Sinkgruvene i Allmannajuvet

Allmannajuvet Zinc Mines

Useful Information

Location: From Sauda Rv 520 toward Røldal for 8.7 km.
Open: 18-JUN to 14-AUG daily 14. Or by appointment. [2005]
Fee: Adults NOK 80, Children NOK 40. Combi ticket with the Ryfylkemuseet. [2005]
Classification: MineZinc Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=10 min.
Address: Sinkgruver i Allmannajuvet, N-4208 Sauda, Tel: +47-5278-4200.
Tourist Information: Tel: +46-5278-1320.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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02-OCT-1881 the farmer Gregorius Birkeland discovered zinc ore in the mountains of Sauda.
1881 mine opened.
1899 mine closed.
2004 plans to develop the mine.


This is a rather small zinc mine, but at its heyday it employed 148 workers. Discovered by a local farmer in 1881 it soon started the first industrial age in Sauda. It was closed for more than 100 years, but now it is open for visitors. In 2004 a plan to develop the mine was made, which would cost 14 Million NOK. The architect received a price for his concept.

The mine is reached after a walk along the Old Mining Road, which clings to the mountainside above river Storelva. The visit is rather easy, there are paths and light. Guided tours show 600 m of the tunnels.