Buskerud is a fylke (county) in Norway, located west and north west of Oslo. Buskerud cover the area from the Drammensfjorden in the south, covering parts of Hardangervidda in the west, and reaching almost to Jotunheimen in the north. Buskerud includes the valleys Hallingdal, Sigdal/Eggedal (calling itself Kunstnerdalen - Artist's Valley) and Numedal. Buskerud's valleys are home to a number of ancient wooden buildings, notably several of Norway's surving stave churches.
Towns and regions
- Drammen - a major town and part of the wider Oslo metropolitan area
- Geilo - a popular ski resort for all family
- Hemsedal - a popular ski resort, particularly for the younger and the more skilled skiers, part of the wider Hallingdal valley
- Hønefoss - a hub in lower Buskerud
- Kongsberg - the old silver mining town, once a key town in Norway, also a ski resort
- Hallingdal - one of Norway's major valleys, cuts through the bedrock for about 150 km from Lake Krøderen to Hardangervidda at Geilo. Hemsedal is a branch of the main valley. The valley floor is gentle while the surrounding hills and mountains are steep and home to several ski resorts. The valley is also home to road 7 (a key east-west road) and Bergensbanen (the Bergen railway line).
Buskerud stretches from the fertile shores of Oslofjord/Drammensfjord to the high plateau at Hardangervidda. Between there are great valleys, major rivers and lovely lakes. The lower parts around Drammen are densely populated and part of the wider Oslo metropolitan area, while the higher are wide forests and barren mountains. Buskerud is home to several popular ski resorts, as well as the huge ski jump at Vikersund. In the valleys ancient wooden houses are maintained as part of Norways cultural heritage. The large valley is Hallingdal with branches at Hemsedal and Hol. Because Hallindal is the main transport korridor it is also the most visited. Less visited is the second valley, Numedal from Kongsberg into the uplands. This peaceful valley with its ancient culture is still off the beaten track.
In the barren mountains the reindeer is master, while the forests is home to a large number of elk/moose ("elg") - Buskerud is moose territory. Some brown bears also thrive there, some are kept in a park (zoo) at Flå.
Road 7 (Hardangervidda), road 50 (Hol Aurland), road 40 (Numedal) and road 52 (Hemsedal) are key roads and mountain passes between east and west.
Buskerud has a largely continental climate. The interior valleys has cold winters and warm summers. The highest temperatures in Norway have been rekorded in Hallingdal. The long cold winter in the high areas are ideal for ski resorts. The lower areas around Drammen and Hønefoss have relatively mild winters and warm summers, creating a fertile area where strawberries, Apples and veletables are grown on large scale.
Norwegian is the main language, but virtually everybody speaks English. A number of migrant workers from Sweden, Poland and elsewhere means that English is more used than Norwegian in some services.
- Oslo Airport(IATA: OSL), located 70 km east of Hønefoss and 90 km northeast of Drammen. This is a major international airport, with flights also to the USA. Trains to Oslo and Drammen with Flytoget.
- Sandefjord Torp Airport (IATA: TRF) near Sandefjord has flights to some major and minor cities around Norway and Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Warsaw. There is a free transfer bus to a nearby railway station, which has trains to Oslo and Drammen.
All westbound railway lines from Oslo goes through parts of Buskerud:
- Trains on Bergensbanen between Oslo and Bergen stop at Drammen, Hønefoss, Gol, Ål, Geilo. Some trains stop also at Hokksund, Vikersund, Flå, Nesbyen, Ustaoset.
- Trains between Oslo and Kristiansand and further to Stavanger also stop at Drammen, Hokksund and Kongsberg, and at Sandefjord Torp airport station.
- Regional trains between Oslo and Kongsberg (via Drammen) are faster and skip smaller stops east of Drammen.
- Local trains go between Oslo and Drammen and between Oslo and Spikkestad.
Tickets are sold by NSB
- Several coach and bus lines connects Buskerud to other parts of Norway. See rutebok.no
- By rail
- Trains, as described in the Get in section. Drammen and lower Buskerud as well as Hallingdal are well connected by train. Tickets are sold by NSB.
- The Numedal railway line is out of operation but parts of line can be travelled by draisine
- Gol is the station closest to Hemsedal
- Ordinary service on Krøderbanen (Krøderen line) was discontinued in 1958, but the line is maintained as a museum and steam engines transport tourists in the summer months.
- Local buses; tickets and info by Brakar (Norwegian only). Route info on rutebok.no (also in English).
- By car
- Road 7 is the main road in the interior, from Hønefoss through Hallingdal and into Hardangervidda. This road has been notably improved in lower Hallingdal, whereas towards Geilo and Hardangervidda it is steep and partly curvy. Rush at weekends and holidays.
- E16 branches off from E18 at Sandvika near Oslo and runs through Hønefoss passed Sperillen lake towards Valdres
- E18 from Oslo through Drammen and south, high speed motorway, heavy traffic is common
- E134 branches off from E18 at Drammen and runs through Hokksund and Kongsberg to Telemark, partly semi-motorway, heavy traffic is common
- Road 40 runs through Numedal valley and Dagali mt pass to Geilo where it connects to 7
- Road 52 connects Hemsedal vally to the main valley at Gol. Road 52 also connects Hemsedal to E16 in Lærdal through Hemsedal mt pass. This road is preferred by trucks.
- Blaavarveverket in Modum
- Kittelsenmuseet in Sigdal
- Kongsberg Sølvgruver in Kongsberg
- Krøderbanen in Modum and Krødsherad
- Skredsvigstua in Sigdal
- Spiralen in Drammen
- Vikersund Hoppsenter in Vikersund
- Åspaviljongen in Drammen
- Stave churches in Numedal and Hallingdal
- Hiking in Finnemarka
- Walk along Kjøsterudjuvet in Drammen
- Skiing in Drammen, Hallingdal, Hemsedal, Kongsberg, Vikersund.
- Outdoor go-cart in Sigdal