The Wadden Sea

A place in the world that is never the same, but always there. This is how you experience the Wadden Sea.

This unique natural area, which has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, consists of sea, beach, mudflats, beach meadows, marshland, heaths and watercourses. The tides and the wind make the landscape constantly changing.

Something very special are the large seabed areas known as mud flats, which dry out at low tide. A very special animal and plant life unfolds here. More than 10,000 different species live in the Wadden Sea area. The Wadden Sea is also of global importance as a resting place for millions of migratory birds.

There are many ways to get close to the Wadden Sea: You can undertake an oyster safari, a seal safari or a Wadden Sea hike.
In the Wadden Sea you can also experience the natural phenomenon of the "black sun" when thousands of starlings dance in the sky before the setting sun.

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Black Sun

Black sun, also known as murmuration, occurs during the spring and the autumn when, during the sunset, flocks of starlings congregate in specific localities to settle down in the reed forest. Starlings numbering hundredth of thousands can almost darken the setting sun when they dance in the sky, hence the name: black sun.

Black sun is generally connected with the autumn, but it also occurs from the middle of March to the middle of April, when the starlings visit the marshland to gather strength for having young. The starlings breed throughout Denmark and in the countries around the Baltic Sea and in Norway.

The breeding season lasts until August, when the starlings again return to the Wadden Sea area to fatten up for the winter. The black sun season in the autumn typically stretches from the end of August until the end of October, when most of the starlings migrate to Holland, France and Great Britain, where they overwinter.

The starlings’ choice of locality for fattening up relates to the many cattle pastures, where the starling’s preferred food, larvae from garden chafers and crane flies, thrive in abundance.

Black Sun is an incredibly beautiful natural phenomenon. Visitors to South West Jutland at the right time of year, ought to look for and witness this wonder of nature. If you are visiting in spring or autumn, we recommend asking the local tourist office.

Wild Wadden Sea Oysters

From Oktober to April is oyster season in the Wadden Sea. Take a guided trip into the World Heritage for a completely unique experience.

Wandering onto the tidal flats at low tide gives a feeling of being one with the unending nature. The oyster banks are stuffed with large frish oysters, which can be enjoyed on location or gathered for a feast on land.

The oyster banks are located a bit from land, so gathering oysters does require a minimum level of fitness.

The trips around the Wadden Sea Centre last around 4-5 hours, while the trips near Rømø usually last around 2-3 hours.

Remember appropriate clothing and long wellington boots (often available to rent from the guides).

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Seals

The wonderful Wadden Sea ensures that South West Jutland is home to large groups of seals.

The area is not just a large feeding ground for the seals, but also a safe place to gather strength and give birth to their young.

Experience seals

In the Wadden Sea it is entirely natural to see seals.

If you want an up-close experience a visit to the Fisheries- and Maritime Museum is recommmended.

There you'll find the Sealarium, where the seals are in their element on the opposite side of the big windows, and the two daily feeding sessions bring the seals even closer.

In the wild the seals can be witnessed from a little further away. Binoculars are recommended, so you can view the animals without interfering with their natural behaviour.

In South West Jutland there are a range of guides offering Seal Safaris. They know where the seals gather and where to view them from.

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