Spikkestad

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Spikkestad rail station

Spikkestad is an urban area in the Røyken municipality in Norway. It is located in the northern part of the Hurum Peninsula, closer to the Drammen Fjord than the Oslo Fjord.

Spikkestad railway station was opened in 1885 to link Asker to Drammen. The village was named after the farm "Spikkestad", as the station was built on its lands. In the early 1970s, a tunnel was built which made the trip between these places shorter, and most of the train track was closed. Spikkestad became the end terminus of Spikkestadbanen, and there are still trains running every half-hour.

Spikkestad is also accessible by car. It is only a short trip off the "Riksvei 23", which links Drammen and Drøbak. Drammen is the closest large city, only 11 km away from Spikkestad.

During the industrialization of the town at the end of the 19th century, factories and schools, as well as an influx of new inhabitants made the village into more than just a train station. Its current population is between 2000 and 3000.

Spikkestad and the area surrounding it have a long history dating back to the viking era. Once a year, the community organizes an historic walk (oldtidsveien), which travels along sites such as a historic burial site. It runs from Gullaug on the Drammen Fjord to Slemmestad on the Oslo Fjord. Coordinates: 59°44′39.00″N 10°20′24.00″E / 59.7441667°N 10.3400000°E / 59.7441667; 10.3400000Elopak's headquarters are in Spikkestad.

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