Olav Mine

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Location: 13 km northeast of Røros on the Rørosvidda. From Røros east on RV31 7 km, turn off, follow signs to Olavsgruva for 6 km.
Open: Olavsgruva: 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.
Classification: MineCopper Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=1000 m, VR=50 m, D=2 h.
Address: Olavsgruva, Rørosmuseet, Lorentz Lossius gata 45, N-7374 Røros, Tel: +47-240-6170, Fax: +47-7240-6180. E-mail: contact
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1650 Nyberget gruve opened.
1717 Nyberget gruve closed.
1861 Nyberget gruve reopened.
1890 Nyberget gruve finally closed.
1936 Olavsgruva opened.
1953 smetling at Smelthytta ended.
1977 opened to the public.
1980 inscribed on 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 500 m and down 50 m to the Bergmannshallen. The mine has paths and electric light, but helmets and rubber boots 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.