Ål within Buskerud
|Coordinates: 60°40′32″N 8°34′37″E / 60.67556°N 8.57694°ECoordinates: 60°40′32″N 8°34′37″E / 60.67556°N 8.57694°E|
|• Mayor (2015)||Solveig Vestenfor (Labour Party)|
|• Total||1,171 km2 (452 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,081 km2 (417 sq mi)|
|Area rank||85 in Norway|
|• Rank||207 in Norway|
|• Density||4/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0619|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
80% of Ål municipality is at least 900 meters above sea level. The highest point is Raudbergnuten at 1819m. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Ål Church
- Torpo Stave church
- Torpo Stave church
- A mountain lake
- Small farms in the community of Leveld
- Ål city center seen from Sundreberget
- View of Lauvdalsbrea
- Sheep are everywhere in the mountains
- Strandafjorden, a long narrow lake in Ål kommune
- Old-fashioned buildings
Famous people from Ål
The following cities are twinned with Ål:
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- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Official Tourist Website
- Buskerud travel guide from Wikivoyage