don’t climb a church tower the day before going, or, a day at møns klint

Denmark, just when I thought I couldn’t love you more!!!

Earlier this week, one of my apartment-mates asked if anyone was up to go to Møns Klint (an area in southern Denmark famous for its white cliffs and rock beaches) for a short day trip.  About 30 hours later, five of us piled into our rental car and were on our way two hours south from Copenhagen!

Not the worst thing to see for two hours in the car!

When we stopped in the Visitors Center/gift shop before heading down to the beach, we noticed a child-sized shirt that said “I survived the 994 stairs” and realized we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  But at that point we were preeeeetty committed—so down we went!

About halfway down we started thinking that it was a serious possibility that the 994 stairs was only one way, but we saw the cliffs in the distance between the trees and knew there was no way we weren’t seeing them from ground level.  As soon as my legs started shaking I remembered that I’d climbed the 400 stairs up to the top of Church of our Savior the day before.  Things were looking up.

BUT THEN WE MADE IT TO THE BOTTOM AND IT WAS SO BEYOND COMPLETELY WORTH IT!!!!!  The view, though!!!!!  We walked along the rocky beach and even though my shoes will never be the same (black shoes and white chalk don’t really mix) Møns Klint definitely ranks up there with one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  With the ocean on one side and cliffs extending far up on the other side, it’s hard to believe you’re still in the gray, rainy climate Denmark is so known for.  We also lucked out with one of the most beautiful days we’ve had here—the clear blue skies made the white chalk cliffs pop and the ocean sparkle.  Have I convinced you to go yet?

After exploring the beach for a while, we decided to not forestall the inevitable anymore and make our way back up the stairs.  I saw my life flash before my eyes a few times and I definitely almost fell getting out of bed this morning but I made it up in (mostly) one piece.  We stopped for lunch at a café there and, continuing my trend of #cleaneats while abroad, my meal consisted of apple juice and a plate of french fries.  Sorry mom.

Even if I can’t feel my legs anymore and might not be able to for the foreseeable future, yesterday’s adventure was 400% worth it.  Copenhagen has definitely stolen my heart, but driving through the Danish countryside made me love this country more than I even thought possible.  Møns Klint, I’ll be back for you!

If you’re looking to do a day trip down to the area, here are a few suggestions and tips:

  • When you first make it down the stairs, I’m going to be honest—it doesn’t smell great.  Just hold your breath until you get a little farther onto the beach and you’ll be good to go!
  • We saw a ton of people bring picnic lunches to enjoy down on the beach which really seemed like the way to go, especially if the weather’s nice like it was!  Just remember to pack out your trash please :))))
  • Hiking boots/sturdy shoes are your best bet.  The beach is all rocks, so your ankles might take a beating otherwise!  And if you wear black shoes, just be aware that they will no longer be black by the end of the day.
  • If you’re renting a car, bigger is better.  The road leading up to the GeoCenter (Visitor’s Center and the entrance to the cliffs) is a dirt road and the potholes are fairly massive.  There were a few times when I thought our little rental Audi station wagon was going to get swallowed up and/or damaged beyond repair.  On our way in, we passed a Jeep that seemed to be fairing a little better than we were, so if we did this again we’d go for something just a little higher off the ground!

As always, you know where to find me if you have any questions!  That’s all for now!

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