The area consists of an exhibition gallery to show the history of the mines in a striking new way, a café and service facility, and parking for visitors. In order to reach the entrance of the mine, a spectacular road was constructed along the wild river.
The zinc mines were in operation from 1881 to 1899. The mining operations brought life to the village with as many as 168 employees and the export of ore on ships heading abroad. The operation was a forerunner of subsequent hydroelectric development and industrialization in Sauda in Ryfylke.
During the summer season, there are guided tours to the mines several times every day, and the rest of the year there are groups on request.
The exciting new café building, which is open in the summer, has a great view.
Getting to Allmannajuvet
Allmannajuvet is located near Sauda in Ryfylke. You can get to Allmannajuvet with your own car both from the south or from the north.
From the south: Follow the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke, 520, along Saudafjorden. Drive through Sauda center and follow the road through Hellandsbygd towards Saudafjellet. The road from Sauda to Hellandsbygd is open in winter, so driving from the south to Allmannajuvet is available all year round.
From the north: From Røldal in the north you cross Saudafjellet on the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke, 520. The road over Saudafjellet takes you through a varied landscape and a 900-metre high mountain pass. The scenery is magnificent and parts of the road are quite narrow, so please take your time. Saudafjellet pass, on Rv. 520 between Hellandsbygd and Røldal, is closed in the winter when the snow can pile up to five–six metres thick! See more information at www.vegvesen.no