Enjoy Konnerud: a place in Norway where you can relax and get away from the stress of city life. At the background you see "Squirrel hill" which in the Norwegian language translates to ikornrud, which gave the name to Konnerud.
- Skiing in Konnerud
- Other things to do in Konnerud
Although the King of Norway – Haakon VII – has stayed in the KonnerudKollen hotel, you won’t be able to experience what he experienced. Why? Because the hotel burned down to the ground in the 1960’s. Nowadays horses roam around where you can still see remains of the foundations. Only two buildings of the hotel remain, containing toilets and the wash room.
The farms you will see in Konnerud are much older than the hotel and date from the early 12th to 15th centuries.
Konnerud is well know for its snowy winters and therefore used by the people of Drammen as a recreational area to go skiing in the well prepared tracks leading deep into the Norwegian forests of Konnerud.
Other things to do in Konnerud
Konnerud mines: the only reason for the waters like Svensedammen and Sagdammen to exist, is that they originated so the Konnerud miners could wash their minerals like silver, copper and lead. Unfortunately exporting the minerals from Konnerud became to expensive and all what is left now are ruins and mining holes behind high fences.
The charming Konnerud Old Church dates back from 1737 when Konnerud’s population was booming due to the mining industry. However the church you see now is the one rebuilt in the 1850’s.
Although Konnerud Skole – or in English ‘the Konnerud school’ – was built in 1746 to attract miners with entire families, the school you see now is the one built in 1934 after it burned down one year earlier. Due to the growing number of inhabitants in Konnerud, the school has had buildings attached till 1996. A Norwegian school always has paintings of its principals, so you can admire them here as well.
All in all Konnerud is a charming little place in Norway worth visiting to relax and unwind of go skiing in the forests.