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A family is having fun in front of the Fairy Tale Castle in Hunderfossen Family Park, Lillehammer
Hunderfossen family park in Lillehammer.
Photo: Joakim Mangen
Kids skiing with the resort mascot in Hafjell apline center
Hafjell Alpinsenter.
Photo: Hafjell Alpinsenter / Richardo Photo
A group of people in old costumes walk past the stave church at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Eastern Norway
Maihaugen in Lillehammer.
Photo: Esben Haakenstad
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Winter sports arenas fit for the stars, local food, and cultural history. Welcome to the Lillehammer region!

The Lillehammer region is located in the Gudbrandsdalen valley in Eastern Norway, around two hours north of Oslo. It is known for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and from the Netflix series Lilyhammer.

Lillehammer is labelled a Sustainable destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. With mountains, rivers and Norway’s largest lake nearby, it is an ideal place for outdoor activities.

In summer, you can go hiking, horseback riding, and rafting. When temperatures drop, snow-covered slopes and prepared cross-country tracks await. Many of the Olympic arenas are still open to the public – you can even try bobsleighing here!

Taste local delicacies and check out museums and cultural centres like Maihaugen. If you’re travelling with children, a visit to the Hunderfossen family park is a must.

Find more inspiration on Lillehammer’s official website.

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Top attractions in Lillehammer

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

Where to stay

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

Food and drink

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

Getting to Lillehammer

Get in-depth travel information at Lillehammer’s official website.
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Top attractions in Lillehammer
The only bobsleigh and luge track in Scandinavia. Wheelbob available throughout the summer season. Read more
Lillehammer Olympic Bob- and Luge Track
In Hafjell you can enjoy both great skiing conditions and have a pleasant skiing experience with your family. Read more
Hafjell Ski Resort
Maihaugen offers activities and experiences for the whole family. Enjoy the idyllic surroundings of this great open-air museum and experience life… Read more
Maihaugen Museum
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
Close to Sjoa flow a further two rivers, Ottaelva and Gudbrandsdalslågen, and both are ideal for families, schools and others looking for a more… Read more
Family rafting | Go Rafting Sjoa
Sjusjøen's trails border the trail network in the Nordseter, Øyer, Hafjell, Lillehammer, Åstadalen, Rena and Hamar region. In total, over 2,500 km of… Read more
Sjusjøen | Cross-country Skiing
In the summer of 2019, the well-over 2,000 square meter new vehicle history museum opened at the Norwegian Road Museum. Read more
The Norwegian Vehicle Museum
"Skibladner" is the pride of inland Norway. Dating back to 1856, she is the world's oldest paddle steamer still in scheduled service. Every summer,… Read more
DS Skibladner
Try dog sledding with our friendly huskies and Alaska Malamutes in a fantastic mountain landscape at Sjusjøen, 30 min from Lillehammer. Read more
Dog sledding at Sjusjøen Husky Tours
The Pilgrims' Way through Gudbrandsdalen offers a varied cultural landscape rich in adventures and history. With Lillehammer as starting point, the… Read more
St. Olav Ways | The Pilgrim Path through Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen
Lillehammer Art Museum is located in a unique building designed by Snøhetta, in the centre of Lillehammer. The permanent collection comprises… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
The farm features Norwegian farm animals – both small and large. In total 23 different species. Be prepared for a close encounter with the… Read more
Kid's farm Hunderfossen
Skeikampen Alpine Centre offers 11 lifts and 21 slopes totaling 21 kilometers, with an vertical drop of 350 m Read more
Skeikampen Alpine centre
The Norwegian Olympic Museum is a top modern and exciting museum. Experience olympic history from ancient times to the present day. The museum is… Read more
Norwegian Olympic Museum
The only bobsleigh and luge track in Scandinavia. Wheelbob available throughout the summer season. Read more
Wheelbob in Lillehammer Olympic Sliding Center
In Hunderfossen Winter Park, you will find Scandinavias southernmost Snow Hotel. It is located next to the fairytale castel in the middel of the… Read more
Hunderfossen Winterpark
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    • Lillehammer train

      By train

      You can take the train to Lillehammer from both Trondheim and Oslo and there are many daily departures. Travel time is around 2 hours from Oslo and 4.5 hours from Trondheim.

      If you’re travelling from Northwest, you can take the train from Åndalsnes and change at Dombås for a train to Lillehammer. The trip will take around 3.5 hours.

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    • Lillehammer bus

      By bus

      There are regular bus connections to Lillehammer and other destinations in the area from Oslo, Trondheim, and Bergen.

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    • Lillehammer car

      By car

      From Oslo and Trondheim, follow the E6 to Lillehammer. Travel time is around 2 hours from Oslo and 5 hours from Trondheim.

      You can also drive to Lillehammer from cities in Fjord Norway, such as Bergen, Ålesund, and Kristiansund. Travel time is close to 7 hours from Bergen along E16, about 5 hours from Ålesund along E6 and E136, and around 6 hours from Kristiansund on the E6.

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    • Lillehammer plane

      By plane

      Oslo Airport is located around 1.5 hours from Lillehammer by car.

      All trains between Oslo and Lillehammer stop at Oslo Airport. There is also a bus connection from Oslo Airport to Lillehammer and other locations in the Gudbrandsdalen valley.

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    • Lillehammer local

      Local travel

      The main terminal for buses, trains, and taxis is Lillehammer skysstasjon. Further north in Gudbrandsdalen, the main hubs are Ringebu Skysstasjon and Vinstra Skysstasjon.

      There are frequent bus services from Lillehammer city centre to most of the city’s attractions, including the ski resorts and the family park Hunderfossen.

    Towards sustainability

    The certification Sustainable Destination is a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, the destination must preserve the local nature, culture and environment, strengthen social values, and be economically viable. The municipality and the travel industry must cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place both to live in and to visit.

    Find out more about sustainable destinations in Norway

    Sustainable destination

    See it for yourself

    For the chefs at Lysaker Gjestgiveri, the perfect meal starts in the wilderness around their hometown Lillehammer.

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