A surprisingly small ship, but the accomodations were adequate. We were a family of 4 adults & 3 pree-teen age kids that took up the main bottom deck area. The host was very gracious & accomodating considering the god-awful hour circumstances beyond our control had forced us to check in by. Unfortuneatly, we couldn't linger & do any sightseeing in Copenhagen.
My son (14 years old) and I just stayed on the Arctic Janus while visiting Copenhagen, and enjoyed it thoroughly! We were looking for a novelty experience, and received a great one. the personnel were both friendly and helpful; we slept well in the bunks in our cabin; and the breakfast was well worth the 80 kroner (Danish). We appreciated the thorough recommendations regarding Copenhagen attractions that the owner gave us on our first night.
It's basic but for a short trip it's great fun and I would love to go back. Location The location is really nice, right next to the famous Noma restaurant and opposite New Habour. Being on the opposite bank you're set back from the hustle and bustle. It is a little bit of walk to the main areas of the city but not too far at all and it will be much quicker soon as they are building a new footbridge across (as of June 2012). If you drive, it's just one long road to the airport, may 10-15 mins. It's a fair distance to walk from the station if you have a lot of luggage but certainly possible. If you get a taxi please be sure to ask the taxi driver if they know where they are going as many in Copenhagen don't. Ask them to take you to Noma rather than the Artic Janus as they should know that better. Facilities Like in a hostel you share the bathroom and it's basic but clean and has a decent hot shower. There are a couple of toilets and you can't flush paper unfortunately (there's a bin) but that's how it is on a proper working boat. The cabin we had was down steep ladder like steps. It slept four but you would not have space for luggage with four in but great with two of us. There was no porthole in ours but this means better sleep for me and I was perfectly happy with that. You get a key for your room and for the boat. The deck is great and has a lovely view. It has plenty of seating and some tables and we found it was great to socialise with the other guests and share a few drinks. It's covered so good to use in the rain too. We didn't try the breakfast as we preferred to get pastries from the bakery so can't comment. There is free parking nearby - we were always able to get a space. You will need to go on board and ask Wolfgang where it is though as it is not obvious. Service Fantastic, the owner Wolfgang is German and has very good English. We were treated to a tour of the Bridge and upper deck and he told us about the boat and it's Arctic voyages. He has plenty of useful information and is really easy to chat with. All in all a great experience for a short stay, in a good location for a good price. Not for people wanting luxury and might get uncomfortable on longer stays.…
This is boat living, so it isn't romantic, and not very commodious. However, the host is nice, the location is convenient, rooms are okay, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT. This isn't the best stay for everyone, but if you are on a limited budget, and I think for a couple of friends traveling together on a tight budget (but wanting something better than a hostel) this is an ideal option. My husband and I stayed here then moved to a B&B for 2 nights (Copenhagen Intl B&B) and they were similar price and about equal value (we moved to a double bed which was terrific, but had to share a shower with the owners). Staying in Copenhagen is unbelievably expensive, so if you're going to do it, the Arctic Janus is a good option. Didn't have any breakfast, though it was available for extra.