Ilumetsa Meteorite Craters

Meteorite craters are rare around the world. In Ilumetsa in Põlva County, however, there is a group of craters formed from meteorite impacts which the locals call “Hell’s Grave”, “Deep Grave”, “The Devil’s Grave” and “Ghost’s Grave” (the latter three of which are overgrown and not marked).

The biggest of the craters, which were formed around 6600 years ago, is “Hell’s Grave”: it is up to 80 metres in diameter at its widest point, and 12.5 metres deep. The floor of the crater is covered in a layer of peat up to 2.5 metres deep. Hikers will find their way to the crater along a well-maintained boardwalk, passing intriguing wooden sculptures as they go. There is a forest hut with information boards at the mid-point of the trail.

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  • Piia E Piia E
    Nice track and beautiful forest

    Nice walk by wooded trail to the crater. There has a nomerous wooded figures behind the trail. Beautiful views to forest.

  • DaffyDW DaffyDW
    Great carvings and info

    Looks like it's not much but keep going along the path to find some wonderful carvings and information about their background/myth. English version to read on everything. There is a hut en route...

  • Евгения Г Евгения Г
    Интересная прогулка для всей семьи

    Много раз проезжал мимо этого места, и не знал, что здесь есть хорошо оборудованная тропа для прогулок. Теперь есть указатель, так что мимо точно не проедите. Деревянный настил, шириной около метра...


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