Stage 5

Flå – Hønefoss (Eggemoen)

24th of May 2015
Total distance stage: 175 km

 

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Flå – First in Hallingdal

With its nearly 1100 inhabitants, Flå is the smallest of the six municipalities in Hallingdal. This is by far Norways largest travelling region with almost 6 mill guests each year. The last few years a lot of the industry in Flå has shifted towards travel and leisure. Olav Thon has invested more than 500 MNOK to help develop Flå from a place primarily based mainly on agriculture and forestry to also include retail and tourism.

Flå is the warmest place in Norway during the summer. Should it be too warm you can seek up in the mountains for a cooler breeze or you can go swimming in the river or go to the lake Krøderen only 10 minutes away from Flå sentrum.

The Bearpark alone attracts around 70.000 guests each year and is the largest attraction in the summer for the whole region. One of the reasons why it is placed here is that the last of wild brown bears in Norway resided here.

With weights up to 400kg this is by far the largest predator in Scandinavia. In the park you can experience this beautiful and intelligent animal in its natural environment. In addition to the brown bear you can also see other animals that resides naturally in the woods of Norway, like lynx, moose and red deer. You also get to attend feeding sessions and there are loads of other animals that you can pet and get to know better. The park emphasis interaction between visitors and animals like few other, but of course on premises best for the animals.

Funfacts:
• The bear looses up to 40% of its weight during hibernation.
• The bear can eat up to 184000 blueberries in one single day.
• The male can kill cubs in order to breed with the female bear in order to ensure continuation of its own genes
• The Lynx can jump 2m straight up and 5m forwards from a still stand, thus making it capable of completely taking its prey by surprice.

Lately Flå has also started competing with the rest of the Hallingdal region when it comes to recreation and tourism. The last ten years hundreds of cabins have been built and there are more to come. At Høgevarde around 1000 cabins are planned and will be offered in the years to come. This is pristine area where you can hike at 1000moh + With only a 90 min drive from the capital Oslo, Flå has a serious advantage to rest of the region.

Flå is working hard to focus on nature-based tourism. During summer you can attend different kind of trips with the best guides possible. The Norwegian hunting and Fishing association has placed its national course-center here where you learn from th best on how to improve your skills in shooting, fishing, and general hunting.

www.visit flaa.no

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The Ringerike Region

Once upon a time … This is how many of the famous Norwegian fairy tales collected by Jørgen Moe and Peder Christian Asbjørnsen begin. The two good friends sat down in Ringerike in the middle of the 19th century to write them down. And the landscape stretching from Sollihøgda in the south to Sør-Aurdal in the north really seems to be part of a fairy tale. Fjords, plains, forests and mountains inspire the visitors to look for trolls and gnomes. From “Kongens utsikt” (The Kings viewpoint) you can gaze out on this beautiful landscape. Many kings have lived here. The region has a rich history that includes six kings from the old sagas.

The Ringerike Region has 43.000 inhabitants and includes the municipalities Ringerike, Hole and Jevnaker. Hønefoss is the capital of the region. The forests and lakes have been very important for the region’s development. In the 1300s, Hønefoss started building its industries along the exceptional waterfall where people lived and worked. The water driven sawmills along the Hønefoss waterfall were the beginning of the city. The waterfall can still be impressive at times. In the middle of it stands the “Oppgangssaga”, (“The water driven sawmill”), a sculpture by Knut Steen. Hønefoss officially became a city in 1852, and has become an important connection between the east and the west of Norway. Both the railroad and the main roads go through Hønefoss.

Hønefoss is a vital city. You can walk from the South Square to the river and to the recreational areas in the outskirts of the city. Many people enjoy spending time in their boats on the rivers and lakes. Fishing is a lot of fun; you can even catch delicious crayfish in the right season. The charming yacht, Dronning Tyra, provides lovely sightseeing tours in the summer. Both lake Tyrifjorden and lake Steinsfjorden have many islands, which are rich in many different plants and animals. The geology of these islands is interesting, with rare rocks and fossils.

Hadeland Glassverk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway. The glassworks was founded in 1762 in Jevnaker, and is the oldest handicraft factory in Norway. Kistefos Træsliberi was founded beside the Kistefos waterfall in the river Randselva in 1889, and is now a museum. Here you can see how the old tree grinding factory worked, and enjoy the many sculptures in the park around the old buildings. Christen Sveaas has spent many years developing this unique activity centre.
For sports lovers, the possibilities are many and varied. We have a modern soccer stadion, a swimming hall, an outdoor scating arena , a ski jumping hill, an athletics arena, an ice hockey arena and a large indoor sports arena with many facilities including a climbing wall. All these facilities are possible because the municipalities, the county and private donors cooperate in building and maintaining them.

We also have a broad spectrum of cultural events. Norway’s largest summer revue can be enjoyed in Hønefoss. There is a children’s show on Gladtved pier, and the show Jailhouse Rock takes place in the garden of the cultural foundation Fengselet (The Jail). A variety of other events take place in the culture centre and other local stages all year round.
You can see the exciting finish of the Tour of Norway at Eggemoen. On this former military camp you now find Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park, a national and international cluster for technology and aviation industries with with its own operative airfield.

www.ringerike.no

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