In the lush Gudbrandsdalen valley …
…you’ll find Lillehammer.
This UNESCO City of Literature offers an irresistible mix of a rich cultural life and urban vibes just 200 kilometres north of Oslo.
Lillehammer has also achieved the certification Sustainable Destination. Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.
… and in the middle of summer.
The amusement park is one of the biggest and most popular in the country, with a lot of thrilling rides and attractions.
Not far from Hunderfossen, the youngest kids can enjoy the adventure park Lilleputthammer, designed for kids between one and eight years old.
Here, they are allowed to do most things all by themselves!
Are you ready for some action-packed adventures?
Many of the Olympic arenas are still in use as well, and they are open to visitors. You can even try bobsleighing here!
The area is also a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Lillehammer is an agricultural area with a rich food heritage and lots of tasty treats.
So when it's time to refuel, ask for short-travelled meat of moose, locally grown vegetables, fish, cured meat, or lefse – a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread.
And you can't visit the region without trying the Norwegian food icon "brunost" (brown cheese).
The nation’s all-time favourite is the sweet Gudbrandsdalsost, a cheese made from goats and cows’ milk – and it originated right here in the Gudbrandsdalen valley!
You can also taste the local food traditions and get a true winter wonderland experience at Maihaugen’s famous Christmas market, hosted every year in December.