The Magical White Caves in Gudvangen
The tour through the cave-labyrinth begins in a welcoming hall where helmets and jackets are given to those who wish. (The average temperature is approx. 8 °C all year round.) Thereafter guests continue through the cave tunnels in single file. The whole route is laid with carpet so it is easy to follow. The naturally white mountain walls, partly with running water and small lakes, gives quite incredible reflections and effects with the right use of lighting.
We have chosen to start the tour with wandering shadows of the trolls to the sound of Grieg’s «Hall of the Mountain King», next to continue to a peaceful sequence as you go further in, with silence and thrilling light-settings in blue and green. Just the sound of dripping and running water interrupts the silence. The lights come and go, giving each individual their own special experience of the tour. Gradually the lights grow stronger, with glimpses of orange and red, before exploding in an overwhelming sunrise in an extended cave, set to Grieg’s «Morning».
The walk continues further towards the sun and at last through it in the form of a small passage. Out on ‘the other side’ it is at first dark for a moment, before the walk literally continues through the rainbow, step-by-step, colour-by-colour, till you discover that you are in a large mountain room with a little green lake, flickering and playful lights make you feel that you are in another world. Here there are seats to sit on, small candles to light and set on the water if you wish, or you can continue towards the stone bar where refreshments are served. Around the corner from the bar is a dining area with tables and benches covered with reindeer skins, and also more private sitting-areas to sit down and absorb the magic atmosphere.
In Gudvangen you can find, second after the moon, the world’s largest deposit of anorthositt, a type of marble, which contains both gold and aluminium.
The caves in Gudvangen are located about 8.2 km away from the Gudvangen ferry quay, right next to the E16 road to Voss. There is a bus parking area just outside the entrance. The excursion between 1st of June and 31st of August is open for general public at 12 noon, but mainly meant for groups, especially from cruise ships, and exhibitions/arrangements. Since it is not open to the public, we have chosen to keep the outside as the original, without any signs or commercials.
The cave-labyrinth itself covers an area of 250 by 150 square metres, criss-crossing in nooks and crooks. The halls are of different sizes, but are generally 5-10 metres width by 4-8 metres high, with some larger halls and rooms. Innermost in the caves it is bored to a depth of approx. 300 metres to a water course where at all times runs the most clear and fresh water, thoroughly rinsed on its way down from the top through over a kilometre of anorthositt.
At the end of the round trip you come out into a larger hall where there is a tiny hole near the top of the wall where you can see daylight This gives the feeling of not being far from the way out after all, reducing the anxiety for anyone who may find it uncomfortable to be «inside the end of a tunnel». The carpeted path makes it also suitable for those with diminished health to follow. There is also along the path emergency lighting in case of a power cut outside, which will come on automatically. Fully functional toilets are available in the toilet block in the car park.