Ilumetsa meteorite craters

Ilumetsa meteorite craters

Ilumetsa kuusik, Rebasmäe küla, Võru vald, Võru maakond

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Meteorite craters are rare around the world. In Ilumetsa in Võru 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 was formed around 6,600 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 2.5 metre layer of peat. Hikers can 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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Getting there

Take the Põlva-Värska Road to Ilumetsa Railway Station. Before the railroad crossing (when coming from Põlva), you will see the signpost 'Ilumetsa meteoriidikraatrid' (Ilumetsa meteorite craters). Drive for another 0.5 km and you will reach your destination.

  • Signposted
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Bus: Ilumetsa
Train: Ilumetsa
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A little walk in the woods

A wooden road leads to the meteorite crater. It is a nice little walk where you can see some wooden statues and enjoy the silence of the forest. There is a little cabin, where is the information...




Just an interesting place to go and see. There is actually another crater very nearby in the forest behind one of the private houses there. It is full of trees and there are no signs.

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.

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