Whether you’re a devoted foodie or simply interested in revisiting the Scandinavian food scene – this tour is for you if you want to learn more about how food can be an important agent of social change!
In the span of twenty years, Copenhagen has been transformed in the eyes of the gastronomic world from a culinary wasteland to a top dining destination, its chefs turned into celebrities and its restaurants into the object of international gastronomic pilgrimage. Join DIS faculty member and TIME magazine’s acclaimed correspondent, Lisa Abend, as she investigates how that transformation came about, and what it has meant for the city’s culinary culture. The focus won’t just be on restaurants and eating. In conversations with local chefs, foragers, artisans, and entrepreneurs, we’ll also explore the impact Nordic cuisine has on the city’s economy, its relationship to nature, and even Danish collective identity.
Learn about the origins of the Nordic cuisine movement and its cultural, economic, and social impacts
Explore the ways in which food can be an important agent of social change
Example of potential activities
Visit a Copenhagen restaurant
Tour innovative food and drink companies
Experience a hands-on food workshop
Meet local Scandinavian change-makers in the city’s culinary scene
Lisa Abend, Ph.D. in European history, Harvard University, 1998. DIS Faculty since 2014
After several years working in the academic world, Lisa Abend became a journalist and is currently a correspondent for TIME magazine. She contributes to several other magazines and newspapers and is author of The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria’s elBulli. At DIS, Lisa teaches the Creative Nonfiction Workshop in the semester, and the summer course Food and Identity, which explores how food and culture shape each other. Abend is an American expat living in Denmark.
ReDIScover Copenhagen Tours
ReDIScover tours run for three days (Monday – Wednesday), allowing you to extend your stay either before or after if you want to visit Scandinavia or Europe for a longer period.
Two themed tours will always occur concurrently during this time. While each tour group will have their own academic content during the day, all afternoon and evening optional activities will be with both tour groups combined, allowing for even more connections to be made between DIS Alumni while on a ReDIScover Copenhagen tour.
DIS ReDIScover Copenhagen Tours are available to DIS alumni & 1 guest (+18 years old).
Monday, September 4th
Morning: We’ll begin the tour with a networking breakfast, where you can reconnect with old friends and make new connections with fellow alumni. During an Opening Plenary, Malene Torp, Executive Director of DIS, will welcome the group back to Copenhagen and DIS. You’ll then have a chance to take a guided tour of DIS to see current student hangouts and study spaces while also reminiscing about your own time as a student.
Then it will be time to dive into your tour theme with your group and faculty guides through introductory discussions and a field study.
Afternoon: Option One: Time on own Explore the city on your own, do some shopping, or simply sit on a bench along the canal and take in the city!
Option Two: Rediscover Copenhagen on the water! Join fellow alumni on a canal boat ride through the city to see the historic buildings you remember and the many new developments along the city’s waterfront. Sit back and relax while an expert DIS faculty guides your rediscovery of this great city! This activity is included in the tour price.
Evening: Option One: Time on own Explore one of the local restaurants or meet with your former host family, kollegium mates or alumni friends!
Option Two: Hygge Dinner with locals Enjoy the evening with a small group dinner with local DIS Alumni, staff, faculty or homestay hosts! Reexperience first-hand what Scandinavian hygge is all about over a meal during a DIS Hygge Dinner. This activity is included in the tour price.
Tuesday, September 5th
Morning: On day two, you’ll hit the ground running and meet your tour group by 9 am – ready for a day of field study visits in and around Copenhagen.
After about 6 hours of engaging discussions and experiences with your tour group, you’ll have the late afternoon on your own to once again either explore the city, do some shopping, or find your favorite spot to relax in! Afternoon: Option One: Time on own Explore the city on your own, do some shopping, or simply sit on a bench along the canal and take in the city!
Option Two: Rediscover the streets of Copenhagen! Spend your afternoon with fellow alumni on a guided walking tour of the city. Join an expert DIS faculty member as they guide you through the old and new parts of the city while sharing fun stories about the city that continues to evolve. This activity is included in the tour price.
Evening: Enjoy Tuesday evening on your own exploring one of the local restaurants or meet with your former host family, kollegium mates or alumni friends!
Wedesday, September 6th
Morning: On day three, you’ll once again start the day early with your tour group exploring the theme with engaging field studies & group discussions.
Afternoon: After wrapping up the tour and enjoying lunch with your group, you’ll have a few hours of time on your own to do more exploring, shopping or relaxing.
In the later afternoon, join current and former DIS faculty, staff, homestay hosts and fellow alumni for a celebratory reception! Here you’ll have a chance to rekindle old memories and make new connections with the DIS community.
Evening: The tour will conclude with a dinner in the famous Tivoli gardens. Enjoy a memorable evening with fellow alumni as well as some DIS faculty and staff.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to Scandinavia!
Tour Costs: 1000 USD
Included in the cost:
Three days of academic content with DIS faculty who are experts in the field
All entrance fees and related costs for academic visits
Entrance to Tivoli for the concluding dinner
Guided canal tour
Guided walking tour
Transportation within the city
Two Receptions, three lunches and two dinners
Items not included and therefore the responsibility of tour participants:
Travel to/from Scandinavia (DIS recommends arriving no later than the Saturday before the program begins on Monday.)
Accommodation (After registration, tour participants will receive a hotel discount code)
Cell phone coverage
Visa entry requirements (if relevant)
Meals not covered by DIS
Transportation to/from the airport
Sign Up Today
DIS ReDIScover Tours are available to any DIS alumni & 1 guest (+18 years old).
If you’re interested in joining us for this tour, sign-up today! If the tour is full, we’ll put you on a waitlist and be in touch as soon as a spot becomes available.
After signing up, you will receive a payment invoice from the Alumni Team within five business days with instructions on how to make the wire transfer payment (1000 USD p. participant) to DIS. Once your payment is received, your tour registration will be confirmed and finalized.
General Terms & Condition
The full tour price (1000 USD per participant) must be paid shortly after signup.
Failure to pay will result in the cancellation of your tour registration.
DIS understands that plans can change unexpectedly. That is why participants may choose to cancel their trip registration at any time. Please send the alumni team an email informing us of your changed plans as soon as possible, so we can offer the tour to other alumni. DIS will only cancel a tour due to unforeseen force majeure circumstances. Full refunds are given for cancellations made up to 90 days prior to the tour or in force majeure situations in which DIS cancels the tour. To cover any non-refundable costs associated with planning the tour, a 50% refund will be given for cancellations made between 90 and 30 days prior to the tour. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the tour will in general not be granted refunds.
A DIS ReDIScover Tour ticket purchase is not eligible as a tax-deduction in US, as the purchase is not a donation and payment is to a foreign entity (DIS Fonden).
Participants are responsible for their own travel, medical and liability insurance.
How many people are on a ReDIScover tour?
Each tour has a maximum of 25 participants. If there is wide interest in a tour, DIS will open a second section to allow for more participants.
Can I bring my family?
ReDIScover tours are open to DIS alumni + 1 guest (18+ years old). Nevertheless, you are welcome to bring your family with you, as each afternoon is open for you to experience the city with your family. Please ensure you have childcare during the day and evenings, as program activities are not designed with children in mind nor does DIS offer childcare.
If you’re interested in DIS offering a family-friendly tour with activities for children and families, please let us know by reaching out to our team for future planning!
What are the physical and health requirements for ReDIScover tours?
All tour participants must be in good health to participate in a tour. There will often be extensive walking (and on some tours, biking), occasionally on uneven surfaces. Any medical conditions needing special assistance must be reported to DIS at the time of reservation. If you have concerns about your ability to participate in a tour, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to discuss our recommendations.