The Danish custom we all require right now
Denmark has always been known for its sleek, modern designs. But what many people don’t know is that the country is also a leading producer of agricultural goods and clothing. In fact, Denmark exports more than $25 billion worth of goods every year, and more than half of that comes from the leather industry. What does this mean for you? It means that if you’re looking for stylish and high-quality clothing, you should head over to Denmark. And if you’re looking to help the Danish leather industry, there are a few things you can do to support it. Check out our blog post for more information on how to do just that!
Troll hunting, shoreline biking, and stargazing in Denmark’s first International Dark Sky Park are all examples of the Nordic concept of friluftsliv, or unwinding in the great outdoors.
Denmark’s first International Dark Sky Park is a paradise for stargazers, outdoor enthusiasts, and troll hunters. The park, located in the municipality of Gilleleje on the island of Funen, encompasses 68 hectares of dark sky preserve and offers educational programs about the night sky.
Troll hunting is a traditional Danish pastime that dates back to the 17th century. Hunters use dogs to track down and kill trolls, which are considered pests because they eat crops and damage property. In recent years, troll hunting has become an international tourist attraction.
The popularity of biking in Denmark has led to the development of trails that lead through the woods and along the coastline. Riders can explore new areas or take advantage of well-maintained trails that connect different parts of the country.
Stargazing is another popular activity in Denmark. The dark skies found in the park make it an ideal place to view stars and planets. The park offers free education programs about astronomy for visitors who want to learn more about this fascinating subject.
Standing in front of Kaptajn Nalle on a gloomy Sunday in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn (North Harbour) neighborhood
It’s difficult to think of a more depressing place in Copenhagen than Nordhavn on a Sunday morning. The streets are mostly deserted, the only sounds coming from the occasional car or train. Kaptajn Nalle, the only remaining shipbuilding company in Denmark and one of the oldest in Europe, is sitting derelict and unused.
But this is where local Danes come to pay their respects to their seafaring heritage. Every Sunday since 1975, they have gathered here at Kaptajn Nalle to say goodbye to their ships. It’s an emotive ritual that captures the Danish spirit beautifully.
The tradition started when two old sailboats were towed into the harbor and left to rust. The locals didn’t want them gone and decided to memorialize them by holding a weekly ceremony where they would say goodbye to their ships. The turnout has steadily grown over the years, reaching its current high of around 1,000 people today.
The Ships of Kaptajn Nalle (Kaptajnen Nalle) mural on Grundtvig Plads was painted by Danish artist Jens Galschiøtte in 1978 as part of his series “Watercolors from Denmark”. It depicts a busy harbor with dozens of small boats docked on both sides of the quay.