If you are planning a trip to Norway and want to explore other places besides just the capital Oslo, I highly recommend going to check out Lillehammer. I am currently here, exploring this quaint town tucked away in the mountains for my spring break. Yes, I said it. While others are out relaxing on a beach, bathing in the sun, I am left to bundle myself in layers of warm clothing. But why not? For how cheap the flight was I figured why not leave the country when the price would be the same as say a flight to Florida. Lucky for me I have my own personal local tour guide that has shown me around Lillehammer and I am excited to share the amazing places that I’ve been able to check out.
Hafjell is a ski resort situated a few minutes away from Lillehammer in Øyer. Moreover, if you are searching for a place to downhill ski in the Winter or mountain bike in the Summer head over to Hafjell for an outdoor adventure and spend time enjoying nature.
This outdoor family park is very well known in Norway for the old styled buildings that share the rich Norwegian history that date back to the 12th century. It is open year round to the public and . One thing to note is the museum itself has a fee that you must pay. Though I did not have the chance to see the museum I did walk around the park and saw a few of the 200 buildings they have to offer. I would highly recommend for those interested in Norwegian history or history in general to visit Maihaugen.
|”…rich Norwegian history that date back to the 12th century.”
Hunderfossen Family Park
If you are visiting Lillehammer with family, especially smaller children, make sure to check out this family attraction where you will be able to enjoy over 60 fairy tale themed rides and attractions.
In 1994 the Winter Olympic games were held in Lillehammer and here is where you will be able to find the ski jump. To go along with that, you will also find the place where the crown prince Haakon lit the the torch for the winter games. If you are also looking for some exercise you can do as the locals do and climb the 932 stairs to the top of the hill. But if you are like me you grab a ride** and just walk down the stairs. Here you will also find an amazing view of Lillehammer.
|”…climb the 932 stairs to the top of the hill…find an amazing view of Lillehammer.”
**there is a road that twists alongside the mountain and will take you directly up to the top. So, if you are not to keen on climbing I would suggest doing that.
Established back in 1994, this Art museum up to 1400 paintings that date all the way back to the 1800’s. Again, this is another well known spot across Norway and if you are looking for something to explore for a few hours I would recommend taking a stop here and checking out their pieces of artwork from the 1820’s-1930’s.
Cross Country Skiing
Of course when going to Norway in the winter you NEED to make a stop (anywhere really) and ski in nature. With my friend Astrid and her family we spent our day cross country skiing in the gorgeous mountains. Armed with food we set off on a 6 mile (10 km) ski adventure and luckily for me I only managed to embarrass myself once by falling. This is also a great budget friendly activity to do with family or with friends.
|”…we spent our day cross country skiing in the gorgeous mountains.”
Located in the center of town, Søndre Park is a great place to grab a drink and relax. There is a cute cafe tucked away in the park where you can also grab some food and sit. I would recommend going here in the Summer verses the winter but either season would be …
Looking to do a little shopping? Walk over to Storgata, a long road located in the middle of Lillehammer, where you will be able to find many shops. Dating back to the 13th century, Lillehammer has been known as a meeting place for trading; therefore, you will find a charming environment with rich culture. From the old buildings to the stone streets, I recommend stopping here to check a few places out!
|”…find many shops…[and a] charming environment with rich culture.”
There you have it! Just a few more places to add to your bucket list if you are planning on traveling to Norway! Leave a comment below letting me know if any of you have ever traveled to Norway or Lillehammer. And if you guys have any suggestions on other places to check out here make sure to let me know, I would love to see a few more things!