Contemplating Copenhagen

WayTwoGo replied on 08/11/2019 20:31

Posted on 08/11/2019 20:31

Wanting to head for Denmark in our motorhome next June (for about 4 / 5 weeks) we would like to see Copenhagen (I visited in the 1970s last – a long time ago). I have looked at the reviews of the motorhome aires nearby and they are not reassuring. Has anyone tried any of them? Or can anyone recommend a campsite allowing easy access to the city? I'd love to read your feedback.

Or shall I just book a cheap flight to the city and visit as a separate trip???? After all, we tour Germany in our motorhome but have flown to Berlin; spend aeons of time in France but travel to Paris on the Eurostar and have just returned home from our 5th visit to Amsterdam - courtesy of easyJet - even though we have camped in the Netherlands…. But it would be good to see Copenhagen during our motorhome tour if I could have confidence in a campsite  or an aire.

KjellNN replied on 08/11/2019 22:24

Posted on 08/11/2019 22:24

We have been to Denmark a few times, mainly passing through on our way to Norway, but also did a tour there for a few weeks.  We have visited Copenhagen itself 3 times, twice we stayed further out and drove in, the last time we used Camping Absalon, from where you can walk to a station and take a train into the centre.

It was several years back, but I seem to remember they were constructing some dedicated MH pitches near the entrance.  Facilities and pitches were fine, mainly grass if I remember correctly, but I believe it is quite expensive, we were using Camping Cheques.

The other thing I remember is that they had a long lunch time closing, so best to check on that if you intend to go there.

 

https://www.dcu.dk/campingplads/dcu-copenhagen-camp-absalon

WayTwoGo replied on 08/11/2019 22:25

Posted on 08/11/2019 22:22 by Dorset Diver

Yes the Fun is a subs site but I am sure you will get sensible replies and the thread is very unlikely to degenerate into an argument.  I can ask for you if you like?

Posted on 08/11/2019 22:25

I'd appreciate that DD. Thank you. (Maybe I should join???)

WayTwoGo replied on 09/11/2019 18:58

Posted on 09/11/2019 18:58

Thank you, KjellNN and peedee for the recommendations, both noted, and thanks too K for the hint re lunch time closing - and the warning about prices!

And thanks DD for posting on “Fun”.   (I’ll reply to your PM after posting here.) I have had a look on there and the first suggestion is exactly the same as that which peedee has given.

Add those to the earlier suggestions, and it looks as if a trip inclusive of Copenhagen is shaping up. Maybe we will return by air and stay centrally at a further, 'in the future' date, but having a preliminary visit will help us decide if we wish to go for longer.

(When I went in the 70s I was escorting group of students – I recall a trying evening in the Tivoli Gardens – trying as in “trying to keep tabs on them”. Relaxing it was not!! But I now have an even dimmer recollection of briefly visiting in the 60s when I travelled to Norrköping in Sweden on a town twinning exchange trip and we stopped off for a while. High time for a re-visit methinks.)

KjellNN replied on 09/11/2019 20:42

Posted on 09/11/2019 20:42

If you need any translating, I can help with that, but no doubt Google can help.

Looking at the various websites, it does not seem that expensive on sites in Denmark these days compared to CAMC sites, but then we are used to ACSI prices abroad!  There are quite a few ACSI card sites in Denmark.

We like both Denmark and Sweden, but have pretty much ruled out taking the van to the north of Norway (my home place) again, should we actually get abroad again, due to grandparent duties, as it is a long way and much too expensive on a UK pension!  

 

WayTwoGo replied on 09/11/2019 21:03

Posted on 09/11/2019 20:42 by KjellNN

If you need any translating, I can help with that, but no doubt Google can help.

Looking at the various websites, it does not seem that expensive on sites in Denmark these days compared to CAMC sites, but then we are used to ACSI prices abroad!  There are quite a few ACSI card sites in Denmark.

 

Posted on 09/11/2019 21:03

Oh thank you so much. I have to say that way back, after going on the exchange trip to Norrköping,  I did apply to read Scandinavian Languages at university…. But then got cold feet and fell back onto my first love. I have travelled in Norway a few times, and Denmark and Sweden. But a long time ago. Our daughter visits Finland a lot. There is something about Scandinavia which calls.

Reassuring to know that sites are not as pricey as CAMC sites! Also users of ACSI card.

KjellNN replied on 09/11/2019 21:22

Posted on 09/11/2019 21:22

We Scandinavians are all supposed to understand each other, but apparently, according to a radio programme we heard last time we were there, the young people from different countries prefer to communicate in English!

Finland is a case apart, though many Finns do speak Swedish.  I remember the first time we were there, in 1980, we had a puncture on the caravan ( we did have a spare) and a Finnish lorry driver came to our aid with a large jack, he spoke only Finnish.  Then we had to source  a new tyre and the tyre place only spoke Finnish, and this was in Helsinki, it was quite a challenge!

Easier these days I think.

MollysMummy replied on 09/11/2019 21:41

Posted on 09/11/2019 21:22 by KjellNN

We Scandinavians are all supposed to understand each other, but apparently, according to a radio programme we heard last time we were there, the young people from different countries prefer to communicate in English!

Finland is a case apart, though many Finns do speak Swedish.  I remember the first time we were there, in 1980, we had a puncture on the caravan ( we did have a spare) and a Finnish lorry driver came to our aid with a large jack, he spoke only Finnish.  Then we had to source  a new tyre and the tyre place only spoke Finnish, and this was in Helsinki, it was quite a challenge!

Easier these days I think.

Posted on 09/11/2019 21:41

In which ever of the Scandinavian countries I visited in the mid 80s just about everyone we met spoke English and as soon as they realised we were English they all wanted to practice their English too. 

KjellNN replied on 09/11/2019 22:02

Posted on 09/11/2019 22:02

Regarding site prices, if using ACSI, you may well find that electricity is metered on some sites.  Apparently electricity is expensive in Denmark.  Also some sites charge for water for dishwashing, and showers.

We prefer to use our own facilities and heat water on gas if that is the case.

They are also keen on "green taxes"