Outdoors + Nature

Natural Wonders

by Nicola McCormack

Denmark: The Black Sun

No, it's not the title of some sinister Scandinavian movie: The term "Black Sun" (Sort Sol in Danish) refers to an innocuous gathering of black starlings each spring (early March through April) and autumn (mid-September through October). Just before sunset, for around 20 minutes, up to a million of the birds take flight over western Denmark—the largest flocks gather above Tønder Marsh in southern Jutland—blotting out what's left of the fading light. While the birds' sheer number is impressive enough, the incredible formations created as they wheel back and forth are worthy of a Sundance award.

Where to stay: The ultramodern ten-room Hotel Homeland, in Herning, West Jutland, is stylishly Scandinavian—think upmarket Ikea—with an organic restaurant to boot.

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