Veien Kulturminnepark – Take a trip back in time and see the fantastic longhouse in Hønefoss. Visit the museum’s many changing exhibitions, and the amazing permanent Iron Age exhibition.
Veien Kulturminnepark is a heritage site located in the heart of Ringerike just north of Hønefoss.
The history of Veien Kulturminnepark
The Iron Age burial field is one of the largest such sites found in eastern Norway. It is on the Norwegian heritage council’s list of highly prioritised ancient monuments. The first map of the burial field, from 1847, marks out 150 burial mounds. Around 100 of these mounds have been preserved. The burial field dates back to the Bronze and Iron Ages, from 900 BC to 550 AD.
Archaeological excavations of the area south of the burial field have uncovered many flat graves, cooking pits, fire pits and four longhouses. One of the longhouses has been reconstructed in what we believe may be the original Iron Age style. In the present day, the roads from Hallingdal and Valdres meet at the burial field. In the Iron Age, travelling routes also ran through the valleys. The road and the Tyrifjorden lake formed an important hub for travel between the coast and the inland.
The location of the burial field is not random. Archaeological finds and farm names reveal that this area was a centre of political and religious power in the Iron Age. For generations this was an important meeting place for both secular and spiritual activities.
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Welcome to Veien Kulturminnepark!
Opening times last updated 2016:
3 April – 30 April, Wednesday – Friday and Sunday 11.00–16.00
1 May – 9 October, Tuesday – Sunday 11.00–16.00 (Closed 17 May)
12 October – 4 December, Wednesday – Friday and Sunday 11.00–16.00
The longhouse is closed in the winter. Guided tours available all year by prior appointment.
Adults NOK 80
Children NOK 50
Families NOK 200