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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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Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
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;… Read more
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Read more
Enjoy the view from the top of Norway’s highest mountain Galdhøpiggen, walk along the narrow, but popular Besseggen ridge, and try some… Read more
The Jotunheimen mountains
The Lillehammer region is known to the world for the Olympic winter games in 1994 and the Netflix series Lilyhammer. Go there for real and take part… Read more
The Lillehammer region
Family-friendly Trysil is Norway's largest ski destination. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, Trysil was one of the first holiday spots in Europe to… Read more
At once tranquil and sublime, Rondane National Park is an ideal place to experience the mountains and highlands of Eastern Norway. Read more
Rondane National Park
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
In the small village of Hemsedal you are greeted by alpine mountain surroundings and some of Norway’s best skiing and fly-fishing. Read more
Get to know this charming, medium-sized city on the banks of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. Experience a rich cultural life and one of the… Read more
The Hamar region
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Rallarvegen, the old works road alongside the Bergen Railway and the Flåm Railway (Haugastøl – Finse - Myrdal - Flåm) is Norway's most popular… Read more
Rallarvegen - The Navvies’ Road
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… Read more
Langedrag Wildlife park
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”… Read more
The Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen
Båtservice offers guided tours by boat and/or boat in Oslo, all year round. The tours depart from City Hall Pier 3. City Cruise - hop on-hop off… Read more
Båtservice Sightseeing
With Viking Biking you can experience Oslo on a bike – either on a guided tour or on a rented bicycle. Guided bicycle tours Between April and… Read more
Viking Biking
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… Read more
Hafjell Bike 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 includes a terrain… Read more
Oslo Winter Park
Through the centre of Oslo, from Maridalsvannet to the Oslo Fjord, runs the Akerselva river – a popular recreation area with a vibrant history.… Read more
Akerselva river
Would you like to experience something fun and exciting this summer? Bring your family and friends to Hunderfossen Family Park in Lillehammer for a… Read more
Hunderfossen Amusement park
We wish all of our guests a hearty welcome to a new, joyful season and an unforgettable day for both young and old at TusenFryd Amusement Park.  … Read more
Food and drink
A restaurant at the top international level, and the only restaurant in Norway with three stars in the Michelin food guide. All the food at Maaaemo is… Read more
Statholdergaarden is Bernt Stiansen's gourmet restaurant. In 1993 Stiansen became Norway's first culinary arts world champion. The restaurant, with… Read more
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… Read more
Dinner Bar & Restaurant
Gourmet restaurant in a functionalist-style building with stunning views of the city Read more
A piece of Norwegian cultural history, located in the elegant Hotel Continental across from the National Theatre. Theatercafeen has been one of Oslo's… Read more
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… Read more
Gamle Raadhus Restaurant
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… Read more
Dining at Sygard Grytting
An Oslo institution dating back to 1857. Read more
Engebret Café
Restaurant Anno 1648 is in the original hotel from 1648 and has many cosy corners. The popular rooms Bord 33, Bord 34, Red Plush and Red Corner are… Read more
Restaurant Anno 1648
A stay at Engø gård, hotel and restaurant is an unparalleled experience. Set in a beautiful natural location, amid historical buildings, and with a… Read more
Engø Gård og Hotell & Restaurant
Heartfelt warmth, hospitality, incredible view over large parts of Eastern Norway, and time to enjoy… That is Norefjellhytta. Norway’s first “alpine… Read more
Art & culture
Nobel Peace Prize museum with an exciting combination of changing and permanent exhibitions that promote popular interest in issues relating to war,… Read more
Nobel Peace Center
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.… Read more
Hedalen Stave Church
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… Read more
Ibsen Museum
Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is found in the National Gallery, established in 1837. The gallery's… Read more
National Gallery
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The… Read more
Astrup Fearnley Museet
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… Read more
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
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… Read more
The Vigeland Museum
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… Read more
Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram
The Munch Museum has the world's largest collection of Edvard Munch's works, and provides insight into the artist as a pioneer of expressionism. Read more
Munch Museum
Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula with the world's best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. The… Read more
The Viking Ship Museum
The ski museum in Holmenkollen, located underneath the famous ski jump, is the oldest of its kind in the world. The museum presents more… Read more
Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
Maihaugen at Lillehammer is one of the largest open air museums in Norway. Here you find Norwegian homes from various periods, exhibitions, wandring… Read more
Maihaugen Museum
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… Read more
Gol Stave Church
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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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