Historical mining tour

Our most popular guided tour, Historical Mining in the Cobalt Mines, is packed with history and excitement and is best suited for children and adults from 10 years and up. Highlights of the trip include walking over a “floating” glass floor and 32-meter-long underground suspension bridge—the first in Norway!

Where Koboltgruvene, Malmveien 620, 3370 Vikersund
Suitable for From 10 years
Duration 1.5 hours
Adapted for Wheelchair
Når går turen (høstferie 6.-9. okt) at 12 and 14
16., 23. og 30. oktober at 12 and 14
Price adult 249,-
Price children 4-15 years 160,-
Children under 4 years free

The tour begins at the Mining Yard, right in the middle of the mining landscape. Here you meet your guide and, at the mine entrance, receive your obligatory miner’s helmet and fleece cape. Inside the mountain, it is approximately 6 degrees centigrade. The entire tour is on footpaths and can be experienced with a wheelchair. (If you’d prefer not to venture onto either the glass floor or the suspension bridge, that’s fine!)

Once in the mine «Clara Stoll» you pass through a 200-meter-long transport tunnel into the ore lake in the mountain. Along the way, you learn about the techniques used to create the many mining tunnels and extract the cobalt-rich ore, and the chemical process that turned ore to cobalt-blue pigment.

You will pass shafts that give a sense of the enormous dimensions of the Cobalt Mines. In Shaft 10 South, for example, it is almost 25 meters up to the ceiling, while in the Kormannsjakt, or Korman Shaft, the bottom is 40 meters below you.

Glass floor

400 meters inside and 50 meters underground in the Cobalt Mines is one of our newest attractions - ready to be stepped on. The underground glass floor in the Edvard Shaft is the first of its kind in the Nordic region. When this shaft was first cleared, we came across an original timber walkway left from mining in the 19th century, 20 meters down. At first, the question was, how to show this historic relic? But then our museum director, Tone S. Steinsvik, got the idea of putting in a glass floor. After consultations with numerous experts, her idea became reality - and now you can walk right out and over it!

For many visitors, even the most intrepid, it comes as a shock to see the old timber walkway floating 20 meters below them, but there’s no reason to feel unsafe: The construction was carefully tested and built to withstand eight tons. The Glass Floor is an exciting and spectacular element of this popular mining trip.

På denne turen kan vi ta med maks 30 personer per tur. Sikre deg billett ved å reservere plass på
e-mail: gruvetur@blaa.no or tel: +47 32 77 88 60 (11am-5pm)


I høstferien er det åpent på Koboltgruvene 6.-9. oktober samt søndagene 16., 23. og 30. oktober. På disse dagene går turen kl. 12 og 14.

See also

Children's Mine Tour

Mining shop with tourist information

The Miner's Inn

The mining museums

Mining safari

Jakten på kobolten – jubileumstur

The Kittelsen Museum

The North Mines Trail

South Mines Trail