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Gjøvik region, Hadeland and Ringerike

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.

At Kistefos sculpture park
At Kistefos sculpture park
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen

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.

Mjøsa highlights

A place to explore industrial traditions

Two of the main attractions at Hadeland are old industrial complexes that have become modern centres for history, design and art, where you can easily spend a whole day. 

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.

At Kistefos sculpture park
At Kistefos sculpture park
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen


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.

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Suppliers of fresh produce

The cultural landscapes in Gjøvik, Hadeland and Ringerike not only make for soothing scenery, they also supply large parts of Norway with fruits, vegetables and other kinds of produce.

Take a moment to see Olav Lie-Nilsen, owner of Thorbjørnrud Hotell in Jevnaker, present both the area's long-standing traditions of food production and some of the main highlights of his home district Hadeland.

The extensive agricultural activity also yields a great local food scene. Regional specialties include everything from onions and carrots to strawberries, apple juice and chocolate.

Learn more about the culinary offerings in Gjøvik, Hadeland and Ringerike

Your secret spot for urban recreation

Gjøvik, Hadeland and Ringerike also offer plenty of options for urban activities and retreats. Options for indoor recreation are plentiful, with Totenbadet water resort and Otium Spa being two of the local favourites.

Or why not pay a visit to Gjøvik Olympic Mountain Hall, a remnant from the 1994 Winter Olympics? The hall is the world’s largest subterranean auditorium, located 120 metres underground. In summer, the hall is open seven days a week and invites you to explore its unique and spectacular design. Stop by during hockey season to see the home team, the Gjovik Mammuts, in action.

Gjøvik Olympiske Fjellhall
Gjøvik Olympiske Fjellhall
Photo: Gjøvikregionen Hadeland Ringerike Reiseliv