The regions of Gjøvik, Hadeland and Ringerike are defined by lush inland landscapes, cultivated for centuries and perfect for nature retreats. Here you also find two of Norway’s most intriguing documents of industrial history, and a paddle steamer from 1856.
Regions of great lakes
Gjøvik, Hadeland and Ringerike are rich in lakes of all sizes, and fishing is a popular pastime all year round. Large pike, perch and the (purportedly) biggest trouts in Northern Europe await - rent a rod and try your luck!
The largest of the lakes, Mjøsa, is best enjoyed from Skibladner - the world’s oldest paddle steamer still in operation. From the middle of June to the middle of August the ship’s bell and steam whistle signal six days a week, with seven different points of departure.
A place to explore industrial traditions
Hadeland Glassverk was founded in 1762, and is the oldest industrial company in Norway with continuous operation. It is also one of Norway's most visited tourist attractions, where history, art, culture and handicraft traditions come together in idyllic surroundings.
The Kistefos Museum is built from a former wood pulp mill, the only remaining of its kind in Scandinavia. In addition to permanent exhibitions on industrial history, it hosts rotating exhibitions with notable modern and contemporary artists. The sculpture park that flanks the museum is an attraction in and of itself.
Your secret spot for urban recreation
It may come as a surprise to some, but the regions of Gjøvik, Hadeland and Ringerike also offer plenty of options for urban activities. Highlights include a plentiful and varied restaurant selection and options for indoor recreation in many forms, with Totenbadet water park and Otium Spa being two of the local favourites.