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Kayaking in Copenhagen

Join one of the kayaking tours and see Copenhagen from a new angle


Kayak tour can take you through the city centre, pass the Opera and Christiania, and will let you explore the city canals. There are a few companies offering kayak tours with enthusiastic guides who know all the mystic places that can be reached only on the kayak. Tours usually last from one-and-a-half to three hours, so you can pick the most suitable one.

You can also go kayaking in the cosy canals on your own. Kayak rental companies will provide you with a map and recommended routes. Experiencing the city from the kayak is a peaceful experience. Enjoy the freedom and go sightseeing without traffic lights or noisy road work.

Another great option is to get a free two-hour rent of kayak provided by the Green Kayak non-profit initiative. The only condition is that you should collect trash floating on the surface. This way you combine exploring the city with keeping Copenhagen's harbour clean.

Kayak rental and tours are usually available from May through September.

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When is the best time to go kayaking in Copenhagen?

May to September offers the best time to go kayaking in Copenhagen when the weather is warm with longer days. During this period, the waters are calm and suitable for kayaking. However, it's essential to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Show more

Where can I rent a kayak in Copenhagen?

If you're searching for kayak rental services in Copenhagen, you can check out Kayak Republic, Copenhagen Island Kayak, and Kayak Bar. The rental services come with hourly or daily rental rates, including life jackets and paddles. You may need to book ahead of time and some also offer guided tours. Show more

What are some recommended kayak routes for sightseeing in Copenhagen?

A guided tour is an excellent option for first-time kayakers in Copenhagen. Sample routes include kayaking through inner harbor, the canals around Christianshavn, and the canals of Nyhavn. While kayaking, you will have a view of significant landmarks like the Opera House, the Little Mermaid, and Amalienborg Palace. Show more

Can I go kayaking in Copenhagen canals on my own?

Yes, you can kayak in Copenhagen canals without a guide. You can obtain maps and route recommendations from kayak rental service providers. However, if it's your first time kayaking in Copenhagen or not acquainted with the waterways, a guided tour is recommended. You should exercise caution as some areas of the harbor may have strong currents. Show more

Can you tell me more about the Green Kayak initiative and how to participate?

The Green Kayak initiative aims to clean up the city's waterways and promote environmental awareness. In exchange for collecting garbage from the harbor, you get a free two-hour kayak rental. You can complete the sign-up process on their website, and they will assign a kayak and location for garbage collection. Don't forget to wear appropriate clothes and bring gloves and bags for trash collection. Show more

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