The North Mines Trail
The 2-km North Mines Trail starts in the Mining Yard and takes you past opencast mining pits close to where cobalt was first discovered in 1772.
As you look up at the cliff faces, neatly cut strata tell a clear story: there has been a lot of mining activity here. Walking on this cultural path, you are practically in the mines’ cultural monuments. Here are the foundation walls for buildings that had different functions in mining and other traces of the extraction of ore from the Cobalt Mines.
The trail goes all the way to the top of the North Mines, with several viewpoints provided at the edge of the deepest pits. There are informative signs posted along the way. This makes the hike an exciting and educational journey into a distinctive mining landscape.
Marvel at the views of the Mining Yard and out over the village and Tyrifjord Lake.
At the top of the North Mines are the "royal stones". You are following in royal footsteps here: Look for the orange inscriptions in the rock made by King Harald V and Minister of Finance von Stemann.
A short detour takes you to Koboltkoia, the Norwegian Trekking Association’s (DNT) cabin at the North Mines. This is a self-catering tourist cabin with 12 beds, in fantastic surroundings.
(Note that because of the steep terrain we recommend that visitors with severe mobility issues use an electric wheelchair on this trail.)