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Storytelling on wheels, Ribe, Denmark

Cycling through history and nature of Denmark’s oldest town Ribe

Ribe Bike Tours – Storytelling on wheels

A view on bike tours and bike tourism out of the bigger cities.
Explore Ribe and the Wadden Sea National Park – a UNESCO site – by bicycle

Welcome to Danhostel Ribe‘s guest bloggers: founders of Ribe Bike Tours (Ribebiketours.com) Line Fricke and Leon Walker

Line Fricke and Leon Walker from Ribe Bike Tours
Line Fricke and Leon Walker, Founders of Ribe Bike Tours here having the famous “Isvaflen” ice cream at Skibbroen in the heart of Ribe

Bicycle tours and  bike tourism in smaller towns, national parks and rural areas

Being on a bike with wind in your hair while being guided by a great storyteller is incomparable to any other way of visiting a new city. Or area! Oh yes bicycle tours and  bike tourism is just as attractive, if not more so, for smaller towns, national parks and rural areas as for cities. Here, we share with you why.

Bike tours and bicycle sightseeing in Ribe - See Ribe and the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage by bicycle
Bike tours and bicycle sightseeing in Ribe. Ribe old town and Ribe Cathedral seen from Riberhus Slotsbanke – the location of the medieval castle Riberhus, that once stood here. The spirit of Valdemar II The Victorious and his Queen Dagmar still resides here

Ribe Bike Tours: Storytelling on Wheels

Being a green yoga‐ & bike‐loving couple we have been involved with bike‐tours in cities all over the world – both as bike tour guests and also as guides: from Shanghai, China to London, UK to Mount Maunganui, New Zealand to Copenhagen, Denmark.
And now Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town, where we this summer launched Ribe Bike Tours offering guided bike tours or “storytelling on wheels”, as we like to say.

Ribe Bike Tours. The tour takes off at Ribe Viking Museum
Ribes Vikinger – the Viking museum in Ribe is where Ribe Bike Tours city tour takes off – just as Ribe’s history started here over 1300 years ago

Bike Tours without traffic, exhaust fumes and crowds

We’ve always believed that biking in big cities is a great way to be in one with the pulse of the city – and to see more in less time. But this city‐pulse invariably involves traffic, exhaust fumes and crowds – conditions that the ”perfect” bike tour should be without.
And it can be without as we’ve recently discovered. Taking a bike tour in the old town and the surrounding Danish nature of Ribe, conditions suddenly become closer to “perfect”.

Ribe Bike Tours
Ribe Bike Tours – www.ribebiketours.com

 See, hear, feel – when exploring by bike in Ribe

In Ribe we have little traffic, kilometers of bike‐lanes, friendly roads and lots of history to explore along the way. Whether visitors are into the establishment of the Vikings, wars of the Middle Ages or following the trail of famous local personalities such as the Danish-American journalist, photographer and philanthropist Jacob A Riis, Ribe has it all. It’s practically a condensed Scandinavian history lesson in one town… And on a bike the lesson can be felt, heard and seen in a couple of hours.

Book bicycle tours in Scandinavia's oldest town, Ribe in Denmark
After a tour by Ribe Brewery it’s time to get closer to the neighboring and magnificent Ribe Cathedral

Outstanding Danish West Coast nature and views

On the doorstep of Ribe is pure Danish West Coast nature. There’s even more to explore here:  Pedaling through this amazing  West Coast landscape we enjoy  as well the rich animal life; forests as flat marsh land.
Galgebakkerne (the Gallows Hill) where Riberret (the tough Ribe Law) was ”manifested” through witch-burning and other horrors.
From Kammerslusen lock by the Ribe Dike – which has worked as coastal protection and has protected Ribe and its historic treasures from flooding since the beginning of the 1900’s – you have  an outstanding  view over  the UNESCO Wadden Sea outside the dikes and over the Ribe March Wadden Sea National Park all the way to Ribe’s red roof tops and  its soaring Cathedral  inside the dikes.
In fact many of these spots out of Ribe can only be reached by private car or bike – for example Bicycle rental through Ribe Danhostel.

Visitors want authenticity

In terms of what visitors want, we are seeing people preferring less “cookie-cutter” mass tourism with big groups on busses just stopping to take a photo to more authentic, personal, unusual and fun ways of exploring, learning and doing.
Something bike tours can offer and which is what we want Ribe Bike Tours to offer. We make the very famous, the less famous and the very worthy stories come alive for visitors and cycling enthusiasts. We share the beauty of Danish nature, Danish history and Danish “green” bike mentality. A mentality that most people take for granted also exists outside of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.

“Come bike with us in and around Ribe where we can promise visitors clean air, almost empty roads and a positive green experience with biking!”

Xx Line & Leon

Vikings and Middle Age Kings & Queens in Ribe, Denmark
Whether guests are into the Vikings, the Middle Age Kings & Queens or ghosts of the past Ribe Bike Tours’ guides Line and Leon will bring the stories to live

Facts:

  • Line Fricke from Ribe, Danmark and Leon Walker from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand
  • Line is Master in Social Science Service Management and Leon is Bachelor of Commerce – International Business
  • Both have worked and lived in Shanghai, China the last 4 years
  • Line is also a yoga teacher in Ribe and blogs about yoga, travel and life at ShantiHabits.com
  • Leon enjoys talking about the stock market and kite surfing on the windy West Coast
  • The main languages on a guided bike tour with Ribe Bike Tours is Danish, Swedish and English but even a tour with some Chinese can be arranged
Ribe Bike Tours. www.ribebiketours.com
Ribe Bike Tours: www.ribebiketours.com

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Earth Hour 2014. Danhostel Ribe, Denmark

Earth Hour at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark 2014
Earth Hour at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark 2014

7 successive years Danhostel Ribe celebrated Earth Hour  together with millions of people all over the world, who all switched off lights on the 29th of March from 8.30pm-9.30pm.

At the hostel we celebrated a quiet, pleasant candlelight moment serving free homemade cookies, Wadden Sea tea and organic coffee for our guests, who all had had a busy day exploring Ribe and the Wadden Sea National Park. Most of them had joined a guided Black Sun Tour to see

Black Sun starlings fantastic air dances
Black Sun starlings fantastic air dances before they go to sleep

the starlings fantastic air dances before they go to sleep in the reeds, and were planning on another busy day the next day seeing the new beautiful Ribe Town Square around Ribe Cathedral,  visiting Ribe Art Museum and Ribe Viking Museum and some were going on a bike tour in the Wadden Sea National Park  to see flocks of barnacle geese and other birds. In Ribe these tours are arranged by The Wadden Sea Centre (Vadehavscentret)

 

HI Hostels all over the world celebrated Earth Hour
Many other Hostelling International Hostels around the world took part in Earth Hour 2014. Read about some of them on HI Hostels Blog

Earth Hour 2014 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark
Earth Hour 2014 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark

The world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment
Earth Hour  has grown  to be world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and countries, cities, towns and people all over the world participate in this celebration for the planet. Earth Hour is organized by WWF and in Denmark by  WWF Denmark (World Wildlife Fund )
The municipality of Esbjerg took part in Earth Hour all the other 6 years and turned out the lights in Ribe streets. This year they decided not to, but 25 other municipalities in Denmark took part.

Eco labels at the hostel and thoughts about Earth Hour
At the hostel we are aware that we are probably not reducing CO2 emissions by taking part in this action and that we don’t save the earth by turning out the lights for one hour, but we think it is a nice way  to raise awareness about climate change together with people all around the world.
Danhostel Ribe works to make sustainable tourism a part of our hostel. The hostel is eco-labeled with Green Key  , is recognized as Official Wadden Sea National Park Partner (Officiel Nationalpark Partner), and is applying for TripAdvisor’s new GreenLeaders Program .

REFERAT PÅ DANSK:

Earth Hour 2014 på Danhostel Ribe i Nationalpark Vadehavet
For 7. år i træk fejrede Danhostel Ribe Earth Hour sammen med millioner af mennesker over hele verden , som alle slukkede lyset d. 29 marts fra kl. 20:30 til 21:30

Ribe Domkirke og Ribe Domkirkeplads
Ribe Domkirke og Ribe Domkirkeplads

På vandrehjemmet havde vi en hyggelig stund i stearinlysenes skær, hvor vi serverede gratis hjemmebagte småkager, Vadehavste og økologisk kaffe for vores gæster , som alle havde haft en travl dag med at udforske Ribe og Nationalpark Vadehavet . De fleste af dem havde deltaget i en guidet Sor Sol tur med guider fra Vadehavscentret. og planlagde endnu en travl dag med at se det nye smukke Torv omkring Ribe Domkirke, besøge Ribe Kunstmuseum og Museet Ribes Vikinger og nogle skulle på cykeltur i Nationalpark Vadehavet for at se  de store flokke af bramgæs og andre fugle, der lige nu er at se i nationalparken.

HI hostels over hele verden fejrer Earth Hour
Mange andre Hostelling International vandrerhjem i verden deltog i Earth Hour 2014. Læs om nogle af dem på HI Hostels Blog

Verdens største græsrodsbevægelse for miljøet
Earth Hour er vokset til at være verdens største græsrodsbevægelse for miljøet og lande, byer og folk over hele verden deltage i denne fest for planeten . Earth Hour er arrangeret af WWF .
Esbjerg Kommune har deltaget i Earth Hour alle de andre år og plejer at slukke lyset i Ribes gader, men havde besluttet ikke at deltage i 2014.
25 andre kommuner og flere virksomheder i Danmark deltog.

Tidligere Earth Hour på Danhostel Ribe
Tidligere Earth Hour på Danhostel Ribe

Miljømærker på vandrerhjemmet og tanker om Earth Hour

På vandrerhjemmet er vi opmærksomme på, at vi sandsynligvis ikke reducerer CO2-udledningen ved at deltage i denne aktion , og at vi ikke redder Jorden ved at slukke lysene i en time , men vi synes, det er en rar måde at øge bevidstheden om klimaændringer sammen med vandrerhjemmets gæster, ripenserne og mennesker fra hele verden.

Danhostel Ribe arbejder på at gøre bæredygtig turisme til en del af vores vandrehjem, vi er miljømærket med Green Key, er anerkendt som officielle Nationalpark Vadehavet Partner og søger i øjeblikket om at blive en af TripAdvisors nye grønne forløbere.

Earth Hour 2012 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark

Danhostel Ribe promises spooky stories about decapitated pirates outside the hostel and a headless pirate who haunts the hostel when they invite to Earth Hour for the 5th year in a row at the 31th of March from 8.30pm-9.30pm.

Earth Hour at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark
Don' miss Earth Hour. Hans Jessen Søhane will tell you about the pirates he caught

When Danhostel Ribe turns out the electric lights and lights the candles on Earth  Hour the 31th of March 2012 from 8.30pm-9.30pm. the brave merchant Hans Jessen Søhane has decided to stop by and tell about the time he caught a bunch of pirates, which was later beheaded and had their heads placed on stakes at the meadow outside the hostel as a warning to everyone who came sailing up the Ribe River.

This is now many years ago, but guests at Danhostel Ribe have noticed that sometimes at midnight they see the beheaded pirate Morten Thode wandering around at the hostel. He’s looking for his head. So far as we know, however, he never bothered anyone. But if you want to find out for yourself you will have to book an overnight stay at the hostel – and guarantees of seeing any ghosts are not included. But we can guaranty that Danhostel Ribe’s host, Jens Philipsen, will tell you about this hostel ghost, who was beheaded in 1555 – if you dare to hear about him and perhaps also see his head.
Not everything will be scary this evening, there will also be served organic coffee (Good Origin and traceable from farmer to cup), the popular Wadden Sea tea (that Danhostel Ribe has developed along with Carsten’s tea shop in Aabenraa) and homemade cookies.
Admission is free for both guests at the hostel and Ribe citizens.

Since Earth Hour also is a time when we remind each other that we need to remember to take care of the environment it will also be possible that evening to hear about the Ribe Sol solar energy project, or about Danhostel Ribes Green Key eco-certification.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest climate event in which municipalities, businesses and individuals around the world remind each other that we must care for the environment.
In 2011 the light was turned off for the climate in over 5200 cities in 135 countries worldwide. Also Esbjerg Municipality shuts off street lights in Ribe town again this year
Earth Hour in Denmark is organized by WWF and Codan.
pirateDANSK REFERAT:
Uhyggen breder sig, når Danhostel Ribe inviterer til Earth Hour (Sluk lyset Danmark) d. 31. marts. fra kl. 20.30 – 21.30. I stearinlysenes skær fortæller Købmand Hans Jessen Søhane historien om de sørøvere han fangede og som siden blev halshugget og fik sat deres hoveder på stage på engen udenfor vandrerhjemmet (deraf navnet Hovedengen).
Én af disse hovedløse sørøvere, Morten Tode – der blev halshugget i 1555 – spøger på vandrerhjemmet. Han leder vel efter sit hoved?
Danhostel Ribes vært, Jens Philipsen, vil fortælle om husspøgelset, hvis du tør høre om ham. Vil du møde spøgelset selv, så bliver du selvfølgelig nødt til at bestille en overnatning på vandrerhjemmet – for han plejer først at vise sig ved 24-tiden. Der er dog ingen ”spøgelses-garanti”.
Gratis Vadehavste, økologisk kaffe og hjemmebagte småkager . Alle er velkomne og der er gratis adgang.
Vi fortæller også gerne om Ribe Sol projektet og vores Green Key certificering
Esbjerg Kommune slukker gadelysene i Ribe by i Earth Hour timen

Danhostel Ribe strives for a greener community

This article was published for all Hi Hostel owners and staff in the world and brought in a shorter version on HI News on Hi Hostel‘s homepage and mentioned on HI-Sustainability (HI Hostel’s green Facebook) – we think you should also have the possibility to read all of it :

Danhostel Ribe in Denmark is working with its neighbours and the surrounding community on a proposed solar energy project, ‘RIBE SOL’. If the project is approved by parliament, it will significantly reduce their CO2 emissions and be much more cost-effective in the long term, helping their town become greener.

The hostel is already certified with the Green Key label and is working on the ‘RIBE SOL’ project with its neighbour, Rio (Ribe Jernindustri), which is a huge factory that produces radiators. Both the hostel and Rio have land in the Wadden Sea National Park nearby and it’s great to see a manufacturing company and a hostel working together to help make the town greener.

Danhostel Ribe, RIO (Ribe Jernindustri) and part of the Wadden Sea National Park seen from top of the Cathedral
Danhostel Ribe, RIO (Ribe Jernindustri) and part of the Wadden Sea National Park seen from top of the Cathedral

Recently a small delegation went to the Danish parliament to have a meeting with its Energy Committee about the proposed project. The meeting had been suggested by one of the 2 local members of parliament, who fully support the project.

The ‘RIBE SOL’ project has received some great publicity so far to help the cause. Michael Boel, the Director of Rio, was interviewed by the town’s biggest local radio station following the meeting and the project was also mentioned on other radio stations too.

Here are some facts about the project: 

  • Size: 28000 m2 of the roof on Rio 
  • 10000 m2 solar panels (5000 m2 solar collectors for heating and 5000 m2 solar cells for electricity) 
  • Investment: 30.000.000 d.kr. (3.529.478,22 £) 

If the project does go ahead, it will produce 55% of the heat and 20% of the electricity for Rio and Danhostel Ribe, reducing their CO2 emissions by 870 tonnes every year. This is the equivalent of 360 cars (Ford Ka) driving 20,000 km a year or a car going around the earth 180 times! Ribe seen from the road around town. On the left Danhostel Ribe and Rio

Aalborg University in Esbjerg is also involved in the project. Their aim is to create a big research programme to collect more information on solar energy, which will in turn help the development of solar technology. This is important research, which will help gain further knowledge on the amount of PV solar cells used for bigger industries.

‘RIBE SOL’ is a unique project, which would significantly help the development of green energy. If you have any questions about it, please contact the Danhostel Ribe Hostel Manager, Jens Philipsen at ribe@danhostel.dk.

Earth Hour 2011 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark

earth_hour_2011_ribeFor the 4th year in a row Danhostel Ribe turns out the lights on Earth Hour the 26th of March from 8.30pm-9.30pm.
Also the streets in Ribe, the oldest town In Denmark will be dark.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest  environmental event.
This year we will serve free coffee, tea and homemade cookies at Danhostel Ribe. The tea is our new “Danhostel Ribe’s Green Tea” made especially for the hostel in 2011 by the famous Danish tea house “Carstensens Tehandel” in Aabenraa.  The coffee will be organic and traceable from the farmer to your cup.
As an EnergyMetropolis – Municipality of Esbjerg will off course also take part in Earth Hour. 65% of all wind mills produced in Denmark is shipped out of the harbour in Esbjerg. On Earth Hour the Municipality turns out the lights in Ribe town from 8.30pm-9.30pm.
Both guests and locals are welcome to visit us and you can enjoy your tea or coffee in candle light – you can also have a chat with us about the hostel’s eco label “Green Key” and how we work to make sustainable tourism a part of our hostel.
 At the hostel a big part of our energy comes from Ribe biogas plant, which received liquid manure from farmers in the area of production and from the remains from the wood production at Ribe stamping mill that produce pallets. We are working on an even better solution.
The terrible nuclear catastrophe in Japan reminds us, that nuclear is not the way to solve the threat of global warming. Other solutions must be used.

At the hostel we are aware that we are probably not reducing CO2 emissions by taking part in this action and that we don’t save the earth by turning out the lights for one hour, but we think it is a nice way  to raise awareness about climate change together with people all around the world. In Denmark Earth Hour is arranged by WWF Denmark (World Wildlife Fund )

 

REFERAT PÅ DANSK:
For 4. år i træk deltager Danhostel Ribe i Earth Hour (Sluk lyset Danmark) arrangeret i Danmark af WWF (Verdensnaturfonden) I år er det d. 26. marts kl. 20.30 til 21.30. Esbjerg by slukker samtidig lyset i Ribe by. På vandrehjemmet serverer vi gratis te, kaffe og hjemmebagte småkager for både lokale og vandrerhjemmets gæster i stearinlysets skær. Teen er vores nye grønne ”Danhostel Ribe te”, netop udviklet af “Carstensens Tehandel” i Aabenraa og kaffen er økologisk Good Origin Coffee (sporbar fra bonde til kop) og kan til daglig trækkes i vores kaffeautomat for en 10’er.
Har man lyst til en snak om Danhostel Ribes miljømærkning ”Green Key” og hvordan vi arbejder med miljøet, så er vi samtidig klar til at fortælle og diskutere, hvordan vi gør vores vandrehjem grønnere hele tiden.
Den forfærdelige atomkraft ulykke i Japan minder os om, at atomkraft ikke er vejen til at løse den globale opvarmning. Andre løsninger må bruges.
Vi er klar over at denne aktion med at slukke lyset en time og tænde stearinlysene i stedet formodentlig ikke reducerer CO² udledningerne, men vi synes det er en god måde at minde hinanden om at vi alle bør arbejde videre med dette problem
www.facebook.com/earthhourdk kan du se hvilke kommuner og firmaer, der deltager i Earth Hour i Danmark 2011. Vi har naturligvis også omtalt eventen på Danhostel Ribes facebook

Eco-friendly hostel instead of hotel? Environmental policy at hostels and hostels

Danhostel Ribe is Eco-labeled with Green Key and mentioned among Best Green Hotels
Danhostel Ribe is Eco-labeled with Green Key and mentioned among Best Green Hotels

Danhostel Ribe congratulates The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers for having been named the greenest hotel in the world by the travel and tourist organization Skaal International.

The more green accommodation we get in Denmark the better. And the more focus we get on sustainable accommodation the better. At Danhostel Ribe we can learn from Crowne Plaza –  can they also learn from us? Maybe there are things we just should do different because Crowne Plaza is a hotel and Danhostel Ribe a hostel?

 

 But if you as a tourist would prefer to:

  • get sustainable accommodation in Denmark’s oldest and best preserved town in the middle of the Wadden Sea National Park instead of in the middle of the busy city Copenhagen
  • get cheap green accommodation because you travel on a low budget
  • stay at a environmentally friendly hostel instead of a hotel
  • get accommodation on the West Coast instead of the east coast of Denmark

Well, then you have the possibility to stay at Danhostel Ribe. You can read all Danhostel Ribe’s environmental policy on this link: Environmental policy at Danhostel RibeDanhostel Ribe is Eco-labeled with Green Key and mentioned among Best Green Hotels. Danhostel Ribe cooperates with INNOTOUR  for education, research and business development in tourism. It is dedicated to innovation.

 

HRH Prince Joachim inaugurates the Wadden Sea National Park  Friday 16th October 2010

AND if you come to Ribe this Friday, you can participate in the inauguration of the Wadden Sea National Park just outside the hostel at 12 o’clock. The Wadden Sea National Park is Denmark’s third, biggest and wettest national park. HRH Prince Joachim will inaugurate the National Park and also Karen Ellemann, the Danish minister of Environment will be there. From 10.30am to 2.30pm it´s possible to join different activities and study local wadden sea products, enjoy Rod Sinclair quintet play the new National Park Song, watch the shepherd and his dog work, listen to the local stories about storm surges and pirates – and much more. Welcome.

Eco-labeled Danhostel Ribe, National Park, and Ribe Old town
Eco-labeled Danhostel Ribe, National Park, and Ribe Old town

Danhostel Ribe and INNOTOUR – a case of sustainable tourism best practice

INNOTOUR - innovation in tourism businesses
INNOTOUR - innovation in tourism businesses

Danhostel Ribe participates now in INNOTOUR started by University of Southern Denmark, Centre for Tourism, and Innovation and Communication (TIC) .
INNOTOUR is a web-based open platform showing examples of best practices in tourism development to create more innovation in our Wadden Sea region and it has received support from EU structural funds, the National IT and Telecom Agency under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and from the University of Southern Denmark.

 
Danhostel Ribe – sustainable tourism best practice
We participate as an example for sustainable tourism best practice and we hope that researchers, tourism educators, students and businesses committed to furthering the development and dissemination of knowledge in the field of sustainable tourism and innovation will “visit” our case, read it and comment on it
Comments that will bring us further without big expenses and which we are able to implement at once are very welcome, but we also welcome long-sighted more difficult innovative ideas.
We accept challenges – all though we are aware they are big some of them.

 
As a hostel our guests expect the cheapest prices but they don’t accept much less comfort, quality and service than they can get in hotels. We just have to work more and run faster.
Our rooms are not very big , they don’t have minibar and TV – BUT we have Ribe’s most unique location, many common rooms (-also with TV), sports hall, morning buffet with higher quality and lower price than many hotels, free wireless network, guest’s own kitchen, lots of tourist information, bicycle rentals, etc.
But though we have had a green certification since 1997 not many of our guests mention this as a reason to stay at the hostel – we have a very big percentage of repeat-visitors among tourists and groups but very few mention the green initiatives instead they repeat their visit because of the atmosphere, service and unique location in Denmark’s oldest town with a panoramic view of old Ribe, the river and the Wadden Sea National Park.

 
We would like to point out that the challenges are big in our area. Living in the middle of the new National Park Wadden Sea and its fantastic nature adventures and furthermore in Denmark’s oldest and best preserved town, tourists will not be less in the future, when the world finds out what a beauty we have kept almost for ourselves for many years.  
If tourism is practiced with great responsibility and in harmony with the environment, Ribe and the Wadden Sea area will keep their outstanding authenticity and their rich biological and cultural diversity – in other words: it will still be the town and the nature that we – who live here – are so proud of, love  and enjoy every day.
You are welcome to comment on and discuss this – either here on this blog or on our INNOTOUR case
If you want to know more about Danhostel Ribe’s environmental consciousness, read here:
 
Danhostel Ribe Green Key –  Green Key  – Hotlist of THE Best Green Hotels  – Environmentally friendly hotels

HOPEnhagen became NOPEnhagen – but at least Danish tourism took a big green step

green-keyThe COP15 has finished and HOPEnhagen became NOPEnhagen. The politicians have nothing to be proud of.  They know they have to act quickly to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but they allowed themselves not to take the necessary action.
One of the first consequences of the disappointing UN climate change summit in Copenhagen is that the CO2 quotes have fallen in price. Pollution has become cheaper:

High price of disappointment
The price per metric ton of permits to spew carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere fell by $3.30 on the European Climate Exchange between the first day of the climate summit in Copenhagen and the day after its disappointing conclusion as traders reacted to… Full Article at Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

An eye-opener for Danish Tourism
When the politicians disclaim for responsibility it demands a lot from the rest of us. The climate chance summit in Copenhagen was an eye-opener for Danish Tourism. Especially in Copenhagen where the summit took place.  In December 2009 51 % (5.988) of all hotel rooms in Copenhagen were classified green with Green Key (Den Grønne Nøgle), The flower (Blomsten) or The Swan (Svanen). In 2008 it was only 8 %. (wonderfulcopenhagen.dk)

During 2009 29 hotels in Denmark were certified with Green Key – an increase in Green Key Hotels from 41 to 70. Furthermore 3 conference places (one of them the Bella Centre where the summit took place), 2 Danhostels (Family-and Youth Hostels), 6 sports halls, and 2 camp grounds got the Green Key. Only 2 hotels left the Green Key during 2009. (Green Key news)

At Danhostel Ribe we welcome all the newcomers. We look forward to even closer cooperation especially with our neighbor hostel in Esbjerg which is now also a green hostel. At Danhostel Ribe we all ready had the Green Key 13 years ago, at a time when almost nobody noticed or cared. A few years ago we were also rated among the greenest overnight accommodation at Environmentally Friendly Hotels list Best Green Hotels (More than 3000 environmentally friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, motels, lodges, and inns listed). Of course we are proud of that, but we are still not good enough, and can get much better. Danhostel Ribe’s green profile has recently been mentioned here:
Adventure travelling info (November 14, 2009)
International Wadden Sea School
Green Traveling Around the World SeriesWorld Beauties
Economicallysound.com