From the back of a horse or the seat of an off-road bike – there are many ways to explore the Lillehammer region.
Surrounded by high mountains and cultural landscapes, the vibrant city of Lillehammer is an ideal destination for your green travel.
And that is something Lars Giæver is really passionate about. As a politician and the founder of “Veggispreik”, a Facebook-page where more than 20,000 Norwegian’s discuss vegetarian food, Giæver has spent a lot of time and effort to raise awareness about the environment and sustainable principles.
If you are in beautiful Lillehammer, don’t miss Giæver’s insider tips on things to do in the region.
At Maihaugen in Lillehammer, you can take a nostalgic journey back in time. It’s one of the largest open-air museums in Norway, and here you’ll find more than 200 buildings from as far back as the 12th century and all the way up until today.
Maihaugen is conscious of its environment and received the Eco-Lighthouse certificate in 2012.
At Stasjonen in the city centre, you’ll always find a room that fits your budget. At this hotel and hostel, you can enjoy modern facilities and an informal atmosphere.
Stasjonen engages in sustainable practices and was one of the first hostels in the world to be certified as a HI Quality Hostel with good practices and standards.
Horseback riding is a great way to see the Lillehammer region’s countryside, from the mountains to forest-clad hills and photogenic lakes.
Dalseter has offered horseback riding in the mountain since 1950 and arranges guided tours for riders on all levels.
Aulestad is located 18 kilometres from Lillehammer. This was the home of Norwegian writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1903. In addition to Bjørnson’s house, you can feel the fresh air and the sweet-smelling flowers in the garden that’s been influenced by his many travels in Europe.
Aulestad is continuously working on minimising its impact on the environment, and received the Eco-Lighthouse certificate in 2012.
Do you want an adrenaline rush? Rent an off-road bike at Hafjell Bike Park and experience the vertical drop of 830 metres in some of the different bike trails, adapted for both beginners and experienced bikers.
In addition to off-road biking, Hafjell Bike Park offers mountain biking for those who want an excursion at a leisurely pace. Take the eco-friendly gondola up to Mosetertoppen and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
Believe it or not, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is not the only Nobel prize-winning author who lived in the Lillehammer region. Take a short walk from the city centre and enter the world of Sigrid Undset – at her former house Bjerkebæk.
The small timber house remains as it was furnished during the 1930s, and is filled with artefacts and her personal book collection. Bjerkebæk has achieved a certification for its environmental efforts.
Sustainable Destination is the Nordic region’s only national labelling scheme for destinations with a focus on more sustainable travel. It is a tool for more sustainable development of businesses and destinations in terms of the environment, the local community, cultural heritage, and the economy.
Although the label does not mean that a destination is 100 per cent sustainable yet, it does signify that it has begun a long-term process, and continuously work to improve. They need to be able to document the results of the effort, as the destinations are reevaluated every three years.