Summer vacation in Rørvig

Just like last summer, we headed up to the North of Sjælland (Zealand) to spend a couple of days in the summer house - I’ve already shown you pictures from a dinner at the beautiful marina. Here are some more impressions from those beautiful summer days where time just seems to move a little slower…

I miss those long and lazy days, those hours spent lying in the sun or on the couch with a book. The salty scent of the sea and the sand between my toes. The long evenings and the cold breeze that finally relieved the day’s heat. The late-night walks with the dog, through the quiet little summer house colony. The smell of coals from nearby barbecues and bonfires floating in through the open window. The cold glass of wine to end the day. If only I could’ve stayed there just a bit longer!

First off, some details from the summer house itself - I just love the summer house style!

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The lovely little Antik Caféen, where you can enjoy a cold soda, iced coffee or some light lunch

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On the way home, we discovered these people selling home-made jam on the street - unfortunately we weren’t carrying any cash because I looooove home-made jam!

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Of course, we also went to the beach:

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Dinner at Rørvig marina

I love the sea. I love being at the seashore, at the beach, or on boats, and that was also one of the major selling points for moving to Denmark. And spending time at the summer house my boyfriend’s parents own in the North of Zealand is always a pure pleasure, especially when the weather is as amazing as it was these last couple of days when we were up here. Thursday, we went to have dinner at the popular restaurant at the marina. It’s attached to the local fish store, and even though the ambiance leaves something to be desired (we’re talking plastic chairs and paper plates here), the quality of the freshly caught fish and seafood is just amazing. Add to that the unbeatable location right at the harborfront and you’ve got yourself a great dinner!

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Exploring Denmark’s hidden gems: Sorø

I am a huge fan of weekend trips. It doesn’t always have to be the two week beach vacation (although that’s also pretty nice!), sometimes it’s just great to break out of the daily routines and spend a night or two away from home. We have a couple of trips planned for this summer, one to Oslo and one to a secret location that the boyfriend will only learn when we’re at the airport. But this weekend, we felt like a much needed weekend break!

Denmark is without a doubt a beautiful country, with green landscapes and the sea all around. And a vacation or especially a weekend getaway doesn’t always have to be far away! I found a great offer in a very nice hotel which included a dinner as well, so we jumped in the car after work on Friday and drove out to the small town of Sorø, located in the middle of Zealand (Sjælland), about an hour’s drive away from Copenhagen (although it turned out to be longer than that due to masses of people leaving Copenhagen on the first day of school vacations!).

The hotel is a Danish “kro”, typical historic inns now turned stylish hotels and lodges. The history of kros actually dates back several hundred years, when a royal decree stipulated that there had to be an inn every couple of miles to ensure that travellers could get food, drink, and rest. Nowadays, they can still be found many places, especially small towns and villages away from the main roads. Some of them even have gourmet restaurants or spas, making them a great choice for a weekend getaway. Many kros offer special deals such as the one we got during the summer period, so be on the lookout! This website has a good overview of kros across Denmark.

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Comwell Sorø Storkro

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Sommerhusstil - Danish summer cottage style

Yesterday was the first day that actually felt like spring, and the first day this year that allowed me to pull out my sunglasses. The day itself was beautiful, with fresh air, clear blue skies and non-stop sunshine. We spent it with a family brunch and birthday in Frederikssund in Northern Sjælland (Zealand), and after a downright food orgy with brunch, coffee, cake and sweets, we took a walk on the beautiful Roskilde Fjord. One thing I love so much about Denmark is that, no matter where you are, you’re never far away from the ocean. I’ve always wanted to live near the water, so this is absolute heaven for me. And the walk along Roskilde Fjord was stunning, with the sun in the blue sky, the clearest, freshest air, and the calm water as far as the eye could see… on the way back, we passed through a small, idyllic residential area, where every couple of houses, you’d see a “dannebrog” flying in the soft ocean breeze. I forgot to bring my phone or camera to the walk, so no pictures, unfortunately.

But this amazing day in Nordsjælland made me think of Rørvig, where my boyfriend’s parents have a “sommerhus”, a typical Danish summer cottage, near the beach, and where we’ve spent some time last summer. We’ll probably go up there again for the traditional family Easter lunch this year, and hunt for chocolate in the garden.

Danish summer houses have a very unique style. The classic “sommerhus” is usually a one-story building made of black wood, with white windows, surrounded by a small garden area with bushes and trees. Many sumer cottages have a flagpole as well, and usually you will see some bikes leaning against the house or standing in a shed. The interior is cozy and homely, the famous “hygge” is as important as ever. The traditional “sommerhusstil”, or summer house style, is very romantic. As opposed to the stylish, clear and modern interiors you find in fancy Copenhagen and Frederiksberg apartments and houses, summer houses will have plushy couches, fluffy pillows, carpets and curtains. Many summer houses have wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, because evenings and nights in the Danish early or late summer can be chilly. (When we arrived for our vacation last summer, we almost smoked out the entire house when trying to get a little fire going to warm us up…)  As for the colors, furniture will often be white or of light wood, and color schemes range from romantic pastels to nautical-themed blue and navy tones. I’ve really fallen in love with the Danish summer house, and we’ll probably be spending some time there again this summer. For me, summer cottages mean long, wam nights, cycling to the beach, barbecue on the porch, and drinking a cold Carlsberg. They mean “hygge” and relaxation. They are the epitome of Danish summer.

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Inside the sommerhus: Fireplace

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Some interior brands capture the essence of the Danish summer house:

Greengate: Romantic designs, floral patterns and soft pastels are the trademark of Danish company Greengate, and you’ll probably be able to find many a Greengate product in Danish summer houses. http://www.greengate.dk

Cath Kidston: Similar to Greengate, this UK brand is also focusing on playful patters, romantic flowers and pretty colors. If you like the “shabby chic” trend, you’ll also be right at home here! They also have clothes and accessories available in the online shop. www.cathkidston.com

Lene Bjerre: I’ve written about this brand before, but if I had a sommerhus, I’d be sure to put a ton of their products in there! They are less playful but no less girly and pretty, with more natural colors and high quality materials. http://www.lenebjerre.com

There are some blogs I’ve found that are dedicated to the Danish sommerhus:

Further, I’ve found some great posts here:

  • Transforming a summer cottage from French style to “sommerhusstil”: here
  • A very stylish and pretty Danish summer house: here
  • Recommended Danish summer cottages in shabby chic style or black-and-white style (in German)
  • Ready for hygge and sommerhusstil: here
  • Shabby chic romantic summer house: here

2013 flashback: Summer vacation in Rørvig

Heute ist der letzte Tag in 2013 und das nehme ich gerne zum Anlass, um nochmal einige Highlights des Jahres Revue passieren zu lassen. Das Jahr war schon ziemlich stressig, aber es gab immer wieder Unterbrechungen zur Erholung: ein Familienurlaub in Südfrankreich und ein langes Wochenende in Barcelona zum Beispiel. Aber da dieses Blog sich ja vorwiegend mit Dänemark beschäftigen möchte, findet Ihr hier einige Eindrücke der wunderschönen Tage, die wir diesen Sommer im Sommerhaus der Schwiegereltern in spe in Rørvig (Nordsjælland) verbrachten.

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As 2013 draws to a close, I’m taking the opportunity to look back on some of my favorite moments and events of the year. It’s been a stressful year, but there were plenty of welcome interruptions for relaxing, e.g. a family vacation in the South of France or a long weekend in beautiful Barcelona. But since this blog is supposed to focus on Denmark, I’m sharing some impressions from the couple of days we spent in the in-laws’ summer house in Rørvig, North Sealand.

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Sommerhaus - summer house

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Hafen - Rørvig harbor

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Fangfrischer Fisch im Hafenrestaurant - fresh fish in the harbor restaurant

WP_20130704_005Johannisbeeren-Schnecke zum Frühstück - delicious Danish pastry for breakfast

WP_20130705_002 WP_20130705_006 WP_20130705_004Am Strand! Sonnencreme nicht vergessen! - At the beach, remember your sunscreen!