Møn and Nyord on the South coast of Zealand, not far from Copenhagen, are officially two of the best places to stargaze in the world.
As we head into the colder months in Denmark, there’s nothing better than a warm drink, some snacks, and a wonderful view of the stars. If this is what you’re looking for then Møn and Nyord will officially offer you the best view. These picturesque islands on the South coast of Zealand will blow you away with their phenomenal beauty and they are only 1 1/2 hours in the car from Copenhagen. In a lot of European cities it can be difficult to see the stars because of the levels of pollution we produce, but not in Møn and Nyord! The low levels of pollution on these islands made them Scandinavia’s first International Dark Sky Park and International Dark Sky Community. Møn and Nyord even have gold tier status, making them pretty special, even amongst other Dark Sky Parks.
Møn and Nyord are beautiful during the daytime too! The amazing Møns Klint is an absolute must-see. These immense chalk cliffs tower over the shore, topped with lush green trees whose leaves turn a deep red in the Autumn. Sometimes you can spot hunting falcons from the sandy beach below.
In Nyord you can stroll through an enchanting forest, trampling crisp Autumn leaves underfoot. There are bird sanctuaries here and the island is strictly car-free so nature enjoys a higher degree of freedom here than in the cities. A ritual exists in which, when walking by the island’s church, people place a juniper berry in the jar. It is supposed to rid you of your worries and anxieties, helped along by the serene surroundings.
Don’t forget to stop by Noorbo Handelen on your visit to Nyord, where you can buy some delicious whiskey to take home with you. Finally, a trip to either island demands an afternoon spent by the sandy shore, staring out at the vast sea before you and relaxing in the amazing natural surroundings of South Zealand.