The Bergtatt Marble Caves
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Approximately 3 Hours
A 40-minute drive takes you from Molde to the Bergtatt Caves area. The former marble quarry, which operated deep inside the mountainous terrain here, was opened by the Naas family in 1938. With 25 miles of mines on 11 levels, the mountain is now open to visitors.
Meet your mine guide at the entrance. Then, amazingly, your coach drives right into the mine, following the road into a big tunnel. You are suddenly engulfed by darkness, before seeing a glimmer of light further ahead. The road widens and you arrive in the first great hall, lit by chandeliers. Their light is reflected in clear water of the marina area. Leave the coach and put on a hard hat.
In a smaller group, you'll watch a short film about the mining operation and geography of the area.
Board a barge and take a seat. The boat will carry you across a subterranean lake, further into the darkness. In another chamber, four large chandeliers light up the beautiful marble walls. You will have some free time to take photos in this cavernous chamber.
Returning to the cave entrance, meet up with the wider group and head back to Molde.
Please note: Not advisable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia or a fear of the dark. Most tunnels are brightly lit, 27 feet tall and 14 - 30 yards wide. You will be underground for up to one and a half hours. Walking approximately 25 yards over concrete and gravel is required. Wear sturdy, non-skid walking shoes. The terrain can be wet and slippery. The barge is boarded via a flat ramp. Dress warmly - the temperature is a constant 43°F. The short film is shown in an area heated to approximately 16°F. The boat ride lasts approximately 15 minutes and life jackets are provided. The time in the grotto is split between free time, watching the short film, and taking the barge ride.