After a huge effort performed by several parties, the river has been cleaned and it is now again possible to swim here or to fish the river abounds in fish. Footpaths and green areas have been established along the banks, to be enjoyed by cyclists and walkers. Drammen River flows into Drammen Fjord, which is 25 km long. Its shores are one large recreational area with cottages and opportunities for bathing and angling, all the way to the narrow rapid Svelvikstrømmen.
Drammen Fjord and River provide plenty of activities. Both the fjord and the river offer great fishing, salmon and trout being the most attractive catches in the river, notably at Hokksund and Hellefossen. Salmon weighing between 10 and 20 kg are no unusual phenomenon! Excellent conducted tours by boat are also available on the river and the fjord. A fjord safari and charter tours by M/S Drammen include a visit to splendid Nøstetangen Glassworks. New this year is a combined boat and bus tour to experience the interesting sights of Drammen and Eiker region. Groups can book tours on the fjord on board the wonderful 118-year-old galeas, the "Christiane".
THE RIVER FESTIVAL
The River Festival takes place every year in Drammen. The festival features concerts, fun fair, dragon boats, raft racing and bathtub rowing. More than 100 different events take place during the River Festival.
Bragernes Market is the largest in Norway and also Drammen's "front parlour". During the summer in particular, citizens and visitors gather in the market square enjoying its unique ambience. Here is bustling activity, stallholders selling fruit, vegetables, flowers and a lot more. The market square was laid out in 1866 when a fire had reduced 388 buildings to ashes. There are excellent shopping facilities round the square and several attractive restaurants, also with open-air service. You could start your city walk from the river and the city bridge.
Here is the recently built Skutebrygga and Glass on the pier, two very special restaurant with a characteristic maritime appearance. From the city bridge, you have a fine view of Drammen's well-known townscape including the market square, the tower buildings and the magnificent Bragernes Church from 1871. With its footpaths and unique viewpoints, beautiful Bragernesåsen forms a decorative backdrop.