Denmark is the southernmost of the Nordic countries. What it doesn’t have in tall, snow capped mountains, wild untamed rivers, or deep mysterious forests, it compensates with a vast coastline, which has shaped the Danish culture and history for hundreds of years. No one in Denmark lives more than 52 km from the coast, thereby fishing, sailing and sunsets at the beach are popular activities for many.
Because of the mild climate and fertile soil, agriculture takes over half of the area of Denmark. Hence there are little space for great forests to roam around in the search of solitude. On that account Denmark, unlike its Nordic neighbours, does not have the ”allemansretten” (Everyman’s right)
Due to the lack of wilderness in Denmark, outdoor life is practiced in short intervals instead of long “expeditions”. By upbringing the Danes get close to the nature though. During their childhood, many go to a “forest kindergarten” or may join the Scouts. In their daily life, Danish people have lots of possibilities to take part activities organized by several outdoor-oriented associations.
In regard to using outdoors in therapy, there are several people who use the outdoors in their practice, both in private and public sector. Yet, there is a lack of a tertiary education in outdoor therapy.
It appears that there has not been an association for outdoor therapy until 2018, when the association ”Udendørsterapi – Danish outdoor therapy network” was founded. First, the association started as a network in 2015 and since it have had three weekend-long network meetings. Now, this has led to establishing the association.