DRAMMEN: Traversing the 10, 000 year old Kjøsterud Gorge (Kjøsterudjuvet)

The Kjøsterud gorge (Kjøsterudjuvet) is one of Drammen’s hidden gems. Just a few minutes drive away from the city center, the gorge offers nice views of the Norwegian woods, a gushing river and deep canyons, little streams, and the opposite mountain range. It is 10.000 years old and 1.3 kms long, and the walls more than 60 meters tall! From mid-September to mid-April, visitors are allowed to put up small bonfires for grilling and warming up purposes in the Norwegian forests, and that was exactly what my bf and I did after traversing through the ravines.

Åssiden gravkapell
Åssiden gravkapell

We took the bus from the city center and got off at Sørensvingen. We were both unfamiliar with the place at that time, but using our GPS and geocaching app, we managed to find the way and even came across an old grave chapel, the Åssiden gravkapell. It was a Catholic church designed by the architect Ole Sverre in the 1800s.

Åssiden gravkapell
Åssiden gravkapell
From Åssiden gravkapell
From Åssiden gravkapell
Starting the trip up the gorge
Starting the trip up the gorge
Starting the trip up the gorge
Starting the trip up the gorge

Since it was mid-winter, the trails were still wet and covered with snow, but they were completely more visible than in summer or fall. Here are more photos from the trip:

Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip

A trip to Kjøsterudjuvet is definitely a nature-overload journey, but I great way to familiarize one’s self with the Norwegian woods. Luckily, I still haven’t encountered scary animals, like wolves and elgs, yet. 😀 It is also nice to set up a fire and grill some sausage and marshmallows mid-journey.

Travelers in the Norwegian woods
Travelers in the Norwegian woods
Setting up a bonfire
Setting up a bonfire
Grilling marshmallows and sausages
Grilling marshmallows and sausages
Covering up the dead bonfire with snow
Covering up the dead bonfire with snow

I love nature and exploring the Kjøsterudjuvet was definitely a wonderful weekend experience! I’m sure it would be different to trace the gorge in summer, but still, it proved to be a must-see in Drammen. It really made winter more fun, and it made me fall in love with Norway even more. Cheers to more nature trips like that! ❤

Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
Kjøsterudjuvet trip
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