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Best time to fly to Copenhagen

The best time to fly to Copenhagen really depends on what you want to experience in the city. For long, warm summer days make sure to book flights between June and August. Or experience Copenhagen’s coziness in the winter months of December to February.

Whenever you decide to go, let Icelandair be your guide to Copenhagen, providing practical information about when to go, what to do and how to get around.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Scandinavia's coolest capital has charm in abundance.

In recent times, 'Copenhagen style' has become a byword for streamlined design, boundary-pushing food, cool TV dramas, and the healthy worshiping of bicycles. The city can barely put a foot wrong.

The world has become familiar with hygge, the Danish coziness and good cheer that arrives alongside candles, comfort food and good conversation in the company of dear friends.

Well, you'll experience it everywhere in Copenhagen, alongside art-filled museums and clever architectural creations that combine the old and the new.

For anyone interested in Scandinavian history, they can explore royal castles, canals, copper spires, and the vintage Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park, which was established 1843.

For those wanting to experience a different side of the city, there are cutting-edge art galleries, fantastic street food, canal-side swimming pools and hidden speakeasy bars.

What to eat in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a hotspot for great food, with local restaurants like Noma receiving global attention for bringing Danish food to the world.

If you’re still in the race to try new foods, we urge you not to forget the classic cuisine of Denmark. Traditional gets tasty with smørrebrød, which are open-faced sandwiches with sculptural toppings. And don't miss a chance to visit old-school bakeries and sample local pastry delights.

Grabbing a pølse (hot dog) from a pølsevogn (“hot dog wagon”, or street vendor) is a traveler's rite of passage. Head to Papirøen, a cool waterfront venue housing dozens of street-food stalls primed for street-food sampling.

To return to your accommodation with a belly full of local and international flavors, we recommend heading to Torvehallerne, where you can browse the city's stylish food hall and market.

Scandinavian style in Copenhagen

The strong design aesthetic that permeates Copenhagen is evident in its stores, and shopping here is a pleasure.

Fashion and homewares will call to your credit cards and suitcase space, especially in stores like Illums Bolighus and Magasin du Nord, which are virtually shrines to good taste.

The city also boasts Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets. Lined with a heady mix of department stores, design shops and international flagship stores, this is every shop-a-holic’s dream.

And if you’re looking for something to take home with you, there are some excellent homegrown trinkets at your fingertips.

Did you know that Lego, the titan of the toy world, is a Danish product? Meanwhile, Royal Copenhagen makes beautiful porcelain, and Georg Jensen's shiny silverware will dazzle your loved ones back home.

What to know before going to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is absolutely a walking city and the best way to get around is on foot or by bike, especially if the weather is good. If you want to escape the elements – or give your feet a break – the public transport in the city is excellent. There are metro lines, buses, taxis and an extensive network of train stations.

Copenhagen also has access to some of the cleanest tap water in the world. There are also several free drinking fountains around the city, so travelers can reduce their plastic use by refilling a water bottle on their trip to Copenhagen.

FAQs about travel to Copenhagen

Helpful information for travelers to Copenhagen

What US cities fly to Copenhagen?

Most major cities in the United States fly into Copenhagen thanks to Icelandair’s broad connectivity to the city. Travelers can find flights to Copenhagen Airport from airports in Chicago, Raleigh-Durham and Portland.

How long are flights to Copenhagen?

This depends entirely on where you are flying from in the United States and how long your layover is. As an example, flights from New York to Copenhagen can take on average 12 hours.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Copenhagen?

The cheapest time to fly to Copenhagen is usually in the winter months, as this is when there is a slightly lower demand.

But that’s not to say that travelers are guaranteed to find the cheapest flights to Denmark at that time of year.

What we really recommend is that travelers book in advance to find the best flight deals, as cheap flights to Copenhagen have even been found in the summer months.

When should you go to Copenhagen?

There’s never a bad time to visit Denmark, which can make it tricky to choose your travel dates.

Copenhagen’s high season runs from May to August, with July being the warmest month in the city, and a lot of events, festivals and activities taking place. If you are interested in spending your time outdoors, this is an exciting time to visit.

In the winter months, temperatures plummet and the sun can set as early as 3:30pm. However, this is a perfect opportunity to embrace the Danish practice of hygge and get introduced to their ways of embracing the coziness, comfort and contentment of the winter season.