Extending from the shores of the Oslofjord to the mountains of Hardangervidda, Buskerud is a traditional region and former county in Norway’s south. It was named after an old manor house that stood on the west bank of the Drammen River and served as a residence for the king’s bailiffs until the 17th century.
Things to do in Buskerud
From its ancient stave church to a centuries-old silver mine and a record-breaking ski jumping hill, Buskerud is home to some of Norway’s most unique attractions.
Watch records being broken at Vikersundbakken. One of two purpose-built ski flying hills in the world, Vikersundbakken was originally established by Kristian Hovde in the 1930s. It’s been modified numerous times throughout its history and is where the current world record of 253.5 metres was set by Stefan Kraft in 2017.
Visit the Norwegian Mining Museum. This fascinating museum documents the history of the Kongsberg Silver Mines, which were in operation from the 17th century until 1958. Wander between the shelters once used by the miners and the mining captain’s house, then see the well-preserved system of aqueducts and dams. Guided tours include a train ride 342 metres below the surface and visit the mines’ 19th-century mine elevator.
Admire the Torpo Stave Church. One of the oldest buildings in Buskerud is the Torpo Stave Church, which was built in 1192 and dedicated to Saint Margareta. It’s one of only two stave churches to be signed by its craftsmen and features intricate carvings on both its exterior and interior. In the late 19th century, the whitewashed Torpo Church was built adjacent to the Stave Church and they still stand side-by-side today.
Getting around Buskerud
Oslo Airport is the main aviation gateway to Buskerud and trains travel from the Norwegian capital to towns across the region. Flights from throughout Europe also connect to Sandefjord Torp Airport. Buses serve smaller towns and villages not connected by rail while having your car gives you greater freedom to explore Buskerud.