstein, Warhol, Picasso, Hockney, Kiefer and Yves Klein as well as the Picasso before Picasso, featuring Picasso’s earliest works as an adolescent. There are concerts and interesting workshops, pretty a lot going on!

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Getting back to Sweden and the Border Control

It is a breeze to get out of Sweden but getting back is another matter. Initially, the border control was only done at Malmö Hyllie station, the first station after Copenhagen. After which, border control was also initiated at the Copenhagen airport upon entering the train platform. This means that you have to show your ID twice.

I often commute between Copenhagen and Sweden and is used to the border control and delays. However, this time round I was informed that my Swedish ID card wasn’t enough as I’m not a citizen and I need to further produce additional visa document which shows that I’m allowed to stay in Sweden. This has never happened before.

I usually don’t bring my visa document with me, it just so happened I was also travelling to Prague and I brought it along (in case) even though I have never been requested to produce visa document when I travel in Europe. In the train, two or three international students sitting behind me were asked the same. They have their ID/passports but were still required to show the student visa proof (they were not prepared for this) and had further explanations to do.

The overall delay was about 45 minutes. I would recommend to avoid taking the last train in case of delays or train cancellation. Always bring your ID/passport and visa documents with you whenever you travel. Because of the hassle, I avoid going to Emporia, one of my favourite big shopping mall by Malmö Hyllie station.