Valdres is a traditional district in central, southern Norway, situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal. The region around Valdres consists of the six municipalities of Nord-Aurdal, Sør-Aurdal, Øystre Slidre, Vestre Slidre, Vang and Etnedal. Valdres has about 18,000 inhabitants and is known for its excellent trout fishing. The main road is E16 and Fylkesvei 51.
The name is very old, and the meaning unknown. The first element is maybe related to the German word Wald 'forest'.
Administratively, Valdres belongs to Oppland. It consists of the municipalities Nord-Aurdal, Sør-Aurdal, Øystre Slidre, Vestre Slidre, Vang and Etnedal. The main town in the region is Fagernes, where there also is an airport. European route E16 is the main highway, while the main rivers are Begna and Etna. The railroad connection from Oslo (Valdresbanen) was shut down in 1988, and the tracks are now removed.
Valdres is located approximately midway between Oslo and Bergen. The valley is protected to the west and north by the Jotunheimen mountains (see Valdresflye) and to the south by the Gol mountain ridge. Historically, Valdres has had an agricultural economy, but tourism has grown in prominence in later years. Beitostølen, a highly developed tourist area for winter tourists and who have hosted FIS Cross-Country World Cup multiple times is located in Valdres.
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Valdres March (Norwegian: Valdresmarsjen) is the title of a Norwegian march composed by Johannes Hanssen and published by Boosey & Hawkes. The main theme is the signature fanfare for the Valdres Battalion, which is based on an ancient melody formerly played on the medieval lur. The melody of the trio section derives from a fiddle tune traditional in Hardanger and a pentatonic folk tune, above a typical Norwegian drone bass line. First performed in 1904, the composer played the baritone horn part together with the band of the 2nd Regiment of Norway.
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- Valdres Natur og Kulturpark Regional pages
- Valdres Destinasjon Tourism pages
- The Valdres March Music Valdres Pictures (1904)
- Valdres Radio Norwegian
- Fishing in Valdres
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