The Hamar region is the ideal location for anyone looking for an active holiday. Here you will find everything from bicycle rides, boating and fishing to dog sledding and painting classes. A range of activities are available - both indoors and outdoors.
A Sunday trip along Mjøsa or in the hilly mountain terrain? The Hamar region has bicycle routes suitable for all.
Family bike rides
The best area for bicycle rides with children is along the beautiful Mjøsa, outside Hamar town center, where you have wide choice of excellent picnic, swimming and fishing spots. Or why not try the mountain farm area at Sjusjøen, where you can spend the night in a tree-top cabin eight metres above ground?
In the gentle, rolling terrain along Mjøsa, it is not the climbs that will take your breath away - it is the scenery! Take in the spectacular views, stay the night at a manor farm, savour a tasty meal at a farm café and enjoy a host of cultural experiences along the way.
Sjusjøen can offer a vast network of mountain roads and farm tracks with well marked and signposted routes for every skill level.
Please contact Hamar Region Tourist office for information about bicycle hire, route descriptions or guided bicycle tours.
Mjøstråkk is a 155-mile long cycling route around Lake Mjøsa - Norway's largest inland lake. On the banks of Lake Mjøsa you will find the three towns Hamar, Lillehammer and Gjøvik, as well a number of villages such as Eidsvoll, Stange, Brummunddal and Lena.
The cycling route is well-signposted and the roads are a combination of gravel and asphalt. There are a number of attractions and sights around Lake Mjøsa and these are marked and described on a map available at the tourist offices.
When exploring Lake Mjøsa and its surroundings on bike, you will see the beautiful lake, rolling farmland and lush green hills, at close range.
The world's oldest paddle steamer, DS Skibladner carries some 20,000 passengers every summer across Lake Mjøsa. Cyclists are welcome to bring bikes onboard. Skibladner calls at the following places:
Hamar - Eidsvoll, return to Hamar with DS Skibladner
- Distance Hamar - Eidsvoll: 41 miles
- Hamar – Tangen: 16 miles
- Tangen – Minnesund: 16 miles
- Minnesund – Eidsvoll: 7 miles
The cycling route from Hamar follows the signposted Mjøstråkk (se description above). From Hamar station, follow rv. 22 southwards along the bicycle paths of Stange Bridge.
On the other side of the bridge, turn right at Sandvika cycling path along Åkersvika Nature Reserve. After a few hills you reach the rolling countryside of Stange and the beautiful coastline of Lake Mjøsa. You will pass Atlungstad Golf and Atlungstad Distillery from 1856 and one of the four destilleris which still is operating in Norway. You will pass large stately farms that lie side by side.
The area has a rich cultural heritage. Would you like to go for a swim, turn off towards Gillund Beach just before passing Stange Church. Further, follow the roads built over the fields towards Såstad and forth past Store Re. Arriving in Askum turn left towards Austad, and then downward to rv. 222, follow this south towards Tangen Church. Feel free to turn off to Tangenodden Camping where there is a kiosk, beach and camping cabins.
From Tangen follow rv. 222 over the railroad tracks before you turn right towards Espa. At Espa you may take a rest at Espa Service which lies on the other side of the main road E6. The gas station is widely known for its "boller" (sweet buns).
Next stop is Strandlykkja, where there is a large monument from World War II. Soon after passing Morskogen, you have to follow the E6 for a few kilometres. There is a path for cyclists. At the exit toward Langset, you head towards Minnesund. Minnesund lies in the expiration of Lake Mjøsa to the river Vorma. Three bridges cross the end.
The cycle route now follows rv. 177 east of river Vorma through farmland. Turn off towards Sunde; the administrative center of Eidsvoll. At the Skibladner quay, lies Eidsvoll Gamle Stasjon, the station that was the end of the line for Norway's first railway line.
Vestmarka Forest in Stange
Marked hiking and cross-country ski trails and open forest cabins. Hekne, Åsvang and Lauvlisetra are good starting points for skiing tours.
A place for peace and quiet and easy hikes. There are many animals and plants; you may see predators - bear, lynx, wolf and wolverine, and there are reindeer in the northern areas.
The paths are clearly marked and all signs are in blue. Toll road.
Mosjømarka Forest in Løten
Offers idyllic pine forests and glimmering woodland lakes. Access is easy from the centre of Løten and Myklegard from the road between Hamar and Elverum.
There are nice round trips on blue-marked trails that start from and finish at Budor, Gåsbu or Vollkoia. A three-kilometre long path is wheelchair accessible during summer.
Gåsbu is a good place to start your cross-country skiing trip. Includes a 1.8-mile freestyle trail and a 25-mile freestyle trail.
Buy a trail map at Gåsbu or at the tourist information office.
The Ottestad Path (9.3 miles) runs through a cultural landscape with farms on every side. At Atlungstad Farm you pass through the new golf course.
The Pilgrims' Route to Trondheim
The old Pilgrims' Route between Oslo and Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was reopened the summer of 1997. The path is waymarked with a special logo. The Pilgrim's Path passes through the Hamar Region between Oslo and Trondheim.