Lillehammer is located on the northern shore of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake and it is Norway's oldest ski resort. The town was put on the world map as a major tourist destination after the 1994 Winter Olympics that were held in the town. Today, Lillehammer is an ideal holiday destination for anyone looking for outdoor activities and adventure sports. The town boasts some of the best Norwegian countryside, high mountains, forests, cultural landscapes, a spectacular arts scene, a plethora of adventure activities, the midnight sun and stunning northern lights.
The best way to lose yourself in this tranquil and serene landscape is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Lillehammer which include taking a tour of Hunderfossen Familie Park, Nikkers, Lysgardsbakken Ski Jump Tower, Lillehammer Olympic Park, Lillehammer Olympic Bob and Luge Track, Jorekstad, Nordseter and Lillehammer Church. The city also boasts numerous museums that are a must visit including the Maihaugen Open- Air Museum, Norwegian Road Museum, Norwegian Olympic Museum, Lillehammer Art Museum and the Gudsbrandsdalen Museums. One can indulge in various adventure sports and outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, skiing, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, river boarding, canyoning and cave exploration. The city also offers numerous shopping opportunities at Strandtorget or one can go for excursions on spectacular routes such as Bjørnsonvegen, the Peer Gynt route, Birkebeinervegen, Jotunheimvegen or Rondane National Tourist Route. Other top things to do in Lillehammer include Skibladner, Lilleputthammer Family Park, Sigrid's Undset's Hjem Bjerkeback and Bjornstjerne Bjornsons Home Aulestad. The scenic beauty of the untouched landscape along with numerous activities and attractions in Lillehammer are sure to make your trip a memorable one.
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What to Do in and around Lillehammer
Enjoy 22 best Lillehammer attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Fossekrovegen 22, 2625 Fåberg, Norway
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This amusement park is one of Norway’s largest tourist attractions and is situated to the north of the city. It consists of more than 50 attractions and also a Winter Park that is opened from Late December till Mid- March.
The highlight of this park is the Big Troll that you can see sitting in the middle of the Park. Rides here are mainly for children but there are some big rides such as the water splash, roller coaster and the Adventure climbing area which can be enjoyed by adults. The restaurant serves good food and the atmosphere is very nice too.
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Maihaugvegen 1, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway
11:00 am - 04:00 pm
This is one of the most visited attractions in the country and consists of more than 200 buildings. It is also one of the largest open- air museums of Northern Europe. The museum was founded by Anders Servig and later many additions were made to the building.
The main attractions of the museum are:
Rural Collection: This is dedicated to the objects and lifestyles from the villages during the period of 1700- 1850. There are also houses from the 15th century.
Historic Town: These are a collection of buildings from the period 1900 to 1920.
Residential Area: This section comprises single family homes from all decades of the 20th century.
The Garmo Stave Church that was dissembled and bought by Servig who later erected in the Maihaugen campus.
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Elvegata 18, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is one of the best restaurants in the city with a lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and informal setting. The food is of very good taste and quality and they also have an area separated for smokers. The highlights are the burgers, mousse, cream fishes and salmons of course. It also serves drinks at moderate prices. It is thus a good place for a nice dinner.
Officially known as the Lysgardsbakken Ski Jumping Arena, this is a jumping hill that consists of two hills with K- Point. One is a larger than the other. This place opened in 1993 just before the 1994 Olympic Games. The Ski Jumping and Nordic combined events were held here. The opening and closing ceremonies were also held here. This arena has also played host to a number of other important sports events.
The tower is surrounded by an arena that can accommodate more than 35000 people and there are seats for 7500 people.
There is a start house, a Judges’ tower, a media building and a technical room below the stands.
A chair lift can take people to the top of the tower.
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Hunderfossvegen 680, 2625 Faberg, Norway
03:00 pm - 08:00 pm
This is a Bobsleigh Luge and Skeleton Track that was completed in 1992. It was the destination for the Bobsleigh and Luge events of the 1994 Winter Olympics. It has also hosted the FIBT and FIL World Championships in 1995 and is scheduled to host the 2016 Winter Olympics.
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Maihaugveien 1, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway
11:00 am - 04:00 pm
This lovely museum situated inside the Hakons Hall was officially inaugurated by Kind Herald V and Queen Sonja. It is the only museum in Northern Europe that houses the complete detailed history of the Olympics. It has more than 7000 exhibits related to the games.
The historical section of the museum has records and exhibits from the Olympics of 776 BC till the present and modern Games by means of videos, texts and recordings.
A separate section for the 1994 Olympics that has an egg from the opening ceremony and also all presentation videos and recordings of medal winners and games.
The Norwegian Sports Honorary Gallery and collection of Olympic Stamps.
The museum also houses one of the largest pin collections of the world.
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Nordsetervegen 1351, 2618 Lillehammer, Norway
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is a mountain cross- country skiing arena a few kilometers away from the main city. The place is almost at a height of 850 meters above sea level. Skiing activities are done from December till the end of March. Other activities common during the summer months are kayaking, walking, cycling ad fishing. This area has been in use by farmers during the summer for their animals to graze on the fresh green grass. The initial guest houses of the region were also erected here.
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2630 Ringebu, Norway
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is a small but important building in the city which is beautiful inside-out. The park and flower garden surrounding it make it even more attractive. It is also an example of very fine old architecture and would especially interest you if you like antiques and old buildings. Christianity started blooming in this country at around 1000 AD and this is when the stave churches started being built. The Ringebu is one of these beautiful churches made mainly of wood with a simple yet elegant design and the old charm. This church dates back to the 13th century and is amongst one of the only 28 buildings remaining of its kind.
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Aulestadvegen 6-14, 2656 Follebu, Norway
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is one of the most well preserved houses of northern Europe. It was the residence of the famous Norwegian artist and Nobel laureate Bjornstjerne Bjornsons. He lived here with his family for a number of years and after his death it was made into a museum and opened publicly. He was also a poet and was the writer of the National Anthem of Norway. It is an urban European home with a beautiful garden in front of it.
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Sigrid Undsets veg 16, 2615 Lillehammer, Norway
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
This was the home of the famous poet, author and Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset who lived here till his death in 1949. The house was then transformed into a public museum. The name was after the Arch Norwegian Mr. Bjerkebek. This was a character in his play that gave rise to the term “bjerkebekeri” which is a term for Norwegian Bragging. The museum has a book café, meeting and conference hall and exhibition halls. The foundation stone of the museum was laid down by Queen Sonja.