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At Hedmark Museum you can visit Norway’s largest organic herb garden - Photo: Fotoavd Hedmarksmuseet
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At Hedmark Museum you can visit Norway’s largest organic herb garden Photo: Fotoavd Hedmarksmuseet

Attractions in the Hamar region

Visit the Viking Ship Olympic Arena and the old brewery houses at Løten, or the ruins of the Hamar Cathedral, or take a trip with a mini steam train.

Atlungstad Brenneri

Every autumn, this historic distillery produces 25,000 litres of potato-based spirits. This gives you a unique opportunity to follow the potatoes from they are fed into the hopper until the finished product.

You can also see the impressive fermentation tanks and listen to the bubbling sound emitting from the fermentation lock. The spirit is made into the Norwegian national spirit called aquavit. A guided tour gives you an introduction to the production process, and you are also taken into the aquavit cellar, with its rows and rows of oak barrels. The distillery is open all year.

Hedmarksmuseet and Domkirkeodden

The Hedmark Museum gives you insight in the history of the Viking era, the Middle Ages up to the present time. The main attraction is the ruins of a once magnificent cathedral, protected by a glass construction. Hear the dramatic story of how the church was destroyed and experience the wonderful acoustics in the glass cathedral. The open-air includes over 60 buildings and courtyards collected from the Hedemarken region, permanent exhibitions and an Herb Garden. Every year in June, you are welcome to visit the Medieval Festival.

The Kirsten Flagstad Museum

Kirsten Flagstad, Norway’s most famous international opera singer, was born at Strandstuen, Hamar in 1895. Today the little house, which is the oldest building in town, is home to the Kirsten Flagstad Museum. In 1935, she became an overnight international sensation when she made her début at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as "Siegelinde" in Wagner's opera "Die Walküre".

The museum has a unique collection of costumes, props, photos and artefacts from the artist’s life and work, photographs and programs from a number of productions, recorded performances and various recordings on record and CD. Daily guided tours are available during the summer season.

Hamar Olympiahall - the Viking Ship Arena

The shape of the arena is based on Norway's Viking Ship heritage - functional, elegant and as aesthetically pleasing today as it was a thousand years ago. It was built for the Winter Olympics at Lillehammer in 1994, and is today the country's national arena for ice skating. The arena is open to visitors all year round, but please note that guided tours for groups require advance booking.

Kunstbanken - Hedmark Kunstsenter

At Kunstbanken, Norwegian as well as international art of high quality are exhibited in both new and old surroundings full of character. The art center is located in the old Norges Bank building where a modern extension has been added. In eight galleries,temporary exhibitions comprising handicraft and visual art are hosted. In the art shop are unique products by professional artists from Hedmark and the rest of the country. The restaurant at Kunstbanken is a popular lunch venue.

The Norwegian Railway Museum

This museum enjoys a beautiful location by lake Mjøsa. In addition to modern, indoor exhibitions, the Norwegian Railway Museum has a spacious and beautiful museum park featuring old railway tracks, signals, engine sheds, railway stations and other buildings. A variety of locomotives and carriages are shown in the engine sheds.

The park is open to the public all year round, whereas the buildings and sheds are open during June to August. A small narrow gauged steam train and a garden train will run during the summer season.

Løiten Brænderi

Spirits, fruit squash and jam used to be produced in the old distillery buildings. Today, the premises are home to the candle maker Løiten Lys, among others. It has 3,000 square meters of showroom space spread over four storeys. Both the assortment and colours of the hand-made candles vary with the seasons, and new designs are constantly being developed.

The candle factory is just one of many enterprises that has breathed new life into the old distillery, Løiten Brænderi. There are also many specialist shops and antiquarian bookshops. Good, home-made food is served in a café at the end of the covered shopping street. The café's interior is in traditional style, featuring roof tiles, cladding, doors and other materials taken from houses that have been demolished in Løten.

Prøysen Museum and Home

Established in memory of the writer, artist and individual Alf Prøysen, the Prøysen Museum invites to a journey through the life and work of one of Norway's most popular poets.

The Norwegian Migration Museum

This museum chronicles the history of emigration, remigration and immigration to and from Norway. The open-air museum gives you a glimpse of life in a Norwegian pioneering community in the American Mid-West, and among other things the Norwegian Emigrant Museum building houses exhibitions and a research library.

Klevfos Industrial Museum

The museum is a closed-down pulp and paper factory, which is intact with the original machinery, dam and canal systems and housing. Guided tours at Klevfos Industrial Museum follow the process from timber to the finished product paper.

The Munch Centre

The exhibitions at the Munch Centre at Klevfos focus on the young Edvard Munchand the visits he made to the Hedmark area after his family moved to Oslo. It also focuses on his childhood work. Among other things, you can read the correspondence between the Munch family and their good friends at Ådalsbruk, and you can try your hand at painting skin tones, like Munch did. The Munch Centre has the same opening hours as Klevfos Museum.

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Last updated:  2014-09-26
You can visit the ruins of Hamar Cathedral at Domkirkeodden in Hamar in Norway - Photo: Hedmarksmuseet
You can visit the ruins of Hamar Cathedral at Domkirkeodden in Hamar in Norway
Take a trip with the mini train at the Norwegian Railway Museum in Hamar - Photo: Norsk Jernbanemuseum
Take a trip with the mini train at the Norwegian Railway Museum in Hamar

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At Hedmark Museum you can visit Norway’s largest organic herb garden - Photo: Fotoavd Hedmarksmuseet

Attractions in the Hamar region

Visit the Viking Ship Olympic Arena and the old brewery houses at Løten, or the ruins of the Hamar Cathedral, or take a trip with a mini steam train.

Attractions 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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