Pre-conference tour 14-15 June 2020

This is a tour for those that want to see more of Norway and visit places that we are proud to show. The tour will start from Gardermoen airport were the participants will be picked up by a bus. The bus will then drive to Gjøvik where we will visit the Gjøvik rock cavern, a sports arena constructed for the 1994 Olympic games. The cavern has a span of 62 m and is the largest rock cavern in the world that is open to the public. We will have a guided tour and lunch here.

After the visit the bus will continue to Hunderfossen for a guided tour of the Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum. In 2018 this museum was awarded "Innovative Underground Space Concept of the Year" by the International Tunnelling Association (ITA). The bus continues to Venabu Mountain Hotel where we will have the dinner and stay for the night.



After breakfast, the bus will take us to Sohlbergplassen, a viewing point at Atnsjøen lake curving gently around slender pine trees. The platform frames the view towards the lake and the rounded peaks of the Rondane massif as they appear in Harald Sohlberg’s famous painting “Winter’s Night in Rondane”.


The next stop will be at the Folldal Mines, one of 15 works included in the Directorate for Cultural Heritage’s national program for industrial heritage. It comprises 70 buildings, slag heaps and tips. Today, it is a vibrant museum with exhibitions, marked trails, café, accommodation and the main attraction; the mine.

The next stop along the route will be at Hjerkinn Fjellstue, where we will be served lunch. This lodge has a 1000-year tradition, but unfortunately the old buildings burned down in 1718 and 1990. From here you have a view of the Dovrefjellet mountains.


The last stop will be at Bratset hydroelectric power plant in the Orkla river. The power plant utilizes a 273-meter head in the Orkla river from the intake Storfossdammen, down-stream of Litjfossen power plant, to the outlet south of Berkåk. The main part of the water is collected by a tunnel from Innerdalsvatnet in Tynset, which is first utilized at Litjfossen power plant. Water from Ulset power plant is also captured. The water is directed in a 14 km long tunnel from Storfoss Dam to the power station. The Storfoss Dam is made of concrete.

Water is also collected from several smaller creeks and rivers that flow into the main stream. The headrace tunnel was excavated by TBM with a diameter of 4.5 meters. Average annual production is 400 GWh and the installed power is 80 MW on two Franc turbines. Construction work began in 1979 and the power plant was commissioned in 1982


After the visit to Bratset hydroelectric power plant, the bus will continue to Trondheim and the hotels. Expect arrival will be 7 pm.


Sunday 14. June
12:00-13:00    Bus from Oslo airport Gardermoen to Gjøvik
13:30-15:00    Presentation and guided tour of the Olympic rock cavern arena, followed by lunch
15:00-16:00    Bus from Gjøvik to Hunderfossen
16:00-17:00    Guided tour of the Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum, Hunderfossen
17:00-18:00    Bus to Venabu Mountains Hotel
19:00        Dinner at the hotel

Monday 15. June
09:00-10:00     Bus from Venabu Mountains Hotel to the view point Solbergplassen, (short stop)
10:00-11:00     Bus from Sohlbergplassen to Folldal
11:00-12:00     Visit to the Mining Museum in Folldal
12:00-12:30     Bus from Folldal to Hjerkinn
12:30-13:30     Lunch
13:30-15:30     Bus from Hjerkinn to Bratset hydropower plant, with a stop to look at schist
15:30-17:00     Visit to the power plant hall, Bratset power plant
17:00-19:00     Bus from Berkåk to Trondheim