Scan Magazine, Issue 140, March 2022

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The historic ramparts, Fredericia.

Experience of the Month, Denmark

Naturpark Lillebælt: Perfect synergy between nature and culture We go to the countryside or the seaside on a quest for nature and adventures, or we visit a city to soak up its history and culture. Imagine, however, if you could do all of that at the same time – enjoy exciting experiences of wildlife and the sea, fresh air and plenty of culture, too. In Naturpark Lillebælt you can.

development consultant at Naturpark Lillebælt. “We want to entertain and educate, making our visitors feel included in what we do.”

By Trine Jensen-Martin | Photos: Naturpark Lillebælt

There is a real desire to encourage, to inspire and educate, and this is very much a destination for everyone – for families, couples, individuals, young and old alike – and a visit is about more than the experience of being at one with nature or immersing oneself in the area’s cultural history.

The largest of its kind in Denmark, this exceptional maritime nature park encompasses sea, fjord, coast and land areas. Naturpark Lillebælt is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, as well as historic cities, and is a collaboration between local communities in three municipalities and the experience and tourism industry, scientists, local volunteers and other stakeholders. Everyone contributes to the conservation of the marine and wildlife here, giving visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the area and actively participate in the efforts to sustain this beautiful part of Denmark. 90 |

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At one with nature “There is so much to explore here,” says Niels Ole Præstbro, executive secretary of Naturpark Lillebælt. “The biodiversity in the sea is unique, and the area has one of the world’s densest populations of porpoises,” he continues, passionately. Whale safari is a popular experience, alongside bridgewalking, seaweed safari, kayaking and diving, and this is also a crucial breeding ground for a variety of birds and eagles. “What you learn when coming here is important,” says Verena Obertopp Knudsen, communications and

Cultural and historical attractions “There are fascinating connections between nature and history,” Præstbro explains. “You can link the history of Denmark to the landscape.” One of the features of Naturpark Lillebælt is the three towns in it, each with its own history to tell. In Fredericia, you’ll find