Denmark to Norway: Overnight Ferry

I’m not exactly sure how to best categorize this day and night of our trip.  After we spent some time at Legoland, we took a train back to Copenhagen in order to catch our overnight ferry to Oslo, Norway.

We spent a fun night on board the overnight ferry from Denmark to Norway.  It was bigger than we had imagined and we had a lot of fun.  We both regret not just letting the boys just stay up and experience the ferry until they were too tired to explore anymore because the walls were pretty thin and there was some serious music happening somewhere near-ish to our room.  While I loved the views and eating our meals while looking at the ocean, I’ve confirmed that cruises are not my thing.  Still, this was a super exciting way to travel from one country to the next!!  =D

Are you noticing the Lego theme happening?!  We did our best to give them some time to just chill and play Legos most days and they were always eager to see what Legos were for sale everywhere we went. =)

Thankful to see Mike’s joy when he is by the water.

Legoland

 – Day 4 –

We surprised the boys with an overnight at Legoland!  This was a major splurge activity, but we don’t regret it!  The boys loved seeing everything lego and riding on the rides.  We had a fair bit of rain, but that didn’t stop us!  We spent several hours at the park on the first day and then spent an additional one or two the following day before packing up for our next adventure.  This was operation no-regrets.  We rode on water rides while it was raining and cold simply because the boys were interested in them.  We stayed at the park until closing and maximized all of our time there.

Pics from the train and bus ride to Legoland (almost missed the train, but relaxed once we got settled) –

Hotel Legoland (oh my word, so much cleverness!) –

Adventures inside Legoland (day one) –

Adventures inside Legoland (day two) –

Mini versions of places we’ve been before (definitely my favorite part of Legoland) –

After an hour or so at Legoland that morning, we headed for our next adventure.  More to come later!

Denmark

Copenhagen is a beautiful, busy city.  We spent three days exploring in and around it and really enjoyed it.

The first day, however, was pretty low key since some of us (read: Micah and me) were pretty jet-lagged.  We spent some time resting at our airbnb (Mike and Ethan got in an extra walk to the botanic gardens while Micah and I slept an extra hour) and then we all went for a walk to explore the awesome and famous Nyhavn area.  We had a delicious dinner of street food and saw the outside of the Rosenborg Castle.

– Day 1 –

 

– Day 2 –

We had a nice, slow start to our second day in Copenhagen.  The boys slept in, played some legos and then we headed out for a delicious breakfast nearby.

We explored the Round Tower – a very cool place, as you can see!

We walked the city a bunch – visited a beautiful church, found our first Lego store (Legos began in Denmark, for those of you that didn’t know), and ate lunch on the go.

Next up, we went on a boat tour where we saw the city from a different view and were able to snap a pic of the famous “Little Mermaid” without being with the massive crowds!

Then we checked out the palace and some ruins of a previous palace (that the current one was built upon).

We finished our day at Tivoli – the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world.  We played some games (Mike won a fidget spinner!), rode a boat ride and ate some food. Definitely a neat experience!

– Day 3 –

We enjoyed a very peaceful morning at the botanic gardens on our third day.  We grabbed breakfast from a local bakery to eat there and then walked the gardens for a while.

Then we did some more exploring of the city.  We got to see another beautiful church and watch the changing of the guards.

That afternoon we took a bus to the Experimentarium.  We had an excellent time there – it’s a really wonderful kids’ museum that we would highly recommend!  (This is also the location of Micah’s horrifying experience of being lost – thankfully it was incredibly short-lived and he did the right thing!)  Before exploring there, though, we touched the Baltic Sea – gorgeous and chilly!

I’ll save our final day in Denmark for the next post…it gets a post all by itself since it was pretty epic. 😉

Thankful for safe travels and safe boys.  Thankful for Mike’s preparation.