Anniversary of the Cobalt Mines: 250 years since ore was discovered on Skuterudåsen

In the autumn of 1772, Ole Witloch made the very first discovery of cobalt ore on Skuterud Ridge. This was the beginning of Norway’s largest blue dye factory. This year we will reveal the story of the controversial Witloch and take you out into the mining landscape in “Jakten på funnstedet”—the Hunt for the Site.

Witloch’s discovery was the starting point of a tremendous development. Cobalt could be processed into an important dye product, leading to the establishment of the Cobalt Works plant under Haugfossen. This year we will be presenting new details about how this was built in collaboration with the Silverworks in Kongsberg and the Danish-Norwegian state.

The origin story of the Cobalt Works is an intriguing one. We look forward to presenting the latest research and information on Witloch’s pioneering role—not about just his discovery of the first site, but also the effects of cobalt mining both locally and nationally.


This summer you can join our guide on a trip to North Mines and "The hunt of the site". This is a free offer on the occasion of the anniversary. Klikk her og les mer om turen.

The Children’s Workshop at the Mining Yard is the starting point for special children’s activities all summer. Trained hosts are on hand to teach good old-fashioned carpentry skills as well as take children on trips to the Kittelsen Museum, among other joyful expeditions.

See also

Children's Mine Tour

Mining shop with tourist information

The Miner's Inn

The mining museums

Mining safari

Historical mining tour

Jakten på kobolten – jubileumstur

The Kittelsen Museum

The North Mines Trail

South Mines Trail