This time of year, Copenhagen harbor is a beehive of activity. As one of the largest and most central ports in northern Europe, the city serves as home for many cruises during the summer months. With over 150 turnarounds, 350 cruise visits and 800,000 passengers a year, it is not uncommon to see 4 or 5 ships docked over the weekend. Popular routes include a tour of the Baltic with stops in Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Kiel (Germany). Another popular route departing Copenhagen in a cruise of the fjords of western Norway with stops in Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen among other locations.
For those looking for a cheaper cruise, DFDS operates daily overnight ferry service to Oslo. Affectionately known as the “booze cruise”, it is none-the-less a cheap and efficient way to visit Oslo with berths to be had for remarkably cheap prices.
The port is also frequently visited by numerous naval vessels from a host of countries. Perhaps one of the most modern naval vessels I have seen was a Norwegian craft designed to evade radar detection.
Despite the traffic, the harbor is also utilized by countless pleasure craft and it is not uncommon to espy kayakers paddling their way along seemingly without concern. This also includes tall ships.