In just over a months’ time I will be heading back to Copenhagen with my family for our annual holiday. Seven precious days living the Nordic dream.
This will be our fifth trip in five years to the Danish capital and yet again we will struggle to fit everything we want to see, do and experience into such a short space of time.
As per last year we will be staying at the architectural masterpiece, the 8 Tallet, while the family we rent from spend the season at their summer house.
But if my husband and I actually did live in one of the Scandinavian countries we would be expected to take a staggering four consecutive weeks off work during the summer months.
In Britain, most full-time workers are legally entitled to a minimum of 28 days annual leave, including 8 bank holidays. While on top of their 25 days paid holiday Danes also get an extra envy-inducing 13 days off for public holidays too.
So while I may not be able to extend my trip this year, there’s nothing to stop me adding a Nordic mood to my holiday essentials.
Whether, like us, you’re exploring a city, or relaxing by a pool, here are a few of my recommendations.
From left to right: Terrazzo Tote Bag, £17, Ferm Living | Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel, £25, Aesop | Strap Swimsuit, £85, Filippa K | Sowden Bottle, £29, Hay | Gone Viking by Helen Russell, £7.99, Penguin Books | Keep-It Cool Cooler Bag, £29.99, Rig-Tig | Unikko Beach Towel, £44, Marimekko | Misma 2 Hat, £39 (was £79), Tiger of Sweden | Mirja Debutant sandal, £109, Swedish Hasbeens
All images via the respective brands.