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Fröå Gruva – a journey through time

Fröå Gruva is a combination of several buildings, plants and torps. A unique environment with mines, heaps of stone, cultivation plots and pastures. There are several paths, interesting mounds and rays of beaming copper spread out throughout the area.

The historic copper mine  Fröå Gruva is beautifully situated on the eastern side of Mt. Åreskutan. It was commissioned in 1744 and was used until 1919. Today, the mining area has been reconstructed and upgraded into both a beautiful place to visit, and a historic outdoor museum where you can learn about the life and work done here in the past.

Rebuilding and reconstruction of the water system

In 1990, the decision was made to rebuild the mining town and reconstruct its clever water system. A 9.5m diameter water wheel still stands in the original wheel pit from 1859. The wheel drives a 200 meter long railway, which, in turn, holds two pumps running in through the  Drottninggruven shaft.

The mine canal, dug out by hand in 1859 to transport water to the water wheel, has been reexcavated and the aqueduct, which leads Fröåns water to Fröåjärn to be stored, has been reopened.

Villages and buildings

A community grew around the mine, and many of the houses still remain today. An easy way to get into the 19th century life in the small village is simply to take a walk along Torprundan (point 224). There are information signs on several of the houses that tell about the buildings and the area’s history.

Guided tours and good food

The mine is usually open during the summer with guided tours.  You can also explore the remains of the old canal systems on your own. Maps can be found at reception. Several nice hiking trails start out from Fröå Gruva and in the surroundings you find both open air fire places for grilling your own food and the excellent café Bergstugan.

Last updated 4 August 2023