I'll meet you at the quay of Lykling, giving a brief overwiew of the gold mines and soapstone quarries of this area. Actually the biggest gold mine of Norway, now protected area. A light meal of local food can be served before we drive the last kilometre into the mines on the seabed of the North Sea. We'll stroll through the traces and history from the mines being run her by english engineers the last part of the 1800's. Since I am co-owner of the only mine with license to still take out gold, you will be allowed to search (with hammers) for your own nugget of rock-gold in our slag heaps. Then we return via the soapstone quarry from late 1000, delivering pots and later big building blocks to all the medieval churches of Bergen. The traces from this activity are fascinatingly clear when you know what to look for. Finally we will enjoy a beer and a meal of tasteful local food at the small rustic cafe at the quay. Welcome!
I'm offering skilled and engaged guided tours on geology and history on the magic island of Bømlo. Meet our stone age, our local but national viking history, the gold mines or our wide range of geology. I can tell it, show it or sing it, outdoors or indoors. I'm qualified after having hunted and fished here since childhood, written books, made several documentary films here and abroad, played theatre roles, made music and run cultural projects to tell the history of my island, my nature and my people.
Refreshments: Local food and refreshments served on request, in rural and traditional surroundings. Or outside.
Local beer could be served on request by our collaborators.
Kystguiden will organize all expences, and charge the one in charge of the group summarized later.
Transport by car or minibus from hotels in Stord or Bømlo will be organized on request.
Hammers, gloves, goggles and helmets is mandatory if mining, and will be available.
Haugesundsgangen is the only licensed gold mine in Norway, and owned by the founder of Kystguiden. If in company with Kystguiden, searching for gold is allowed. If not, it is prohibited by law to remove stone or metal from the area due to cultural legacy.
wind- and water proof clothes
No wild, dangerous animals here. Mosqitos could be annoying in summer evening. Walks are relatively short, and appropriate for anyone with no disabilities. If so, we can adjust for your group.
Explore the gold mines on Bømlo