Guides

Fossil Hunts

You bend down and pick up a rock. With your trusty pick you split it in two. What do its insides reveal? Well, if you're lucky, the rock has been hiding a secret for 55 million years! You might find a fossil of an insect, a fish, or a leaf from a tree. There are plenty of fossils to be found in the mo-clay pits on the northern part of Mors.

It's an indescribable feeling to hold that rock in your hand and be the first person in 55 million years to lay eyes on the small creature inside. The mo-clay hides the contents of the tropical seafloor that was once there. And looking up at the mo-clay pit's vertical sides, you can see several million years' worth of deposits in 187 layers of alternating mo-clay and volcanic ash. It's nothing short of the world's most beautiful "birthday cake". And as "recent" as 10,000 years ago, the ice age was kind enough to shape the cake layers into beautiful curves.

We recommend starting your fossil hunt at the Fossil and Mo-Clay Museum. Here you can experience the world's best collection of fossils from mo-clay. You can also rent tools to go fossil hunting yourself, either in the mo-clay pit right next to the museum or in the mo-clay pit at Ejerslev Harbor. The museum staff will be happy to demonstrate what to do and where to go. And if your fossil hunt is a success, they'll also happily tell you what kind of fish or bird you've found. And if you're very, very lucky, you may have even found something of historic value!

If you're in a group, you can also have a guide from the museum join you in the mo-clay pit next to the museum or in the nearby Ejerslev Mo-Clay Pit.

Due to limited supply, we cannot guarantee a fossil hammer for everyone, so we encourage you to bring along a dull knife or a mason's hammer. And remember rain boots in case of rain!

Prices and Booking

Fossil hunt, per 25 people DKK 700
Fossil hunt, per 25 people (after 4 PM and on weekends/holidays) DKK 1000
Pick rental, per hour (included in the price of guided fossil hunts) DKK 10


Booking a Fossil Hunt: 

Send an e-mail to: booking@museummors.dk