Eivind Olsens vei, 3016 Drammen
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‘Spiralen’ in Drammen (the spiral) is a helical car tunnel in Bragernesåsen. The driveway is located in the Bragernes district, above Drammen Hospital.
The tunnel is 1650 meter long, winds up six and a half times around an axis and ends in the open air at Breidablikk (or ‘Spiraltoppen’ as it is popularly called) or Nedre skanse where there is a restaurant, outdoor seating and recreation area with a view of Drammensdalen.
This is probably the best place to an ‘arial’ photo of Drammen city and Drammenselva (Drammen river).
In the 1950’s two new streets were planned in Drammen; Rosenkrantzgata og Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsons gate. They needed a huge amount of stones for the construction. Where the entrence to the tunnel is located, there was a quarry that was going to supply the needs. But instead of creating a huge wound in the landscape, the city engineer Eivind Olsen, suggested to dig a tunnel, and by that create a tourist attraction – in addition to the new streets in the center.
CNN Travel has nominated Spiralen as one of the 10 most spectacular tunnels in the world. Their Top 10 list consists of:
- Gotthard Base Tunnel (Switzerland)
- Channel Tunnel (UK and France)
- Laerdal Tunnel (Aurland, Norway)
- Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line (Tokyo)
- Eisenhower Tunnel (Colorado)
- Spiralen Tunnel (Drammen, Norway)
- Guoliang Tunnel (Henan Province, China)
- SMART (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
- Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (Shanghai)
- Seikan Tunnel (Japan)
The Spiral top is a fun loction to visit, so put it on your bucket list.
Opening hours: 06.00 to 23.00 every day.DRAMMEN WEATHER