MAGMA GEOPARK (Norway)
Magma Geopark is situated in southwest Norway. The story began as early as 1.5 billion years ago when red-hot magma and sky-high mountains characterized the region. Through millions of years, glaciers helped to form today's characteristic landscape.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
Although the magma has cooled down and solidified and the mountains have been worn away, the area offers a glimpse into the roots of an ancient mountain chain. Here is a rock type called anorthosite that is more common on the moon than on Earth. This unique area provides high-value heritage in local, national and international contexts.
Magma Geopark is working towards 46 Geopark localities being open to the public. Some examples of our localities are; St. Olav’s serpent, a fantastic glacial ridge (esker) that meanders through the landscape; the Gloppedal scree that represents one of the largest landslides in Europe; Eigerøy lighthouse with a walk through part of a huge magma chamber in a coastal landscape; Blåfjell old ilmenite mine; Hellersheia anorthosite landscape with huge blocks and caves; Storeknuten where you can see where magma entered Europe’s largest layered intrusion; Ørsdalen old tungsten mine; Gursli old molybdenum mine; huge coastal caves cut out of solid rock at Brufjell; and Flekkefjord old museum railroad.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States