Not many big cities offer a wealth of opportunities to experience nature. But Copenhagen combines the best of both worlds: a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere and quiet oases bringing you closer to the Scandinavian nature. Pack your bags and discover the most enchanting scenery just outside of Copenhagen or start your day with a swim in the clean waters of the city’s harbour baths.
A cold splash
Even in the summer, Denmark’s waters are notoriously ice cold. Therefore, it takes a few strong pats on the shoulder and collective resolve to jump in the water in the winter. KBH – Vinterbad is a winter bathing community where people come from near and far to join together and jump into the icy waves. Everyone brings some coffee and snacks to the event, and together they start the day with an ice-cold swim and good company. Get ready for a chilling dip!
Winter bathing at La Banchina
Refshalevej 141A, 1432 København
Jump in the harbour from one of the bridges in front of the small blue restaurant, La Banchina, and then speed over to the barrel-shaped sauna with a view over the water. You can warm yourself up in the sauna, which is free to use. There might be some waiting time on the weekends, but just a few steps away you can fill your belly with delights and beverages at the small restaurant and wine bar.
Book a reservation for sauna therapy
Gunnar Nu Hansens Pl. 3, 2100 København
Indulge yourself by taking advantage of the city’s many opportunities for sauna therapy. You can book a reservation at a fixed location or mobile sauna. Øbro-Hallen is a great choice if you’re looking for a relaxing and cleansing experience. Don’t waste any time booking an appointment for a sensory experience that will boost your well-being.
Guest bathing days at ’Det Kolde Gys’
Øresundsstien 11, 2300 København S
Copenhagen offers myriad opportunities to take the leap into winter bathing and get a huge endorphin kick. Most winter bathing clubs have guest bathing days where non-members can use their facilities. The winter bathing club “Det Kolde Gys” is perfect if you want to experience a community dedicated to winter bathing and friendly socialising.
Activities, fresh air and nature
If you are looking for a treasure chest of ideas for outdoor activities, the Facebook group Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life) is a good one to join. Here you’ll find lots of inspiration for discovering the wonders of nature. Members of the group share their passion for nature and extensive advice on ways to get out and get some fresh air.
Fragtvej 9, 2450 København
Discover a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city, just a 10-minute drive from Copenhagen. Here you’ll find wild nature and free-range animals, giving you a sense of being very far from the crowded cycle paths of the city. Pack a lunch, fill your coffee jug and bring along some sweets, and discover how sheep and alpacas live of the area’s grass and trees.
Miljøkajakken (Environmental Kayak)
Børskaj 12, 1221 København K
Borrow a free kayak and experience Copenhagen by water. All you have to do is pick up the trash you come across as you paddle through the harbour and canals of Copenhagen. Enjoy a day on the water – and do a good deed for the city’s environment and residents.
Nature Playground in Valby
Hammelstrupvej 41, 2450 København
If you’re looking for an excursion with the kids or wish to set your childish spirit free, drop by Denmark’s largest nature playground. You’ll find tons of room for outdoor play and challenges that will get your pulse up. The playground has everything from a village of willow huts and wicker fences to climbing landscapes and rope ladders.
Urban life and angling
Copenhagen Harbour is full of life – also underwater, where you are allowed to fish in designated parts of the harbour. The group Fiskeri i Københavns Havn (Fishing in Copenhagen Harbour) is dedicated to angling, and group members discuss their catches, ask questions, and share their experiences. Here are the group’s local tips for angling in Copenhagen:
Catch fish from the piers underneath Sjællandsbroen bridge
Sjællandsbroen, 2300 København S
Begin your fishing from the piers underneath Sjællandsbroen Bridge, where you might be lucky to catch sea trout or garfish with a lure or bait. From there you can continue south beyond Sydhavnstippen and all the way around the Common. In this tranquil setting, the only other people you’ll see are occasional pedestrians and cyclists as you cast your line in hopes of enticing a nice sea trout to bite.
Catch cod at Langeliniekaj and Langelinie Allé
Langeliniekaj, 2100 København Ø
If you want to fish like a true Copenhagener, Langeliniekaj or Langelinie Allé is the place for you. Here you got a good chance of catching cod when fishing with jigs or bait like prawns and worms. If you don’t have any luck there, take a walk to Sandkaj and Fortkaj where you can also catch some nice cod. Two worlds collide beautifully as you fish with a view to the modern buildings rising up in the new borough of Nordhavn.
Guided fishing trips for beginners in Copenhagen
Fishing Copenhagen is a small guide company in Copenhagen that takes anglers from around the world on fishing trips in Copenhagen. Here you’ll get all the best tips and tricks on where and how you should fish in Copenhagen. Book a street fishing trip with Fishing Copenhagen and discover the joy of fishing in the middle of a big city.