A few decades ago Drammen had a reputation for being a somewhat grey industrial town. Today, however, you are greeted by fashionable surroundings and a modern city beach.
Located west of the Oslofjord, Drammen is an excellent and easily accessible choice for everyone who wants to experience what a relatively large Norwegian town has to offer.
New housing, shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a public pathway along the Drammenselva river make Drammen one of Norway’s fastest growing cities, and the close proximity to Oslo ensures that it is easy to get to and around the Drammen region.
In the last few decades, a lot has been done to improve the city. The Ypsilon bridge for pedestrians and cyclists only has become a modern landmark and makes it easy to cross the river, which is clean enough for the river park and city beach to be very popular amongst the locals.
Find more inspiration on Drammen’s official website (in Norwegian only).
Combine the urban vibes of Drammen with a wilderness adventure, a cycling trip in the Finnemarka forest, skiing, or a ravine expedition a mere 10-minute drive from the bustling city centre.
The Drammenselva river separates the two parts of the city and is great for salmon fishing even in easily accessible waters. For those who prefer city life, Drammen has plenty of shopping opportunities and restaurants.
If you want to see the region from above, take a trip through the six spirals of the Spiralen road tunnel to Spiraltoppen viewpoint, where you’ll also find a beer garden, restaurants, and an open-air museum.
Culture buffs will enjoy Blaafarveværket, which consists of eight kilometres of art, culture, and nature experiences. Drammens Museum displays a broad cultural history of material objects, buildings, and art from ancient and modern times. The city is also home to one of Norway’s oldest theatres, Drammen Theatre, and has an active music life with Union Scene as a location for major Norwegian and international acts.