Industrial Heritage Visit to Kistefos Pulp Mill in Jevnaker Outside Oslo

The Industrial Heritage visit brings Congress participants to Kistefos Traesliberi, Norway’s largest grained wood pulp mill founded in 1889. In those days forest was Norway’s most important natural resource and in Kistefos thousands of timber logs were processed into wood pulp used in the European paper industry. It was used for instance to produce cheaper newspapers and magazines, reading materials became something everyone could afford.

The production at Kistefos stopped in 1955 but most of the machinery and equipment were left in the original environment. The whole site – machinery and buildings – is very well preserved and very typical for the technology dominating the industry from the1890s up to the 1950s. Kistefos is the only pulp mill from this period preserved in the whole of Scandinavia.