a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere
EDITORIAL Ida Marie Christensen / / Editor Johanna Ohlsson / / Staff Rasmus Depner / / Staff Louise Rasmussen / / Staff Lucrezia Biasutti / / Reviews
L AYOUT Julia Corradi / / Art director Sofia Unger Christensen / / Art director Helene BorgstrĂ¸m / / Graphic designer Nanna Wieland / / Graphic designer
We promise to enhance the beauty of simple scandinavian mentality, that goes hand in hand with nature and show how Scandinavians live and breathe in symbiose with outdoor lifestyle.
A THOUGHT H. C. Andersen, a Danish author, believed that nature is a storehouse of joy and pleasure. It is an ever flowing fountain of divine beauty. It has a healing touch of its own: By being full of beauties and blessings for humanity. It fills our lives with joy, goodness and happiness. For a lover of nature, every outdoor object is as much living as any human being.
By Ida Marie Christensen Managing Editor
Beauties of nature are unlimited. But unfortunately, the modern world is too much engrossed in worldly pursuits. We are too busy to explore and discover the beauties of nature. I believe that people do not explore the nature as much as before, because it is too complicated, too dirty, too real. We live our lives in a digital world filled with easy opportunities and we can do anything from the couch through our smartphone. We must open our eyes and ears. Then only we can explore the sublime sights and sounds of nature â€” otherwise we will be like a man who goes to the river Ganges with a bowl full of holes. Only a simple heart can enjoy the beauty of nature. These beauties please us not only at the moment of seeing but they continue to thrill us in our memories afterwards. We have a lot of untouched nature, clean water and fresh air in the Nordic region, but it is necessary to keep an eye on our environment. In the Nordic countries there is a long tradition of working together to improve our nature and environment. Many good results have already been achieved, but in a globalised world it is not enough. We as a nation therefore must take care and appreciate the nature. We have a responsibility to use the nature as it is and enjoy the simple things in life. June is here and brings the best of the summer season - Which for most Danish people are related to the light breezes, the long days and the delicious fresh made food. The summer in scandinavien is a special time people sort of lightens up. I believe that is why Danish people are some of the happiest in the world. Because we have so few of these amazing days, so we appreciate them more than other. Or maybe it is just me who have this deep love for the scandinavian summer. It is like a delicate flower, so soft, so rare and so beautiful. After all we at LUFT have a faith in humanity. We believe that the wheels are turning. People want to explore the world, want to see something or be somewhere nobody has been. Therefore we in LUFT will improve the nation to strive for a more simple life by connecting humanity with the beautiful nature.
TABLE OF CONTENT
The Green Concrete
10 Woods of Art
Into The Blue With Boatflex 6
20 Norwegian Wilderness
THE GREEN CONCRETE
By Rasmus Depner
A Guide to Find the Oases in the Concrete Paradise
To live in a capital such as Copenhagen, you are oftentimes separated from the tranquillity and beauty of nature. The daily life revolves around studying, working, or other things that keep us busy, leaving not much spare time to explore some of what the city has to offer: the green gems, hidden in plain sight. Growing up in the city, it is not uncommon to stop paying attention to the urban nature, as it becomes just another part of everyday life. You get used to it. You forget to appreciate the beauty and privilege of it, and that is such a shame. If reading this makes you start thinking about what kind of nature the city actually has to offer, you should definitely keep on reading. In Copenhagen, you can find all sorts of nature, from calm, green gardens to sparkly, blue canals, and a lot of them in a radius of just a few kilometres. And that is the simplicity of it; you can visit every location with very little effort, so you really have no excuse to not go there. Spending some time in nature is healthy for the mind, and getting fresh air has some actual health benefits as well: it can boost the immune system, it can lower stress and increase happiness, and it can fuel your energy levels. All these points are among the reasons why we at LUFT find it so very important to help you find inspiration for those outdoor activities. In this article, you will be presented with my favourite green places in Copenhagen. They are not the only places worth visiting, but they are my personal recommendations, and there are a lot of different ways to experience the same things.
The Green Triangle The Kingâ€™s Garden is the oldest garden in Copenhagen, and a personal favourite of ours. Once a private royal garden to the old and beautiful Rosenborg Castle, built by king Christian IV in 1606, it now serves as a huge tourist attraction with more than three million visitors each year. And it is not hard to see why; it is located right in the middle of downtown Copenhagen, which makes it easy accessible, and it is a clean and familyfriendly area with big lawns and beautiful flower beds. On a sunny Summerâ€™s day, you can really feel the joy and happiness of the visitors, as they are scattered all over the place with their blankets, music, games, foods, and drinks. It truly is a wonderful thing to experience in Copenhagen during Spring and Summer.
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Almost right next to the King’s Garden, you can find Østre Anlæg, another beautiful park in the midst of the city. Where the King’s Garden is more of a flat and even layout, Østre Anlæg has much more of a forest feel to it. Just like in the King’s Garden, it does have grassy areas, but it also has hills, small lakes, and winding paths, some of them almost hidden. It is an amazing feeling to go there and get a momentary feeling of being lost in the woods – to feel a little closer to nature. The Botanical Garden – the third point of the green triangle, which is made up of the King’s Garden, Østre Anlæg and the Botanical Garden – is located just on the other side of the road from the King’s Garden. The Botanical Garden is a huge instalment of florae that originate from all around the World. A lot of plants cannot survive in our temperate climate, and that is why you have the opportunity to visit a big greenhouse inside the Botanical Garden. So if you just love plants and flowers from all over, there is no excuse not to visit the Botanical Garden and get an amazing experience. Unlike the King’s Garden and Østre Anlæg, the Botanical Garden really activates the senses. You might call it a passive interaction. It is a remarkable feeling to feel almost too close to nature without actually touching it.
You might call it a passive interaction. It is a remarkable feeling to feel almost too close to nature without actually touching it.
A Diverse Location
In another part of town, you can find Fælledparken, an open area sports park where people often come to play football and other sports. Fælledparken is sometimes the grounds of different cultural events, such as the International Workers’ Day, but is mainly used for sports, picnics, and other more ordinary things. Fælledparken is a nice mix of open forest areas, wide grass fields, playing fields, concrete basketball courts, and pétanque courts. In Fælledparken you can also find a beautiful lake with a fountain inside, and right next to it, a pavilion, which can serve you all sorts of foods and drinks. If you go to a certain part of Fælledparken, you can even find an outdoor skate park, so if you are looking for something more diverse, Fælledparken is definitely the place for you.
A Natural Silencer Moving to yet another part of town, you will find the stunning Frederiksberg Gardens. If you are looking for an efficient way to shut out the noise, and silence the city, this is really worth your while. None of the places mentioned above should go unvisited, as they are rich in their own ways, but the Frederiksberg Gardens have a certain depth to their calmness inside. They are a great combination of forest and grass areas, lakes and streams with beautiful, wooden bridges, and if you go to the right place, you can even look straight into the elephant area in the Copenhagen Zoo, right from Frederiksberg Gardens. I could go on and on and on, and these places are just a select handful of the oases the city has to offer, but I can only tell you about it. If you want to take in the revitalizing breath of the urban nature, you have to go there yourself, as there is so much more to see.
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INTO THE BLUE WITH BOATFLEX The boat sharing platform Boatflex wants to make sailing vacations for everyone. Whether you are a sailor or not, it is possible to explore not only Scandinavia, but the entirety of Europe from the middle of the sea.
I love to get people to experience new things.
By Louise Rasmussen
Boatflex is a peer-to-peer platform for insured boat rentals. Their ambition is to expand access to sailing through a new sailing business model. It is both possible to rent a boat or rent out your own. It is like Airbnb for boats, “Our mission is to make it easier for people to go sailing”, says the CEO of Boatflex, Jakob Fast Bojesen, while standing in his office at Islands Brygge in Copenhagen. Having a boat, suddenly becomes an option for a younger segment, as it is possible to get some of the costs covered trough rental. “A long-term goal is to make sailing cheaper. We aim to attract young people, who wants to have the sailing experiences with their friends”, Bojesen says. Bojesen is an entrepreneur and have been a part of several projects in the past, however this project seems to be a passion of his: “I have always had a great interest in sailing. I used to get out on the water with my father when I was younger. Now I spend every summer on the sea with my girlfriend and her family”. I met Bojesen, five years ago, when one of my friends was hosting a dinner. At that time, he was partner of a former nightclub in Copenhagen called Sunday. But working in Copenhagen’s nightlife has not aged him a bit, and now we are sitting in his office – not only in a new context, but also in a new industry. He has always been passionate about creating unique experiences for people whether it is in a club or at the sea: “I love to get people to experience new things”, Bojesen says.
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I came up with the idea when I was still working at Sunday. I could not get rid of the thought and I decided to do something about it.
He came up with the boat sharing idea a long time ago: “I came up with idea when I was still working at Sunday. I could not get rid of the thought and I decided to do something about it”. Boatflex has since its launch, in 2014, attracted boat owners from all over the world and they still hope to expand. Boatflex’s Investment Manager from SEED Capital, Alexander Viterbo-Horten, seems to agree on the potential for the expansion of Boatflex as he explains in an interview with Euro Start-ups in March 2017: “Sharing economy platforms are on the rise and Boatflex is riding the wave. They serve a gigantic market with only a few competitive platforms. They have the potential to become a category winner within their market” (Copenhagen-based Boatflex raises about €675K with the goal to turn all of you into sailors).
It is possible to rent everything from a small boat in Copenhagen to a yacht in the Mediterranean Sea. “We offer tailored adventures suited for you”, Bojesen says. They offer more than ten destinations around Europe and hope to expand to the American market in 2019 highlighting: “It is a blue ocean for us”.
SKOVSNOGEN WOODS OF ART The Scandinavian summer only seems to last a couple of days. Get the most of it by visiting an outdoor installation, where contemporary art, outdoor life and nature blend together in a unique fusion.
By Lucrezia Biasutti
All the pieces consist of naked human bodies exploring the theme of humanity at its purest.
No matter how strong the art thirst is: when the weather is getting pleasant the reasons to spend time inside a museum start shrinking. Could it be for the lack of direct sunlight or the stiffness of artificial ventilation, or simply for the desire of not missing out on the nice temperature. In some cases, in countries like Spain or Italy, during the summer months museums are a necessary escape from fiery sun and overcrowded beaches. But as far as the Nordic countries are concerned, sun and warm temperatures are a luxury that should not get wasted. Luckily, there are plenty of good options to be able to combine a love for art with an en plein air afternoon. From open-air museum to remote installations and artfilled parks, the choice is wide and diverse.
That was the main concept behind the majestic Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, designed by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland himself between 1939 and 1949. The park is quite unique, in fact it is the biggest sculpture park featuring a single artist in the world, boasting more than 200 works. All the pieces consist of naked human bodies exploring the theme of humanity at its purest. The themes space from more bucolic to surreal ones, like the famous Man Chasing Four Geniuses, that depicts a man fighting four flying infants or the controversial Man Throwing Woman Over His Head.
One can be out in the sun, enjoy the fresh breeze in the face and have a meaningful cultural experience at the same time. Moreover, while also saving the price of the ticket â€“ in fact, many open-air museums are free and completely accessible to the public.
However, the centerpiece and visual landmark is The Monolithe, a colossal statue and visual landmark of the 850 metres long park axis. The statue, as the name suggests, has been carved out an enormous single piece of granite and represents the fight for humanity to reach the top. Surrounding the piece there are several other statues representing the different stages of life and whose aim is to investigate the nature of human relations in their deepest simplicity. In the mind of the artist the park was conceived to be a true public space, a visionary plan to bring the public closer to art. It turned out to be a successful testament, buzzing of activities enjoyed by a million people yearly, visitors and residents alike.
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There is an entirely different atmosphere at the Skovsnogen forest museum in the Danish countryside of Herning. The art space, which means “The Forest Snake” in Danish, is named after the playful art piece placed at the beginning of the entrance of the area: an oversized wood reptile. From there, the exhibition unrolls along a three km easy path in the depth of the woods, giving to the experience the true charm of a Nordic tale. Here, the thickness of the forest prevents from glancing the vastness of the exhibition at once: the visitors are invited to roam freely and discover the art pieces one by one at their discretion. The ever-growing collection consists of more than 80 pieces from different artists, each piece created specifically to interact with nature. Some sculptures are meant to dissolve over time whereas other installations are made to be durable and simply age under the action of wind and weather. This dual relation is meant to signify that both the art and the forest are ever-changing. Even more remote and shaped by natural forces are the installations of Nimis and Arx on the coast of the Swedish natural reserve of Kullaberg. The architectonic sculptures are the result of two years of work by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks. Nimis, or “too much” in Latin, consists of several wooden towers connected by an intricate labyrinth. Drifted pieces of wood stacked and intertwined together to form the massive structure raising from the rugged and rocky coastline. Not far from Nimis, the stoney materiality of Arx stands strong against the green of the background forest. The sculpture, whose name means fortress in Latin, resembles a ruined construction, a fortress indeed, composed of heaps of infinite little rocks. Both sculptures have a very primitive guise that blends in perfectly with the untamed Swedish landscape.
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However, the fragile appearance of the construction is misleading as the sculptures have been facing the harsh weather elements for a very long time. In fact, the installation has a quite unique and controversial background story: the construction started under secrecy in 1980 and was not discovered by the Swedish government until 1982 when it was declared illegal and forced to be dismantled. However, the controversial installations where then purchased by the influential artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and eventually incorporated in the self-declared independent nation of Ladonia. For this dispute, it is not very easy to locate on the map the installations, and they are only reachable through a legitimate hike through the forest. As a result, the sculptures stay off the beaten track and are hardly crowded. The lack of queues and ticket offices are just a few of the extraordinary features of these exhibition spaces that are not defined by four walls but unfold under the open sky.
Some sculptures are meant to dissolve over time whereas other installations are made to be durable and simply age under the action of wind and weather.
Can modern and innovative living go hand in hand with natural and old-fashioned craftsmanship? This is what the architects behind Juvet Landscape hotel, Jensen & Skodvin, tries to prove. Juvet is the first landscape hotel in Europe. It is located in Valldal in North-Western Norway. You might already have seen the hotel in the movie Ex Machina.
Photo: ÂŠ Knut Bry
By Louise Rasmussen
THE FIRST LANDSCAPE HOTEL
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A widescreen view of the deep green forest, alpine mountains and a wild river running towards a waterfall, is the kind of view that follows when booking a room at Juvet. The hotel consists of nine private cabins, built individually in the landscape, and each with a unique perspective on the nature. The view from the cabins is not only a view of the nature from different perspectives, but a view changing with the season, the weather, and even the time of the day: “We wanted to create a feeling that the rooms were as boundless as the landscape outside” (“The Hotel,” Juvet.com). The different rooms seem to invite nature in, as they have one or two walls entirely built in glass. They are decorated exclusively with dark interior to avoid stealing focus from the nature. As Else Kassak puts it in her 2015 review on TripAdvisor: “Even though you are inside your room it still feels like you are outside. When you open the window, you can hear the rushing of the mountain water” (Translated from Danish). Juvet and its surroundings must be a true paradise for people who love outdoor activity. You can do almost everything in all four seasons, whether it is relaxing in the riverside spa, hiking, or rafting. In the summer time; rafting, river paddling, and kayaking, are popular activities, approximately two hours driving from Juvet. You only need a short daytrip to do these activities. The owner of Juvet, Knut Slinning, happily guides guests to give them the best experience. When you come home from a day on adventure, you can take a bath in fresh mountain water, and enjoy a traditionally prepared local meal for dinner. When staying at Juvet, you are being taking good care of, and there is a lot of things to explore right on your doorsteps. Juvet is the perfect hotel for guests who wish to be one with nature.
Photo: © Knut Bry
In the middle of a rugged, wild, and raw Norwegian landscape you will find Juvet’s futuristic cabins. The cabins do not seem to be something extraordinary from the outside as they almost blend in with the nature. However, this is exactly what Jensen & Skodvin envisioned: a sophisticated, modern and simple hotel that would blend in with the surroundings.
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In the middle of a rugged, wild and raw Norwegian landscape you will find Juvet’s futuristic cabins.
MIDSOMMAR FEST Explore the Magic of an Ancient Swedish Tradition
In the end of June, where the Summer sun do not barley set on the Swedish landscape, a celebration called Midsummer is held in the outdoors. The Swedes dance around a pole as jumping frogs with crowns of flowers in their hair. The night is seen as a night with special magic power. This tradition is the most important one, equal to Christmas, for the Swedes. Some suggest this day should be made to Sweden’s national day. But why do we even celebrate Midsummer in Sweden? And how can you make your own special celebration into a night filled with magic?
The historical wonders of Nature The Midsummer celebration is mentioned already back in the 1200th century, in ancient Nordic writings. It is celebrated the night before Johannes baptizer’s birthday, whom was born half a year before Jesus. In Denmark and Norway, S:t Hans is celebrated, which is a shortening for Johannes. In Sweden, we have several traditions in the Spring that can be seen as an extension of Midsummer. Since 1953 Midsummer has always been celebrated on a Friday. It is the longest day of the year where the sun never really sets. It was seen as a breaking point among the farmers work-year back in time. This was a time of the year, when there was not as much to do at the farms. Midsummer has always been seen as a magical night, especially in the past. This was the night when the herbs for making medicine was gathered, because of nature being its flor, and therefore seen of great power. To roll around naked in the wet morning grass was believed to be good for the health. In this night of nature’s special power, all the unmarried girls should pick seven different flowers to put under their pillow. During the night, you would then dream about your future husband. The unmarried girls around the farms, also gathered around a Majstång for dancing nights to find their future husband. A Majstång is a pole, dressed in leaves and flowers. The word itself refers to the Swedish word löva, which means to put leaves on something.
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It is just like dancing around the Christmas tree, but with hundreds of people gathered instead of just the family and relatives.
A celebration of gathering Today, a more commonly used word for Majstång is Midsommarstång. This is where the celebration usually takes its start during the day. Often, every village have their own Midsommarstång where everyone gathers around to dance, sing and have a small picnic. The most common and wellknown song for dancing and singing to, is Små grodorna meaning Little frogs. People jump around the pole pretending to be frogs while singing. This is seen as completely normal to a Swede. It is just like dancing around the Christmas tree, but with hundreds of people gathered instead of just the family and relatives. When dancing around the pole, the girls usually have flower crowns in their hair. It should be seasonal wildflowers picked from the fields made by yourself. However, since the wildflowers are slowly disappearing, a lot of people choose to purchase finished-made crowns. Evelina Göransson, florist at Flora in Lund, explains: “People do not have a lot of time these days. We see an increase every year in the sales numbers of flower crowns.” She continues: “Last year we sold over 200 crowns, and we still had people queuing outside the shop when we were sold out.” This year, they are going to make a 100 more. But it is hard, since the crowns need to be made on the same day for the flowers to be fresh and look happy.
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Not only are people queuing for the flower shops. In Sweden where alcohol is restricted to one shop, it typically looks the same way as in the flower shops. Drinking nubbe to the Midsummer dinner is a part of the tradition. It is a strong alcohol which should be taken in small sips during the dinner. The sip should only be taken after a special nubbe song has been sang. The most commonly known song to sing is: TĂ¤nk om jag hade en liten nubbe, [transl. Imagine if I had a little nubbe]. The food being served at a Swedish midsummer party must always include sill, freshly grown potatoes named nypotatis, parsley, crĂ¨me fraiche and for dessert; strawberries. The festive dinner and drinking goes on for the rest of the night.
Emerge yourself into Midsummer So, for hosting your own special Midsummer party, wherever you may be, the first thing you need to do is gathering all of your closest friends and family. If you are not in Sweden, or not being able to part-take in the Midsummer pole dance, you can always build your own from birch rice, or other leaves. Make flower crowns from whatever wild flowers you may find in your surroundings, and bind them together into a circle/crown to put on your head. Feast on the simple, traditional Swedish food, and drink the nubbe while singing the Midsummer songs. Forget about going to bed while the sun does the same, and experience all the magic of a Midsummer night.
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SEE YOU IN THE FALL