Halvikhula – Hellvik, Norway - Atlas Obscura


Hellvik, Norway

The largest cave in Northern Europe.  


On the shores of the Norwegian Sea, there are many beautiful, wild locations that have been relatively untouched by humans. One such place is Halvikhallen or Halvikhula (Hall of Halvik or Halvik Cave), known as Northern Europe’s largest cave.

The height of this enormous hole carved into the shore mountain by the raging sea is well over 300 feet (100 meters), and about 260 feet (80 meters) wide. One old geological source, a book by Amund Helland called Norges Land og Folk, which was written between 1885 to 1921 in 20 volumes, claims that the cave’s depth is well over 1,000 feet. 

Very little else is known about the cave due to its remoteness and the arduous trek to access its wonders. Getting to the cave requires a boat or canoe to reach the bay by the Fårøya Island. There, visitors can still see the remains of the old pier.

Once on land, it’s impossible to miss the cave due to its enormous size. Approaching the cave can be difficult because of the crumbled rocks near the entrance, but a visit is well worth the effort. The location also offers a beautiful view of the Norwegian Sea and islets surrounding the mainland.

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