Land of the forests
The southern parts of Hedmark are made up by friendly farmlands and forests. The Elverum region is home to the Norwegian Forest museum, where tales are told about hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry in Norway. The nearby Glomdal Museum makes Norway's cultural history come to life.
The enchanting forest area Finnskogen entices visitors with its old local farm houses, unspoiled landscapes and tasty local specialties. The 150-mile-long Finnskogleden trail lets you combine physical activity with wonderful nature experiences. The trail start at the border between Norway and Sweden, where you also find the peace landmark Morokulien.
In the Østerdalen valley you have excellent opportunities for fishing adventures in the rivers Renaelva and Glomma. Be aware that you may encounter Storelgen – the world’s largest elk sculpture, over ten metres tall. You are now also at the edge of the vast mountain area Rondane, a perfect starting point for mountain explorations.
Where historic sites turn into modern landmarks
In the city of Hamar, the ruins of a medieval church at Domkirkeodden is one of the main must-sees. Covered by a protective steel and glass structure reminicent of a cathedral, the ruins make up a mighty landmark on the bank of lake Mjøsa.
Above the city of Kongsvinger you'll find Kongsvinger fortress, which has kept the Swedes out of Norway since its completion in 1682. Right on the fortress grounds lays Festningen Hotel & Resort, with a great view of the city. Right below the fortress you find Kongsvinger's old town, characterized by venerable wooden houses and unique shops and eateries.
A cradle of crafts - and of Edvard Munch
The glassworks at Magnor is located in Eidskog close to the Swedish border. The glass work employs well-known Norwegian designers to create one-of-a-kind designs for their products. Stop and watch the glass blowers create hand-blown art, with designs and products that have been perfected through generations. Don't miss out on the bargains at the factory outlet!
Norway's world-famous painter Edvard Munch was born in Hedmark. He moved to Oslo at the age of one, but returned to the region on several occasions. The Munch Center, located at his birthplace Ådalsbruk, will tell you more about Munch's visits to Hedmark and show you some of his childhood works.