Buskerud

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.

Buskerud is also home to some of Norway's top ski resorts, as well as resorts conveniently near Oslo and other major eastern towns.

Towns and regions

Understand

View of Eggedal/Sigdal valleys

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.

Climate

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.

Talk

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.

Get in

Norefjord lake in upper Numedal valley

By plane

By rail

All westbound railway lines from Oslo goes through parts of Buskerud:

Tickets are sold by NSB

By bus

Get around

Hallingskarvet ridge at Hardangervidda plateau

See

Silver mines at Kongsberg
Ancient wooden building in Numedal
Krøderen Line train
Torpo stave church in Hallingdal

Do

Stay safe

As Norway in general Buskerud is a safe place.

Go next

Routes through Buskerud

Kristiansand Sandefjord  W  E  Drammen Oslo
Eidfjord Hardangervidda  W  E  Hallingdal Hønefoss
Lærdal Hemsedal  N  S  Gol Hallingdal


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