We are standing outside Roklubben and on the other side of the river you can see one of the biggest paper mill torned down, Union. The township will built a residental area called Union Brygge. The area around Union Brygge has undergone the most extensive development work, including cultural arenas, small and innovative companies, a scince park, a new library and a built-up residential area. Between the Science Park and Drammen Park there will cme a new pedestrian bridge called Ypsilon.
The former factory sites that lie a few hundred metres to the west of Strømsø town centre are also soon to be given a new lease of life. All of these will eventually blend together to form a combination of new and exciting architecture side by side with the venerable factory halls that have been adapted to meet modern demands for functionality by the enterprises involved.
Drammen is a "green" city of large and small parks, country houses and wonderful countryside within easy reach. Drammen Park is in the very centre of the city, and well-maintained country houses in and out of town represent the ideas of life in pact with nature that were among the trends of the 18th century.
Drammen is situated on the shores of Drammen River, which is 45 kilometres long and rated as number seven in the noble sport of catching salmon and trout. The Drammen salmon is noted for its superb quality. When the production of wooden products, paper and cellulose were the chief industries of Drammen, the river was the city´s main street. The large number of factories and sawmills along the river gradually made it one large sewer. After a huge public effort, however, the river has become clean again and dear to our citizens.
It is recommended to take a boat tour on the river and the fjord. River safaris are organised in summer by the fjord boat M/S Drammen. Groups can book tours on the fjord on board a wonderful 117-year-old galeas, the "Christiane" owned by the sea scouts.
The swimming and fishing possibilities in the river are highly improved. A lot of work has been done to establish footpaths and green areas along the river, and a walk or cycling tour on its shores is an enjoyable experience. Drammen River flows into Drammen Fjord through a large, modern harbour. The fjord is about 25 km long here is a wonderful recreational area with cottages, boating and angling all the way to the narrow rapid Svelvik River. There are ample opportunities to catch various species of fish in the fjord up to the mouth of the river.
There are ample opportunities to catch various species of fish in the fjord up to the mouth of the river. The river itself is also a fine place to fish. One of the most popular areas is the stretch up to Hokksund and Hellefossen, with a large sale of angling cards during the season. The catch in the river was 11,000 kg in 1992, and salmon weighing 16 to 17 kg is not an unusual phenomenon.
We have followed the Drammen river from Filtvet, Holmestrand, Rødtangen, Svelvik, Lahell, Engersand, Gyldeløve Brygge up to Hellefossen - one of the best salmon rivers in the country, as many as 42 species of fish have been registered. The season for salmon fishing stretches from May to September / October.
It is the river and the timber log that formed the basis for the business development in Drammen. The timber came by the river from the big forest areas to the saw mills that were established in the Drammen district. The city has a good harbour and had once the nation´s largest fleet of sailing vessels.
A huge quantity of timber was sent from Drammen to England and the continent. Paper mills and other industries were gradually added, and Drammen transformed itself into a very significant industrial town. In recent years, the industrial structure has changed its character. With one exception, all the paper mills have been closed down. The same applies to the iron foundry, glass factory, shipbuilding, to mention but a few. The city instead got new types of business in electronics, graphic and nutritional industry.