The historic silver mining town of Kongsberg (“the King’s mountain”) is today home to the fascinating Norwegian Mining Museum, which encompasses old mining buildings, historical mining artefacts, and the closed-down mines themselves. Tours of the mines include the interior of the mines, accessible by a special mining train which takes you 2.3 km (1.4 miles) into the mountain!
In the eighteenth century Kongsberg was the second most populous town in Norway, with approximately half the town’s population employed in the mines. About 1,350 tonnes of silver was mined here between 1623 and 1957.
Today, Kongsberg is also known for its annual Kongsberg Jazz Festival, bringing the town to life in early July.