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Billingen mountain farm in Gudbrandsdalen, Eastern Norway, with the river “Tora” running past it
Billingen mountain farm in Gudbrandsdalen.
Photo: Mari Valen Høihjelle
Biking in the Venabygdsfjellet mountain outside Lillehammer in Eastern Norway
Biking in the Venabygdsfjellet mountain.
Photo: Didrick Stenersen / Visit Lillehammer
Musk oxen in the Dovrefjell mountains, Eastern Norway
Musk oxen in the Dovrefjell mountains.
Photo: Mari Valen Høihjelle / Nasjonalparkriket

Explore some of Norway's most popular national parks, go on a musk ox safari, and taste delicious local food in Gudbrandsdalen – a valley that has inspired artists, chefs, and outdoor enthusiasts for centuries.

Located in Eastern Norway, the Gudbrandsdalen valley offers a unique combination of culture, majestic animals, and nature. On a journey through the valley, you can visit six national parks in the surrounding mountains – including Jotunheimen, Dovrefjell and Rondane.

The Olympic town of Lillehammer serves as the gateway to the Gudbrandsdalen valley in the south. From there, it stretches 230 kilometres north towards Lesja and the Romsdalen valley, with the side valleys Gausdal, Espedalen, Heidal, and Ottadalen.

The region is known for an abundance of locally produced food, old architecture, and varied landscape. With large areas of forests, mountains, and watercourses, Gudbrandsdalen is an ideal place for fishing, hiking, and skiing.

You can also attend the Peer Gynt Festival, go rafting or join a musk ox safari in the Dovrefjell mountains. In the Jotunheimen mountains, you can enjoy the view from Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest peak.

Get in-depth travel information on The National Park Region’s website (the northern part of the valley) and Lillehammer's official website (the southern part of the valley).

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Top attractions in Gudbrandsdalen

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Activities in Gudbrandsdalen

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Gudbrandsdalen.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Gudbrandsdalen offers.

Getting to Gudbrandsdalen

Get in-depth travel information on Nasjonalparkriket’s and Lillehammer's official websites.
Plan your trip to Gudbrandsdalen with Entur.

Top attractions and activities in Gudbransdalen
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The only bobsleigh and luge track in Scandinavia. Wheelbob available throughout the summer season. Read more
Lillehammer Olympic Bob- and Luge Track
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Musk Ox safari at Dovrefjell
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If you want to try downhill, Hafjell Bike Park is the leading destination for lift- accessed cycling in Norway. Read more
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Rafting in Sjoa | Explore Sjoa
Sjoa Rafting offers a range of activities and is based next to the River Sjoa in Heidal. Being based next to one of the best rafting rivers in Europe,… Read more
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Skeikampen Alpine Centre offers 11 lifts and 21 slopes totaling 21 kilometers, with an vertical drop of 350 m Read more
Skeikampen Alpine centre
Kvitfjell Ski resort is situated 45 minutes north of Lillehammer, and offers excellent snow conditions. This is a ski enthusiast's paradise. Peace,… Read more
Kvitfjell Ski Resort
In Hafjell you can enjoy both great skiing conditions and have a pleasant skiing experience with your family. Read more
Hafjell Ski Resort
Winter 2018 did the new climbing park "Høyt & Lavt Bjorli" open. 7 tracks, 10 zip lines and 95 elements. Read more
Climbing park Bjorli
Lomskyrkja – the church in Lom - is one of the biggest and most beautiful stave churches in Norway. Read more
Lom Stave Church
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viewpoint SNØHETTA
The Nobel laureate Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson lived here with his family from 1875. The home is one of the best preserved artist homes in Norway.… Read more
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's home Aulestad
The Climate Park is an outdoor experience area with focus on climate history, hunting and catching, geology and biology. Welcome to Norway's Coolest… Read more
Climate Park 2469 | The ice tunnel in Lom, Jotunheimen
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    • Gudbrandsdalen train

      By train

      Dovrebanen (“The Dovre Railway”) which runs between Oslo and Trondheim follows the valley until it reaches Dombås, where the railway climbs onto the Dovrefjell mountain plateau. The train also stops at Oslo Airport.

      Raumabanen (“The Rauma railway”) runs between Dombås and Åndalsnes, with stops at Lesja, Lesjaverk and Bjorli in the northernmost part of the valley.

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    • Gudbrandsdalen road

      By road

      It is easy to get to the Gudbrandsdalen valley by bus, and several bus companies operate to and around the area. Check out tickets and prices to the north and south of the valley.

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      If you go by car from Oslo, just follow the E6 the whole way. Travel time from Oslo is around 2 hours to Lillehammer and four hours to Dombås. From Trondheim, travel time is 3 hours to Dombås and 5 hours to Lillehammer.

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    • Gudbrandsdalen plane

      By plane

      The nearest international airport is Oslo Airport. Lillehammer, which is the gateway to Gudbrandsdalen in the south, is situated 1 hour and 40 minutes from Oslo Airport by car and 2 hours by train.

      Domestic and international flights are also available to and from Trondheim Airport. Travel time from the airport is around 4 hours to Dombås and 4,5 hours to Otta.

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