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Ål kommune
Coat of arms of Ål kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Ål kommune
Buskerud within
Ål within Buskerud
Ål within Buskerud
Coordinates: 60°40′32″N 8°34′37″E / 60.67556°N 8.57694°E / 60.67556; 8.57694Coordinates: 60°40′32″N 8°34′37″E / 60.67556°N 8.57694°E / 60.67556; 8.57694
Country Norway
County Buskerud
District Hallingdal
Administrative centre Ål
 • Mayor (2003) Torleif T. Dalseide (V)
 • Total 1,171 km2 (452 sq mi)
 • Land 1,081 km2 (417 sq mi)
Area rank 85 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 4,656
 • Rank 207 in Norway
 • Density 4/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -3.6 %
Demonym(s) Åling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0619
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.aal.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Ål is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hallingdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ål.

The parish of Aal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Hol was separated from the municipality of Aal in 1877 to become a separate municipality.


80% of Ål municipality is at least 900 meters above sea level. The highest point is Raudbergnuten at 1819m.[2] Reineskarvet, the significant mountain of Ål has a summit of 1791m. In the winter, Ål has over 400 km of prepped cross country ski trails. [3]

Ål borders the municipalities of Hol, Gol, Hemsedal, Nes, Nore og Uvdal, and Lærdal.

Bergensbanen, the rail line between Oslo and Bergen runs through Ål. Ål Station has an elevation of 436m and is the halfway station on Bergensbanen.

Hallingdalselva runs in the bottom of the main valley, forming Strandafjorden, a long, narrow lake for several kilometers. Ål has several hydroelectric dams. Hallingdalselva runs partly in a tunnel from here to Nes municipality, where it drives a large turbine power plant.

General information[edit]

Approximately 5,000 inhabitants spread over several smaller villages including Ål, Torpo, Leveld, Vats, Trillhus, Granhagen, Breie and Strand. Large cultural tradition, folk-music is a big part of peoples identity. Folkemusikkveka is held every May for a week.

The traditional industry of Ål is mostly small-farming. Many livestock farms are still in operation with small herds of sheep, dairy cattle, and goats. Crop growing is difficult because of the steep valley walls, but wheat, barley, rye, and potatoes have all been grown in the past.

Hallingdølen, an award-winning local paper, has offices in Ål village. It comes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Ål has a Videregående school and a Folkehøyskole for deaf students.


The Old Norse form of the name was Áll. The name is identical with the word áll which means "ditch" or "gully". In 1921, the spelling of the name was changed from "Aal" to "Ål".[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 November 1984. The arms show three silver diamond shapes in a vertical line on a red background. The designs are taken from an old and common pattern used in hand-woven tapestries in the area. They also symbolize the three churches in the municipality: Ål, Torpo, and Leveld.[5][6]


  • The Torpo stave church (built around 1190 - 1200) is located in Torpo
  • Ål Bygdamuseum is built around the old Leksvol farm, and is very typical for the area. The buildings go back to the 17th century. In later years the museum have made additional installments, Øvre tunet, Stølen, and Husmannsplassen, where a stone cottage is reconstructed, similar to those used in the mountain sæter.
  • Hallingdal feriepark, camping with high ropes course and activities
  • Ål Skisenter, downhill skiing facility
  • Many kilometers of prepared cross country ski trails
  • Many family-friendly mountain trails perfect for day trips

Famous People from Ål[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Ål:[7]


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ "Kultur- og helsekommunen Ål". Ål Turistinformasjon (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ "Cross-country". Ål Turistinformasjon. 
  4. ^ Knappen, Audun. "Kommunenavn i Buskerud" (in Norwegian). Terra Buskerud. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Ål kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  7. ^ "Venskap Ål-Sololá" (in Norwegian). Ål kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 

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