Modern Copenhagen’s much-maligned stretch of waterfront, Kalvebod Brygge, has now been transformed into Kalvebod Wave, and it’s the place to be in the summer. Just like the packed Islands Brygge on the other side of the harbour, Kalvebod Wave is now a popular waterfront promenade for sunbathers, joggers and kayakers.
It stretches so far out into the harbour that its wooden structures even escape from the shadows of the massive quayside buildings.
Kalvebod Wave is not officially a harbour bath, because its pools can’t be locked and closed when the sewers flood after a rainstorm, causing poor water quality, and as protection against other port traffic.
But as soon as it opened, the Wave quickly attracted plenty of people to the waterfront. You just have to be aware that it can be highly dangerous to swim out into the open docks, where traffic is busy – and you are likely to be fined for it.
The Wave is perfect for the harbour’s many kayakers, who now have somewhere to play water polo, in addition to a kayak slide and a ‘kayak hotel’ storage facility. The promenade provides a new route for runners, as well as exercise equipment. The many curved shapes, slopes and slides are inviting too, and particularly well liked by skaters. Sometimes their forays end well; sometimes they end up getting wet.
Under the Wave, Maritime Allotments has a ‘mussel line’ where edible mussels are farmed. The mussels also help keep the water clean.