The Lillehammer Region has vast mountain plains with a comprehensive network of paths and roads. It is the gateway to the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, which is surrounded by mountains to the east and west. The region is also an excellent starting point for visits to the Langsua and Rondane national parks. Rondane is the oldest national park in Norway, and by many considered the most spectacular.
The hiking trails are generally open and free from snow between June and September, but it varies from year to year. It is advisable to check the weather conditions in advance.
Many areas in the Lillehammer region are ideal starting points for hiking excursions:
- The World of Peer Gynt, the mountain area that includes Skeikampen, Gålå and Espedalen. Skeikampen has an altitude of around 800 metres above sea level and is a good base for day trips.
- The area around Lillehammer town centre, with Nordseter and Sjusjøenwithin easy reach.
- Rondane south, with the mountains Venabygdsfjellet and Kvamsfjellet.
- Gudbrandsdalen, offering pilgrimages through valleys and across mountains.
- Langsua National Park.
Top hikes in the Lillehammer region
The Peer Gynt Trail is a 70-kilometre long walk in varied terrain that passes the mountain area on the western side of Gudbrandsdalen in the World of Peer Gynt.
Trail around Skeikampen is an 8-kilometre long trail with a slight uphill climb to spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The hike takes two to three hours and is suitable for most people.
The Pilgrim Way (the St. Olav route to Trondheim) leads past Lillehammer town centre and up through the Gudbrandsdalen valley. A cultural heritage walk in breathtaking scenery.
Muen is the highest peak in the municipality of Ringebu at 1,424 metres above sea level. The walk to Muen features in the book "50 recommended hikes in Gudbrandsdalen" (2011) by Frank Ivar Hansen.
The most visited mountain peak in the Lillehammer area, Neveltoppen, is a gentle walk suitable for all, including young families.
Norske Bygdeopplevelser is a tour operator specialising in walking packages for groups and individuals. All trips have a set start date and can be booked online. Most packages from Norske Bygdeopplevelser include accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch, dinner, a map, route descriptions and any transport required.
Camino Walks is a company offering guided walks with luggage transfer along the Pilgrim Way between Lillehammer and Otta.
Venabu Mountain Lodge offer guided walks through gentle, diverse mountain terrain. There is a birch forest nearby, and the mountain plateau – with over 30 small and large peaks – is within easy reach. The walks from Venabu Mountain Lodge include a visit to Rondane National Park.
With Rondane as a backdrop, you walk through varied but gentle mountain terrain at an altitude of up to 1,000 metres. Along the way you will stay at quality hotels, some of which have a swimming pool and a sauna. Your luggage will be transferred from location to location, and all you need to carry is a small backpack. See Rambling in the Rondane National Park.
The Lillehammer region offers a wide range of hotels, mountain lodges and other types of accommodation, making it easy to plan trips from location to location.
How to get there
The Lillehammer region is situated around 180 kilometres north of Oslo, and is easily accessible by train, coach and car.
Read more about hiking in the Lillehammer region at Lillehammer’s official website.