Staycation: Our first time Glamping

Staycation: Our first time Glamping

Words: Nikoline Skaarup // Photos: Nikoline Skaarup
Jenter: Laura Riise & Nikoline Skaarup

Jenternes Staycation guide will share some of our favorite places and activities for a staycation (or vacation when the borders open again) in Denmark. We’ll update the guide continuously.

This trip was given to us by GoGlamping.

“The summer has been cancelled!” we told ourselves, when the airports closed down along with all of our precious festivals that we’ve learned to not live without.
Luckily, we’ve found out that staying at home isn’t all that bad, and the word ‘staycation’ has sneaked into our lives and widened our horizons when it comes to vacation and travel habits.

In the beginning of July, we had a memorable 4 days of camping in Bornholm at our very first Jenter På Eventyr Festival, and just a good night of sleep later, the two jenter Laura and Nikoline packed a much lighter bag and went ‘glamping’ at Sonnerupgård Gods by invitation from the Danish company GoGlamping. Here’s how it all went down.

What the hell is ‘Glamping’ and what is it like?

If you, like we first did, wonder what glamping is, just go with the first thought that comes to mind when you read the word, and you’re most likely pretty accurate in your assumption: Yes, it is “glamorous camping”.

We’re not gonna bore you with the whole history lesson on the concept, but we are gonna let you know, that it dates back to the UK in the 90’s when an international financial crisis forced people to think of ways they could ‘vacay’ within the country borders. Flash forward a decade, and Google Trends started reporting a rapid rise in searches for the word ‘glamping’. While the happy glampers stayed in their home country, the phenomenon went worldwide, and we’re now seeing the concept trending in Denmark as well.

Our mini adventure took place about 45 minutes away from the city center of Copenhagen somewhere between Roskilde and Holbæk in the beautiful surroundings of Sonnerupgård Gods. Here, we were making our way through a forest to the tipi that we were to call home for the night.

Sonnerupgård Gods was the first place where GoGlamping offered their concept, but they now host glamping experiences in several more locations spread around Zealand and Jutland. In addition to the more traditional tents, you can now book everything from an old school bus and a circus caravan to wooden treehouses and an industrial container.

Although these accommodations sound pretty magical as well, we were happy with our 20m2 tipi where the sound of the Danish summer breezes (read: cold, cold wind) and the calming rain (read: Jeez! I hope my sneakers are prepared for this) reminded us that we were close to the nature that brought us here in the first place. Coming straight out of our more primitive camping trip at Bornholm with sleeping bags, thin sleeping pads and nasty tent canvases, the inside of the tipi definitely fulfilled our expectations of luxury. A big double bed with pillows and warm duvets secured a good night’s sleep and solar powered festoon lights took the Danish word “hygge” to another level both inside the tipi and in the small area outside where it lit up the path to the camping toilet.

After packing out the few items we brought for the stay (the tipi has everything from cooking devices to a dish rack and hand sanitizer, of course) we decided to check out the area.

Prior to our stay, we heard rumors that only a few kilometers away we’d find the beautiful Avnsø swimming lake in the forest of National Park Skjoldungernes Land. The lake is known to be one of the cleanest swimming lakes in Denmark. Although heavier clouds started to replace the blue sky, there was no doubt that we had to find the lake, and we started our 5k trip that spoiled us with beautiful views of both dense forest and open fields. When the clouds emptied a solid amount of rain on us halfway there, we sought cover under some big trees in front of a cute countryside house. It must have been nature’s way of preparing us for the approx. 15-degree Celsius swim ahead of us.

On our way back, we stopped by a local farm and bought some newly picked strawberries to snack while lighting up the bonfire and preparing our dinner provided by 24 Hour Meals. Honestly, after 4 days of constant bonfires at Bornholm, our sense of smell and our wardrobes desperately craved a Trangia to avoid the smoke, but under normal circumstances, and in dry weather, a bonfire is a really cozy way of cooking a meal.

Happy, tired and wrapped in blankets, we crept into bed. There’s no electricity in the tipi – GoGlamping calls it a “digital detox” – so instead of pressing play on the latest episode of whatever, we put on face masks and ate strawberries (and chips and ‘kanelgifler’ – we are only human) before we turned off the lights and closed our eyes.

Check-out from the tipi was at 10am and before leaving this beautiful place behind, we had to have a taste of the yoghurt, granola, melon and coffee which was included in the stay. You kinda feel like you deserve your coffee more, when you’ve waited for a bonfire to boil the water in order to get it. Combined with the fact that breakfast enjoyed outdoor just tastes better, it was the perfect ending of a relaxing first time with the concept of glamping.

A night with GoGlamping should not be your substitute for a cancelled festival season. Music is not allowed, and neither is any sort of partying or bigger happenings. Rather, it’s a way of enjoying nature (and the silence of nature) without compromising on the comfort of sleeping in a real bed and getting dressed standing fully upright.

So, cheers to making nature and camping a bit more approachable for even more people and cheers to saving the environment for another flight!

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