Averages for Copenhagen in January

Cold is the only way to describe Copenhagen in January. This time of the year can be brutally chilly and is the main reason why most tourists decide to visit during other months. However, if you must travel during this time of the year, try to go during New Year's as the city is still decorated from the Christmas holiday. Just be sure to bring plenty of heavy weather gear to not only guard against the snow and cold, but also the strong northerly winds that can make it feel even colder.

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Daily averages for Copenhagen

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 -1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
°F 34 34 34 34 34 36 36 36 37 36 36 37 36 36 36 36 37 36 36 36 34 34 30 0 0 34 34 34 0 34 34

Cold is the only way to describe Copenhagen in January. This time of the year can be brutally chilly and is the main reason why most tourists decide to visit during other months. However, if you must travel during this time of the year, try to go during New Year's as the city is still decorated from the Christmas holiday. Just be sure to bring plenty of heavy weather gear to not only guard against the snow and cold, but also the strong northerly winds that can make it feel even colder.

The average daily temperature of the month is a very cold 0°C (32°F). Be sure to bundle up first thing in the morning when the average overnight low is a brutal -2°C (28°F). Temperatures will not be much warmer in the afternoon hours as the average high will only climb to 2°C (36°F). Combined with the wind coming in off the nearby ocean, the wind chill can make it feel much colder.

With temperatures hovering below and just over the freezing mark, there is plenty of snow during this time of year. The average precipitation for the month will amount to a total of 40mm. This usually frozen precipitation, will fall over a period of 18 days. As a result, much of the month experiences wet and cold conditions combined. Additionally, there is not much sun as the region only experiences an average of 4 hours of sunshine per day throughout the month.

Visitors will also want to stay out of the water during this time of the year as the average water temperature is only 3°C (37°F). This is by far too cold for anyone to try to enjoy. In fact, it will be several months before visitors will be able to take advantage of the region's beautiful local beaches. 

Where to Stay

Named Hotel of the Year in 2015 by the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, visitors will not go wrong with a stay at the elegant Nimb Hotel. Located just a short walk from Copenhagen Central Station and within easy access to some of the main sites, this luxurious hotel offers all the features that any discerning traveler will want. With just 17 rooms including nine junior suites, each room features a spacious bathroom, luxurious bedding, and fine antiques. The hotel is also known for its concierge service that is second-to-none.

Enjoy a home away from home at the luxurious Hotel Kong Arthur. The perfect spot for a January holiday, this hotel features a spa, cozy fireplace, three restaurants, and a complete fitness center. The boutique hotel is located in the center of Copenhagen and within easy reach to nightlife, shopping and important sites. Each of the 155 rooms is uniquely decorated with no two the same. However, each room comes with free WiFi, a minibar and private bath.

If you are looking for a more contemporary hotel, look no further than the Copenhagen Island Hotel. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you will not be disappointed with amenities that include an on-site restaurant, bar with harbour views, free WiFi throughout the hotel, fitness center and bike rentals. Additionally, most of the hotel's 326 rooms also come with waterfront views. 

Restaurants and Nightlife

Inspired by new Nordic cuisine, Den Lille Fede Restaurant will not disappoint. In fact, the menu changes every four weeks as the chefs use their creativity to bring forth new combinations. Many guests decide on the five courses with wine and come away wanting to come back again and again. Reservations are highly recommended at this small and elegant restaurant.

Located in a building built in the 1800's, Tight offers a warm and inviting atmosphere thanks to the exposed brick, wood beams and old stonewalls. Meanwhile, the food is fresh and inviting and based upon local and fresh ingredients. Every dish from the Jerusalem Artichoke soup to the potato croquettes is made in house. Combined with a well-trained and entertaining staff, you will not be disappointed. 

A little bit of the Caribbean can be felt at Club Mambo as the Latin beat infuses the establishment. The club consists of two dance floors pumping out live music to get your groove on to. For those who need a little help in the dancing department, the club even offers a Latin dance school. When combined with a well-stocked bar and restaurant, you will find yourself staying here for several hours.  

What to Do

Because of the brutally cold winters in Copenhagen, now is not the time to be doing a lot of outdoor sightseeing. As a result, January is the perfect time to visit the National Museum of Denmark. As one of the country's most important museums, this is one spot that should be on every visitor's lists of places to see. Home to national treasures and artifacts that date back to the Vikings, the museum is full of interesting relics and also offers free admission.

To view one of the world's largest collections of Islamic art, be sure to stop by the David Collection. With art spanning several centuries and from all over the world, it is an impressive collection that won't soon be forgotten. This is a great way to spend a cold morning or afternoon, but do remember that the museum is closed every Monday. 

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