Sylt and the forces of nature

In the adventure centre “Sylt and the forces of nature”, adults as well as kids get to experience how exciting nature can be. The exhibition which consists of the three parts “Living with Natural Forces”, “Forces of the Northern Sea” and “Climate, Weather, Climate Research” invites people on 1500 square meters to watch, test and participate.

Living with Natural Forces

Where could one demonstrate the forces of nature more vividly then on Sylt. The island itself is the result of a powerful albeit gradual process. It developed after the end of the last ice age around 11.000 years ago. At that time, ancient glaciers carried huge amounts of boulders and sand from the Scandinavian territory toward the West. After the melting of the ice, the islands of Sylt as well as Amrum and Föhr have remained as an important rampart along the coast of Schleswig-Hostein against the storm surges coming from the Northern Sea. For human beings, it has been relatively easy to adjust to the rough climate in this region, however, it is astonishing to see how animals and plants have mastered to develop their own sophisticated ways of living in this habitat.

Forces of the Northern Sea

The island of Sylt finds itself in constant change due to the fact that the forces of the Northern Sea – waves, wind and tides – threaten its shape on the one hand just as they form it in new ways on the other. In order to preserve Sylt in its current state, sand has been re-leveled at the West coast for the last 35 years in order to balance out the loss of land due to winter storms. But obvious shifts at the Southern tip of the island show that these measures are not equally effective in all parts. It is still to be found out whether human beings, in the long run, will even be able to conquer or come to terms with the natural forces.

Living with Natural Forces

Where could one demonstrate the forces of nature more vividly then on Sylt. The island itself is the result of a powerful albeit gradual process. It developed after the end of the last ice age around 11.000 years ago. At that time, ancient glaciers carried huge amounts of boulders and sand from the Scandinavian territory toward the West. After the melting of the ice, the islands of Sylt as well as Amrum and Föhr have remained as an important rampart along the coast of Schleswig-Hostein against the storm surges coming from the Northern Sea. For human beings, it has been relatively easy to adjust to the rough climate in this region, however, it is astonishing to see how animals and plants have mastered to develop their own sophisticated ways of living in this habitat.

Climate, Weather, Climate Research

Even though the island of Sylt owes its existence to a drastic climate change that is the end of the ice age, climate change can also entail very destructive forces. In the course of industrialization and globalization over the last 150 years, humans have strongly influenced the earth’s climate and are now forced to deal with the self-inflicted consequences of this change.


The adventure centre “Sylt and the forces of nature” has the goal to raise awareness for this problem which, in this effort, is being supported by Kaikkialla with donations of equipment.