Danish Christmas Gløgg – Where to Get the Best and How to Make it at Home

Try a traditional seasonal sip from Scandinavia

If you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe, you may have tasted a glass – or special mug – of the warm spiced mulled wine served up at most of them. While 2020 has its reasons for calling off Christmas markets this season, you can still fashion a little festive flavor in your own home. Why not try the Danish version of mulled wine this year? Here, we all call it gløgg. The Swedes know it as glögg. And it’s good. I’m a big fan.

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Carve a New Autumn Ritual in Copenhagen at the Pumpkin Patch | Kildebrønde Frugtplantage

Carve a New Autumn Ritual in Copenhagen at the Pumpkin Patch

Fall fun for everyone at the Kildebrønde Frugtplantage in Greve, Denmark

Creating fall traditions in a foreign country

When we first moved abroad, we embraced the local holidays and traditions and didn’t make much effort to impart ours on this place. It isn’t hard to do in Denmark, the ritual and relishing of special days is something easy to adopt. Especially around Christmas.

But autumn in Denmark never really filled my bucket. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful here in fall, but the autumnal activities we associated with the season weren’t as well known here. We’ve made Halloween work and taken days off for our Thanksgiving to share with Danish and international friends.

So in a year that has been the opposite of traditional and thwarted our trips to homelands, it has been especially important to create our own sense of ritual. And this weekend, we found as close as they come to our favorite fall outing. Right here in Denmark.

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8 Unique Autumn Outings Around Copenhagen

Off the beaten track fun for your fall break exploring


It’s almost week 42 here in Denmark. Don’t work in weeks? Neither did I until I moved to Copenhagen, but the Danes definitely do. And week 42 is always fall break – or efterårsferie in Danish. Historically, this was a scheduled time off from school, so the kids could go home and help with the annual harvest. Nowadays, not as many families working on farms, but we still get the autumn pause.

For many living here, fall break is a brilliant time to travel abroad – when prices are off-peak and places less crowded. But this year, exploring looks decidedly different with ever evolving safe travel recommendations and changing border restrictions. With lots of us locals staying in Denmark for most of this year, maybe you’ve run out of creative ideas about what to do around here.

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Steer Your Norwegian Road Trip to the Scenic Sognefjellet

Drive one of 18 National Tourist Routes around Norway


Looking for one of the most beautiful drives in northern Europe? The stunning Sognefjellet is one of Norway’s 18 national scenic routes and affords beautiful landscapes with gasp-inducing views around every bend. But this mountain pass is not for the faint of heart. There are switchbacks and hairpins along a roller-coaster-like road that brings you between fjells and fjords. So if you have a brave driver and an adventurous heart, you must travel the Sognefjellet route. Continue reading “Steer Your Norwegian Road Trip to the Scenic Sognefjellet”

Get up Close to the Jostedalsbreen Glacier in Norway

See mainland Europe’s largest glacier in the beautiful Jostedalen Valley


Spend a half-day or more in the scenic Jostedalen Valley, home of Norway’s Jostedalsbreen National Park. The star here is the pretty blue ice of the Nigardsbreen glacier, an arm of the larger Jostedalsbreen. Breen means glacier in Norwegian and this is the largest on the European mainland. There are many ways to explore and enjoy this gorgeous area. We boarded a little boat and were shuttled across a grey-green glacial lake to get a closer peek at the ice. Continue reading “Get up Close to the Jostedalsbreen Glacier in Norway”