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Hadeland
and Ringerike

Beautiful landscape, art and history

Kistefos Museum and The Twist .
Photo: Kistefos Museum / AVIA
Kistefos Museum and The Twist .
Photo: Kistefos Museum / AVIA

The Twist. Isn't it cool?

Explore the building that The New York Times has declared a must-see.

Kistefos Museum and The Twist .
Photo: Kistefos Museum / AVIA
Kistefos Museum and The Twist .
Photo: Kistefos Museum / AVIA

At the Kistefos Museum, an hour's drive north-west from Oslo, you can experience world-known architecture and the cutting edge of Norwegian and international contemporary art.

Here, you can see works by Yayoi Kusama, Olafur Eliasson and Jeppe Hein, as well as by Norwegian artists such as Bjarne Melgaard and Magne Furuholmen (Furuholmen is also a member of the famous Norwegian band A-ha).

Explore the enormous sculpture park and several unique galleries.

The Twist, Kistefos, Hadeland .
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Kistefos Museum
The Twist, Kistefos, Hadeland .
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Kistefos Museum

Ten minutes from the Kistefos Musuem, you will find the famous Hadeland Glassverk, ideally situated next to the Randsfjord.

Here, you can see glass blowers perform their trade exactly as they did in the 1700s.

The area is almost like a small village, with restaurants, art exhibitions, stores, and family activities.

Hadeland Glassverk .
Photo: Hadeland Glassverk
Hadeland Glassverk .
Photo: Hadeland Glassverk

Isn't this the look of a passionate chef?

The colorful hotel of Thorbjørnrud, only two minutes from Hadeland Glassverk, has its own kitchen garden and brewery, and offers a delicious menu focusing on local food.

Thorbjørnrud Hotel .
Photo: Jan Tore Øverstad
Thorbjørnrud Hotel .
Photo: Jan Tore Øverstad

Visit the Sister Churches, and stop by Glasslåven Art Centre while you're there.

Overview of Granavollen .
Photo: Roderigo Brasil / Visit Innlandet
Overview of Granavollen .
Photo: Roderigo Brasil / Visit Innlandet

Stop by Hønefoss, a nice town with many shopping opportunities.

And don't forget to stop by the sculpture "Oppgangssaga". From here, you have an amazing view of the town.

"Oppgangssaga" in Hønefoss .
Photo: Jan Bjerkeli
"Oppgangssaga" in Hønefoss .
Photo: Jan Bjerkeli

Want to go back in time? Hadeland Folk Museum is an open air museum at Halvdanshaugen, where the head of the famous viking Halvdan Svarte is supposedly buried.

Here, you will also see more than 30 restored buildings and Sankt Petri, a church from the year 1120.

Hadeland Folkemuseum .
Photo: Hadeland Folkemuseum
Hadeland Folkemuseum .
Photo: Hadeland Folkemuseum

At Veien Cultural Heritage Park, you can visit Eastern Norway's largest graveyeard from prehistoric times, which also consists of a restored house and a modern museum.

Veien Kulturminnepark .
Photo: Veien Kulturminnepark
Veien Kulturminnepark .
Photo: Veien Kulturminnepark

Lygna is a nice area for winter and summer fun, located only an hour away from Oslo.

Here, you can go for a hike, take a bath, go fishing, sleep in a hammock, go kayaking, or go skiing in the winter.

Canoeing in Lygna, Gran, Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Innlandet
Canoeing in Lygna, Gran, Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Innlandet

Go for a hike up to Ringkollen where you can go biking, hiking or sleep in a floating tent. At Ringkollstua, you will find all the equipment you need for an amazing day outside.

Or book a course to go paragliding in Ringerike.

Paragliding in Ringerike .
Photo: Oda Hveem
Paragliding in Ringerike .
Photo: Oda Hveem

And these are only some activities you can do in Hadeland and Ringerike!

Scroll down to get more tips on where to stay, activites, and restaurants.

Kistefos-Museet, Jevnaker .
Photo: Kistefos-Museet
Kistefos-Museet, Jevnaker .
Photo: Kistefos-Museet

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Top attractions in Hadeland / Ringerike
In scenic surroundings one hour from Oslo you find Hadeland Glassworks, a tourist attraction and shopping destination founded on history, art, culture… Read more
Hadeland Glassverk
Visit idyllic Hadeland Folkemuseum and get a glimpse of everyday life from the past. The open air museum contains more than 30 buildings from the 17th… Read more
Hadeland Folkemuseum
Historiske og kulturelle perler på en snor, unike overnattingssteder og lokale gårdsbutikker. Alt tett forbundet. Read more
Historical Hadeland
RINGERIKES MUSEUM Bullet holes in the walls and fairytales in the bag Ringerike museum was founded in 1923. It acquired and moved into the enormous… Read more
Ringerike's museum
To read more about trekking go to The Norwegian Trekking association - home page Read more
Vassfaret, Ringerike
Veien Kulturminnepark – Take a trip back in time and see the fantastic longhouse in Hønefoss. Visit the museum's many changing exhibitions, and… Read more
Veien Kulturminnepark
Kulturstiftelsen Fengselet – Located in the heart of Hønefoss is the old, venerable cultural venue "Fengselet", with events all year round. Read more
Fengselet - the old prison
Welcome to outdoor adventures with Fossen Friluft! We are specialized in outdoor activities and tailor events for both business and eager friends.… Read more
Fossen Friluft
Restaurants in Hadeland / Ringerike
Welcome to the heart of Hønefoss! At Gledeshuset you are welcome to enjoy a nice meal or a refreshing drink at our restaurant, in the cafeteria… Read more
Gledeshuset Hønefoss
Hadeland Glassverk has a restaurant and a bakery, each renowned for the quality of its food. The Kokkestua Restaurant offer lunch and dinner, hot or… Read more
Kokkestua and The Bakery - at Hadeland Glassverk
The camping place is an addition to Lygnasæter Hotell, where you'll also find a petrol station, a convenience store, a snack bar, and an inn… Read more
Lygnasæter Kro - Hadeland's Most Visited Inn
A short walk from Thorbjørnrud Hotel and Hadeland Glassverk you will fint the small and charming Jevnaker city centre. Read more
Jevnaker city centre - Nesbakken
The inn is the nearest neighbour to Søsterkirkene (The Sister Churches) and is situated on Granavollen itself, along the pilgrim's road to Nidaros.… Read more
Granavolden Gjæstgiveri - Homey and Classic
Helgaker farm is a conference farm situated in the beautiful landscape of Hadeland. Here we serve a varied menu from Hadeland's local foods to exotic… Read more
Helgaker Farm
Hotels and more
It's above all a conference hotel, but it is also a favourite spot for celebrating great events such as weddings, confirmations and baptisms. Outside,… Read more
Hotell Hadeland, A Modern Conference Hotel
The Director´s Venerable Residence Thorbjørnrud has a history that goes all the way back to the 1300s. From 1765, Thorbjørnrud was… Read more
Thorbjørnrud Hotel - Jevnaker
Venerable Klækken Hotel in Ringerike municipality – close to Hønefoss and only 10 minutes from Hadeland Glassverk Klækken is… Read more
Klækken Hotell - Hønefoss
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