Flaat Nikkelgruve

Flaat Nickelmine

Useful Information

Location: At Flaat. Near Evje and Hornnes, north of Kristiansand. From Evje follow Rv9 to the North, turn right at the Otra lake towards Gautestad, after 2.5 km turn right again. 2 km to the mine. Signposted "Gruveomr.".
Open: APR to MAY by appointment. JUL to 15-AUG daily 13. 16-AUG to 01-NOV by appointment. [2005]
Fee: Adults NOK 80, Children (6-13) NOK 40, Children (0-5) not allowed.
Groups: Adults NOK 80, Children (6-13) NOK 50, Children (0-5) not allowed.
Classification: MineNickel Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Flaat Gruve Besøksgruve, v/ Reidar Kjetså, 4735 Evje, Tel: +47-37-930371. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.


1946 mine closed.


Flaat Nikkelgruve is a big nickel mine. Once it was the largest nickelmine in northern Europe, and more than 350 men worked at the mine and the refinery. The mine is 440 m deep, which means it reaches below sea level. Only the upper part, which is also the oldest part, is restored and open to the public.

Although the mine is restored and equipped with electric light, the tour is still rather tough. Rubber boots and helmet are provided. Old clothes are a good idea too.