If you haven’t had the chance yet, visit Møns Klint – Denmark’s highest cliff. The 70 million-year-old chalk cliffs are less than two hours away from Copenhagen! Some of the cliffs fall a sheer 120 m to the pristine blue sea below.
They look impressive each time of the year. The last visit was my first time going there in the fall, and I fell in love with the autumn colors of the surrounding birch forest. Just remember, it gets dark quite early, so don’t get stuck in the forest like us – walking through the dark misty woods on Halloween night.👻
Møns Klint during Autumn
Møns Klint during Winter
Møns Klint during Spring
What to do
One of the main reasons to go to Møns Klint is to hike in the area, marveling at the cliffs from the high ground and from the foot of the cliffs. There are many hiking trails in the vicinity, ranging from short ones to longer ones. Whenever I visit Møns Klint, I either hike part of the trial – around a 2,5 km loop or the bigger loop – 4km. Last time though, we went during the high tide, and it was impossible to climb up the central staircase or continue onward; hence we had to retrace our steps.
The Maglevandstrappen – the staircase in the middle dividing the trail into two parts, is Denmark’s longest staircase, with 497 steps taking you all the way from the top of the cliff to the beach below. It is fun going down but prepare to sweat on your way up 🙂
The highest point is located north along the path from the parking lot at the Geocentre and is called the Queen’s Chair, standing tall 128 meters above the sea.
If you feel like taking a more extended walking tour, check out Camønoen, which winds 175 km around the three South Zealand islands of Møn, Nyord, and Bogø. It consists of the main route (orange signs) of 175 km and several alternative routes of a total of 40 km (yellow signs).
Møns Klint is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, but also it’s Scandinavia’s first Dark Sky Park, which means it’s officially one of Denmark’s best places to experience the majesty of the night sky.
There are several shelters in the area; check udinaturen.dk to see camping grounds and where you can pitch a tent.
You can go fossil hunting along the rocky beach, and maybe you will be lucky to find 70 million years old fossilized remains of sea animals – especially sea urchins and lampreys.
But remember not to use picks or other tools when fossil hunting; you are only allowed to pick what is already visible.
There are many places to bike in the area, including part of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route (N8), which has its highest point in the 820km-long route right at the top of Møns Klint.
Denmark is very horse-friendly, so it should not surprise you that there are many opportunities for horseback riding at Møns Klint. From my research, I found out that there are many places to keep your horse (if you own one) or rent a horseback riding tour ( for example, here)
I have never tried it, but who knows 🙂 Maybe one day.
Seeing cliffs from the water
While investigating what to do while visiting the area, I saw a lot of posts about sailing and kayaking in the area, allowing one to see the cliffs from the water. Personally, I haven’t done it, but it seemed pretty interesting.