It seems that the Norwegians have a hobby in collecting statues and installing them in the most unexpected places.
I love this and the surprise to find in a strange place a statue was always bringing me a smile and a better mood for all day...
Couldn't this be the reason to install them there?
As I have already said, I was one of the people lucky enough to take a dinner in that mine, 1070 meters bellow the surface, breathing silver dust mixed with almost 400 years of mining industry.
I did this after an hour visit in some of it's galleries which are longer than 600 km.
We have entered the mine as the miners did so many years before us, in a real mining train. You can be sure that it wasn't my most confortable trip with the train but it was so real.
I had about 15 minutes to feel what the miners could feel going to risk so much for a better life, day by day, for their entire life.
I will let you see and comment, if you need so, my photos.
Sorry for the bad quality but the silver mine was not exactly the photo studio I have expected :)
It is a must see of course, and I don't need to speak too much about it as I will attach here some nice links... enjoy them
What they are not saying on all those sites is that, when I have been there, a very young man, almost a boy, was playing piano.
It was perhaps Bach's Toccata but...I am not a connoisseur.
Anyway, it makes my visit special and it kept me inside the church more than I have paned.
Congratulation and sorry for disturbing you with my camera... if you'll read this by chance.
Korset (meaning the cross) is a monument of the place where The Danish king Chr IV stood when he pointed out where he wanted Kongsberg to be built way back in 1624. The story says that he was drunk when he pointed and really meant Kongsberg to be a little longer to the right(south)
in the area of Sandsvær.
Today Korset is a popular goal for hikers as it is on the top of Kongsberg`s western hillside with perfect view of Kongsberg,Sandsvær,the Skrim mountain range and Øvre Eiker and Nedre Eiker kommuner.
In this area there are many remindings of the mining period. All around you will see signs with names on the old mines. A suggestion is to go and see the place where the first silver was found at the top of Kongens gruve.
At Labro you can visit the Labromuseums. This is a part of Lågdalsmuseet that you can find about 6km south of Kongsberg. The museums are Vassdragsmusset,Numedalslågens Fløtningsmuseum and Norsk Vegmuseum avd. Buskerud.
The Vassdragsmuseum is a museum for business and culture in the old days along the Numedalslågen river with production of electricity as a special theme.
Numedalslågens fløtningsmuseum is about transportation of timber on the river down to the sawmills by the sea in the old days.
Norsk vegmuseum avd Buskerud is about the roads in Buskerud fylke.
The museums are open from 11-17 in the weekends from 12th of june-29th of august.
From the 3rd of july-15th of august itis open 11-17 every day.
adm fee 50nok for an adult.
Near Skollenborg about 7km south of Kongsberg we have a professional 18holes golfcourse.
The greenfee is 350nok on weekdays and 450nok in weekends and hollidays.
The course has a Club shop ,restaurant, driving range, puttinggreen, pitchinggreen, 6 holes pay and play and you can hire carts, trolleys, clubs.
This is a relatively new golfcourse that have become wery popular.
You can find the monument of Kongsbergs founder King Christian IV next to the church in the quiet Stukenbroks gate. Every year at the 17th of may in the morning there is a short ceremony in front of this monument.
Tinius Olsen was born in Kongsberg in 1845. When he grew up he moved to the Usa and became a succesful businessman with his own technical patents. Some of the money he earned he gave back to the Kongsberg society. This money was used to start up the Tinius Olsen school so that people from Kongsberg not should have to go away to get technical education. Today the school and the monument lies side by side in the northern end of Magasinparken in the center of town next to the river.
On this picture you can see one of the Sakkerhusene in Saggrenda near Kongsberg. A Sakkerhus was used as accomodation for the miners,office, and also for keeping some of the silver. At one time there was more than 100 Sakkerhus in the Kongsberg area and you can still see some of them today (Sachsen). The ones in Saggrenda is the largest and nicest ones. Today they are rented out to weddings,parties etc.
From Funkelia or Saggrenda you can hike up to Kongens gruve and the area where they first found the silver. The area contains a large number of mines including the top of Kongens gruve(The Kings mine),the first place they found silver and monograms of the Danish kings from their visits 1624 and 1685. The monograms are carved into the mountain side and is called "Kongekronene" This is not the same as "Kronene i håvet" that is a collection of royal monograms from all the kings from 1624 untill today. "Kronene i håvet" have its ovn tip.
Just beneath the tv tower at the mountain Jonsknuten 912m above sea level.you find the Knutehytta.(Hytte means cabin).
Knutehytta is the pride of Kongsbergs citicens and open some days a week mainly all year round. You can drive to Knutehytta and the area is wery popular with hikers and cross country skiers. After having climbed the Jonsknuten (or just Knuten as we say) it is really nice to relax at Knutehytta either inside or at the terrace overlooking the Skrim mountain range to the south. Knutehytta can also be used for arrangements and there are many small lakes to fish in up there.
Take a walk down to the statue of the bull.
According to our history the two kids Jakob Grosvold and Helga Wærp was out herding the animals in the hills above Kongsberg in 1623 when a bull hit his horns against a rock and suddently revealed something shiny. The kids brought the shiny stone home to their parents.
Later the parents was caught by the police trying to sell this silver stone and then the news of this was quickly sent to the Danish king Christian the 4th who decided to start the mining.
The year after, in1624 the king himself came to the area and it was then he decided where Kongsberg should be built when he stood on Korset and looked out over what today is Kongsberg. (Korset has its ovn tip)
The mining museum is really worth a visit. You will get a glmpse of the life and work of the miners of Kongsberg since 1624. This is not only a minig museum. You will also find a collection of old coins from the Royal Norwegian mint that lies next door. There is a section with Norwegian ski history in honour of our famous ski jumpers in the past.(Birger Ruud and others) and Kongsberg våpenfabrikk museum.
The museum is also located in the old silver mines itself. In Saggrenda about 7km along the E143 to the west of Kongsberg you can take a toy train into the mountains.
For a little info about this please look at the tip called Silver mines.
The museum and the mines are by far Kongsbergs biggest tourist atraction.
Norsk Berverksmuseum (mining museum) in Kongsberg is located both in the centre of Kongsberg and in Saggrenda 7 km along the E134 to the west.
In Saggrenda you can take a toy train several kilometers into the mountain on a guided tour.
Outside you can look at the old buildings from the mining period and participate in fyrsetting(the way they actually made the mines in the old tmes).
There are also activities for kids in a small activity area and some nice benches in the forest where you can relax.
One of the two most popular places for swimming in the Kongsberg area is Kjennerudvannet(lake Kjennerud). This lake is in Lurdalen 5min drive from Kongsberg.
The lake is a lot larger than Saggrenda dammen.
Remmember not to expect temperatures above 20 in the water exept after a long time with hot weather.June,July or August are the months people are usually taking a bath outdoors
More about swimming in Kongsberg: See also Saggrenda dammen