Matias & Mike in Denmark – Week 1

The Journey Begins: Getting to Aarhus

Hi there! We are Matias Contreras and Wontae Bong; two international students at Georgian College, living the amazing experience of study in Demark for 3 weeks. We applied to a great initiative developed by the Go Abroad Squad and International Centre in Georgian. They made the connections with VIA University College, which is located in the city of Aarhus

We started our trip from Toronto to Aarhus taking 2 flights, and It took around 20 hours if we consider the time change because time in Denmark is around 6 hours after Canada. It is relatively easy to get cheap flight tickets, but it needs time, so before you are going out, make sure you have researched several airlines and agencies. Based on our experience, I could say that it is possible to save up %50 or %60, which is pretty good if you don’t mind a couple of layovers.

Our first layover was at the London Stansted Airport (STN), and from our point of view, it was a little bit small for people who transit there… be ready for rush-hour. The STN has the most scheduled European flights than any other country, and it’s known to have the many low-cost carriers operating there.


Once we arrived in Denmark, we had to move from the capital city: Copenhagen, to Aarhus. There are two main options to make this part of the trip: by bus or train. Taking the train can be more expensive than the bus (around CAD$80 total), and it takes 3 and a half hours to get to Aarhus, but we highly recommend it. During the whole trip, you will get to see beautiful landscapes and several traditional villages. It also crosses a huge bridge called the Great Belt, that connects Aarhus and Copenhagen.


We got to Aarhus Train Station; the last train’s stop on the schedule. We got there just before midnight. Even though it was pretty late (and it was Sunday), the downtown streets were colourful, and all the people were having fun outside. We are excited to discover the nightlife of Aarhus. One crazy thing about Aarhus is that during this month of July the sunrise starts at 4:00 am and sunset at 11:30 pm!


Finally, we took a bus to get home. Taking a bus in Aarhus, it costs around $20 Danish kroner (CAD$4.50), and the transport system works 24 hours per day.

Now, it is time to take a rest because our first class at VIA University starts tomorrow at 9:00 AM.


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