Islands Brygge at summer. Photo: VisitDenmark
Islands Brygge at summer. Photo: VisitDenmark


Top tips for water-based fun in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has always been associated with water, and the blue sea is pivotal to urban development, sports and the hottest city life in summer.

From sailing trips, sightseeing and kayak paddles in the canals, to beach parties and swimming abreast the corridors of power. The Danish capital offers plenty of water-based activities, many of which you can try all year round. Here are our top tips for experiences, activities and events.

Photo: GoBoat

Out into the blue with GoBoat and Friendships

Enter the city in best sailor style on a solar powered GoBoat. You don't need a sailing certificate or any particular experience to helm a GoBoat around Copenhagen. They can seat up to 8 people and you can take your own food and drinks or buy an organic picnic for your trip. Or you can rent an electric powered boat on similar conditions at Friendships, just a stone's throw from super popular Copenhagen Street Food.


Islands Brygge, Copenhagen

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Photo: Kayak Republic

Rent a kayak

Kayaking has become incredibly popular in Copenhagen, and is a delightful way to experience the city. Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or it's your first time, you can rent a kayak at a pretty reasonable rate at e.g. Kayak Republic, that also offers tours with instructors. Flotation vest and other mandatory equipment are included in the price, and you can also borrow a wet suit, jacket, pumps etc. for next to nothing.

Kayak Republic

Børskaj 12, Copenhagen

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The blue Kayak route

The blue route takes you behind Holmen and through historic Christianshavn, and from B&W at Refshaleøen to Cirkelbroen without entering any busy sea lanes. There are also several cafés and points where you can step ashore along the way on a peaceful, environment friendly kayak trip.

The new beach walk Kalvebod Bølge

If you get bitten by the kayak bug, you can also rent a kayak at Kalvebod Bølge, the new wave shaped walkway on the opposite side of the harbor baths at Islands Brygge. You can even test your skills in a kayak slalom or kayak slide here too, and swim, sunbathe and experience sustainable oyster farming under the surface.

Kalvebod Bølge

Kalvebod Brygge, Copenhagen

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Canal trips with Netto-bådene

See classic Copenhagen sights, bastions and old and modern architecture on an inexpensive Netto bådene sightseeing tour. The guided tour includes commentary in Danish, English and German and takes around 60 minutes. The Netto boats sail all year round with pick up points in the city center. You can also bring a picnic if you wish.

Photo: Michael Vienø

Swim round Christiansborg

There aren't many big cities where you can swim round the parliament building. But you can do this on one day each year in Copenhagen and anyone can take part. Last year, 3,700 swimmers aged from 11-82 in wet suits swam the 2km distance round Slotsholmen. You can swim on your own or in a team, and the route starts at Den Sorte Diamant. You can register (and rent a wet suit) at the organizer's website.

Den Sorte Diamant

Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Copenhagen

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26 August 2017

Foto: Halvandet

Party time at Halvandet

Halvandet on one of the old industrial sites on Refshaleøen is a hip beach bar, restaurant, concert arena and bathing zone all in one. The place to be on a summer evening in the city and named one of the ten best beach parties in Europe by The Sunday Times.


Refshalevej 325, Copenhagen

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