|Location:||At Hoverberg, near Svenstavik. From Svenstavik drive nort on RV 321, after 4.5km turn right. Signposted.|
JUN to AUG daily 10-20.
Adults SEK 30.
|Classification:||Neotectonic cave Fissure cave|
|Guided tours:||L=81m, VR=25m.|
|Address:||Hoverbergsgrottan, Family Rödins, Hoverberg 2270, 84040 Svenstavik, Tel: +46-687-12097, Cell: +46-70-6028495. E-mail:|
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|1897||discovered by Jöns Väst.|
Hoverbergsgrottan (Hoverberg Cave) was named after the mountain it is located in. The Hoverberget is a peninsula in Storsjön lake, surrounded by the lake on three sides. The high hill offers a breathtaking view over the generally rather flat Swedish landscape, it is said that on a clear day the mountains on the Norwegian border can be seen. There is a cafe on top called Toppstugan, which has an outlook tower.
The mountain is composed of crystalline rocks. Being harder than the surrounding rocks, this rock resisted erosion and even the glaciers of the Ice Age. But the melting of the ice released the pressure on the rock, which caused tectonic movements. This created deep clefts or rifts inside the rock. Some can be seen a little downhill from the cafe, in a field of deep crevices called Rämnan. The crevices are locally called spricka.
Down a steep path the cave is reached. This cave was also created by movements of the rock, which resulted in a rather narrow but high, triangular shape. A steep iron starcase leads down into a sort of entrance hall, then a second staircase leads down into the main hall. The chuch-like chamber does not contain any decoration or speleothems, which is obviously because he rock is not soluble. The cave is very cold, caused by its form which makes it a cold trap.
The cave is said to be 170m long, but only half of it is spacious and open to the public. It is said to be the longest fissure cave in Sweden.