Having felt that we’d seen enough of Copenhagen to be “happy,” Jack and I spent the remainder of our time in Denmark elsewhere. Our first field trip was to fjord country and the village of Roskilde. Another common misperception is that of the “fjord.” No, we did not see tall glacial peaks this far south; instead, blue tidal marsh areas that reminded us of our favorite places on Cape Cod.
Among the many magnificent crypts was that of Frederik VII, adorned with a gilded oak leaf wreath, given in gratitude by the women’s organizations for the inclusion of women in the Danish constitution in 1849.
The village of Roskilde was well worth our time spent exploring. Pleasant shops, happy people everywhere, and amazing Danish cheddar. Jack and I stopped at a local Ost & Delikatesser to have sandwiches prepared for our bicycle journey around the fjords; what is there not to love about cheese displayed by candlelight? (For the record, Danish cows produce excellent Danish cheddar!)
Our bicycle ride from Roskilde took us past the Viking Museum. Just dismiss in your mind whatever you may think about Vikings. As we learned, when not pillaging and plundering, “The Vikings were also fishermen.” Did you know, as well, that Viking trade routes stretched throughout the Rhine and Mosel valleys of Germany (wine), northern Poland (amber) and as far south as Constantinople?
Our ride through the fjord country took us through small villages with charming thatched roof cottages, chickens scratching in yards, and yes, more happy people out and about.