The Hoverbergsgrottan cave was discovered in 1897 and is the largest cleft cave in Scandinavia. Its length is estimated at 81 metres. The cave is illuminated with differently coloured LEDs that make the formations clearly visible.
According to legend, the Hoverbergsgubben troll used to live in the cave but when humans started to poke around, he moved on elsewhere. Visitors can today follow the stairs down to a kind of forecourt and then onwards down another staircase. The depth is estimated at 12 metres. The passage grows wider and more level before finishing in a kind of hall with an impressive vault some 20-30 metres high. In the middle of the vault, daylight breaks through a small opening in the ceiling. In early spring, the cave is inaccessible due to ice build-up: as the outside air warms up in spring, condensation builds up in the cave and since the cave still holds minus degrees, ice is formed. In early June the ice starts melting and come high summer, it will disappear.
At the end of the cave is a narrow opening where speleologists have ventured another 10 metres before abseiling 20 metres. Once there the passage widens to a width of 30 metres.
The cave is at times used for events such as wedding ceremonies, concerts and plays. From the cave run rambling trails up on Mt Hoverberget and the nature reserve, towards the so-called Remnan, a 400 metre long crevice in the rock. Paths lead on towards the summit of Mt Hoverberget with an outlook tower and scenic views over the Södra Storsjöbygden. Visitors who prefer not to walk can drive around the mountain and up to the summit.
Other footpaths lead to Bergs Hembygdsgård at the foot of Mt Hoverberget. Here is also Bingstasmedjan, the oldest preserved armourer’s smithy in Sweden.
The cave offers generous opening hours during the summer, June - August: daily 10.00-20.00; any extension depending on the weather. The kiosk at the caravan ground also serves as reception for the cave. Groups can book a guide. Information about the cave is available in English and German. Admission: Children from age 12 and adults: 50 SEK. Tel: +46 (0) 687-120 97 Mobile: +46 (0) 70-60 28 495, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hoverbergsgrottan.com.
GPS N 62°49.827, E 14°24.987’