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Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen

The valley of Gudbrandsdalen runs for a length of 140 miles, through beautiful hills and mighty mountainscapes. At the start of the valley lies the town of Lillehammer, known to entice visitors with its friendly atmosphere, charming wooden houses and scenic lakeside location.

Cultural history, art and family fun in Lillehammer

Lillehammer boasts a varied selection of visitor highlights. The renowned ethnographic museum Maihaugen invites you to walk through centuries of Norwegian history, with a collection of  200 houses from the 13th century and up until today. The town also has a reputation as an artists’ hub, and Lillehammer Art Museum is considered one of the leading museums of its kind in Norway.  

For those travelling with kids, a trip to Hunderfossen Amusement Park makes for a great family outing. You may also explore remnants of the 1994 Winter Olympics Games.

Travelling Gudbrandsdalen - enjoying the great outdoors

As you go further up the Gudbrandsdalen valley, great opportunities for fun in the outdoors unfold. When the snow arrives, ski resorts and cross country trails welcome winter sports enthusiasts of all kinds. In summer, brave souls go rafting in the Sjoa river. The valley is connected to no fewer than seven national parks, perfect for mountain hiking.

When it comes time to eat, the area is home to several eateries with local specialties on the menu. For those who seek cultural accompaniments appropriate to Gudbrandsdalens’s stunning nature, the annual open-air staging of Norway’s national epic Peer Gynt by lake Gålåvatnet is a must.

Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen highlights