Get a taste for the beautiful inner part of the harbor where many of the historical sites and buildings are located.
Hidden gems is about showing our own favorite spots, which are off the beaten track from the standard path.
The full-on experience which unveils the common misconception that Copenhagen was built for biking – its not – It’s built for sailing.
Hey Captain is a canal tour in Copenhagen founded by Casper and Joel, who sailed friends around in their own boat Diana. The original feeling was based on being personal, social and informative, which remain the anchor point for the boat tours we do at Hey Captain.
Expect to experience a homelike atmosphere where you can sit back and relax as we take you through our favorite canals in Copenhagen. In a relaxed pace you will get a sense of the city more than an overload of historical figures.
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What guests say about Hey Captain's Copenhagen canal tour experience?
"Unlike the other larger tour boats that pack people in like sardines, Hey Captain boats hold approximately 12 people making it a much friendlier and intimate experience. You have plenty of opportunities to ask a lot of questions and learn something about the other people sharing the ride. I highly recommend it."
"Small boat, 9 passengers plus the captain. We took the two hour tour, learned a lot and got to know 7 very interesting people. It was a great way to see parts of the city we would likely never have seen.
Relax and enjoy! Highly recommended!"
"We decided to go on a boat tour on the spur of the moment; we were too late for the tour that was leaving right at that moment, but the departure location is a great place to chill out in front of the water. We had a fantastic time with our captain Ilona - she was interesting, warm, open and fun; we felt like we were learning about and connecting with the place, whilst not feeling like we were on museum tour. Although possibly more expensive than a mass tourist boat, you get the benefit of the personal interaction, real conversations about Copenhagen as opposed to a monologue... we should also mention the wine; one generally expects that wine comes with this sort of your is rough plonk, but it was really rather good and perfect for an afternoon on the water - we were also assured that it had been QA'd by the captains themselves after hours! Ilona also recommended some restaurants for dinner, one of which we went to and had a great last meal in the city; there are so many to choose from that we really appreciated some insider information and were not disappointed. We would recommend this tour (and have done so to our friends) for anyone passing through Copenhagen, or even there for for longer."
"Hey Captain was a fantastic way to see Copenhagen landmarks and some lesser known areas of this historic and beautiful city. The team was very communicative about our reservation and were ready when we arrived early. Our captain, Victor, and his assistant, Emil, were friendly, funny and very knowledgeable, They provided wine, beer, soda and water for us. Victor let our 13- and 11-year old steer the boat for a long time – they loved it. I would highly, highly recommend Hey Captain as a very personal tour experience of high value and quality. A great way to start our visit!"
"We really enjoyed our two hour boat tour of Copenhagen - particularly because of the well informed, enthusiastic guide who was well informed and obviously enthusiastic about the city. These boats are much smaller than the big tour boats, so you get a much more personalized experience, and you can interact and ask questions.
Our captain and guide was from Amsterdam and is studying sustainable urban design in Copenhagen so he was a terrific source of information about those types of initiatives going on in Denmark,
This is definitely the "better way" to see Copenhagen."
What a fantastic introduction to the ‘real’ Copenhagen. From first meeting at the quayside our captain Ilona really engaged with our group of five and we were lucky enough to have the boat to ourselves. The Hidden Gems tour was really interesting and gave us the chance to lean about the way of life here in Copenhagen beyond the tourist sights and the little mermaid - we are still talking about the things we saw and learned some days later. We found the boat comfortable, the complementary drinks refreshing & Ilonas company a pleasure and an education. Absolutely a highlight of our visit.
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Canal tours in Copenhagen are a great way of exploring the city
The harbor has always played a vital role for Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen or “København” in Danish directly translates to merchant harbor, indicating the harbors important role for city. Most of the canals in Copenhagen were artificially created as the city expanded. The strategic position of Copenhagen as the entrance point to the Baltic Sea also means that the Danish Navy for many years has had a strong presence in securing and controlling the in- and out-flows of the region. This historical role of the navy is very present in the formation of the buildings and homes along the piers of the harbor, where many of the historical buildings have been preserved and renovated to residential purposes as the navy slowly has been pushed out of the downtown area. Fortunately, often this development has happened with great respect for the history and spirit of the original buildings.
The role of the harbor for the Copenhagen way of life is still extremely important, but the way this comes across has changed from an industrial and military purpose to a more contemporary one. Many of the most important sites like Christiansborg, Amalienborg, the Opera, and the former Stock Exchange are located by the harbor. The mix of new buildings with the old and especially the beautiful scenic canals of Copenhagen is part of why we love our city. Many new restaurants, and residential areas are blossoming up all along the harbor area, giving “old and dead” areas a new sense of life. As this occurs there are also several great options for exploring the water ways of Copenhagen by boat – whether you choose to go for the classical bigger Copenhagen canal tour, a canal trip, renting your own Copenhagen boat, exploring it by Kayak, or maybe a Hey Captain boat tour. They are all great ways of seeing Copenhagen and we hope you will enjoy it with whatever option you choose to take. Exploring Copenhagen by boat is truly in our opinion the best way to see the city, and we really want to show what we believe are the best parts of this fantastic city.
Ofelia Plads where Hey Captain’s canal tour depart from is located right next to Nyhavn, which is a bar area and departure point for the traditional copenhagen canal tours. Ofelia Plads is a little more quiet and less touristic - a great place to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Our pier is an example of the development that has been going on all over the harbor, as this used to be the place where the Oslo ferry departed to Norway, but today is a place to enjoy an ice cream or a coffee before departure. If you do decide that our DNA of being friends on a boat and giving something personal, social, and informative matches what you are looking for you can see our departure times online. We don’t work with a fixed boat departure schedule, but you can always see next slot online, give us a call, or leave us a message. We hope you will come explore the Copenhagen canals with us.