Klyf­ta­mon natu­re reser­ve is not just home to natu­ral wood­land and uns­poi­led wet­lands. In seve­ral pla­ces you can also see smoothly polished rock expo­su­res  and lar­ge boul­ders. What hap­pened here?

The histo­ry of Klyf­ta­mon is more dra­ma­tic than you might guess. Right here, at the nort­hern tip of Bil­ling­en, a gre­at del­u­ge of water burst through at the end of the last ice age. When the inland ice mel­ted, the melt water for­med a lar­ge lake. This was the fore­run­ner of the Bal­tic Sea and is known as the Bal­tic Ice Lake. The ice lake was dam­med by the edge of the ice she­et and the Bil­ling­en mountain. But sud­den­ly, during one of the mel­ting sta­ges, the water bro­ke through the ice she­et and an enor­mous flood of melt water swept across the land and into the North Sea, and the water level in the ice lake fell by 25 metres in a short peri­od of time.

NOTE! Klyf­ta­mon is a lar­ge and rela­ti­vely wild natu­re reser­ve, and you will need time and expe­ri­ence to get around, as the area is made up of wet­land and uns­poi­led woodland.

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Klyf­ta­mon is a natu­re reser­ve.