Text and image by Sarita Rajiv
A life without love is like a year without summer, goes a popular Swedish proverb. And what’s love without romance right? I like Valentine’s Day: it’s that dash of romance that brings a certain zing in our ordinary every day. But then I’m not entirely satisfied with a dash, so I’ve got a truckload of romance coming your way. Here's the second edition of 5 Scandi ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Denmark; it’s a day of hygge guaranteed!
1. Museum dating at The National Museum of Denmark or a date night at the movies
Head over to National Museet or The National Museum of Denmark for a day hunting love symbols, listening to love stories and noshing on an aphrodisiac meal.
If movies, and not museums, are more your thing, book special love seats or kissing seats for you and your partner. Most movie theatres have them. If you're in Copenhagen, you can book them in Empire Bio and Nordisk Film Biografer Falkoner. Two tickets will cost you between 190-280 dkk.
2. Dine out without breaking the bank
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ―Virginia Woolf
Dining Week comes to the rescue of those of us who would like a fine dining experience without breaking the bank. Copenhagen Food Magazine and San Pellegrino have come together this year for Dining Week which takes place during February 14-21. They've handpicked some of the city's best restaurants -- including Almanak, Bio Mio, The Red Box and Verandah among others -- to put together a 3 course menu for a reasonable 225 dkk/person. I'm thinking Virginia Woolf would approve.
3. Jazz it up with a night out at Wallmans
If you're looking for a Valentine’s Day experience in Denmark with a bit more razzmatazz, Wallmans is the place for you. The setting is the beautiful Circus Hall at the Wallmans Circus Building. It's got the unbeatable combination of food, entertainment and a great atmosphere. Start your fun night out with a 4-course dinner (did I mention chocolates too?) coupled with an extravagant performance and end it with a party at their nightclub.
Prices start from 400 dkk/person; you can also order a special Valentine’s Day package that costs a bit more.
4. Be wildly adventurous, dive in for a winter dip
This one is pure Scandi and for all the thrill seekers with an inner Viking in them. Go winter-bathing this Valentine’s Day with your partner; this is one Valentine’s Day experience in Denmark you won't forget. The icy cold water followed by the warm sauna is an adrenaline rush like no other. Check out the host of outdoor swimming pools that have winter bathing facilities here.
5. Hygge and romance at home
You know that romantic candlelight dinner everyone talks about? Do it at home. After all, candles and winter are practically inseparable in Denmark. Cook up a delicious meal - get some inspiration for lip-smacking chocolate recipes from Linn of Frk. Kræsen, Maria of Vanløse Blues and Maja of Chocolat . Cozy up on the couch later and watch a Danish rom-com. Den Eneste Ene, En Kort En Lang and Italiensk for Begyndere are some of the popular ones. Create your own hygge.
Looking for more Valentine's Day ideas? Try these itty-bitty love notes and mini envelopes.
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