The bridge to the small island Langø, South Zealand

Experiencing nature

“It is impossible to avoid nature - it is everywhere”. Exactly. Nature has no closing hours, even at night.

Our lovely region has been generously endowed by Nature. Blessed with the chalk cliffs of Stevns Klint (listed in the UNESCO World Heritage), with Møns Klint, the “Dark Sky” and lots more making this area unique.

It was a drama as the dinosaurs and half of all animal life was wiped out by an asteroid 66 million years ago. The best place in the world to follow this story is Stevns Klint. The so called Fish Clay in the chalk cliffs, is unique to this area, resulting in Stevns Klint being included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Experience the different geological epochs with your own eyes. Your closest view is from the beach or from the top of Højerup, where you can enjoy the best views from 30 metres high.

A popular hiking path stretches over 22 km and leads from Rødvig to its highest point on Stevns Klint. To the route belong, for example, the lighthouse Stevns Fyr, the Chalk Pit and the old church, Højerup gamle Kirke, the Boesdal Chalk Pit, and the harbour at Bøgeskov. A pretty and varied natural experience, which can be enjoyed in shorter stages and leading partly along the beach.

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The limestone quarry, Faxe Kalkbrud is one kilometer in diameter and up to 45 metres deep. The most fascinating part about a visit to the chalk pit is not only the pretty white chalk walls and the fossils, which almost lie at the visitor's feet, but the fact that you can investigate such an unusual piece of nature alone and on foot, whilst all around you in the working pit chalk is being excavated. As a visitor, you are able, with sensible shoes and a pair of sunglasses, to walk on the chalk which is formed from sharks, crocodiles and octopuses, which swam here around 63 million years ago.

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Nature in Næstved is really something special. This is especially obvious when walking along the old railway track between Næstved and Slagelse. No more trains use this route, as the track has been converted to a 2.5 metre wide asphalt nature trail. This nature trail is called Fodsporet (The Foot Print) and is a jogging or cycling route, a footpath or trekking trail on horseback. Along the way the nature of the the scenery changes constantly. Everyone can be active here, as all along the “Fodsporet” are adventure playgrounds, huts and training equipment available constructed from logs.

A further natural phenomenon that is well worth a visit is Holmegaard Mose. In earlier times the Moor was especially valued for its turf, which served the, now closed, Holmegaard Glasswork, to fire the furnaces. In the present day, botanical rarities, the unique wildlife and the large number of archaeological discoveries from the Early Stone Age and the Maglemoor attract visitors here.

The Tystrup-Bavelse Lakes also contain wild life. Visitors will find a rich variety of bird life. With luck you can observe one of the large birds of prey, which fly past to take a sample of the smaller bird life on offer. It is not unusual to see ospreys, peregrines, marsh harriers and honey buzzards.

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The Geocenter at Møns Klint is breathtaking and certainly well worth a visit.

Nature has also a wide range of extras for all those who have an interest in natural history or would like to learn more.

As one of the few places in Denmark, Nyord and parts of Møn have a totally dark night sky. As a result there is a fantastic view of the stars and the Milky Way. This is something you must have experienced while you are here! And only then will you understand that it is nearly impossible to put this Dark Sky experience into words.

It almost feels as if your whole head will just explode with all these impressions. So - pack a sleeping bag and off to Avnø Natur Center. Here you will find free shelters and camp fire areas. You can go it alone or book a guided tour.

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