How to Hygge (Guide by an American Exchange Student)

Today (ish) marks one month since I arrived in Denmark. Because of this, I made an extra special blog post for you: an American study abroad student’s guide to hygge. 

Hygge

Prep time: 5 minutes

Bake time: December-March (winter)

Beach walk view with Salma.
Salma, Rose, Millie, and I on the couch watching TV.
Millie laying on the table next to the candles.

Ingredients:

  • Candles (all kinds: tall, short, wide, smelly, non-smelly)
  • Large Blankets 
  • Tea (not the cheap stuff) or Coffee
  •  Large Scarf (that can turn into a blanket)
  • Approx. 1 Ton of Candy (preferably Danish black licorice, but really up to you)
  • Yummy baked goods (cinnamon buns, croissants, cookies, everything)
  • Family and/or Friends
  • Sweaters
  • Cat or Dog
  • Games, Movies, or Danish X-Factor (every Friday!)
  • Twinkle lights on houses outside 
  • Optional: Fireplaces, Books, Art materials, Yarn for Knitting, Flowers
View from my walk home from the train station–so hyggeligt.

 Directions:

  1. Mix and match the ingredients. 
  2. Eat, wear, sit in front of, place, and talk with all of the ingredients. Keep it simple. 
  3. Enjoy.

Extra Tips:

  • Hyggeligt Cafes 
    • The Living Room (Nørreport) 
    • Bastard Cafe (Nørreport) 
    • Paludan Bøg Cafe (Nørreport) 
  • Winter Beach Swims (I went with my host sister–it was freezing, but definitely worth it)
Salma & I during a morning winter swim!
  • Fire (any form)
  • Complaints about the horrid weather outside mixed with happiness to be Danish/so hyggeligt 
  • Take a walk with friends/family–connect with nature 🙂 

***Will update as I continue my examination of how to hygge

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