Find Fossils from Olden Days
Fossil Hunt in Denmark – Nine Great Locations
Both above and below the ground there are several places around the country where it is possible to find fossils and traces of the past. We give you a thorough guide to where you can spend your holiday in Denmark and go on a fossil hunt while here.
Geocenter Møns Klint and Møns Klint
Møns Klint (Cliffs) is the best location for a good fossil hunt. Here you will certainly find something to bring home. Spend a whole day at Geocenter Møns Klint and take a walk on the beach. Geocenteret offers an interactive and modern exhibition that is fun for children and adults. There's so much to see, much to do including a 3D cinema and workshop. Take the guided tour to Møns Cliffs and get help finding the fossils or get down on your knees and search among the rock and sand. Remember to follow the on-site precautions. The day trip to the island of Møn is reachable if you stay at Danhostel Vordingborg.
FOSSIL GUARANTY: You are guaranteed to find even one thunderstone (belemnite).
NB. Strong winds it may be impossible to get down to the beach at Geocenter Møns Klint, so if you must take the tour, take the trip a little further south of Busenevej where you will find another beach. There are ample opportunities to find thunderstones, other fossils, or walk about 2.5 km by the cliffs along the water.
Faxe Kalkbrud (Limestone Quarry) and Geomuseum Faxe
Geomuseum Faxe is located at the edge of the beautiful Faxe Limestone Quarry known in Danish as Faxe Limestone Quarry, which has been used for 900 years. Visit the museum and see the exhibition, with many beautiful fossils found in the limestone. After the exhibition, rent a hammer and chisel and cut through the limestone to discover your own fossils. It is possible to get a guide while on the fossil hunt. The white limestone reflects the light from the sun so remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat on a sunny day. As an additional benefit, Danhostel Faxe lies next door to Geomuseum Faxe and has views of the beautiful limestone quarry. Book your accommodation and dig for fossils until late in the evening.
FOSSIL GUARANTEE: The limestone contains coral fossil reef.
Quartz crystals form a flint geode and a handful of thunderstones.
Museums, Moler Slopes and Moler Pit on Fur
Moler (deposits known also as mo-clay), on Fur (an island in the middle of the area called Limfjorden), is a true treasure trove of fossils. It is fossils of animals and plants, which have been found in the moler on Fur. If you visit Mors Museum or Fur Museum, you can see some of the best specimen. Ask about the Lynghøj Crystal the largest found in Denmark. You can move freely along the beach on paths and at the coastlines. Try climbing the moler slopes and take in the views from the top. A day on Fur is a wonderful experience and you can stay at Danhostel Nykøbing Mors. Trips to Fur are arranged from Nykøbing Mors.
NaturBornholm and Robbedale Gravel Pit
At NaturBornholm you can take a trip back in time to when the fossils were still living animals and plants. Take one of the guided tours on Bornholm and enjoy the natural surroundings. NaturBornholm offers a trip through Robbedale Grusgrav (Gravel Pit) in search of dinosaur and crocodile teeth, turtle shells and fish scales. There are also trips to Arnager Havn (Harbour) and Risegård Waterfalls at the Skelbro Limestone Quarry - well-known places to find fossils on Bornholm. Danhostel Sandvig is not far away.
Museum of South Jutland and Gram Lergrav (Clay Pit)
Gram Lergrav (Clay Pit), is located just north of the city of Gram near Museum Southern Jutland. Here small screwdrivers and large spades are the preferred tools used to dig is as the clay is very soft. There are opportunities to find fossils of mussel and conch shells that you can take with you, but bones and teeth should be handed in to the museum. The clay is very muddy when it rains, and you will get dirty, so bring extra clothes. The museum has exhibits of the most interesting finds from the clay pit, including two large whale skeletons, plus many interesting bones and skulls. It is estimated that these fossils originate from an old sea that was 10 million years old. It is easy to reach Gram Lergrav when you stay at Danhostel Ribe or Danhostel Haderslev.
Find Your Own Fossils
There are many small areas around the country that are not affiliated with any geocenter or a museum where you can find fossils. We have gathered a few examples here that you can explore on your own. What is known is that at these places you will discover exciting fossils.
Antlers from Gram Lergrav, Amber Nugget and Arnager beach.
Dalbyover Kalkgrav (Limestone Quarry)
In this small limestone quarry between Randers and Hadsund (just south of Dalbyovre) it is possible to find many different fossils, especially many round sea urchins. You can collect small amounts of fossils here for your own use, and you have access all year round during the daytime. Follow the directions at the location and keep your distance from the working machines. Be aware that that large chunks of lime can collapse at any time. Dalbyover Quarry is not far to drive if you stay at Danhostel Rebild or Danhostel Hobro.
Arnager on Bornholm
Arnager and its associated beach is a small fishing village in the southern section of Bornholm, not far from Rønne. Here the lime is visible on the coast, and you can go for hunting for fossils on the beach. There are often mussels and conch shells that are hidden in the lime, but you can also find plants and fish scales. If you find traces of big dinosaurs, these are considered property of Denmark and should be turned in to the Museum of Natural history. NaturBornholm organises trips to Arnager to hunt fossils. Spend the night at Danhostel Sandvig and travel around the island.
Katbjerg Odde and Bramslev Baker at Mariager Fjord
The area around Mariager fjord offers great places to find fossils. A few of them are the coastline east of Mariager as well as Katbjerg Odde and Bramslev Bakker. You can find sea urchins in several varieties. You can also find Bryozo fossils which comes from small bryozoa, also known as moss animals which can easily resemble fish scales. Also look for the small columnar symmetrical fossils from silver lilies. You can easily visit these locations if you stay at Danhostel Hobro.
Go on a Amber Hunt by the North Sea
Amber is millions of years old resin and should therefore be called a type of fossil. Along the west coast of Jutland, you might just find a piece of amber. Try looking a few days after a storm or strong winds. Walk along the sand and search among rocks and seaweed. Stay at Danhostel Blåvandshuk, Danhostel Nymindegab, Danhostel Henne Strand, Danhostel Ringkøbing, Danhostel Thyborøn, Danhostel Agger or Danhostel Fjaltring to be close to the west coast of Jutland.
On the map you will see the sites where you can go on a fossil hunt marked in green. The areas in red represents museums and the blue ones are Danhostels.
Suggested Route We have collected a few suggestions for a mini holiday with fossil hunting.
West and South Jutland in 4 days Day 1 Go hunting along the coast from Blåvandshuk and Oksbøl. Stay at Danhostel Blåvandshuk. Day 2 Discover Ribe, the Wadden Sea National Park and all beautiful Ribe town has to offer. In the evening, stay at Danhostel Ribe. Day 3 Enjoy the day at Gram Gravel Pit and the Museum of Southern Jutland, Natural History and Palaeontology. Stay at at Danhostel Haderslev. Day 4 Visit the Christiansfeld Moravian Settlement, one of Denmark’s UNESCO's World Heritage List.
West and North Jutland in 4 days Day 1 Explore Dalbyovre Limestone Quarry and the south side of Mariager fjord. Stay at Danhostel Hobro. Day 2 Explore the north side of Mariager Fjord and its hills. Stay at Danhostel Nykøbing Mors. Day 3 Explore the island of Fur with fossil and the Moler Museum. Stay at Danhostel Thyborøn. Day 4 Go amber hunting along the west coast from Thyborøn and further south.
The Island of Zealand in 3 days Day 1 Discover Møns Klint (Cliffs) and Geocenter Møn. Overnight at Danhostel Vordingborgand visit Gåsetårnet (Goose Tower) and Vordingborg Castle. Day 2 Faxe Kalkbrud (Limestone Quarry) and Geomuseum Faxe. Overnight atDanhostel Faxe. You can also go visit Stevns Klint (Cliffs) and see the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site and stay at Danhostel Store Heddinge. Day 3 Visit Geo Museum in Copenhagen and enjoy the big city. Overnight at one of our 3 Copenhagen Danhostels, Danhostel Copenhagen Amager, Danhostel Copenhagen City or Danhostel Copenhagen Bellahøj.
View over Fur.
Goecenter Møns Klint.