Having previously been preoccupied with visiting places overseas, my cousin (the one who’s been my best friend since we were kids) and I decided to see a bit of our own country, namely Møns Klint. We rented a car, booked a place to sleep and drove off.
The Cliffs of Møn are situated in the southeast of Denmark, an hour and forty minutes’ drive from Copenhagen, and consist of chalk cliffs that were created some 11,000 years ago. They were formed after the last ice age and are known as the “Birthplace of Denmark.” In my opinion, the area has the most impressive nature in the entire country.
At the site of the Cliffs of Møn, there is a geological center that explains and exhibits features from the area throughout history, as well as a large, paid parking lot and a ridiculously overpriced café. Bring your own lunch, if you can – and lots of water!
The cliffs stretch over six kilometers of beautiful shoreline and are 143 meters above sea level at their highest point, making it one of the tallest places in Denmark. It is the home of a rare orchid, a rare blue butterfly and the peregrine falcon, of which the latter uses the area for its nests – so, be aware that drones are prohibited between February 1 and September 1. Carrying your drone all the way up and down the 492 steps without being able to use it is a real pain. Take it from someone who knows!
From the top, there are two staircases leading you to the bottom of the cliffs. We were only able to find the one closest to the GeoCenter, so you might want to do a little research in advance. It’s a little steep sometimes, but there are benches to rest on at almost every plateau. As with any other attraction, come early if you want to beat the crowds!
From the bottom, you can walk to either side of the staircase, but walking left is the most common. Dip your toes in the turquoise water, touch the chalk walls and pick up a black, oblong rock from the beach. Marvel at the tall cliff sides, take great photos and soak up the sun while eating some snacks – and prepare for the long way back up!
My cousin and I stayed at Pension Elmehøj, a former retirement home, which is located a 15-minute drive from the cliffs. With prices starting around €50, optional breakfast and packed lunch, it’s cheap, nice and convenient. Additionally, it has an outdoor trampoline for kids and childlike souls (such as myself).
Next to the pension, there is a whitewashed stone church from the 11th century: Elmelunde Church is small, but famous for its frescos painted in the 15th century and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area and at all into culture, history and/or architecture.
There are plenty of extra activities to do, such as diving and kayaking, or maybe even nighttime photography. Visit the official website for more information.