Hygge, pronounced as “Hoo-guh” may be conceptualized as an integral part of Danish way of life.
Speaking of etymology, hygge might have originated from the Old Norse word hyggja, which itself might be the root word for hug in English.
The meaning of hygge perhaps is too vast and far reaching. In simple words though, hygge can be understood as the feeling of happiness and comfort in togetherness. Enjoying good things in life with good people may be thought of an example of hygge.
Now why am I mentioning this here?
Copenhagen seems to ooze the hygge way of life, quite abundantly, specially if viewed from the lens of a tourist who loves traveling alone, and who is also a hardened introvert.
The local people of Copenhagen are happy, friendly and comforting and go beyond their regular routine to identify and help a person out. In my case, that happened without me asking for help.
Maybe that’s a regular practice for the people in Copenhagen. Maybe that’s an angle of viewing the famous hygge way of life. But for the traveler, acts like these go a long way in making the country spectacularly beautiful – the beauty which surpasses any sights or scenes, artificial or natural.
I am not an expert in Danish language or culture. In my opinion, perhaps it’s this hygge way of life which makes me fall in love with the ambiance of the hygge in Copenhagen. All those incidents narrated in the previous pages perhaps point in that direction.
So for me, it has been a privilege to experience the hygge way of life in Copenhagen, and it felt as if I am not a tourist but an indistinguishable part of the city. And the vibes of Copenhagen did make it feel real.
As I always tell, there might be beauty right under your nose when you travel. You need not always go to the biggies to search for beauty. Sometimes you don’t see it, but you feel it’s presence like the air which gently caresses your skin.
The hygge is real, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.