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Approximately 3 Hours
Meals not included
Experience the Bergtatt Caves, just a 40-minute drive from Molde. The marble quarry here has been run by the Naas family since 1938. In 1955 they began to remove limestone for the pulp industry, digging so deep into the mountain that they ended up with 25 miles of mines on 11 levels. The family decided to open part of the mountain to visitors, resulting in the site you will visit today.
Your mine guide meets you at the opening; then, you drive into the mine on your coach. The road disappears into a large tunnel and you are suddenly engulfed by darkness. Watch for the glimmer of light further ahead, and the road widens into in the first great hall, which is lit by chandeliers. Leave your coach and divide into smaller groups.
One group will watch a short film about the mining operation and geography of the area while the other group boards a large barge. The barge carries you even further into the darkness, across the lake. It gets a little darker before it gets light again, this time with four large chandeliers sparkling and lighting up the marbled walls. You will have some free time to take photos in this cavernous, chandelier-lit hall. The groups then swap activities.
Return to Molde and the pier via the same route.
Not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia or a fear of the dark. You will be underground for up to 1½ hours. There is walking of approximately 25 yards over concrete and gravel; the terrain can be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy, non-skid walking shoes. The barge is boarded via a flat ramp. Dress warmly - the temperature in the cave is a constant 43 degrees Fahrenheit. The short film is shown in a heated area (68 degrees F). The boat ride last approximately 15 minutes; life jackets are available. The time underground is split between free time, watching the short film and taking the barge ride.