This past weekend, I attended an event with Yelp Copenhagen - in case you don’t know it, Yelp is a platform where you can share reviews for everything in your city, from restaurants and bars to your dentist and dry cleaner. I often use reviews to make decisions or get inspiration, so recently, I’ve become more active in also posting my own. And it’s also a nice community that offers events like this one, which was a brunch followed by a guided tour through Denmark’s National Aquarium, Den Blå Planet. The building itself is really beautiful - it’s inspired by the swirls of water, and surrounded by a circular pool. But it was raining and very windy when we walked over, so in my haste to get inside, I didn’t stop to take a picture. You can read more about the architecture here.
The aquarium has a long history, but this particular building is just about 2 years old, and it has taken me way too long to finally get there - which probably also has to do with its location all the way out on Amager, close to the airport. But definitely worth a visit!
Our guided tour led us through the aquarium and “behind the scenes”, into the belly of the beast, where we climbed up and down ladders, wandered through the engine room, peeked into the feed kitchen, and stood on our tippy-toes to get the best view into the different pools.
A clear favorite was the funky octopus, which apparently likes to climb out of his basin (which has since been outfitted with astro-turf to prevent further eight-legged wanderings) and holds a grudge against one of the keepers.
We also saw a bunch of funky frogs, hammerhead sharks, stingrays, all sorts of colorful fishes - they even have two alligators and a rain forest, where a couple of anacondas live!
Side note: Have I mentioned how much in love I am with my new prime lens? It’s the Nikkor 35mm f1:1.8G, a wide aperture lens which just takes the most awesome pictures, even in very difficult lighting conditions, like in the aquarium.
Back on topic - the guided tour was a lot of fun, and I’d definitely recommend it as a new and interesting way to learn more about the aquarium. Our guide was super nice, knowledgeable and fun, and it was noticeable that she really loves her job and working with the animals.
One thing I will say - the aquarium is not cheap. Normal entrance is 150 DKK, and a tour is some extra on top. But of course an aquarium that size is also quite expensive to maintain (their water and electricity bills must be off the charts!). I probably wouldn’t go here every weekend, but I will definitely be back!
Have you been to the aquarium? What did you think?