Atlantic Ocean Road & Bergtatt Marble Cave
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: KRI-005
Enjoy a lovely seaside drive to the village of Eide, where you will explore an underground quarry and raft across its crystal-clear lake.
After a short drive through Kristiansund, you will join the: Krifast Road System - opened in 1992 as the first ferry-free mainland connection from Kristiansund. It is a 15-mile stretch that includes the 3-mile long undersea Freifjord Tunnel, and 7 Bridges – among them the Bergsøysund Pontoon Bridge and the Gjemnessund Suspension Bridge.
Awe-inspiring sights are common along this route, so expect to see the Norwegian countryside in all its glory as you drive toward the seaside village of Eide. There, you will visit a limestone and marble quarry that the same family has operated since 1938.
Over the decades, as the stone has been removed, the quarry’s heavy machinery has left behind nearly 25 miles of tunnels, caverns and a large underground lake. The temperature is always about 43° Fahrenheit, regardless of the weather outside.
To explore this vast network of passageways, you will board a wooden raft and travel across the lake (a helmet and inflatable vest will be provided). The water is clean and crystal clear, and you will have the chance to taste it as it drips from the cavern walls. Chandeliers and colored lights illuminate the way, giving the atmosphere a magical quality.
Later, after watching a film about the mining operation and enjoying a coffee break, you will head back to the pier in Kristiansund via the amazingly picturesque Atlantic Ocean Road. This scenic highway links charming villages, zigzags across low bridges and skips nimbly from island to island. The road is so beautiful and memorable it was chosen “Norway’s Construction of the Century” in 2005.
Please note: There is limited walking on this tour, mainly over flat surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing to include a warm wind/waterproof jacket; cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour sequence may vary.