Stevns Klint is both beautiful, dramatic and part of UNESCO's world heritage!
On a summers day where the lime of the seabed colours the sea an incredible blue, and the white cliff stand proudly, one can almost imagine the Klintekonge, (a local legend with roots back to pagan times), in one of the cliffs caves watching over his domain.
This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff and, at 41 meters high, you have a perfect view of the entrance to Øresund and on clear days you can see Sweden, Copenhagen, Øresund Bridge and Møn.
Stevns Klint consists of chalk and lime which was formed 65 million years ago when Denmark was still covered by the deep sea. Below the chalk cliffs are billions of microscopic limestone shells from algae. In the chalk there are fossils from animals living on the seabed - sea urchins, mussels and many others. At the top of the cliff there is lime formed of bryozoa with clear, wavy flint ribbon. Bryozoan limestone is a hard limestone traditionally used for building. It was used to build, for example, Højerup Old Church and many other houses here at Stevns Klint. The soft chalk at the bottom of the cliff has been eroded by the waves while the lime is left hanging, creating Stevns Klint's characteristic anvil-like profile. Cliff slides happen when the hanging or loose blocks fall down, usually in the winter or spring.
Found between the chalk and limestone is a thin layer of clay called Fish Clay. The Fish Clay in Stevns Klint holds the solution to the mystery about why half of all animal species and all dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago. The researchers are still discussing what triggered the climate disaster, but there is a clear majority that believes there is evidence in the cliffs that shows a combination of high levels of CO2 in the air after heavy volcanic activity and a large meteor shower caused significant changes in the environment.
The cliff can be experienced in several places, but Højerup and the Flag Bank can be recommended. The classic look over Stevns Klint is available from Højerup. This is where Højerup's Old Church lost its choir in a cliff fall in 1928 - although it is said that the church moved a short step inland every Christmas night. The cliff is 30 meters high, but the beach can be reached by a solid staircase.
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