If you drive for about an hour and a half heading south from Copenhagen you will eventually get to one of Denmark’s most beautiful natural wonders: Møns Klint.
Møn is an island. Klint means a ‘cliff.’ Stretching for about 6 km and rising as much as 143 meters from the sea (or 469 ft), these remarkable cliffs were formed about 11 thousand years ago. But the craziest thing about them (at least for me) is that they’re chalk! As in, you can easily pick off a piece of the cliff and write stuff with it.
The chalk is so malleable, you can easily use it as you would playdough.
How is it that after 11 thousand years of wear and tear these cliffs haven’t completely fallen apart?!
Everyone who comes through here picks off a piece and writes something or sculpts something.
Nowhere is there a sign saying you can’t do it…
I was here during one of those balmy days of summer, at the end of July. Our friends, Eli and Marin, rented a car, Dave and I invited ourselves along, and we drove down to Møns Klint. Unfortunately, there’s really no convenient public transport that goes all the way there.
There are several stairways down to the beach from the top of the cliffs. We took the one that was closest to the visitor center (there’s paid parking area at the visitor center, but you can avoid paying if you park further away and then hike in).
As soon as we got down to the beach, I ran into two friends from Book Club! That’s how small Denmark is. I still don’t know very many people here and yet I ran into two of them by chance!
We walked along the beach and enjoyed this truly beautiful area. The waters around Møns Klint are so blue they resemble the Caribbean more than they do the Baltic!
And the cliffs are spectacular.
We later climbed up another set of stairs (I tried to count how many there were, but it was too hot and I lost count. Later, I looked it up. Online I found accounts for anywhere from 494 to 994. Which one is true? I don’t know, but it felt like about a thousand…).
Later we hiked through the forest and got back to the visitor center.
When visiting Denmark, Møns Klint truly is a must see.
4.75 km (3 miles); 257 m of elevation (843 ft)
YTD Hiking Km: 34.85