Marvel at nature's creations of precious minerals in this tour that visits the unique Setesdal Mineral Park.
Kristiansand is the most important town in the south of Norway, founded in the 17th century by King Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway. Your tour begins with a drive through the city center, which will give you the opportunity to marvel at the unique layout of the Quadrature, the name given the town center because of its right-angled streets, as well as viewing the many charming, typical white wooden houses that can be seen in this area.
Leaving the city behind, you will head north towards Evje, which lies at the entrance of the Setesdal valley. During your approximately 1-hour drive, you will be treated to views of the beautiful scenery, wood clad hills, small lakes and farmland that is typical to the area. At the end of your drive, you will find yourself in Hornnes, where the Setesdal Mineral Park is located. This bedrock in Southern Norway consists of an impressive array of over 100 different minerals. The Park is situated in a lovely setting on a peninsula at the river Otra, and has a unique tunnel scheme to display the many minerals found in the area, such as amethyst, topaz, and rock crystal. The tunnels have been opened to house a large museum with various exhibitions of the minerals. In order to maintain proper humidity and temperature levels and to not damage the minerals, the museum is kept at a constant temperature of 66F throughout the year.
Enjoy time to stroll through the park and admire the exhibitions inside the museum before rejoining your coach for the drive back to the pier in Kristiansand, where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. A windbreaker or light jacket and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.