Saaremaa is an Estonian island in the Baltic sea. The island is relatively flat. Erratics are found at most beaches. In the north of the island there are some cliffs. The island consists of Silurian limestone. An interesting geological site is the meteor crater in Kaali.
On Saaremaa in the city Kuressaare is a castle with a museum. The museum is about the local history, but also houses a nature and fossil collection. See the Museum website.
Note! Collection and export of Estonian fossils is prohibited!
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Geological map of Saaremaa.
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You can reach Saaremaa by boat from the Estonian mainland. The best places for collecting fossils are at the pebble beaches in the south east of the island. On the pebble beaches you can find rounded peces of coral. When you split open the flat pieces of sediment, you can find brachiopods en trilobites.
Between the northern cliffs Undva Pank and Panga Pank you can find fossils in the exposed Silurian layers.
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You can find many species of corals. Also trilobites, gastropods, brachiopods, etc.
Trilobite Proetus sp. © Photo: Olli Manninen
Brachiopod Homeospira sp. © Photo: Olli Manninen
There are 48 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Saaremaa Species List to identify your own finds!
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Other locations in the area
Fossil location: Hiiumaa
Geology location: Kaali
Museum: Saaremaa Muuseum
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