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Hedmark

The county of Hedmark welcomes you with picturesque farmlands and deep forests where the elks reign. Cultural highlights include intriguing remnants from medieval times, and the birth place of Edvard Munch.

   

The Domkirkeodden cathedral ruins at Hedmark
The Domkirkeodden cathedral ruins at Hedmark
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Land of the forests

The southern parts of Hedmark are made up by friendly farmlands and forests. Here you'll find the Norwegian Forest museum, where tales are told about hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry in Norway. The nearby Glomdal Museum brings Norway's cultural history 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 experiences outdoors.

A bit further north, in the Østerdalen valley, you may encounter Storelgen – the world’s largest elk sculpture, over ten metres tall.

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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 below the fortress is Kongsvinger's old town, characterized by venerable wooden houses and unique shops and eateries.

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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.

Visitors can watch the glass blowers create hand-blown art with techniques  that have been perfected through generations.


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.


The choice of an Hawaiian brewer

Jeremy Metzger from Hawaii chose Hedmark and the city of Hamar as the place to brew his beer, which he makes exclusively for the local restaurant Basarene.

 

Jeremy Metzger, brewer in Hamar
Jeremy Metzger, brewer in Hamar
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When asked about his current hometown, Jeremy highlights Hamar’s scenic location by lake Mjøsa.

Metzger also recommends a visit to Alungstad destillery – the only historical distillery in Norway still in operation.