Located in the heart of Buskerud, Modum encompasses the villages of Geithus, Vikersund and Åmot, as well as the Valley of Artists where Edvard Munch, Christian Krohg and Hans Gude once painted. It’s home to one of the largest ski jumping hills in the world and a historic mine where cobalt blue pigment was produced for the porcelain and glass industries.
Things to do
Railway enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a ride on the heritage Krøder Line, which runs for 26 kilometres between Vikersund and Krøderen. Constructed by the Norwegian State Railways in 1872, this narrow gauge line takes in the stunning scenery and passes several beautifully preserved station buildings that operate as living museums. Aside from its scheduled departures in July and August, the railway also hosts themed events such as the Western-inspired “Train Hold-up”.
Modum is home to one of the world’s largest, purpose-built ski flying hills, the Vikersundbakken, which was designed by Kristian Hovde and originally opened in 1936. It hosted the FIS Ski Flying World Championships on numerous occasions and was the site of Johan Remen Evensen’s 246.5-metre record-breaking jump in 2011.
If you’re interested in Modum’s industrial history, don’t miss a visit to the Blaafarveværket (Blue Colour Works) where cobalt ore was mined and manufactured from 1776 to 1898. It’s now one of the best-preserved mining museums in Europe, with guided tours and cultural trails leading through its open-cast mines. Changing art exhibitions are also held at the site featuring both Norwegian and international artists.
Modum is a 30-minute drive from Drammen and just over an hour from Oslo while Oslo Airport is 1.5 hours away. Buses travel throughout Modum while having your own vehicle gives you greater freedom to explore the municipality.