Welcome page for expats - Roforeningen KVIK - Københavns første roklub

Welcome page for expats

Welcome to KVIK, the oldest rowing club in Denmark.

Who are we and where is the club located?

We are a rowing club with approximately 300 active rowers of all ages and aptitudes: we have a large youth section, college-age students, active retirees and everyone in between rowing before and after work, or whenever fits their schedule.

Our clubhouse and facilities are located in the beautiful Svanemøllen Harbour, just north of the city centre and close to Østerbro (click on this link to see us on the map).

A rowing club with fitness options for everyone

Our core rowing is done in stable, wooden 2 and 4 oar sweep boats as well as coastal rowing boats designed for rowing in open seas. They are ideal for social and fun rowing for all abilities and ambitions. We also have a variety of faster boats and training options for more competitive rowers. These boats include the classic racing 8 oars, single and double sculls and racing designs in between.

To participate in regular social rowing, you can either show up after work or, for rowing trips in the mornings, afternoons or weekend, plan and sign up for a trip on the website. If you want to be quite serious with your rowing, options range from regular “motion plus” training, taking part in local and national races, or joining the competitive rowers who train at Bagsværd Lake north of the city. Our members are regular medal winners in national and international competitions, including the most recent Olympics in London and Rio.

We also have an active kayak section which uses touring kayaks, which are lighter and faster than sea kayaks, but also more unstable. Again activities range from social rowing up the coast, technique and fitness training, to taking part in local and national races.


Social activities and exploring Denmark and being a part of the Danish ‘forening’ tradition

Apart from the regular weekly rowing and training, the club offers a wide range of social activities, both in the clubhouse and via organised rowing and kayak trips.

Rowing and kayak trips range from moonlight rowing in the Copenhagen harbour, longer trips up and down the coast, and weekend and full week trips all around Denmark and occasionally elsewhere in Scandinavia and Europe.

We offer dinner in the clubhouse after weekday rowing and regular grill afternoons and evenings to enjoy the summer sun. We also have at least a dozen parties during the year for any event that is an excuse to celebrate and they often carry on into the early hours of the morning.
In addition, as a member of the row club (forening), you are experiencing a unique part of Danish culture. Most Danes are a part of a club/forening, whether it be sports, arts, or work-related. As a member of KVIK’s forening, you are included in decision-making regarding what takes place at the club, as well as expected to commit a bit of your time towards helping maintain the club. At KVIK, this can be such things as helping decorate the clubhouse for parties, getting the boats ready for the outdoor season or serving as a row instructor for new members of the club.


Winter activities

The outdoor rowing season runs from the beginning of April to the end of October. However, there are still lots of opportunities for exercise and social activities during the winter months: ergometer training sessions several evenings a week, a variety of fitness classes such as yoga and piloxing. The brave or foolhardy can also try winter bathing in the harbour and then defrost in the sauna. And of course, a variety of Danish holidays bring opportunities for more festivities.


How do I join the rowing club?

Our rowing club offers a free intro day to all prospective members, where you can meet us, see our facilities and try out a short rowing trip. Come and join one of our open house (Åbenthus) days advertised on our website. If there isn’t one available, please write to info@roforeningen.dk and we will get back to you with a date when you can visit with other prospective members.

If you already know that rowing is for you, please sign up for one of our courses via this link sign up for one of our courses via this link. The registration form is in Danish, so if there are any problems filling it out or if there is no more space in the available courses, feel free to contact us at info@roforeningen.dk. Upon signing up, you will immediately get an email from us which includes course practicalities and costs.. all you need to do is pay the initial membership and joining fees and arrive on the day your course starts.

Membership fees, which also cover the cost of the course, are 235 kr per month, paid quarterly and in advance, and the joining fee is 235 kr. Reduced fees for youth and college students are 105 kr and 150 kr per month, respectively.

If you are already an experienced rower, you do not need to do the course and we will arrange to show you our facilities, go for a trial rowing trip and introduce you to the club. Please come and join one of our “Åbenthus” days or write to info@roforeningen.dk.

Extra expat support to help you settle in

We know that it can be a bit daunting for expats to settle in when everyone around them is talking in Danish. We already have a number of expat members and they have kindly offered to be mentors to new members. Your mentor will introduce you around and show you all the facilities, tell you more about our activities and events, guide you in navigating the website so you can sign up for regular rowing and social activities, help you with some Danish language essentials such as the rowing commands, be available to answer any questions or concerns, and generally help you feel welcome and at home in your new rowing club.