The number of Danes joining scout associations, getting a hunting licence or taking up winter-bathing has been growing steadily over the past few years, reports Kristeligt Dagblad.
More and more Danes are spending time outdoors in an attempt to reconnect with mother nature, escape the hamster wheel of modern life and get ‘back to basics’.
The trend has also been noticed by the Environmental and Food Ministry, which has decided to expand the list of forests where people can stay overnight by 25 to a total of 201.
Last year, over 140,000 people stayed overnight in the Danish woods, which is a 40 percent increase compared with 2012, and the figure is expected to rise up to 160,000 this year.
“We are part of nature and so spending time in it is a way of self-realisation,” Gjerris told Kristeligt Dagblad.