Læsø – Island of sea weed homes

LæsøThe 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.

Living roofs

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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Green Transport – Guide to Copenhagen

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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Green Shopping – Guide to Copenhagen

Consumers in Copenhagen demand both organic and environmentally friendly products and retailers have been paying attention. You will find a growing number of shops exclusively selling organic products and services. Noir, Ecoture by Lund and Jackpot are just some of the high style, high sustainability brands available. Eco Ego on Nørre Farimagsgade is a lifestyle store with clothing, shoes, bags, maternity wear, skin care products, glass, toys and things for the garden. Everything is organic, fair trade and/or sustainable. The mini department store K29 sells trendy sustainable eco clothing, shoes and silver jewellery, from among others, the three owners’ own brands Maxjenny, Margareta Forslund and Owe Johansson. Pure Shop on Grønnegade in downtown Copenhagen sells just about every organic beauty treat you can think of. It is Denmark’s first organic perfumery specialising in organic beauty care, hair treatment and make up. Copenhagen also has some of the best vintage shops in the world, including, Time’s Up on Krystalgade.

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Green Experiences – Guide to Copenhagen

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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Green Sleeping – Guide to Copenhagen

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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Green Drinks – Guide to Copenhagen

Besides organic soupsSoupanatural 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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Green Eating – Guide to Copenhagen

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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Mkhitaryan eyes top spot after Shakhtar advance

FC Shakhtar Donetsk were delighted to seal their qualification for the knockout rounds with a 5-2 Group E victory at FC Nordsjaelland but Henrikh Mkhitaryan warned that they will not ease up and will be going all out for victory in their final group game at home to Juventus. The Danish team say they have learned a lot from their debut UEFA Champions League campaign but acknowledge they were up against three very talented sides.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shakhtar forward
It is a good feeling to know we have qualified but the group is not over and we still have the most important game to come, against Juventus, because that will decide if we go through in first or second place. We have many good players in the team, good Brazilian players in attack and out wide, and the coach has made us into a very good team. We understand each other and the jobs we all have to perform. We have a certain style and hopefully that will help us get better and better in the future.
A draw against Juventus would be enough for us to win the group but we are not thinking along those lines. We are at home and our supporters will be hoping to see us win so we must try and do it for them.
Willian, Shakhtar midfielder
We are very happy to proceed to the next round. I scored two very important goals tonight and also two very important goals against Chelsea so I am pleased with my form – but happier that my team managed to qualify. Nordsjaelland are a good team and play very well with the ball. It is the first time they have participated in the Champions League and they will be all the better for the experience.
Nicolai Stokholm, Nordsjaelland midfielder
It was a tough night. We did some good things but were disappointed with our defending, especially in the second half. They scored two fast goals after half-time and that killed the game for us. We knew before we started the group how tough it was going to be. They are three absolutely top teams, teams who are top in their own leagues.
We had some good moments but we have learned that we cannot afford to give away easy goals. We are not used to playing against forwards of this quality who can hit you on the counterattack. I think Juventus will take the other qualifying place because they are the best team we have faced. They were so strong when they beat us in Turin and they showed again in beating Chelsea 3-0 that they are in good shape.
Jesper Hansen, Nordsjaelland goalkeeper
We were disappointed to concede the goal before half-time, if we had gone into the interval in front it might have been a different game. In the second half we started very badly and in five minutes they had scored two very quick goals. They were the two goals that killed us. We have faced three big teams in this group and their quality has been obvious in all five games we have played. We have learned a lot. We have learned how to play at this level and that we are able to play at this level – but we are not satisfied with the amount of goals we have conceded.

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Lucescu pleased with Shakhtar recovery

Kasper Hjulmand, Nordsjaelland coach
The way the match turned out we had no chance to win it. We came out to the second half a bit shocked, not only by Shakhtar’s equaliser to make it 1-1 but also by their second goal shortly before half-time. Those feelings meant we got a bad start to the second half.
In the break we agreed to use our frustrations in a positive way, and I think we had the chances but did not make use of them. Of course I am annoyed by the many goals we let in, but we should not forget that we also did a lot of things right in the match which we can take forward with us.
Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
I am very glad that we have ten points after five games, but our haul could be even better as we might even have had two more points. Our results both in the Champions League and the Ukrainian league are the best sign of our game. Our quality of football allows us to play spectacularly not only at home, but in away matches too.
We were very nervous at the beginning, as the players felt the pressure and realised the importance of these three points. It’s totally unacceptable to make mistakes in such simple situations. We failed to capitalise on two perfect scoring chances and then let [Joshua] John deliver a cross which allowed Nordsjaelland to score.
After the first half I asked my lads to play at a high level to show everyone that we are much stronger than our opponents. They fulfilled my request, as 8-3 could easily have been the final result. I am very pleased with our performance in the second half. We played good football and secured the three points that take us to the knockout stage.

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Shakhtar push past Nordsjaelland to seal progress

FC Shakhtar Donetsk came through a difficult night in Copenhagen with three crucial points which, combined with Juventus’s victory against Chelsea FC, puts the Ukrainian team into the knockout phase for the second time in three seasons.
The visitors twice came from behind before finally easing themselves well clear of FC Nordsjaelland with three second-half goals. The Danish side, who will finish at the foot of Group E, led through Morten Nordstrand and again when Kasper Lorentzen scored but Shakhtar carried more firepower, Luiz Adriano helping himself to a hat-trick while Willian weighed in with a double.
Shakhtar were noticeably inclined to pursue the direct route to goal in the early stages, as a succession of long passes from the back examined whether Nordsjaelland still bore the defensive scars from their heavy reverse in Turin on matchday four. However, the hosts were up for the contest and the tactic handed the initiative to Kasper Hjulmand’s men who needed no second invitation.
Nordstrand was put through as Lorentzen sliced apart the Shakhtar defence, but the forward was unable to gather the ball tidily. Shakhtar were then found wanting at the other end as Henrikh Mkhitaryan screwed an attempt wide with the goal gaping.
Nordsjaelland took full advantage of that moment of good fortune and when Joshua John won himself some time to measure a delivery, he found Nordstrand making a clever run at the back of post to volley in. Against expectation the Superliga team were ahead but within two minutes the sides were back on level terms.
After an uncontested drop ball in the Shakhtar half, Willian kicked downfield to return it but Luiz Adriano collected, rounded Jesper Hansen and rolled the ball into the unguarded net.
The setback did not knock Nordsjaelland out of their stride, however, and they were soon back in front, Patrick Mtiliga’s persistence finding its reward as Lorentzen rammed the ball in from close range. The home crowd were delighted by the response but any ideas they had of a half-time advantage were ruined by Willian who restored parity with a deflected shot after Fernandinho had done the donkey work down the right.
It was Willian who put the Ukrainian champions ahead on the night, crashing in a beautiful curling shot from the edge of the area, and it became 4-2 not long after when Luiz Adriano was in the right place to steer home a ball driven in by Alex Teixeira. The Brazilian’s treble came late on after a left-wing cross was knocked back into his path by Douglas Costa, to seal Shakhtar’s biggest ever away win in the competition.

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