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The world's oldest steam paddler, Skibladner, on Lake Mjøsa in the Hamar Region, Norway - Photo: Ricardo Foto
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The world's oldest steam paddler, Skibladner, on Lake Mjøsa in the Hamar Region, Norway Photo: Ricardo Foto

What to do in the Hamar Region

The Hamar Region is the perfect place to explore the countryside, go fishing, hiking and swimming. Enjoy a bicycle ride or quite simply relax.

Outdoor activities

The Hamar Region is perfect for outdoor activities. Lake Mjøsa is the largest lake in Norway, and popular for boating, fishing and bathing in summer. The highlight is a voyage with the world's oldest steam paddler still running; Skibladner.

Lake Mjøsa is open all year round for fishing and no license is required. There are also excellent fishing opportunities in lakes and rivers throughout the area. Ice fishing is popular in the winter.

TrollingAdventure offers guiding with knowledge of nature. Trolling is fishing with spinning bait from a boat equipped with the latest in technical fishing gear. TrollingAdventure was founded by professional fisheries biologists and they can ensure guides with knowledge of nature and fishing techniques on your request.

Between July and Agust you can bring your skates with you to Vikingskipet (The Viking Ship) in Hamar and go speed skating on summer ice.

For golfers, there are two golf courses in the region. Atlungstad Golf is situated right on the shores of Lake Mjøsa, and Mjøsen Golfklubb is a 18-hole course at Moelv in Ringsaker.

Entertainment/events

The Hamar Region offers a great variety of market days, theatre, opera, folk dance, concerts and sporting events throughout the year. The region is host to a number of annual festivals such as The Kirsten Flagstad Festival, Hamar Music Festivalthe Medieval Festival at the Hedmarksmuseum, "Blåklokkevikua" at the Prøysen Museum and Home, The Ringsaker Opera and much more.

Hamar is also known for its indoor long track speed skating arena Vikingskipet ("The Viking ship").  It was built to host the speed skating competitions of the 1994 Winter Olympics. The Viking Ship Olympic Arena is also being used as the service park for Rally Norway, as a host for the world´s second largest computer party The Gathering, for big concerts and exhibitions.

Guided tours in the Hamar region

Groups have the option to pre-book guided tours in the region. Our proficient guides will take you to our renowned as well as less frequented attractions. We offer historical and cultural walks in Hamar town centre. For further information and recommended trips, please contact Hamar Tourist Information Office at post@hamarregionen.no.

The Munch Trail, a bike trip for groups of 4-12 people

This trip is ideal for people who want to learn more about the childhood and youth of the famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. Edvard Munch was born in Løten, about 74 miles north of Oslo, on 12 December 1863.

You can visit the Munch Centre in Løten, cycle the Munch Trail and learn more about Munch and places Edvard Munch had an attachment to. Groups can pre-book guided bicycling trips in Edvard Munch´s footsteps, starting at the Munch Centre at Klevfos Museum or Løten Nærstasjon.

The Munch Centre
The exhibitions at The Munch Centre at Klevfos focus on the young Edvard Munch, his early works, and the visits he made to the Hedmark area after his family moved to Oslo. At the centre you can read the correspondence between the Munch family and their close friends at Ådalsbruk, or try your hand at painting like Munch did. The Munch Centre has the same opening hours as Klevfos Museum.

The Munch Trail
There are information points at places Edvard Munch was attached to, for instance his birthplace at Engelaug østre, his sister's birthplace at By farm, his farther's workplace at Tofsrud, and Worker’s home at Klevfos Museum.

Season: June – 15 September.
Cycling distance: From Klevfos, 4.7 miles
Language: English
Price: NOK 150 per person, including guided tour at the Munch Centre and at the Munch Trail, starting at the Centre.
Bikes for hire: The Munch Centre has a total of 10 bicycles for hire (5 ladies bikes and 5 gents bikes).
You can also do a self-guided trip. Please ask for a tour description.
Hire price: 1 day NOK 100 – 2 days NOK 175.
Contact: Munch Centre/Klevfos Industrimuseum, N-2345 Ådalsbruk.
Tel: (+47) 62 50 88 00 / (+47) 959 66 865.
Email: ht@klevfos.no

NB! Guided trips must be booked at least one day in advance. Minimum four people to a group.

Løten Nærstasjon
Another good starting point for the bicycle trip is Løten Nærstasjon. The old train station is home to a café, bakery, an outlet for local food and arts & craft, tourist information centre and railway ticket office. When booking in advance, groups can enjoy a guided trip on a quiet country road to Klevfos and the Munch Centre. A two-course Munch Lunch is available at Løten Nærstasjon, made from local produce and based on what Edvard Munch would have had to eat while living in Løten. 

Two-course Munch Lunch: NOK 160.
The distance between Løten Nærstasjon and Klevfos is about 3 miles.

Prices/Booking: Please contact Løten Nærstasjon, tel (+47) 62 59 07 02 or email post@loten-nerstasjon.no.

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Last updated:  2014-06-27
Lake Mjøsa is the largest lake in Norway and popular for bathing in summer - Photo: Ricardo foto
Lake Mjøsa is the largest lake in Norway and popular for bathing in summer
You can fish year round in Lake Mjøsa in Norway - Photo: Hamarregionen.no
You can fish year round in Lake Mjøsa in Norway

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The world's oldest steam paddler, Skibladner, on Lake Mjøsa in the Hamar Region, Norway - Photo: Ricardo Foto

What to do in the Hamar Region

The Hamar Region is the perfect place to explore the countryside, go fishing, hiking and swimming. Enjoy a bicycle ride or quite simply relax.

What to do in the Hamar Region

Source: Visitnorway

About the Hamar Region

Key facts about the Hamar Region

The Hamar Region contains four municipalities; Hamar, Stange, Ringsaker and Løten.

Tourist information for the Hamar Region

The tourist office for the Hamar Region is located in newly refurbished premises on Østre Torg in the centre of Hamar.

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