Hallingdal is a traditional district and valley located in Buskerud County, Norway. There were ancient routes that went to Vestlandet using Valdres and Hallingdal. The routes then went on to Roldal and Odda. Hallingdal along with Valdres, which is a neighboring valley, were once populated by migrants who spoke with a western dialect. The migration routes of these people are difficult to map and it is thought that many of the migrants may have blended in with the local hunters from around the valley and in the mountains.
From the early years and on, the town grew from iron trade. The iron was made in the local marshlands. There were trade routes developed during the Iron Age. In later years, farmers in the area would trade cattle over the mountains from the west to the east. There were many locals that were involved in this type of trade. The soil of the valley was often barren, which is why trading was important.
The people who live in this area are often called hallinger. The dialect in the area comes from a group that was often spoken in the mountainous area of Norway. The valley has its own rosemaling brand that offers a different style than the other valleys in the area. There were also a number of painters that lived in the area during both the 18th and the 19th centuries.
The hardanger fiddle dominates most of the music of the area. The fiddle started being used in the area around 1750. The valley dance tunes offer a distinct patter that follow 3 lines of tradition.
Hallingdal Photo Gallery
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