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Like much of Norway, the eastern part of the country is a region of contrasts. On the one hand you have Oslo, the fastest-growing capital in Europe. Known for its vibrant culture, its many new and presitigious buildings, exciting foods, and a living arts and music scene.

The northern and western parts of the region, however, are dominated by mountains and glaciers. To the east, you have a cluster of picturesque small towns near the Swedish border.

More than half of Norway’s population lives in Eastern Norway, and Oslo is Norway’s main hub for travel both internationally and domestically. The network of roads, railway lines and domestic flights all extend fan-like from here, making the region the natural starting point for your Norwegian holiday.

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Top destinations
Oslo
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… more
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The Lillehammer Region
You may have an impression of the Lillehammer region from watching the Olympic winter games in 1994, or the Netflix series “Lilyhammer”. But if you… more
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Geilo
In the middle of Southern Norway, between the major cities Oslo and Bergen, lies Geilo. This charming town at the foot of two national parks;… more
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Trysil
Family-friendly Trysil is Norway's largest ski destination. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, Trysil was one of the first holiday spots in Europe to… more
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Fredrikstad
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. more
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Telemark
From Norway’s most charming coastal town to tall mountains and highlands, the county of Telemark is as diverse as it is beautiful. more
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The Jotunheimen Mountains
Enjoy the view from the top of Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain, or walk along the narrow, but popular, Besseggen ridge. more
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Besseggen
What to do
What to do
Rallarvegen - The Navvies’ Road
Rallarvegen, the old works road alongside the Bergen Railway and the Flåm Railway (Haugastøl – Finse - Myrdal - Flåm) is Norway’s most popular cycle… more
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Langedrag Wildlife park
The houses at Langedrag are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. They look like fairytale castles, 1000 metres above sea level with a… more
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The Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen
Hike over the Besseggen ridge The Besseggen ridge is one of the most popular day hikes in Norway and has reched a kind of cult status. “Everyone”… more
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Trekking in Aurlandsdalen, Norway
TREKKING MOUNTAIN to FJORD 2015 Geilo to Aurland - day by day Program Meeting point: Bardøla Høyfjellshotel, N 3580 GEILO Thursday: Arrival in… more
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Båtservice Sightseeing
Båtservice offers guided tours by boat and/or boat in Oslo. 1. Mini Cruise - hop on-hop off: 1,5-hour boat tour (summer season) 2. Fjord… more
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Dogsledding
Drive your own sled with 5-6 friendly huskies or just relax in the sled. The trip leader drives his own team in front and the participants team will… more
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Viking Biking
With Viking Biking you can experience Oslo on a bike - a fun way to take in the sights, either on a guided tour or on a rented bike. Guided bike… more
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Hafjell Bike Park
Hafjell Bike Park is considered the best of its kind for downhill riding, and has expanded and developed the trail network and the riders’ facilities… more
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Oslo Winter Park
The largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts - just 30 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Winter Park (formerly Tryvann)… more
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Akerselva river
The Akerselva river runs from Maridalsvannet through the centre of Oslo and into the Oslo Fjord. The river is eight km of recreation, through… more
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Hunderfossen Amusement park
Would you like to experience something fun and exciting this summer? Bring your family and friends to Hunderfossen Family Park in Lillehammer for a… more
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TusenFryd
One park – Thousands of opportunities! Plunge into a world filled with fun; Feel the kick of Scandinavias most spectacular roller coaster:… more
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Skiing
Hemsedal Skisenter is a part of SkiStar and one of Scandinavia’s largest ski resorts. There are endless possibilities for everyone: easy green and… more
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Food and drink
Food and drink
Maaemo
The only restaurant in Norway with three stars in the Michelin food guide. All the food at Maaaemo is made from only organic and natural ingredients.… more
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Statholdergaarden
Statholdergaarden is Bernt Stiansen's gourmet restaurant. In 1993 Stiansen became Norway's first culinary arts world champion. The restaurant, with… more
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Dinner Bar & Restaurant
One of the best Chinese restaurants in Oslo, with two forks in the Michelin guide. Dinner has been serving Szechuan specialities since 1989, but the… more
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Ekebergrestauranten
Restaurant and banquet facilities in a historic functionalist-style building with stunning views of the city and the fjord. The à la carte… more
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Theatercaféen
A piece of Norwegian cultural history, located in the elegant Hotel Continental across from the National Theatre. The restaurant has been one of… more
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Gamle Raadhus Restaurant
Oslo's original city hall from 1641 is the home of Gamle Raadhus Restaurant. Food has been served here since 1856, and today lunch and dinner is made… more
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Dining at Sygard Grytting
At Sygard Grytting we aspire to provide a cuisine which reflects the surroundings in order to create more holistic experience. Our aim is to serve the… more
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Engebret Café
Engebret Café - an institution in Oslo where Ibsen, Bjørnson, Grieg and Munch all had regular tables. History is engraved in the historic walls. The… more
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Engø Gård og Hotell & Restaurant
A stay at Engø gård, hotel and restaurant is an unparalleled experience. Set in a beautiful natural location, amid historical buildings, and with a… more
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NorefjellHytta
Heartfelt warmth, hospitality, incredible view over large parts of Eastern Norway, and time to enjoy… That is Norefjellhytta. Norway’s first “alpine… more
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Skaslien Gjestgiveri AS
Skaslien Gjestgiveri achieved in 2002 the award for the best place to eat in Norway. The restaurant emphasize the culinary experience and Norwegian… more
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Tingnes Spiseri
The restaurant Tingnes Spiseri is located at Nes with a beautiful view over lake Mjøsa and Helgøya. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffe or a home made… more
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The Munch Museum, Oslo
Art & culture
Art & culture
Nobel Peace Center
Nobel Peace Prize museum with an exciting combination of changing and permanent exhibitions that promote popular interest in issues relating to war,… more
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Hedalen Stave Church
The Hedalen Stave Church may be the oldest of its kind in Valdres today. It comprises an unusual amount of catholic items and among these a reliquary.… more
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Ibsen Museum
The Ibsen Museum includes a comprehensive exhibit featuring the playwright Ibsen's life and work, as well as Ibsen's private home, where he spent the… more
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National Gallery
Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is found in the National Gallery, established in 1837. The gallery's… more
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Astrup Fearnley Museet
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The… more
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The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to… more
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The Vigeland Museum
Sculpture museum located in the studio and home of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The building is regarded as one of the finest examples of… more
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Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram
Fram is the strongest wooden ship ever built and still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south. At the Fram Museum you can… more
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Munch Museum
Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the… more
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The Viking Ship Museum
Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula with Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune as well as other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo… more
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Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
A historic landmark in the Norwegian consciousness, Holmenkollen embodies more than a century of skiing competitions. Inside the ski jump is the… more
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Maihaugen Museum
Maihaugen is the ideal day out for both young and old. Maihaugen is one of the largest open air museums in Norway with 200 buildings from the 1200s… more
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Gol Stave Church
Gol Stave Church, which is in the mediaval park Gordarike, is a true copy of the Gol stave church built in the 1200s. The copy was built in the 1980s… more
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    In Eastern Norway, coastal towns offer idyllic seaside peace or urban city vibes, while the inland mountains and valleys offer world-class skiing, hiking and biking. It just depends on when and where you prefer to visit.

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