Summer feeling in the canals.

Ways to conquer Copenhagen's canals

Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

It doesn't take much more than a few rays of sunshine before Copenhagen's waterfront is filled with renewed energy and joyful faces. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the city's beautiful lakes and canals.

Sightseeing tours in Copenhagen
Photo: Mikkel Schebye Johnsen

Explore the canals as your own captain

Glittering water, fresh air and good food is just a great combination. With HeyCaptain! or GoBoat or some of the other boat rentals and tours you can pretty much bring your picnic anywhere. 


Swimming in the harbour baths

Copenhagen's waters are clean enough to swim in, which makes the city's harbour baths vibrant with life all of the summer season. Make sure to swing by for a dip at Nordhavn or one of the other locations.

Photo: Astrid Maria Rasmussen

At your own pace

Probably the most popular way to enjoy Copenhagen's canals. Get your own kayak or a guided tour from Kayak Republic.

Photo: Martin Heiberg

With public transport

The harbour buses take you all the way through the harbour from Sluseholmen in south to Refshaleøen in north. A pretty nice way to see the city and get around - and it only costs the same as a bus ticket!

Canal tour in Copenhagen
Photo: Martin Heiberg

On the traditional tour

No matter how many times we've done this, the canal tours never go out of fashion - especially not on a sunny spring day.


This is what conquering Copenhagen's waters could look like