Visit the Meteorite Park at Gardnos and learn more about the universe around us.
How did the Earth look when the meteorite hit, which repercussions did the impact have and how can we understand other planets based on the Meteorite Park in Gardnos?
Discover correlations that provide delightful chills and excites the curiosity. Join us on a guided tour with knowledgeable geologists from the University of Oslo and explore, experience and discover. Be intrigued, speechless and a bit dizzy.
Welcome to Gardnos.
Dr. G lives at Gardnos, where he researches and explores the mysteries of outer space and the Gardnos crater. His words of wisdom are displayed on posters around the park, allowing you to discover your place in the universe!
It can be difficult to grasp how small the Earth really is. To illustrate the size of the universe, we have replaced the eight planets in the solar system with objects we know from our everyday lives. There was no room for the Sun, which is 330,000 times greater than the Earth. The Sun represents approximately 99.86% of the mass of our entire solar system. It’s gigantic!
Jupiter is the largest planet, and the third brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. If one excludes the sun it will take 48 million years to drive to the nearest star from Earth, provided that the vehicle maintains a constant speed of 96 km/h.
Neptune is the farthest planet in our solar system, and is the only planet that is impossible to see from Earth with the naked eye. It takes 165 years for this cold, huge planet to orbit the Sun.
Our solar system consists of eight planets. Can you guess why 9 planets are shown in the picture? You will find the answer in the Meteorite Park.
The F-14 Tomcat has a top speed of 2 485 km/h, and it is one of the fastest aircrafts we have on earth. A flight from Oslo to New York with this jet fighter will take close to 3 hours.
When the Gardnos meteorite hit the Earth it had a speed of 72 000 km/h. In other words, passengers aboard a meteorite would have managed to cross the Atlantic 30 times within the same time frame as the F-14 flight between Oslo and New York.
How much time would it take you to get to school in the morning if you were aboard a meteorite? Find out in DR. G’s "Meteorite speed calculator"!
A gigantic explosion
We find ourselves on Earth in the Cambrian period about 546 million years ago. Our planet is barren with only desert and water. Meanwhile evolution lurches forward in the form of small organisms. A meteorite comes whizzing through the universe at a high speed heading towards Earth, more accurately to Gardnos in Hallingdal.
With a diameter of 300 meters and a speed of 72 000 km/h, the meteorite hits the Earth’s surface with a huge bang. The vast powers form a crater five kilometres in diameter. The ground is pulverized, giant tsunamis occur and the ripple effects of the impact extend far down the European continent.
Gardnos reminds us of our place in the universe - floating among stars, planets and moons. We are a tiny part of something so unimaginably greater than ourselves; both in time and space.
Discover your place in the universe!
The Gardnos crater is one of the most easily accessible meteorite craters in the world. The crater itself and evidence of the impact is easily found along the nature trail. You can drive all the way to the centre of the crater, where guides are on hand to give you the whole story of this large crater. Learning the history of meteorites and exploring nature is exciting for both adults and children alike.
A trip to Gardnos meteorite crater will give you a better understanding of the forces that this area has been exposed to. The café hosts a meteorite exhibition and guides will take visitors through a introduction into the history of meteorites and relate this to knowledge about space, geology and the natural surroundings of the Gardnos crater.
Please find our opening hours here and head to the Meteorite Park this summer!
Opening hours and tickets
The park is open every day,
except Tuesdays, from 10 am to 6 pm, between June 26th and August 15th.
When booking tickets through "Visitnesbyen" you get a 10% discount on the ticket price. Follow this link directly to order.
Regular ticket prices without discount:
Gardnos Meteorite Park is located 10 km north of Nesbyen in Hallingdal.
Guided tours are set up hourly on the hour from 10 am to 6 pm with geologist guides from the University of Oslo.
For larger groups, please contact us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org as we may provide tailored packages upon request.
In our café we offer drinks and snacks, as well as Nesbyen’s best waffles!
Please also visit our souvenir shop in the café, specializing on meteorites, stones and gemstones.