to Akershus County and the weather right now! Akershus County is one out of 19 countys in Norway with a area
4,917 km2 and a population of approximately 545.653.
Each County is divided into
different municipality. For Akershus County you will find the name of
the municipality to your "right" (municipality for the whole country is 429) or read a short story given below.
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in Akershus is Norway´s main airport, with domestic and international
traffic. Gardermoen is one of the most modern airports in Europe, have
the fastest train in the country and a new extensive road system. The
most important motorways and main roads to and from the whole of Norway
go through Akershus. Akershus borders on Oslo, Østfold and Sweden in
the south, Hedmark in the east, Oppland in the north and Buskerud in
the west. Akershus is about 125 kilometres from north to south and
around 90 kilometres from west to east. Its highest peak,
Fjellsjøkampen in Hurdal, rises 812 metres above sea level. Its
coastline, along the Oslo fjord and the Bunnefjord, is 152 kilometres
long. Hurdalsjøen (Lake Hurdal) is its largest lake, but parts of Lake
Mjøsa and most of Lake Øyerell are also situated here.
procent of its inhabitants live in towns. Akershus is divided into
three regions; Romerike in the north, Follo in the south and Asker and
Bærum in the west.
Most things can be found in Akershus:
traditional agriculture and modern industry, four-lane motorways and
gravelled pathways, research centres alongside important, historical
memorials. There are idyllic coastlines and deep forests, modern
shopping centres and small corner shops. This gives a variety of rich
traditions, which help Akershus to maintain a central role in Norwegian
history and society.
Travelers by train, coach, car and boat to
and from the area around Oslo have to pass through Akershus. There is a
very good public transport system carrying large numbers of passengers
between Akershus and the surrounding area daily, facilitating travel
around the county. This provides an alternative to the big city,
whether it"s for just an afternoon trip or a longer stay. You can get
to all parts of Akershus within one hour from the centre of Oslo.
transport in Norway originated in Akershus. The ship "Jernbarden" began
running to and from Eidsvoll on Lake Mjøsa in 1841, and Norway"s first
railway line was opened between Eidsvoll and Christiania in 1854. Two
years later the paddle steamer "Skibladner" began running every summer
from the railway terminal. "The White Swan of Mjøsa" ("Mjøsas Hvite
Svane") is the world"s oldest running paddle steamer.
research environment at the Agricultural University of Norway at Ås
goes back as far as 1859, and is a powerhouse for applied biological
subjects in Norway. The environment plays a central part in the
development of agriculture, and consists of 4,000 students and
employees. Kjeller in Romerike features one of Norway"s heaviest
technological environments with civilian and military research
institutes consisting of a total of approximately 2,500 people working
with technical research and development. There are more than 1,000
students at the university and college of further education closeby.
Norwegian School of Management in Sandvika is established as one of the
leading education and rescarch institutions for economics, management,
marketing and internationalisation in Norway. In 1995, the school had
2,000 students trom 24 different countries. The researchers, teachers,
students and specialists working at the various centres are an
important natural resource and hold their own internationally to a
Committed collaboration bringing the research
closer to industry is established at several of these research and
education institutions in the county. Several people, places and events
playing a central part in polar exploration are connected with
Akershus, for example, Fridtjof Nansen and Otto Sverdrup both lived in
Bærum, Roald Amundsen lived in Oppegård and the arctic vessel "Maud"
was built at Vollen in Asker.
LONG INDUSTRIAL TRADITIONS
there were ironworks at Asker, Bærum, Eidsvoll and Hakadal. Hakadal was
the oldest of them all, and was probably founded in the 15th century.
Hurdal also had a glassworks. The ironworks were run by royal charter,
had their own legal systems, and created their own societies with many
foreign skilled workers. There were many sawmills along the Akershus
rivers. Most were built in the 16th-17th centuries. Europe"s forests
had been cut down and there was increased demand for timber. Wood
became Norway"s most important export. There are many traces of timber
activities; including the Soot canal and the "Tertitten" railway line.
The plant at Fetsund Lenser is left just as it was in 1985, when the
last timber was floated down the River Glomma.
became a useful additional industry for many coastal inhabitants from
the 1850s. The ice was cut in small lakes and artificial dams in Follo
and Asker each winter. After being cut, the ice was stored in sawdust
in ice-houses and on board wooden vessels, which carried the ice-blocks
to England, Germany and France. Proximity to the coast led to good
boatbuilding traditions, while farming and forestry gave rise to
artisan and home craft traditions which are still kept alive today.
NATURES TREASURE CHEST
rock bed in Akershus was created between 1,000 to 200 million years
ago. Many of the rock types, ores and minerals were used by the people
of Akershus much later: lead, zinc, copper, gold and iron ore,
emeralds, steatite and limestone from mines in Nittedal, Gjerdrum,
Hurdal and Feiring among others. The last ice age has shaped the
landscape as we see it today. This is especially obvious in Øvre
Romerike, in the area around Gardermoen, for instance. The landscape
here is full of clay hills, gravel ridges and hollowed-out lakes.
During the Ice Age, the sea was about 225 metres above its present
level, all the way up to Lake Hurdal and lake Mjøsa. Later, rivers and
streams cut into the clay and created the ravines typical of the area.
forest areas cover around 3/5 of the county which are important to
maintain the variety of animal and plant life in Akershus, and for the
primary industries and outdoor life. The Oslo fjord and coastal area is
Norway"s most-used recreational area. A network of lakes and water-ways
are typical of Akershus and are important for its open-air life and for
recreational purposes. The water-ways in Akershus have more kinds of
inland fish than any other Norwegian county. Deep forests, Vestmarka,
Østmarka, parts of Nordmarka, the hills of Romerike and the remaining
agricultural landscape give rich opportunities for outdoor experiences.
The large, uninhabited areas in the county allow for recreation and
inspiration, without having to travel too far. Cultivated land
alternates with deciduous and coniferous forests and shimmering lakes.
Its animal life is unique, and skiers have miles of tracks to conquer
in the winter!
VALLEY OF ARTISTS
Skredsvig"s "Boy with a willow flute" and Monet"s "Sandvig village in the snow" are examples of well-known motifs from Akershus. The summer
spent at Fleskum farm in Bærum by Erik Werenskiold, Eilif Peterssen,
Christian Skredsvig, Gerhard Munthe, Harriet Backer and Kitty Kielland
introduced the mood landscape to Norwegian art and was the forerunner
of the neo Romanticism of the 1890s. The "Artists" Valley" lay in
Asker, a few kilometres away, at the homes of Otto and Tilla Valstad
(now Asker Museum), and Hulda and Arne Garborg.
Artists such as
Kittelsen, Munch and Oscar Wergeland painted important works at
Hvitsten. Sigrid Undset used Emmerstad bay at Hvitsten as the model for
the novel "Olav Audunssøn at Hestviken". The painter Karl Dørnberger
and the author Nils Kjær lived at Son.
Akershus artists of the
past few decades still have a central position. Arne Ekeland, Kåre
Tveter, Kai Fjell, Erling Enger, Arnold Haukeland, Skule Waksvik,
Ferdinand Finne and Frans Widerberg, to name a few. The Henie-Onstad
Kunstsenter (Art Centre), Norways largest museum of modern,
international art, is idyllically situated at Høvikodden in Bærum. It
has touring exhibitions of Norwegian and foreign art, a permanent
exhibition of the Centre"s own art works and of Sonja Henie"s prizes,
and a sculpture park. Akershus Kunsrnersenter at Strømmen organises 230
painters and handicraftsmen. It also organises the Pilot gallery, where
artists stimulate children and young people to experience and make
their own art.
IN 1814 A NATION IS FORMED
1814, the National Assembly met at Eidsvoll Verk"s main building. 112
men gathered to shape the Norwegiall Constitution, which was proclaimed
on 17 May 1814. Rich Stone-Age finds tell of a long period of human
activity in Akershus. The finds at Nøstvedt at Ås proved that Norway
had a hunter population several thousand years before the oldest
farming culture (around 5,000 BC).
The at least 1,400 year old
Raknehaugen is to be found in Ullensaker. It is northern Europe"s
largest burial mound with a diameter of 95 metres and a height of 19
metres. The Eidsivatinget was held at Eidsvoll church for 600 years
from 1022. Members of parliamellt from all over the Østland area met
here every 17 June - St Botolph"s mass. King Karl XII of Sweden marched
over Høland"s boundary in 1716, and took control of Fet, Skedsmo,
Enebakk, Hølen and Ås. He passed through Nittedal, around Nordmarka,
and attacked Kristiania from Bærum. Two years later, 600 men held
Blaker Skanse from 4,000 Swedes. In 1808, war was once again declared
with Sweden. Blaker Skanse was captured, but another Swedish force was
beaten at Toverud in Aurskog.
On 9 April 1940, two shots fired
from the Oscarsborg fortress sent the warship, Blucher, to the seabed
and stopped the German invasion. Colonel Erichsen"s action gave the
royal family and the government time to get away and organise the
Below is a list of attractions and places to visit in Akershus. The list contains only a
samplc of these, and is not complete. There are more farms with
opportunities for farming and wilderness experiences that we have not
had room for. Several of the attractions are suitable for impulse
visits in the summer and winter, while others are only open during the
Asker Church, Asker Museum, Norway´s Bee keeping Association Museum, Vogelius-alleen (street) and Vollen Coastal Culture Centre.
Verk Centre, Haslum and Tanum churches, the Henie Onstad Art Centre,
lime kilns at Slependen and Ringi, the Lommedalsbanen (railway line)
and the Samvirke Museum.
Aurskog-Høland Rural Museum, Hemnes Old Churchyard, Løken Old
Churchyard, the Soot canal, the Toverud stone monument and Urskog Fort.
Eidsivating stone monument, the Eidsvoll Rural Museum, the Eidsvoll
Building, the Mjøs Collection, the Skibladner paddle steamer, and the
Emerald Mines at Byrud Gard.
Enebakk Rural Museum, Enebakk Church, Mari Church and the old administrative county hall.
Fet Church, Fetsund Timber Museum, Høgas Battery, Nordre Øyeren Nature Reserve and the M/S See Møve.
Yacht Association"s Collection, Drøbak Church, Follo Museum, the
Coastal Culture Path, Oscarsborg fortress, Tregaarden´s Christmas
House, and Drøbak Aquarium.
The Asbjørnsen oak, the Dal mine, Gjerdrum Church and the burial mounds at Torshov.
Hurdal Rural Museum, Hurdal Church, Hurdal Works, Knaisætra, Rognlisaga, Skrukkeli Chapel and Fjellsjøkampen hill.
Holter and Nannestad Churches, Vigstein, Heimskringla, Økrisætra, Lake Rasjø and Romeriksåsen hill.
M/S Elvekongen, Svanfoss lock, Funnefoss Industrial Workers´ Museum, Old
Hvam Museum, Nes Church ruins, Stein school and Udenes Church.
Hellviktangen, Sunnås Hospital, Nesodden Church, the Steilene and Nesodd House.
Hakadal Church, Markerud, Nittedal Rural Collection, Nittedal Church, Skyset Main Building and Varingskollen hill.
The Fredrikshald Royal Road, the ancient road over Grønliåsen hill, Roald Amundsen´s home "Uranienborg" and Ingierstrand Baths.
Cultural Centre, Akershus County Museum, Lillestrøm Art Centre, the
Motor Museum, Skedsmo Rural Museum and Skedsmo Church.
Blaker Skanse, Frogner Church, Ranasfoss recreation area, Sørum Church and "Tertitten".
Gardermoen Airport, Raknehaugen, Rise bridge, Romerike cvnservation area, Trandum forest and Ullensaker Rural Collection.
Edward Munch, Chr. Skredsvig, Jegstad Farm, Son town centre,
Son Coastal Culture Museum, Vestby Church, Wesselstua (house) and
Ødemark nature area.
Burial mounds along the Drøbak road, the Agricultural University of Norway,
Tusenfryd amusement park and Viking Land, the Årungen recreation area
and a rowing stadium and the Leonardo da Vinci bridge.
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The choice of different activities in Norway such as Golf, Skiing, Cycling, Cruising, Fishing, Stave churches etc.
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