|• Total||5,406 km2 (2,087 sq mi)|
|• Density||3.3/km2 (8.6/sq mi)|
Valdres (pronounced [ˈʋɑ̀l.dɾɛs] ) is a traditional district in central, southern Norway, situated between the districts of Gudbrandsdalen and Hallingdal. The region of Valdres consists of the six municipalities of Nord-Aurdal, Sør-Aurdal, Øystre Slidre, Vestre Slidre, Vang and Etnedal. Valdres has about 18,000 inhabitants and is known for its excellent trout fishing and the local dialect. Its main road is E16 and Fylkesveg 51. 
Valdres is located approximately midway between Oslo and Bergen. The valley is protected to the west and north by the Jotunheimen mountains and the Valdresflye plateau and to the south by the Gol mountain ridge (Golsfjellet). The main rivers are Begna and Etna. Historically, Valdres has had an agricultural economy, but tourism has grown in prominence in later years. Beitostølen, a highly developed tourist area for winter tourists and who have hosted FIS Cross-Country World Cup multiple times is located in Valdres.  
The name of the district comes from the Old Norse stem words völlr (a mountainous plain) and dres (a cleaved road to be ridden on by a horse).  Another explanation to the etymology is that Valdres stems from "Valdles", which is from the stem words vald (forest) and les (pasture), i.e. "the valley of pastures in the forest". 
Valdres is located in Innlandet county. It consists of the municipalities Nord-Aurdal, Sør-Aurdal, Øystre Slidre, Vestre Slidre, Vang and Etnedal. The main town in the region is Fagernes, where there also is an airport. European route E16 is the main highway. Valdresbanen, the railroad connection from Oslo, was shut down in 1988 and the tracks are now removed. 
Valdres March (Norwegian : Valdresmarsjen) is the title of a Norwegian march composed by Johannes Hanssen in the years 1901-1904  and published by Boosey & Hawkes. The main theme is based on the signature fanfare for the Valdres Battalion,  which is based on an old cow call.  The following second variation includes a halling from Helgelandsmoen, a small village in Hole, Ringerike.  The melody of the trio section was Hanssen's self composed Hardanger fiddle "slått", which is a pentatonic folk tune, above a drone bass line.  When the piece was first performed in 1904, the composer played the baritone horn part together with the band of the 2nd Regiment of Norway. 
Oppland[ˈɔ̂plɑn](listen) is a former county in Norway which existed from 1781 until its dissolution on 1 January 2020. The old Oppland county bordered the counties of Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Akershus, Oslo and Hedmark. The county administration was located in the town of Lillehammer.
Nord-Fron is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Vinstra. Other population centers in Nord-Fron include the villages of Kvam and Skåbu.
Etnedal is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Bruflat.
Nord-Aurdal is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town Fagernes. Other urban centres in Nord-Aurdal include the villages of Aurdal, Leira, and Skrautvål. The municipality is served by Fagernes Airport, Leirin. In Nord-Aurdal, there is an alpine skiing center called Valdres Alpinsenter.
Vestre Slidre is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Slidre. Other villages in Vestre Slidre include Lomen and Røn.
Øystre Slidre is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Heggenes. Other villages in the municipality include Hegge, Rogne, Volbu, Moane, Skammestein, Beito, and Beitostølen.
Vang is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Vang i Valdres. Other villages in Vang include Hænsgardane, Nystuen, Øye, Ryfoss, and Tyinkrysset.
Fagernes (help·info) is a town in Nord-Aurdal Municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. The town is the administrative centre of the municipality as well as the largest urban/commercial centre for the Valdres region. It is located just northwest of the village of Leira and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of the village of Skrautvål. The 2-square-kilometre (490-acre) town has a population (2021) of 1,951 and a population density of 978 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,530/sq mi).
The Valdres Folkemuseum is a folk museum located at Storøya outside Fagernes in Nord-Aurdal in Innlandet county, Norway.
The Begna is a river in Viken and Innlandet counties in Norway. The 213-kilometre (132 mi) long river runs from the Filefjell mountain area through Valdres to the town of Hønefoss where it joins the river Randselva before it empties into the Tyrifjorden. The river Begna drains a watershed of 4,875 square kilometres (1,882 sq mi) and this is the primary river in the watershed. Along its course, the river passes through the village of Begna in Sør-Aurdal Municipality. The Norwegian writer, Mikkjel Fønhus lived much of his life and located most of his novels along the river Begna.
Torfinnstindene is a mountain in Vang Municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. The 2,118-metre (6,949 ft) tall mountain is located in the Jotunheimen mountains, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of the village of Vang i Valdres. The mountain is surrounded by several other notable mountains including Rasletinden and Kalvehøgde to the northeast, Nørdre Kalvehølotinden to the east, Galdeberget and Oksedalshøi to the west, and Langedalstinden to the northwest.
Rasletind or Rasletinden is a mountain on the border of Vang Municipality and Vågå Municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. The 2,105-metre (6,906 ft) tall mountain is located in the Jotunheimen mountains within Jotunheimen National Park. The mountain sits about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of the village of Vågåmo and about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northwest of the village of Beitostølen. The mountain is surrounded by several other notable mountains including Gråhøi to the east; Bukkehåmåren, Høgdebrotet, and Eggi to the north; Tjønnholstinden and Tjønnholsoksle to the northwest; and Kalvehøgde and Leirungskampen to the west.
A/S Jotunheimen og Valdresruten Bilselskap (JVB) is a transport company with headquarters in Fagernes, Nord-Aurdal in Innlandet county, Norway. In 2009, the company had a turnover of kr. 96.981.000,- and is currently the largest road transport company in Oppland based in the county. JVB has 120 employees and has daily routes in Valdres, Land and from Fagernes to Gol, Lærdal, Gjendesheim, Gjøvik and Oslo. The company mainly deals with personal transport by bus.
Knut Hauge was a Norwegian writer.
Valdresflye, also spelled Valdresflya and Valdresflyi, is a mountain plateau in the easternmost part of the Jotunheimen mountains in Norway. The plateau lies in Innlandet county, mostly in Øystre Slidre Municipality, but a small area extends into Vang Municipality as well. The Norwegian County Road 51 runs over the plateau, reaching 1,389 meters (4,557 ft) above mean sea level, but this road is only open in the summers.
Valdres District Court was a district court in Innlandet county, Norway. The court was based in Fagernes. The court existed from 1786 until 2021. It served the municipalities of Etnedal, Nord-Aurdal, Sør-Aurdal, Vang, Vestre Slidre and Øystre Slidre. Cases from this court could be appealed to Eidsivating Court of Appeal.
Hallingmål-Valdris is a group of Norwegian dialects traditionally spoken in the traditional districts Hallingdal, Buskerud and Valdres, Oppland.
Toten Deanery is a deanery in the Hamar Diocese in Norway. The priest is based in Gjøvik.
Vestre Innlandet District Court is a district court located in Innlandet county, Norway. This court is based at four different courthouses which are located in Gjøvik, Fagernes, Lillehammer, and Vågåmo. The court serves the western part of the county which includes cases from 24 municipalities. The court in Gjøvik accepts cases from the municipalities of Gjøvik, Gran, Nordre Land, Søndre Land, Vestre Toten, and Vestre Toten. The court in Lillehammer accepts cases from the municipalities of Gausdal, Lillehammer, Ringebu, Sør-Fron, and Øyer. The court in Fagernes accepts cases from the municipalities of Etnedal, Nord-Aurdal, Sør-Aurdal, Vestre Slidre, Vang, and Øystre Slidre. The court in Vågåmo accepts cases from the municipalities of Dovre, Lesja, Lom, Nord-Fron, Sel, Skjåk, and Vågå. The court is subordinate to the Eidsivating Court of Appeal.
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