Photo. A small boy show the entrance to the mine.
The mine Åkeberggruva, is a closed feltspatgruve mine, which operated from about 1880 to the beginning of the 1900s. Here it was taken out feltspar and quartz glass for use in the glass- and porcelain industry. The mineral was brought down to the place Solli by horse and sleigh for shipment from there. We needed to "climb" little bit to reach the cave higher up on the mountain ridge.
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The caved looked huge from inside. Sunrays lit up some parts of the cave so it was not totally dark there.The cave gives a good shelter when it`s poor weather. It`s possible to stay overnight in the cave, which has two large openings and a high "roof". There is established a bonfire place inside the cave. On the top of the mountain rigde - just above the cave - there are some nice viewpoints of the wild landscape in Råde. To reach the top, you need to climb - if you dare.
We started our tour from the area Kleiva and Engen, which is located near Slangvoll in Råde, not so far from the municipal boundary against Sarpsborg. A walking trip from here takes around 20-30 minutes in a little bit challenging terrain. An alternative route to this old mine is from the place Solli through the pond Isebakktjern.
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Stein Morten Lund, 4th January 2015