A Guide to the Beautiful and Colorful Danish Autumn
The beautiful autumn. Photo: GettyImages
The months following July and August represent a change of seasons. The summer is on its last breath. The days will shorten, the temperature will drop. For many, the fall represents more time spent indoors, and if you are new to the Danish climate, maybe you expect your daily day to be spent inside the comfort and warmth of your home. These descriptions might seem a little sorry, but fear not!
The immediate future in the country of Denmark is not all doom and gloom. On the contrary, the upcoming months will offer plenty of opportunities for you to experience unique and wonderful phenomenona, both in culture and nature. This newsletter will go through some of the best things that the fall has to offer.

Some say that the secret ingredient to the world-famous happy lifestyle of "hygge" lies in the months from September to November. This might be true, so why not focus a whole newsletter on introducing you to the best the autumn has to offer.

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Remember the Outside
The autumn in Denmark is beautiful, colorful and so much more. Although you might need an extra layer of clothes, it will with near certainty be worth it, if you venture outside. When the temperature drops many tend to forget that nature lives on, and thus the autumn represents entirely new opportunities for you to experience the nature of Denmark. This article will take you through some of the possibilities of enjoying the Danish autumn.

The leaves on the trees are falling
Although some plants are evergreen, much of the nature that we have in Denmark is deciduous, which refers to the leaves "tending to fall of at maturity". This phenomenon can be very beautiful, and we encourage you to use the countless hiking-routes that Denmark has to offer to go out and experience the forest changing color firsthand. The Nature Agency of Ministry of Environment of Denmark have created a website, for you to visit if you are interested in experiencing the Danish nature. Click the green button at the bottom of the article, to go to their website.

Hunting for the "gold of the North"
Along the coast of western Jutland, you can go hunting for amber, "the gold of the North". It is not without reason that it has been given that nickname. Rumor has it that people in the bronze age were convinced that amber wasn't just beautiful but also had healing capabilities. At that time amber was a valuable merchandise. In Denmark amber has been a religious symbol and some places in China they still use amber for its believed magical properties. It is now mainly used for jewelry, and if your hunt is successful, you will be have the possibility of making a beautiful bracelet, necklace or whatever else you desire.

Stay overnight in the shelters of Denmark
A room with a view is nice enough. But why not put yourself IN the view? A shelter gives you the whole multi-sensory experience of nature - and with a reassuring lack of man-eating animals, camping alone or with friends or family can be a wild yet relaxing experience. There are many hundreds of shelters throughout Danish nature, and many of them provide opportunities for incredible nature experiences. The shelters are free to use. Some of them can be booked in advance and others are first come, first served. For a thorough guide to the shelters of Denmark, visit the site of gone71 here.

Hiking in Denmark
Denmark is more known for its (agri)culture than its nature, but nevertheless there is a rich selection of beautiful nature and marked trails. Denmark invites you to spend a day, a weekend or a holiday on the trails and walks in its green and beautiful kingdom. Click here, to access an extensive guide to the hiking routes of Denmark as of 2023.
Beautiful Nature Near You
Beneath we will introduce some of the places in nature you can go to experience the nature as it presents itself in the autumn. There will be places for every part of Denmark. Below the article there will be a button linking you to even more places to visit. Check them out as well!
Places to visit on Zealand
Dyrehaven - The Deer Park
The Deer Park is situated just north of Copenhagen and is a quite stunning old royal park. It is cultivated woodland covering 1000 hectares. This is the perfect place to enjoy the autumn. The entrances to the park are characterized by iconic red gates which are remnants from the 17th century. Many people take their outings to Dyrehaven, and picnic or go for long walks with a thermos bottle filled with tea. You will spot many people jogging, bicycling or horseback riding through the winding paths of the park. When crossing through the park, you will almost certainly spot various types of grazing deer.
A beautiful park just outside Copenhagen
The Hermitage
In the middle of the The Deer Park royal history meets a beautiful landscape. On top of a hill with a view all the way to the Øresund, lies a stunning hunting palace. The palace was built in 1734 for King Christian VI and is one of the great late baroque works in Denmark. No expense was spared in the construction. The king made sure that both gold, silver, silk wallpaper and marble was used to create this lavish hunting experience. Furthermore, the hunting landscape surrounding the Hermitage was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2015.

The world's oldest amusement park
Located in the woods of The Deer Park lies Dyrehavsbakken, commonly referred to as Bakken, which means "The Hill". Bakken is located in the southern part of the park and its origins can be traced all the way back to 1583. The amusement park itself is only open from the end of March through the end of August, but walking through and getting a whiff of history is an experience in itself. Another tradition which is fun to watch is the march of the motorcycles. Every year at both the opening and closure of Bakken, you can see hundreds of motorcycles driving to or from Bakken down Strandvejen, to mark the opening or closing of the amusement park.

Read more about The Deer Park here
Røsnæs is a peninsula stretching 15 kilometers out into Storebælt (the Great Belt). If you find yourself standing on the tip of this peninsula you will be standing at the westernmost point of Zealand. Here you can enjoy the wonderful views of Storebælt and the islands. You can also visit the light house, Røsnæs Fyr.
The Røsnæs Peninsula at sunset. The light house to the right of the setting sun and the shelter just below it. Photo: Ditte Kalmark
The shelter of dreams
At the beforementioned westernmost tip of Zealand lies a shelter with one of the most beautiful locations imaginable. Carved into the rock of Zealand, situated below the lighthouse of Røsnæs is an opportunity to be one with nature. The sun which sets straight into the shelter will make it possible to enjoy every last autumn drop of sun there is. Whilst being mesmerized by the red horizon, you will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves of The Great Belt clashing into the rocky beach. Right in front of the shelter, you will find a fireplace where you can prepare food if you so please. The shelter is first come first served, and everyone is of course welcome, as long as they clean up after themselves.

Beautiful nature
Røsnæs is an undulating bank of clay, sand, gravel and stone. The landscape is particularly characterized by slopes that flatten out into stony beaches. On Røsnæs, there are both high viewing points and more low-lying land, such as the boglands Mademose and Nordre Mademose, and the lake Langsø. The lake attracts much avian wildlife, and from a distance, you can observe both migratory and breeding birds. Further to the lies Denmark's largest vineyard.

If you want to know all about what else Zealand has to offer, you can click the button below. This will take you to the website of Destination Zealand, which is a travel guide to the beautiful island.
Places to visit in Southern Denmark
Svanninge Bakker (Funen)
North of Faaborg on Funen lie Svanninge Bakker (hills). Together with Svanninge Bjerge (mountains) and Sollerup Skov (forest), the area is the largest contiguous forest and nature area on Funen. The characteristic slopy nature of the area, has given it the name, "The Funen Alps". Although the name probably says more about the flatness of Denmark, than the area itself, it also describes the potential for a beautiful day in nature.
In Svanninge Bakker you can take a walk in the hilly natural landscape, make your way past the restaurateur's tower for star gazing and enjoy the view of Svanninge Bakker from the top of the tower. Furthermore, hiking routes are available in different lenghts. Svanninge Bakker offers a varied natural experience, with around 125 distinct species of plants; everything from grasses and herbs to moss and mushrooms. Moreover there is a distinctive bird life in the area. You can read more about the area on visitfaaborg's website, here
Vadehavet - The Wadden Sea
Since 2010, this area in the southwestern part of Jutland, has been a national park, and since 2014 around 80% of the area has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering around 1500 square kilometers, of which approximately 300 of them are on land, the Wadden Sea is a unique salt marsh and tidal flat area of international significance. It extends across four municipalities: Tønder, Esbjerg, Fanø and Varde.
The Wadden Sea at sunset
Ever-changing environment
The Wadden Sea is characterized by an ever-changing natural environment due to tidal waters and waves transforming the landscape every single day. The tidal waters are home to an enormous production of worms, snails, mussels and crustaceans in the tidal flats which drain about two times a day. The area also plays a significant role as a breeding ground for birds and seals, and it is a growing site for fish. Besides being the natural habitat of many animal species and plants, the Wadden Sea has an exciting cultural heritage of land reclamation and seawall construction.
Sort Sol (Black sun)
The beforementioned massive production of worms, snails, mussels and crustaceans plays a crucial part in the survival of the millions of migratory birds that each spring and autumn descend on the Wadden Sea to eat and rest on their journey. One of these bird species is the starling. Hundreds of thousands of starlings gather in flocks and merge in order to rest in the marshes of the Wadden Sea. The largest flocks might even completely envelope the low evening sun. This unique phenomenon is called black sun. The black sun season in autumn stretches over two months, typically from the end of August until the end of October, before the starlings migrate to Holland, France and the UK, where they will winter. You can read more about "Black Sun" here

Read more about the Wadden Sea here
Places to visit in Central Jutland
Gudenåen - The River Guden
The river Guden is Denmark's longest river and runs through the central parts of Jutland. It is around 150 kilometers long, and came into existence some 15.000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, when melting ice and glacial streams carved out the riverbed. The river is home and shelter to many species of animals and many of its parts and nature protection areas. The river is stunningly beautiful and a natural gem that you should definitely indulge in, if you get the opportunity.
Due to the power of its water volume and depth - the Gudenå River is a challenging water to fish in but is however a very attractive fishing place in terms of what is there to catch. In Gudenåen you can catch brook trout, sea trout, salmon, eel, pike, sand species and skull.
Along the river Guden you can find a trekking path that follows the river from Silkeborg to Randers - a total of around 70 km. On this path you can experience unique nature in a varied and sometimes difficult to access landscape.
A canoe trip on the river Guden is both a scenic and challenging experience. The river is widely used during the summer and autumn by canoeists who go on a trip of one or more days duration. Sailing is allowed around the clock and throughout the year. The river is home to more than 80 different plant species, of which 44 of them are aquatic.

Read more about the experiences at the Gudenå, here
Staksrode Skov
This forest area has one of the most dramatic coastlines in the eastern part of Central Jutland. This is in part because of the fine clay that is found in the area, which during large amounts of downpour or thawing, absorbs the water and suddenly slides towards the coast with many large trees on its back. This has created terracelike plateaus, where rare and beautiful flowers grow from the forest floor. In autumn you will be able to see birds migrating along the coastline and edible types of mushrooms will start to appear. Staying overnight in Staksrode Forest is also an option, with the forest having different spots for tenting and a shelter with a beautiful sea-view. Picnicking is possible a long the 3 kilometers worth of coastline and at a couple of marked spots you can light a fire and enjoy a roasted marshmallow.
Places to visit in Northern Jutland
Rubjerg Knude
In Northern Jutland, on the edge of the North Sea, you will find the famous lighthouse of Rubjerg Knude. Built in 1900, the lighthouse was moved 70 metres inland in October 2019, to secure it from erosion, caused by the North Sea.
The Battle against Nature
Between the years of 1910 and 1920, the drifting sands became such a big problem that bushes and trees were planted to help improve the conditions in the area. Despite this effort, the sand dune only grew larger, and the sand started to cover the plants. In the 50's most of the plants were removed again and a lot of sand was removed from the area, as it got close to the lighthouse buildings. In the end, the sand dunes became so vast it covered the light of the lighthouse, but by this time new navigation technologies were abundant. Because of this the last time the light was on was the 1st of August 1968.

From Lighthouse to History
Throughout the 70's the lighthouse was empty, but the plans to remake the buildings around the lighthouse to a museum were realized. In 1980 the museum opened its doors for new "sand-drift museum". The museum tells the story of the lighthouse and its battle against nature. Ironically the museum stood no chance against the sand and in 1992 it was closed and the buildings were engulfed in the sand. In the next 10-15 years the lighthouse will fall into the sea, so there is not long left, if you want to visit this historical place and experience the fight between nature and architecture.

Read more about the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse here
The Land's End of Denmark is called Grenen. On the northernmost tip of Jutland, you will be able to discover a unique natural phenomenon when the two seas of Skagerak and Kattegat meet, and their respective waves culminate.
The fascinating sight of watching two seas merge and break over the Skagen's Rev is truly something you should not miss out on. The landscape around Grenen is a protected nature reserve and home to a rich wildlife. Here you can watch seals sunbathe and birds of prey go hunting. If you want to read more about Grenen and the rest of what the Northern Jutland has to offer, visit the webpage of Enjoy Nordjylland, by clicking here
European Talent Map Survey
Welcome September will come to an end after the next couple of weeks, but the interest in, and the enthusiasm regarding international talent does not stop there. Copenhagen Capacity as a part of the European Talent Mobility Forum are collaborating with the national project of 'Talent to a Green Denmark', Future Place Leadership, and Switch to Sweden, to gather data across 10 European countries.

The European Talent Map study will develop comparable insights on the satisfaction level of the target group: international talent (incl. university students).

The study will include a ranking of decision-making factors, the main reasons for arriving at and staying in a country to pursue career opportunities. In addition, the two-fold study will also explore challenges for employers when it comes to attracting, receiving, and retaining international talent.

If you are an international talent yourself, and want to contribute to the evolution of the environment for internationals, click here, to be taken to the survey.

If you represent a company that employs internationals, please feel free to fill out the 10-minute survey, by clicking here. You will help form the future research and contribute to the betterment of opportunities for both talent and corporations.

Please do not hesitate to contact Merete Sandager from Copenhagen Capacity at [email protected], if you have any thoughts or questions regarding the study, or if you want to sign up to the email list to get access to the results with key insights.
Upcoming events for you
Central Jutland
Join a morning seminar, where you get inspiration on how to activate your employees to strengthen your recruiting efforts. Join HEADSTART at Erhverv Aarhus and start the day with inspiration and input on how to use your employees' personal stories to boost your recruiting efforts. The event will take place at Erhverv Aarhus, Søndergade 4, 2.mf, 8000 Aarhus, on the 6th of October, from 09:00 to 12:00.
Southern Jutland
Join Justyna at a creative, artistic workshop and explore art as a process for a personal development. You will be taken on a transformative journey where art becomes a way for self-discovery and personal growth.
Through various creative mediums and techniques, you will explore the interplay between your inner world and a blank page in front of you. The free event will take place on the 14th of October from 10:15 to 13:45 at Bæredygtighedshuset, Slotssøvejen 4, 6000 Kolding
Every Friday the UN City in Nordhavn offer free public guided tours. So, if you are interested in learning more about the United Nations, this tour is for you. The guided tours will introduce you to the work of the UN, the 11 resident UN agencies working in UN City, the importance of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the sustainable features of the building. The tours are in English and last approx. 45 minutes. The event will take place on every Friday, from 14:00 to 15:00, at Marmorvej 51, 2100 Østerbro.
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