Mining has provided the backbone of society ever since time of the first human habitation. Many cities, towns and villages owe their very existence on the occurrence of particular mineral deposits or trading with minerals or ores. Norwegian examples include Bærum, Arendal, Kongsberg, Røros, Løkken, Sulitjelma and Kirkenes. Some large companies, such as Orkla have their origin in mining despite not being involved in mining today.
Tourist mining train, Folldal Mines. Picture by Reidulv Bøe, NGU
Tourist mining train, Folldal Mines. Picture by Reidulv Bøe, NGUAll over the world, many old abandoned mines have been reconstructed into museums and game parks, where tourists can experience everyday life of the miner. Some tourists are interested in seeing as many old mines as possible, and mining tourism is a blooming industry.
In Norway, NGU is involved in the quality control of exhibitions for several mining museums and visitors' mines, such as the millstone park in Hyllestad and the copper mines in Folldal.
Published: 21. January 2008