From Hven

I wrote in an earlier post that I was going to Hven (see here). Well, I’ve been there. Just arrived actually. Sweaty, tired and extremely satisfied. So… before my short term memory gets replaced by “things of importance”, let me write about my experience. Ahora mismo.

There are many ways to get to Hven from Copenhagen. Google maps recommend traveling up to Helsingor, crossing to Helsingborg, traveling down to Landskronna and then taking the ferry to Hven. An easier alternative – which is what my department and I did – is to take M/S Jeppe from Havnegade 39. M/S Jeppe leaves Copenhagen at 9:15 am every day in the summer and sails back back from Hven to Copenhagen at 4:30 pm. They serve breakfast going to Hven and Danish pastries coming back. Since one-way travel time is around an hour and 30 minutes, that leaves 5  hours of galavanting.

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M/S Jeppe at Havnegade 39

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Abroad M/S Jeppe to Hven, and having brunch

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Limestone cliffs, as seen during our approach of Hven

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Bäckviken

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Boats docked at Bäckviken

Upon arriving at Hven, we walked up a hill to claim our yellow bicycles. The yellow bicycles that Hven is famous for is the cheapest among the available bikes. It costs 90 SKK and only has 1 gear. There are, of course, other types of bikes available (click here for more info on bikes in Hven and their corresponding prices); but since we were in Hven, why not. To be perfectly honest though, it was a pain biking with just one gear and my pride suffered a blow each time I pushed my bike uphill.

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Yellow bicycles for rent

We biked from the bike rental place to the Tycho Brahe Museum. There, we had an hour long guided tour on the life and works of Tycho Brahe, followed by a champagne on the lawn right beside Stjerneborg. Lunch was less than a 10-minute bike ride away, at the Spirit of Wine. We had a buffet lunch with a salad bar, herring, pork and a bottle of local lager. After lunch, we took our bicycles and rode it along the island’s coast. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of that, but I have for everything else. I guess, on that last leg on the island, we had too much fun to stop for photos.

I really, really wanted to take photos of the fields and the scenic views we saw while biking. But time did not permit. Neither did taking advantage of the downhill speed to make the uphill easier.

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Tycho Brahe’s measuring instruments

Bottomline, Hven was an amazing experience. If you haven’t been there, I would most definitely recommend it for a day trip. The island is very small. Some colleagues of mine were able to bike around the island in less than 2 hours. I would definitely love to visit Hven again. Maybe, next time, for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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The port at Kyrkbacken

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Gorgeous views at Kyrkbacken

August 26, 2016 | Copenhagen, Denmark