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Discover "the art of slow travel" on board the paddle steamer DS Skibladner - Photo: Oplandske Dampskibsselskap
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Discover "the art of slow travel" on board the paddle steamer DS Skibladner Photo: Oplandske Dampskibsselskap

What to do in the Hamar region

The Hamar region has a wide variety of activities on offer, and is ideal for anyone looking for an active holiday.

The children's region

Children love the Hamar region as adventures are many and never far between. At Koigen recreation ground in Hamar town center, the very young can enjoy shallow waters, a sandy beach and a fun play area with lots of equipment. From Koigen it is not far to Ankerskogen swimming pool with several pools, slides, a climbing wall and water cannons.

In the museum park at the Norwegian Railway Museum, you will find station buildings and locomotive halls. Experience Norway's shortest railway line, or try the country's only permanent mini-train service. In addition, the Prøysen Museum and Home is worth a visit and is an enchanting experience for the whole family.

Golf

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.

Fishing

Lake Mjøsa comprises 21 types of fish, and the most common are vendace, powan, trout, perch and pike. Please note that protection orders are in force from 1 September to 30 April. Åkersvika Nature Reserve is a popular pike fishing area, but in April and May, when large flocks of migratory birds are present, fishing is only permitted at a few spots.

Ringsaker hunting and fishing area has some 50 lakes and 60 kilometers of rivers and streams with species like trout, grayling, perch, pike and powan. Several of the lakes offer wheelchair access. The Brumunda river leads to Mjøsa, and along its lower part it is possible to catch trout over 1 kilogram.

Hedmarksvidda offers excellent fishing in two large rivers as well as six lakes and tarns, and of these Puttsjøen is wheelchair accessible. Trout is the most common species here, but it is also possible to catch arctic char. There is an automatic toll charge, and a fishing permit machine is available at Gåsbu and Gåsbu Kiosk.

A fishing permit is not required in lake Rokosjøen in Løten. Here, you will find large stocks of perch and pike.

Find more information on fishing in the Hamar region.

Boat trips with Skibladner

When the ship's bell rings and Skibladner puts out to sea, you will discover "the art of slow travel". She glides through the calm waters at 12 knots, and leaves you time to enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful surroundings.

Skibladner has been carrying passengers across Mjøsa since 1856, and is today the world's oldest paddle steamer still providing this type of service.

On board, the atmosphere is relaxed, and passengers are welcomed by smiling crew members who always have time for a chat. The menu on board is based on local produce, and most renowned is Skibladner's traditional salmon with fresh strawberries for dessert.

For timetables, please visit skibladner.no.

Kayaking

Lake Mjøsa offers good conditions for kayaking and canoeing. For kayaking courses, guiding, hire of kayaks and kayaking equipment, please contact Infoteket(website in Norwegian only) at Tingnes.

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 Festival, the Medieval Festival at the Hedmarksmuseum, "Blåklokkevikua" at the Prøysen Museum and Home, The Ringsaker Opera and much more.

Guided tours in the Hamar region

Groups have the option to pre-book guided tours in the region. Experienced guides will take you to both renowned as well as less frequented attractions. Historical and cultural walks in Hamar town center are also offered.

For further information and recommended trips, please contact Hamar Tourist Information Office at post@hamarregionen.no.

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Last updated:  2014-09-26
Ankerskogen swimming pool in Hamar town centre is open all year round - Photo: Ankerskogen
Ankerskogen swimming pool in Hamar town centre is open all year round
In Lake Mjøsa in Norway ou can fish all year round - Photo: Hamarregionen.no
In Lake Mjøsa in Norway ou can fish all year round
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Discover "the art of slow travel" on board the paddle steamer DS Skibladner - Photo: Oplandske Dampskibsselskap

What to do in the Hamar region

The Hamar region has a wide variety of activities on offer, and is ideal for anyone looking for an active holiday.

What to do in the Hamar region

Source: Visitnorway

About the Hamar region

Key facts about the Hamar region

The Hamar region consists of four municipalities; Hamar, Stange, Ringsaker and Løten.

Tourist information for the Hamar region

The tourist office for the Hamar region is located in Østre Torg in the centre of Hamar.

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