So I am going to spend three full months in Europe, and I’ve chosen to spend six of the twelve weeks in Denmark. You’re wondering why, I’m sure. There are several answers to this question.
1. It is a beautiful place.
Denmark is absolutely beautiful.It is filled with beautiful fjords, beaches, waterways, farms, fields, villages, towns, and cities. I want to see all of that.
Its climate is awesome, particularly the time of year I am going. The average temperature index in Denmark is 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year. Now, the humidity index still tends to be close to 80%, but here in Raleigh, we usually hover in the 90% range in the summer.
2. It has a rich history, particularly it’s medieval history.
Everywhere you go in Denmark has ties in one way or another to Denmark’s rich Viking history. It’s museums feature ancient ships, tales of great warrior leaders, Danish kings, and so so many other things that demonstrate the ancient Vikings’ various contributions to European history.
Denmark has been populated by humans of various degrees of civilization for a long, long time. When I travel around and observe historical things in the United States, I’m looking at roughly 300 years of history. In Denmark, I’ll be looking back closer to 2000 years at times.
I loved the History Channel’s dramatic retelling of the exploits of Ragnar Lothbrook in their series Vikings. In fact, once I finished watching it, it inspired me to read The Sea Wolves, by Lars Brownworth, which got me looking up the names of places I read about on Google Maps and track the movement of the Vikings around northern Europe. All this mental exploration made me want to go there for real and see these places in person, explore this history on the ground, and walk in places where people have lived and walked for thousands of years.
So during my journeys, I very much hope to visit places like:
- Uikingeskibs Museet (The Viking Ship Museum) – Roskilde, Denmark
- The Viking Museum – Aarhus, Denmark
- Trelleborg Viking Fortress – Slagelse, Denmark
Of course, there are farms all over Europe that would probably also offer wonderful WOOFing experiences. But there is just something exciting about working and staying at farms so near to the water like in Denmark. One of the farms I’ll be staying at, in Nibe, Denmark, is actually established on a fjord. The farmhouse itself is U-shaped, with three wings and a courtyard in the middle, and still has a thatched roof (albeit with some improvements, I imagine) and was originally founded in 1777.