Did you know that the first marine fossil park in Greece is located in Nissiopi, the islet located opposite the settlement of Sigri in the island of Lesvos?

The islet is one of the richest areas in fossils at the Petrified Forest. There, the Museum of Natural History of the Lesvos Petrified Forest has created a marine park, which the public can visit by the special boat with a glass bottom “NISSIOPI”.

Nissiopi is a unique area as the fossil ecosystem with the petrified tree trunks coexists with the present-day ecosystem with rich flora and fauna.

Hundreds of fossilized tree trunks, standing or lying, have been discovered during the research and the excavations of the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest through almost the entire area of ​​the island and in the marine area around Nissiopi.

In Nissiopi visitors can also admire impressive coastal landscapes and geosites, like tafoni, arches and vertical cliffs, the results of  the great geological changes that formed the Aegean Sea. 20 million years ago the marine area around the Nissiopi Islet used to be land, part of a huge subtropical forest. Large faults and catastrophic earthquakes resulted in the separation of the islet from the rest of Lesvos and the creation of the Aegean Sea as well.

Are you ready for your new research expedition at the Nissiopi Marine Petrified Forest Park? Begin your research from the website of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (www.petrifiedforest.gr). Search the website and find videos about Nissiopi. Travel to the marine park through the videos and gather lots of information.

For further information, questions or queries you can contact us at 2251047033 or you can send us an e-mail: lesvospf@otenet.gr

We would like you to send us your drawings along with your first name, your age and your parents’ approval at the e-mail of the Museum of Natural History of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (lesvospf@otenet.gr) and the Museum will post them online.

Let’s discover the secrets of the Nissiopi Marine Petrified Forest Park…