My Top-4 paddling destinations in Denmark 1.
Sea kayaking paradise
Sea kayaking in Denmark is easily accessible, due to the fact that no places in the country has more than 50 km to the coast line. Denmark has more than 7.000 km of coastline and several islands.
In this blog bost I will present 2 of my Top-4 (not ranked) favorite paddling destinations in Denmark, to be continued in the next post.
Møns Klint (the cliff of Møn) - the majestic white cliffs rise straight from the shore and are one of the most spectacular destinations for kayaking trip in Denmark. Paddler: Jacob Bols. Photo: Daniel Villadsen
Møns Klint (the cliff of Møn) is located in the south-eastern area of Denmark, more specific it is the eastern face of the island Møn. The majestic white cliffs rise straight from the shore and is one of the most spectacular coastlines in Denmark. The cliffs reach 128 meters above the Baltic Sea and the 70 million-year-old chalk cliffs facing east, so if you get there by the sunrise, you might witness the cliffs changing colors from pink over golden to white. It truly is a beautiful scenery.
In the spring and summer, the beech forest compliments the white cliffs with its delicate green colors and vice versa in the fall you will meet the magnificent autumn colors.
You might also be lucky to spot the rare Peregrine Falcon, a Sea Eagle or maybe a group of curious seals - all of which I have seen there.
The chalky cliffs are making the water clear, so it often looks like more exotic places. That’s why it’s called the Cold Caribbean.
Visiting the cliff of Møn in your sea kayak, is possible in different ways. You can circumnavigate the entire island of Møn, which is approximately 80 km, or you can start and end your trip in the cozy little harbor called Klintholm Havn. In the summer, the little harbor turns into a lively area with live music and street food markets. You won’t be disappointed!
If you choose to circumnavigate the entire island of Møn, there are a number of camp sites along the route. There are primitive shelters and fully equipped camping sites. The total distance is about 85 km.
The cliff of Møn is about 7 km long.
Stevns Klint (the cliff of Stevns) is situated 35 km north of Møns Klint. There are lots of similarities with Møns Klint but also in many ways very different.
Stevns Klint is not as tall as Møns Klint, but it is also a white chalk and limestone cliff. Stevns Klint is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” because it is the best place in the world to see Fish Clay and witness traces of the asteroid impact that helped wipe out more than half of all life on Earth.
Stevns cliff is 17 km long, and varieties from almost pure white cliffs in the north to more rough cliffs in the south.
Paddling alongside Stevns Klint is much different from Møns Klint. At Stevns cliff, there are only few remote beaches covered with flint. Paddling here, in rough weather with wind and waves going into the cliffs, cuts you off from the possibility to get into for a rest on the beach. The beaches are only small pockets that get flooded. That means you have not any place to seek for shelter here. That is why I consider it as a remote and desolate area - and as a little detail you might not have any connections on your phone here due to masking.
Paddling along Stevns klint in good weather conditions is great. You can experience small caves that you can paddle into.
Højerup Kirke, the Church in Højerup, is also quite unique as it stands literally on the edge of cliffs. You can land the kayak below and visit the beautiful old church. It has a little balcony from where you will get a good view to the cliffs.
You will also meet the emergency exits from the old Cold War defense bunker, called the Fort of Stevns. This fort now functions as a museum where you can experience how Denmark were to defend itself against the threat from Russia.
Kayaking with Zegul Bara sea kayak near Stevns Klint, that belongs to “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. Photo: Jacob Bols
For a one-day trip / out-and-back, I will recommend you to start and end in Rødvig. Here you will find easy access to launching the kayaks and when you get back, you should enjoy the life on the harbour and seaside restaurants. When starting in Rødvig you will meet the cliffs approximately 1 km east of the harbor.
Read more: www.stevnsklint.com