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Pictures from Kongens Gruve - Kongsberg - Norway

francis

New member
Me, my girlfriend (now fiancee) and her little brother went on the guided tour to Kongens Gruve last summer. I brought a camera with me, but until now I haven't had access to a scanner to scan the negatives. I have now got myself a scanner, and thought I could share a few pictures.

Kongens gruve is the deepest silver mine in Kongsberg. It's over 1000m deep, but only a few 100m are accessable, the rest is waterlogged. If anyone fancies a 700m deep dive, I'm sure it could be arranged :LOL:.

Camera: Pentax P30
Lense: Vivitar 28mm f/2.8
Flash: Metz CT45
Film: Kodak T-Max 400 @ 400 developed in T-Max developer
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan V LS-50

The pictures were somewhat overexposed, but I have tried to get them as good as possible in Lightroom.

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BTW: In no way have I got anything to do with the rubbing SRT rope on pic 10, there is a guided tour down the mine that www.berganfahrerne.no run.


Francis :)
 

SamT

Moderator
good work - nice photos.

I espically like the views of the 'false floor' planking. it gives an impression of what the speedwell streamway probably once looked like before the wood disappeared.
 

IanWalker

Active member
Great pictures :)

Did they smelt the ore underground (pic 5)? Is that common?

The place looks to be in great condition - do you know when the mine was abandoned?

Ian.
 

francis

New member
marysboy said:
Great pictures :)

Did they smelt the ore underground (pic 5)? Is that common?

The place looks to be in great condition - do you know when the mine was abandoned?

Ian.

The mine was abandoned in 1958. They processed the ore i some buildings outside the mine.


jduckeck said:
Seems to me like an underground smithy, not a smelter. They repaired iron tools, shod the horses and so on...

More info on http://www.showcaves.com/english/no/mines/Konnerud.html
and on their own website of course...

Jochen

The link above leads to a page about Konnerudgruvene in Drammen (40 min drive from Kongsberg). They are not the same mines as the ones in Kongsberg.

You can download a film about the mines in Kongsberg here.

http://www.bvm.museum.no/Multi%20Site%20Solution/Websites/bvm/Home/Bes?ksinfo/S?lvgruvene.aspx

If anyone happens to be in the eastern part of Norway give me a shout, and I'm sure we can arrange to go underground somewhere :).

Francsi :)

 
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