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Numedal

Numendal is a traditional valley and district in Buskerud, Norway. The valley runs from the north to the south and extends all the way from Kongsberg in the south up to Rodberg of the north. The valley passes through Fiesberg, Kongsberg, Nore og Uvdal, and Rollag. The 3rd longest river in Norway, the Numedalslagen, runs through the valley before it discharges into Oslofjord in the town of Larvik. The population of the valley was 6631 in the year 2004. However, the population has been gradually decreasing. National road 40 and the Numedal line goes through the valley. 

Naumudalr was the Norse version of the name. The first part means Nauma, which was the river name and the last element dalr, means valley. The meaning and the name are identical to Namdalen.

The biggest concentration of log buildings from medieval times is located in the area of the valley from Kongsberg to Hardangervidda. The valley has been a location for paths for a very long time. These paths were the main traffic area between Vestlandet and Ostlandet. These paths are marked and when walking along the old path you will see the remains of dwellings from the stone age as well as grave mounds, bog iron works, and other signs of the activity that has taken place in the valley over the past 8000 years. There are 4 stave churches as well as 40 timber buildings that remain. 

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