Laver copper mine

September 08, 2014  •  1 Comment

Yesterday I got the opportunity to visit a really cool place, it's an old copper mine called Laver. At one point it was the most modern town in the North of Sweden, built around the mine workings. After the war the copper prices plummeted and the mine closed down, as part of the clear-up, the whole town was taken away and all that is remaining is the concrete foundations.

It's possible to walk along the streets and see all the remains of the buildings, the old school looked great as the basement rooms, corridors and stairs are all in place.

it's fascinating to see how the forest is steadily reclaiming what is rightly hers! Here's the old ambulance station.

There's also an old tower construction looking over some of the mine workings, it has a great shape and is really interesting to photograph.

Built under the village is a bomb shelter, cut in to the mountain it goes on for miles and must have taken some serious work to build! Now it's very wet, very dark and echo's with dripping water making its way through the rock.

At the bottom of the village is a lake that probably supplied water at some point, there's a small wooden gate that appears to have controlled the flow, the wood has eroded over the years and looks fantastic.

A really interesting place to visit! Work is underway to reopen the copper mine so it will be interesting to see the modern mine alongside the old town, I shall return!

 


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Glen Pierson(non-registered)
Nice shots Mat. Glad you had a chance before the new work gets underway. I missed the bomb shelter on my visit. Looks like that was pretty neat. One of the things that amazed me was the total absence of graffiti.
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