The best way to discover the sandy flatlands of the island of Læsø is on horseback. But cycling around is also a good way to work up a healthy appetite for the island’s bountiful seafood, not least its langoustine. You can also visit the salt-makers and enjoy rejuvenating salt baths in a converted historic church. Or go seal watching by fishing boat.
The living roofs of Læsø are made with seagrass (a type of seaweed), which is dried and twisted into tassels. When freshly made, the roofs flutter in the wind – much like tousled hair. As the roofs grow older, they are soon covered with wild flowers. Few cottages on Læsø today have seagrass roofs but preservationists are reintroducing the craft to give new life to this age-old tradition.
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Getting around in Copenhagen in an eco-friendly manner is easy – do as the Copenhagers do: take the bike! Over a third of the city’s 1.1 million people regularly cycle to work, making Dronning Louise’s Bro [Queen Louise's bridge], the busiest cycling spot in the western world. An estimated 35,000 cyclists stream across the bridge during morning rush hour, a seriously impressive figure. 37 percent of commuters going to work or school in Copenhagen use their bicycle. The ambition is that it will be 50 percent in 2015. Choose between a bicycle taxi, a guided bike tour, rent your own bike or use one of the free city bikes. See the joys of cycling in Copenhagen in this award-winning video.
If you prefer a little more comfortable way to get around the city, you can book a CO2 neutral taxi through Amager-Øbro Taxi, they neutralize the CO2 that your car causes by buying certified European CO2 quotas.
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That Copenhagen cares about the environment is clearly visible in the street scene. The water in the inner harbour is so clean, you can take a dip in it and the city is sprinkled liberally with green spaces. When the sun is out, take a break from the busy city-life at the Assistens Kirkegård park in Nørrebro – a historic cemetery, which is the burial site for prominent Danes such as Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
For a convenient and eco-friendly sightseeing tour of Copenhagen take the CityCirkel buses, route 11, which run all day on electricity from batteries charged during night time, thus emitting less CO2 and exhaust fumes than ordinary cars and busses. Or if you want an alternative means of transportation take a guided tour of the sights of Copenhagen on an environmentally friendly Segway. The special vehicle runs on rechargeable batteries and lets you glide around Copenhagen’s sights in a CO2-friendly and fun way. At Experimentarium in Hellerup, just north of Copenhagen, you can explore everything green in their permanent exhibition on energy use and production; on climate and the future. The exhibition provides a tangible picture of the opportunities provided by both yourself and technology.
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Lots of Copenhagen hotels tick the eco-friendly box, in fact 58 % of hotel rooms are certified with the official Green Key guarantee. Scandic Hotel Webers close to the main train station and Tivoli Gardens is particularly impressive. Not only is all the food and drink organic, the hotel’s furnishings are made from environmentally sound textiles and a programme aimed at making the building 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2025 is in place.
The four star Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is built to be one of the World’s greenest hotels. It has Denmark’s only CO2 neutral hotel building and meets EU requirements for green construction and all of the hotel’s energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources. The hotel’s CO2 neutral technologies include an advanced climate system, which uses groundwater for cooling during Summer and stores the heated water and recycles it to heat in Winter. The result is a reduction of energy consumption for cooling and heating by nearly 90 percent.
Axel Hotel Guldsmeden, situated in the trendy district of Vesterbro, sets a high standard when it comes to sustainability and ecology. The breakfast buffet is 100 % organic with homemade yogurt, French cheeses and rustic bread and pastry from Emmery’s, an organic bakery. Furthermore, the hotel offers organic beauty products such as shampoo, body lotion and soap especially made for their rooms.
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Besides organic soups, Soupanatural in Nørrebro specialises in healthy organic smoothies – or “Vitaminas” as they call them – and organic cocktails to-go. HarboBar café on Blågårdsgade makes spectacularly good organic coffee and cupcakes, and turns into a cocktail bar in the evening, where you can chose from a selection of organic beer, wine, cocktails and schnapps.
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One take on green eating in Copenhagen’s culinary scene is seasonal cooking with local products, with the world’s best restaurant Noma leading the way. Noma’s success has had a profound trickle-down effect on other restaurants practicing New Nordic Cuisine. Among them is the fully organic restaurantGeranium with head chef Rasmus Kofoed, winner of Bocuse d’Or 2011, giving him the title of World’s Best Chef. At the Michelin starred restaurant Herman, located within the Nimb complex, they serve radical interpretations of Danish classics and whether beast, fish or fruit, every last bit is made use of – a practice that is becoming the norm in Copenhagen.
But green eating in Copenhagen does not necessarily mean opting for a gourmet restaurant as there are sustainable choices in all price ranges, such as the gastro pub Nose2Tail in the meatpacking district. As the name indicates the concept is to use everything from the animal to avoid waste. At Nose2Tail the menu is determined based on which products are supplied by local organic producers on the day.
Around the corner in the meatpacking district is the large organic restaurant BioMio with room for 250 people. Here they serve organic, healthy and tasty food at reasonable prices in a laid back atmosphere.
For a fast food option try eating at an authentic Copenhagen hot dog stand, with a green twist. By Copenhagen’s Round Tower you can find the city’s only organic hot dog stand – Den Økologiske Pølsemand. Here you can order hot dogs and fried sausages made from organic pork or beef. Side orders and drinks are also organic.
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FC Kobenhavn will hope for a change of luck against French opposition when they host LOSC Lille Metropole in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.
* Last season’s Danish Super League runners-up, FCK have lost three of their four previous home matches with Ligue 1 visitors and will want to improve that record against a Lille side playing in Denmark for the first time.
* Ariel Jacobs’ hosts are looking to secure a third UEFA Champions League group stage campaign after previously coming through the play-offs in 2006/07 and 2010/11. Their record in qualifying is not the best given they have had six other failed attempts since 2001 but they can draw confidence from a 3-2 aggregate victory over Club Brugge KV in the third qualifying round.
* Lille, by contrast, have successfully negotiated this qualifying stage twice before and are seeking a fifth UEFA Champions League participation since their first appearance in 2001/02.
* Third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12, Lille will hope to inflict further punishment on a home team with just one win in their last five European fixtures at Parken. Rudi Garcia’s side may also take heart from FCK’s record against French clubs – it reads W1 D1 L5.
* That sole FCK victory was a 2-1 success in Copenhagen in the second leg of a 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round tie against Lille’s local rivals RC Lens, taking them through 3-2 on aggregate. In their two other two-legged ties, the Danish club suffered UEFA Cup elimination by AJ Auxerre in 1992/93 and Olympique de Marseille in 2009/10.
* Jacobs himself will hope lightning does not strike twice given the last time he faced a French team in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, his RSC Anderlecht side lost 8-2 on aggregate to Olympique Lyonnais in 2009/10. On a brighter note, he earlier oversaw Anderlecht’s 3-2 aggregate win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32.
* Dimitri Payet scored the third AS Saint-Etienne goal in a 3-1 at FCK in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage, with Cesar Santin on target for the hosts. Payet also scored twice for France Under-21s in a 3-1 friendly win over Denmark in Le Mans in 2007.
* Salomon Kalou featured for Chelsea FC in a 2-0 win at FCK in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League round of 16 and Laurent Bonnart has also tasted victory at Parken, having appeared for Marseille in both of their 3-1 successes over FCK in the 2009/10 UEFA Cup.
* Kalou was an unused substitute when his Chelsea side won the English FA Cup final against Lars Jacobsen’s Everton FC in 2008/09.
* Jacobsen came off the bench when Denmark lost 2-0 to France in Lens in May 2006.
* Thomas Kristensen came up against David Rozehnal in Denmark’s 1-1 friendly draw with the Czech Republic in Herning in March 2008.
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Georgia and Croatia shared the spoils in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 5, although both sides knew prior to kick-off that they could not catch either Spain or Switzerland at the top of the section.
The hosts started the game on the front foot with Jambul Jigauri drawing a tenth-minute save out of Simon Sluga. Croatia had been warned but they could not prevent Georgia taking lead on 20 minutes when Giorgi Chanturia found Davit Skhirtladze, who fired underneath the diving Sluga to score.
Ivan Susak’s men rallied and drew level eight minutes before the break through Andrej Kramaric’s long-range strike. Chances were few and far between in the second half and the game ended all square to leave both countries on seven points from seven games played.
Georgia take on Estonia in their final group game on 6 September, while Croatia face leaders Spain four days later.
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