|Location:||13km northeast of Røros on the Rørosvidda. From Røros east on RV31 7km, turn off, follow signs to Olavsgruva for 6km.|
01-JUN to 19-JUN Mon-Sat 13, 15, Sun 12.
20-JUN to 15-AUG daily 11, 12:30, 14, 15:30, 17.
16-AUG to 10-SEP Mon-Sat 13, 15, Sun 12.
11-SEP to 31-MAY Sat 15.
Smelthytta: 01-JUN to 19-JUN Mon-Fri 11-17, Sat-Sun 11-15.
20-JUN to 15-AUG daily 10-17.
16-AUG to 10-SEP Mon-Fri 11-17, Sat-Sun 11-15.
11-SEP to 14-OCT Mon-Fri 11-15, Sat-Sun 11-14.
15-OCT to 31-MAY Tue-Fri 11-15, Sat-Sun 11-14.
|Guided tours:||L=1000m, VR=50m, D=2h.|
|Address:||Olavsgruva, N-7374 Røros, Tel: +47-240-6170, Fax: +47-7240-6180. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1650||Nyberget gruve opened.|
|1717||Nyberget gruve closed.|
|1861||Nyberget gruve reopened.|
|1890||Nyberget gruve finally closed.|
|1953||smetling at Smelthytta ended.|
|1977||opened to the public.|
|1980||inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List.|
|1990||Smelthytta appointed Museum of the year.|
Although this show mine is called Olavsgruva, there are two different mines toured. Nyberget gruve is the older one, and was operated in the 17th and 19th century. Olavsgruva is rather modern, and was mined during the first half of the 20th century. In this mine mining technollogy based on compressed air is explained. The tour goes in 500m and down 50m to the Bergmannshallen. The mine has paths and electric light, but helmets and wellingtons are provided anyway.
At the mine is a museum, which shows different mining related exhibits. There are ore samples and minerals.
There is another museum in the town Røros, the Smelthytta museum. It is located inside the former furnace, Smelthytta is the Norwegian word for furnace. The wooden building The two main exhibitions are Gruvedrift i Cirkumferensen and Geologien i Rørostraktene, explaining the local geology with geologic maps and rock samples. This museum was appointed Europe's Museum of the year in 1990.