Virtual Tours

Your guide, Heather

I’m a guide, storyteller, journalist, artist, historian and novelist. This makes a great combination of skills to really help to bring history to life! I’ve worked as a guide to Copenhagen for eight years, and can explain through vivid storytelling, great humour and energy the secrets of the city; its people, food, scandals, art, architecture, history and attitude. I like to get behind the facades of the grand buildings, and offer instead the quirky and original human stories that bring history to life. Copenhagen has much to be proud of in this well-run, clean, small, wholesome, environmental and forward-thinking country. There’s things to laugh about and question too, things that the Danes might not quite realise about themselves but that my all-seeing international eyes seize upon and wrestle into shape for a little gentle stand-up comedy.

A growing collection of tried-and-tested virtual tours of Copenhagen and Elsinore.

Tour A

Danish Drama Queens

Online event – Sunday 22/11/2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 CET. donation

Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark  

60 mins  

About the tour

Denmark, the land of feisty females. It’s also one of the best places in the world to be a woman. There are some iconic Scandi superstars and role models to meet on this tour of Copenhagen with our entertaining guide, Heather, who’ll be dressed for the part. You’ll meet a number of the country’s leading historical ladies on your walk. As we stroll along the sparklingly clean harbour front we will stop to see the statues of the Little Mermaid, the Norse Goddess Gefion, and the Caribbean rebel-rouser ‘Queen Mary’. After a historical dip, Heather will bring us back to the present day with a fondly candid look of Amalienborg Palace, the graciously appointed home of the popular current Danish monarch, Queen Magrethe ll.

Danish Divas

Tour B

Stories of the Sea

Rådhuspladsen, Copenhagen, Denmark  

40 mins  

About the tour

Something fishy going on? No place in Denmark lies more than 50 km from the coast and there’s 8,750 km (5,440 miles) of gorgeous coastline surrounding the 406 islands that make up the country. Heather will take us on a fresh jaunt round the centre of Copenhagen. Starting at City Hall and making our way past the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, we will contemplate the importance of the sea, pickled herring and the importance of shipping from the Viking times to the present day. It wouldn’t be appropriate to mention the Vikings without also touching on the ancient art of brewing beer… Worryingly, Danes still commonly use the Viking phrase to say a toast – “skål” (skull)! Skål!

Tour C

The Midwife of History

Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark  

40 mins  

About the tour

Something rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark? Well, not really these days but beneath the Danish design there’s plenty of skeletons in the cupboard, and the distinct whiff of pickled fish in the air! Join our guide, Heather, as she acts as the ‘midwife of history’ to help give birth to 900 years of Scandinavian skulduggery, smoking, stones, scandals, fires, pirates and ‘probably the best beer in the world’ at the site of the first settlement in Copenhagen (and present day parliament). Prepare for an easy birth of so much information, and don’t expect to return to the 21st century without laughing a lot.

The Danish doula herself!

Tour D

How to Hygge?

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark  

40 mins  

About the tour

Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) requires fat, sugar, alcohol, candles and friends. Hygge is to the Danes what chic is to the French. It’s the coming together over a flickering candlelight with some frikadeller (meatballs) and cake. It’s so much part of the national psyche that the Danes are Europe’s biggest consumers of candles, burning their way through about 6 kgs (13 lbs) per person every year. You can ‘hygge’ all year round too – minus the candles in summer. Your storytelling and gourmet guide, Heather, will lead you on a quest to find some summer hygge – pondering the whys and wherefores of this global phenomenon. She’ll also explore the origins of Danish food, drink and New Nordic Cuisine. You’ll be surprised, amused and probably very hungry by the end of the tour, so get the coffee brewed and watch out for the recipe on our Facebook page. You’ll need something to savour as you wander through the cobbled streets of olde Copenhagen, over the ‘Kissing Bridge’, and into the Instagrammable heart of Copenhagen – Nyhavn. This picturesque canal side area, once home to Hans Christian Andersen is still full of nautical charm, the smell of good cooking in the air and oozing oodles of authentic hygge vibes.

Tour E

To be or not to be? That is the question

Kronborg Castle. Elsinore, Copenhagen, Denmark  40 mins  

About the tour

Not far from Copenhagen lies the venerable old trading city of Elsinore, or Helsingør in Danish. This charismatic old city is Heather’s favorite, and her enthusiasm bursts its banks as she likens it to a medieval Dubai-like boom town – she’s even written a story about it! Situated on the busiest sea crossing in the world, it’s had a massive impact throughout history. 400 years of legal piracy was conducted through this city. Every ship which went in and out of the Baltic Sea had to pay a toll at Elsinore – all sanctioned by the King of course! You can still see the faded grandeur in the old buildings and embassies dotted around the city. The city’s impact didn’t stop there, however, because the massive Kronborg fortress along the coast is famous for having inspired Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet. Time and signal willing we’ll sample the atmosphere of the city and walk around the brooding battlements next to the wild and churning sea.

“To be or not to be” a dodgy bit of filming?

Tour F

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

 Nordre Toldbod, Copenhagen, Denmark  

40 mins 

About the tour

“To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen Salty old queen of the sea Once I sailed away But I’m home today Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen for me!”

This memorable song is taken from the 1950s musical, Wonderful Copenhagen and on this tour we will experience this delightful city the way it should be seen – from the sea. Heather will be hopping onboard a boat and sailing around the harbour to tell us the tales of the old waterfront. We’ll end the tour where we last left off, at lovely Nyhavn with all it’s painted wooden houses and nautical charm.

Copenhagen as it should be experienced, from the water!

Heather was a FABULOUS guide! She was very informative, knew her relevant dates, was very engaging and entertaining, and extremely funny. I’m looking forward to her next tour..

Lori – September 2020 with the Virtualtrips “Danish Divas” tour

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