One day trips

These are some suggestions for day trips from Vollen and a few places further away which you might like to visit during your holiday in Norway

Drammen Spiral tunnel (Spiralen Drammen)

The spiral tunnel in the city of Drammen is a unique experience and in fact has been ranged by CNN Travel as one of the world's most special tunnels.  You enter from the town and drive up 1650 meters in six and a half spirals , to emerge at Skansen. Here,...

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Kongen’s Utsikt – The King’s Viewing Platform

The King's Viewing Platform is 484 meters above the Tyrifjorden and Steinsfjorden lakes.  You can either start at Sundvolden and hike the 1300 meters up to Kleivstua or you can drive up to Kleivstua parking area beside the hotel (this is a toll road and...

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Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen is a spectacular mountain top - at 1883 meters and in clear weather it is possible to see approximately 60,000 sq.m., one sixth of Norway's mainland. However a visit to Gausta also offers amazing nature experiences throughout the year -...

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Drive to the End of the World (Verdens Ende)

The name is perhaps a little dramatic, but that what the southernmost point of the island of Tjøme is called.  Two of our guests from the Netherlands drove down one windy afternoon in March and thoroughly recommended making the trip.  Verdens Ende is reached by...

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Stavkirker – Stave churches

There are a number of stave churches, from as early as the 12th century within easy reach of Vollen. Perhaps Heddal and Uvdal are the finest, but all are well-worth a visit. Some, however, are not open for visitors, unless a viewing of the interior has been arranged beforehand.

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Norsk bergverksmuseum – The Silver Mines at Kongsberg

Join a one and a half hour train ride that takes you 342 meters below the surface and 2,3 km into the mountain. Inside the King’s mine there is a guided tour through stopes, adits and shafts. A mine elevator built in 1881 (“Fahrkunst”), is just one of many things to...

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The Cobalt Mines

The Cobalt Mines lie in the hills above Åmot, and can be reached by a 2 hour car trip from Vollen.  We suggest you spend the whole day as there are lots of activities apart from the fascinating tours (for children or for adults) into the depths of the hills along the...

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Oscarsborg Fortress

Taken from a plane on the approach to Oslo airport from the south, the island on which the Oscarsborg fortress stands, is in the middle of the narrowest part of the Oslo fjord, between the town of Drøbak on the eastern shore and the big island of Håøya. The Norwegian...

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Drøbak Christmas Shop – all year round!!

If you come to Norway in November and December, you will find Norwegian julenisser (Christmas elves and Father Christmas) everywhere - and lots and lots of seasonal decorations on sale in the shops.  But these might be more difficult to find at other times of the...

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Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park

  Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park is well worth the 70 minute drive from Vollen.  Apart from the art gallery and Industrial museum, there is the park to wander through and the exciting installations and sculptures by Norwegian and international artists to enjoy. ...

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Hadeland Glassworks Village

Hadeland Glassworks enjoys an idyllic setting on the southern shore of the lake Randsfjorden, just 80 minutes' drive from Vollen.  The Glassworks was founded in 1762 and is Norway’s oldest handicraft manufacturer in continuous operation. In summer and at weekends...

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Vollen Ferry

  The upper deck is the place for sightseeing and sea breezes.  Indoors there is a warm beverages machine, comfortable seats and salt-sprayed windows. Vollen Ferry Boat  runs Monday to Friday (depending on fjord ice conditions, the boat runs all year except from 8th...

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Right to Roam

In Norway there is a huge possibility to walk, cycle, ski or sail over the whole country.  These rights are set out in detail in the Norwegian Environment Agency's brochure, Right to Roam.  There are also extensive coastal paths and tracks along the sea and fjords. ...

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