The characterization of colloids from the Grimsel Test Site granitic groundwater has been carried out after concentrating the natural colloids by diaultrafiltration in situ and in the laboratory. A 2-year-long study has shown little variation in the chemistry of the Grimsel water ( T = 285 K, pH = 9.6) and a calculation of saturation indices indicates that quartz and fluorite are slightly oversaturated in the in situ conditions ( log P( CO2)/ atm. = -5.5). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) investigations indicate a colloid concentration of approximately 10 10 particles (40 to 1000 nm) per litre. On the basis electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), electron energy loss spectrometry (EELS), and laser microprobe mass analysis (LAMMA), the particles are a mixture of organic (C, N, O, (S)) and inorganic (Si, Ca, S and to a lesser extent Mg, Sr and Ba) materials. The alpha specific activity in the colloidal phase is less than 0.5 mBq · 1 -1. The mode of formation is discussed together with the size distribution and the concentration.