Hygge & Happiness
Our Signature Tour!
If you want to understand Denmark, you need to understand hygge. The concept can be difficult to explain, but is easy to experience — and once you have it in you, you’ll know why Danes are some of the happiest people in the world! Take a peek into Copenhagen’s local life and find your own happy hygge place.
Signature Copenhagen Walking Tour Highlights
- Get a better understanding of Danish culture and why the concept of hygge is so important
- Visit city sites that ooze hygge and find out how you can bring some of that vibe back home with you
- Learn why some people say Denmark is utopian, and how the local culture contributes to Danes being among the happiest people in the world
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, coffee, pastry, a chocolate treat, one-on-one recommendations for further exploring the city and lots of Danish hygge.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people. If you’re the only one booked, we will still do the tour just for you.
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- Meeting point: In front of the Christian IV statue in Nyboder. At the intersection between Øster Voldgade and Kronprinsessegade. (GPS coordinates: 55.690391, 12.586824). View on Google Maps.
- Starting time: 9.00 AM
- Ending point: Copenhagen City Centre, Læderstræde.
- Full Itinerary
If you are going to get to the heart of hygge, you need to go back in time. We begin our Copenhagen tour near the characteristic yellow houses of Nyboder, a famed district that was built by King Christian IV in the 17th century to house the growing Royal Danish Navy. We walk down the small streets of Nyboder, ending our area walk with a cup of coffee and a Danish breakfast pastry. As we reach Kongens Have (The King’s Garden), you hear the dramatic story of how the once-royal park came to be one of the first public parks in the world.
As we search for more hygge, we continue to wander some of Copenhagen’s oldest streets, where we enter one of the few Danish organic chocolate stores that actually make their sweets in-house. Moving on, we cross Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian streets in the world, where we talk about Danish design and how this plays a significant role in Danish homes and hearts.
From there, we pass by the castles that house government offices and parliament and talk about both the formal and informal ways that Denmark is governed — and how the country has succeed in creating a system with a very high degree of trust and confidence. You get to see the lovely and hidden library garden, where Copenhageners visit when they need a quiet moment in the middle of the city.
We finish our walking tour of Copenhagen in a street café on a quiet street located in the city centre, where you experience hygge in its purest form.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one-on-one recommendations for further exploring the city, coffee, pastry, a chocolate treat and lots of Danish hygge.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Please wear suitable footwear for walking, and bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of six can join free of charge, as long as you note it in the comment section when you book.
Ms. Sandra P. from Australia traveled on 8 Mar 2019:
I had a tour with Jeppe. It was such a pleasant tour. Throughout the tour, he was knowledgeable and friendly. Having to learn what hygge feels like from a local was really experiencing the culture deeply. I’m glad I had the tour early in the trip. It definitely helped with the rest of the days. I highly recommend it (: Thank you Jeppe!
Mr. J.P. Hansen from United States of America traveled on 3 Mar 2019:
Kicked off my first day in København with this guided walking tour. Was a great experience – our guide Jens is super knowledgeable on his city. Got to learn more about hygge and Danish society and their way of life, which makes me want to live here! Definitely recommend this tour.
Ms. Jennifer H. from Canada traveled on 29 Feb 2019:
My husband and I took our three kids (14, 11, & 9) on this tour. They were not terribly excited about going on a walking tour. However, after our trip to Denmark, I asked each of them what the highlight of the trip was for them. They all answered, this tour! (Well, the 9 yr old son said first was the Lego House, then the tour.) It was a wonderful and magical experience that I highly recommend for anyone wanting to have a great time and a true understanding of Danish culture.
Mrs. Darlene K. from England traveled on 24 Feb 2019:
We booked this tour hoping to experience Copenhagen away from the main tourist attractions. It was all that we had hoped for and more. Jamshed, our tour guide, was absolutely fantastic. He was truly passionate about Copenhagen and offered tons of information about the city, the culture, and the people. He genuinely cared about connecting us to the culture and immersing us in a first hand experience of feeling like a local. We got to see and experience many unique places we certainly would have missed if not for the tour. The final part of the tour we sat down with Jamshed and the other tour members in a quant cafe while chatting over Glogg. Jamshed stayed well over an hour after the scheduled end time for the tour exchanging stories and laughs. The additional time just hanging out made us really feel in the moment and ironically paint the perfect picture of what hygge is.
Ms. Sarah P. from United States of America traveled on 22 Jan 2019:
My husband and I went on this tour in late November. Although the weather was frigid, we loved our experience. We learned a lot and had a wonderful time (even my husband, whom I “dragged” along, loved it!). And, our guide Jamshed (“James”) was amazing — He was super knowledgeable, seemingly about all topics, not just the ones on the tour! I highly recommend both the tour and the guide. Over the course of 9 days in Europe, we went on four different tours and this one was by far the best. If you are on the fence on this tour, trust me, just do it 🙂
Mrs. Charlotte E. from Dubai traveled on 8 Jan 2019:
This was the perfect way to spend our 14 hour layover in Copenhagen. Although it was quite chilly outside, the tour was broken up into breaks with stops along the way. Overall the tour was well thought out and organized. Jeppe was an excellent tour guide! He was knowledgeable about landmarks and the history of the city and also, as an authentic local, he was able to answer any question thrown his way.
Mr. Michael P. from Hong Kong traveled on 29 Dec 2018:
My trip to Denmark was made so much more personal because of this tour. Outside of the information shared, which was great, I also felt I got to learn much more about Danish people.
Mr. Charly K. from Australia traveled on 14 Dec 2018:
We don’t normally go for tours but something about this one sounded perfect for us, not big groups and more off the beaten track. We did this walking tour on our first day in Copenhagen and it set our trip up perfectly. Our guide Soren was knowledgable, personable and easy to get on with and made the walk entertaining and fun. It was really relaxed and you got to see bits of Copenhagen from a different perspective, it also helped us identify areas we wanted to come back to and see more of on our own. So glad we opted for this tour.
Ms. Melissa S. from United States of America traveled on 2 Dec 2018:
This tour was very true to its title. Perfect mix of culture and history. The small group size made the tour and atmosphere cosy and friendly, more like friends talking than a tour! If you’re looking for a more personal feel or flying solo this is the tour for you!
Ms. Anna H. from Canada traveled on 26 Nov 2018:
I really enjoyed the tour with Soren. It allowed me to get to know Copenhagen and also Danish culture from a completely new perspective. Especially the relaxed atmosphere and several stops where you can try tasty pastries and chocolate were really nice. I liked the fact that we were a small group so that everybody could ask questions and exchange with each other. I highly recommend to book this tour.
Mr. Dennis O. from the United Kingdom traveled on 2 Nov 2018:
This was one of our favorite parts of our stay in Copenhagen! You can read all about hygge in a book, but hearing personal stories & seeing the sights with a local makes it so much more personal. Try to do it early in your stay so you’re not repeating any sights you’ve already seen.
Ms. Hannah J. from USA traveled on 29 Oct 2018:
Our tour guide Søren was great. We really enjoyed our tour learning about the history of Copenhagen and Denmark. We got to see sites we would never of gone to. The homemade Danish Pastries, chocolate and coffee were a great way to split up the walking and have a chat about the best things to do while here. I would highly recommend this tour to all who want to really experience and learn about Copenhagen and its culture.
Ms. Andrea K. from Austria traveled on 27 Oct 2018:
Last weekend my husband, our three adult daughters and me had a very nice tour at copenhagen with Jamshed. He was a perfect guide, showing us great places of historical and todays Copenhagen and gave us many interesting informations, which you dont’t find in travel guides.
Mr. Manuel S from USA traveled on 17 Oct. 2018:
Our guide Jakob was incredibly charming. I think I may have been a little star struck when he told us he’d been on the Great Danish Baking Show! I loved hearing his experience growing up there, especially as an adopted Sri Lankan, and loved that we saw some (very Instagrammable) spots I hadn’t seen before. Perhaps the cold drizzly weather contributed to it, but I certainly felt the hygge. The stops where we got to go inside for something warm to drink (and nibble) were perfect. I was certainly glad that we made the extra effort to get out and do something before boarding the long flights home.
Ms. Alicia L. from Canada traveled 12 Oct. 2018:
This tour was a must-do in Copenhagen! You got to see the main attractions while also finding the local hot spots. I’m the type of person who wants to travel to a city and really learn the history and culture of it like a native would see it. Touring with Søren was just that! He showed us all the best spots, answered all our questions, and gave us lots of great advice for the rest of our trip. Thank you for a great day!
Mr. Andrew K. from USA traveled on 16 Aug 2018:
What a fun way to learn about a new city and gain insight into Danish culture. Jacob our guide was great. The time flew by. A little history, a little geography, a little culture a lot of cozy. Great tour.
Ms. Lucia C. from Brazil traveled on 12 Aug 2018:
This walking tour was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Copenhagen. I had been in the city for several days before I took the tour so I had seen a few of the sights and thought that maybe the tour would show me the same things. It didn’t and I learnt A LOT about the history of the city and the Danish people. Jens was our guide and he was simply wonderful. Having grown up in Copenhagen he was full of knowledge and his love for his city and culture came shining through. We ate several tasty treats including a Danish pastry, and delicate chocolates from a cool chocolate shop. I left the tour with a solid sense of hygge and happiness and will take it home with me to share. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Ms. Ramona H. from Canada traveled on 1 Aug:
My first time in Denmark and I’m in love, I booked the Hygge tour and my guide Jens was informative and very helpful. Explained things normally people wouldn’t know and took us to a garden most locals have never been. The bonus was he even walked with me to the train station to buy a ticket (since I’m a tourist and I get lost easily) so I can visit Arken museum after the tour was done!
Mr. Darren R. from Australia travelled on 29 Jul 2018:
Jam was awesome as our tour guide. It is absolutely worth the price. He made us all feel cosy and at ease, interacted with all of us as a group and individually. He taught us political, economical, social aspects and day to day life of Copenhagen and Denmark interspersed with some fun folklore. We also stopped at some tasty local food and drink places, which we later went back to on our own time (yum!). We toured the beautiful streets and parks of Copenhagen. He also gave us some restaurant recommendations based on what we like. Finishing the tour at a hygge coffee shop on the pedestrian street in the heart of Copenhagen. (p.s. An added bonus is that you are with like minded people, with makes for a great group dynamic)
Ms. Kathy H. from USA traveled on 12 Jul 2018:
We did this with a group of work colleague and Jacob was just a champion. Brilliant knowledge of Danish history, a lovely walk around this gorgeous city, and somehow managed to explain to us so we understood and embraced that unique concept of hygge. Highly recommended.
Mr. Matthew H. from USA traveled on 2 Jul 2018:
We had a great time on the Hygge & Happiness tour, getting a first impression of Copenhagen in a really fun way and learning some interesting facts about the city and Denkmarks history as well. Our guide Jamshed was super nice and also gave us some really good tips on what else to see during our weekend visit. Definitely recommend it, if you want something a little different from your average standard city tour. And if we come back to Copenhagen again, I would love to experience one of their other tours too! (also, the promised treats did NOT disappoint… nomnomnom.)
Mrs. Vera R. from United Kingdom travelled on 11 Jun 2018:
My friend and myself don’t often like “touristy” walking tours, so the Hygge and happiness tour was a perfect way for use to experience and learn about the Danish people from an actual Danish person. Groups are small, and ours was just the 2 of us so we had a private tour! Mie, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The tour is well constructed showing both the big, important landmarks in Copenhagen, but also lesser known little secrets about the city. By the end of tour you will feel you know so much more about Danish culture and Hygge, and can’t help but walking away happier!
Mrs. Nicole D. from USA travelled on 29 March 2018:
After aimlessly wandering a couple other European cities (Brussels, Brugge, Amsterdam) – I was in desperate need of some structure and more intimate knowledge! Jens was an AWESOME guide — full of facts about Copenhagen and what makes Danish people so happy. We got delicious pastries, chocolate and coffee — good sustenance for the ample walking and exploring we did. It was very informal yet very informative! I highly recommend doing this early in your trip, because Jens also provided lots of other recommendations!