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7 eco-friendly things to do in the Lillehammer region

A green travel guide
From the back of a horse or the seat of an off-road bike – there are many ways to explore Lillehammer.
Maihaugen, Lillehammer Maihaugen, Lillehammer
Maihaugen, Lillehammer.
Photo: frkmags / Foap / visitnorway.com

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. Giæver has spent a lot of time and effort in the region to raise awareness about the environment and sustainable principles.

He’s the leader of the Norwegian Green Party in Lillehammer, and is the founder ofVeggispreik, a Facebook-page where more than 20,000 Norwegian’s discuss vegetarian food.

If you are in beautiful Lillehammer, don’t miss Giæver’s recommendations on eco-friendly things to do in this region.

1. Go back in time at Maihaugen

Do you want to try a time machine? Well, this is pretty close. At Maihaugen in Lillehammer you can take a nostalgic journey back in time. It is 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 up until today.

Maihaugen is conscious of its environment and received the Eco-Lighthouse certificate in 2012.

2. Stay green at Stasjonen

At Stasjonen in the city centre, you will 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.

3. Go on a horseback riding tour

A horseback tour is a great way to see the Lillehammer region 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.

4. A colourful walk in Bjørnson’s garden

Aulestad is located 18 kilometres from Lillehammer. This was the home of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, a famous public debater and a Nobel prize-winning author. 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.

5. An unforgettable ride

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.

6. Green goodies

At the café Lykkelige Dager in the centre of Lillehammer, you can order everything from salads and soups from local, organic farms to rawfood chocolate cake and organic coffee.

Lykkelige Dager can be translated to “happy days” in English, and after a meal like that you’ll probably walk out with a big smile on your face.

7. Experience Undset’s home

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.

Green destinations

Some places are certified sustainable

Many places follow sustainable principles, but being certified as a sustainable destination is an honour few qualify for. It takes years of work demonstrating lasting commitment to providing the best possible experiences for the guests, whilst keeping the negative impact of tourism to a minimum.

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