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The mines at Malmberget

Tucked away at Malmberget, the other hill that overlooks the town, the modern mines and works are distant, dark blots down which the tourist office ferries relays of tourists in summer. There are two separate tours, both running from mid-June to mid-August: one of the underground LKAB iron-ore mine, the other to the open-cast copper mine known as Aitik, the largest of its kind in Europe (and also Sweden’s biggest gold mine – the metal is recovered from the slag produced during the extraction of the copper). The ear-splitting noise produced from the mammoth-sized trucks (they’re five times the height of a human being) in the iron-ore mine can be quite disconcerting in the confined darkness.