If you go into the mine and find that you are claustrophobic, is there a way out or do you
have to wait for the tour to finish?
Hitching a ride with a group going back up is the best way but if you have no problem going down in the car you should have no problem in the mine because the car is a bit cramp. The leader did show us a shaft that is used in case of an emergency if an evacuation has to be made fast. Step in a shaft and it takes you up to the service. How that works I do not know.
Once you get down in the mine, you will feel like you are in a series of big rooms.
As far as I can tell you would have to wait. I am claustrophobic myself. It wasn't too bad. There is ample head room for walking around . If you can handle going into caverns you can do this tour.
The car going down is the smallest space, and it really doesn't take too long. If you are at your max when you get out of the car, you should be able to hitch a ride back up with another group. Really, though, if you can breathe through it, the mine itself if quite open and well ventilated (it has to be), so other than being quite chilly, it was not a bad experience. I don't do well in elevators, so I was a bit worried, but had no problems. I hope you get to enjoy!
If you find yourself claustrophobic when you first get down, you may be able to exit with the tour that leaves the mine just after yours arrives. The tightest quarters are in the car that takes you into the mine. It's quite close on there. The areas in the mine are pretty open, like being in the hallways or rooms of a building, albeit some spots have low ceilings.
I believe you have to wait in a waiting room until the next group leaves. The shafts were very big so you might not have a problem.
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