Møns Klint is situated in the Danish island of Møn and it constitutes from chalk cliffs that stretch 6 km along the eastern coast of Baltic Sea. Some of the tallest cliffs fall a sheer 128 m to the sea below. These white cliffs rising majestically from the turquoise sea attract tourists from all over Europe to this remote place in Denmark. Many signposted routes provide opportunities for walkers, riders and cyclists to discover the beautiful surroundings.
The area around Møns Klint has also woodlands, pastures, ponds and steep hills – including the highest point in Denmark – Aborrebjerg (143 m). Many rare plants prosper in this area because of the special nature of the chalky soil. In early summer, several varieties of orchid (including the tall lady orchid – Orchis purpurea) are blooming in the hillsides. The chalk ground provides a distinctive light green tone to the tall beech trees growing along the top of the cliffs. These are the main reasons that the cliffs and the surrounding park are now protected nature reserve area. Following the spectacular stairways through the beautiful beech forest from the top of the cliff will lead you to the white cliffs’ beach.
The chalk in the Møns cliffs is actually formed of remains of shells from millions and billions of microscopic creatures which lived over 70 million years ago on the seabed that covered all Denmark. When the glaciers moved to west, the huge pressure compacted and pushed the terrain upwards. At the end of the ice age (about 11 000 years ago), the ice melted and the cliffs emerged from the sea and formed the island of Møn.
Even today, it is possible to find fossils of many types of shellfish because the sea constantly erodes the chalk from the cliffs. So watch closely the rocks next to the cliffs and you may found your own!
You can also see the fossils found in the chalk in the GeoCenter Mons Klint – a geological museum close to the top of the chalk cliffs. The museum explains the geological prehistory of Denmark and the formation of the chalk cliffs.
3 Tips for Møns Klint
- The best weather to visit the cliffs is between spring and autumn
- Go early morning or late evening to avoid the crowds
- On a sunny day, remember to take a water bottle with you, climbing the steps up from the beach can be sweaty!