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Brekkeseter at Høvringen in Gudbrandsdalen.
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A holiday in the valleys of Eastern Norway never gets boring or flat. Kickstart your planning of eventful days with the help of our expert’s hints.

Get more valley for your money

He left the world-famous fjords of his childhood for the mysterious inlands of Eastern Norway. The Bergen-born Ove Gjesdal, now head of tourism at Lillehammer and the Gudbrandsdalen valley, says: “I was quickly enthused by the unseen activities here. There is something interesting going on all year. I’ve gotten into cycling, skiing and other sports, and I have become addicted to culture festivals and other events that the region is known for.”

Grab the steering wheel and see it for yourself: many of the valleys of Eastern Norway seem wonderfully endless when you travel through them and start to make spontaneous or planned stops by the many sights and attractions. The constantly changing landscape shifts without notice between soft hills and dramatic shapes.

As a traveller you will have the advantage of both a rather predictable climate and great variations in seasons. Find out how you can visit many of these valleys within your timeframe.

Where to go
The Lillehammer region is known to the world for the Olympic winter games in 1994 and the Netflix series Lilyhammer. Go there for real and take part… Read more
The Lillehammer region
Hafjell, Norway's third largest ski resort, welcomes you to endless slopes, internationally known parks, and up-to-date ski adventures for all… Read more
Hafjell
At once tranquil and sublime, Rondane National Park is an ideal place to experience the mountains and highlands of Eastern Norway. Read more
Rondane National Park
According to National Geographic, the Besseggen ridge is one of the top 20 hikes in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s located in Valdres - the… Read more
Valdres
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt” is celebrated in one of Norway’s… Read more
Peer Gynt Festival
Its extensive forest and a host of walking, hunting and fishing options right on your doorstep makes Elverum well worth a visit… Read more
Elverum
Hallingdal is situated midway between Bergen and Oslo, with short distance to Western Norway's fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. Read more
Hallingdal
Rjukan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located close to the Hardangervidda National Park. The area is known for Gaustatoppen mountain peak and the… Read more
Rjukan
Things to do
Storgata in Lillehammer, with its charming wooden buildings, is an experience in its own right. With over 125 shops, Lillehammer should be able to… Read more
Lillehammer Town centre
Lillehammer Art Museum is a private foundation and was established 01.04.1994. The foundation is a further development of the 67 year old institution,… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
Maihaugen at Lillehammer is one of the largest open air museums in Norway. Here you find Norwegian homes from various periods, exhibitions, wandring… Read more
Maihaugen Museum
Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena is the city's major landmark. Read more
Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena
The only bobsleigh and luge track in Scandinavia. Wheelbob available throughout the summer season. Read more
Lillehammer Olympic Bob- and Luge Track
Hafjell Bike Park is considered the best of its kind for downhill riding, and has expanded and developed the trail network and the riders' facilities… Read more
Hafjell Bike Park
Would you like to experience something fun and exciting this summer? Bring your family and friends to Hunderfossen Family Park in Lillehammer for a… Read more
Hunderfossen Amusement park
Christianity was introduced to Norway around 1000 AD, and in the years to follow some one thousand stave churches were built. Ringebu Stave Church… Read more
Ringebu Stave Church
Venabygdsfjellet forms part of a network comprising some 2,500 km of trails. Read more
Venabygdsfjellet, Cross-country Skiing
Muen - the highest summit in Ringebu! Read more
Muen
Enter the mythical country of Peer Gynt and the kingdom of the trolls as you follow this gravel road, which provides stunning panoramic views. Read more
Peer Gynt Road
With Northern Europe's largest potholes, Helvete Nature Park is an experience out of the ordinary! Read more
Helvete Nature Park
The trails run through a spectacular scenery ranging from pine forests down in the valley to breathtaking mountain terrain with the Ruten peak at… Read more
Espedalen, Cross Country Skiing
Hike over the Besseggen ridge The Besseggen ridge is one of the most popular day hikes in Norway and has reched a kind of cult status. “Everyone”… Read more
The Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen
An experience to remember ... In particular scenic surroundings situated Langedrag houses as a fairy-tale castle, 1000m overlooking the lakes and… Read more
Langedrag Nature Park
Get up close and personal with bears, elk, lynx and other exotic animals! In Bjørneparken our presenters will give free animal talks and escort… Read more
Bear Park
Flesberg stave church dating back to approximately 1150-1200, this church are famous for interior decorations. Church services are still held in the… Read more
Flesberg stave church
Rollag Stave Church The church is located a few kilometres north of the centre of the village Rollag. It was probably originally built in second half… Read more
Rollag Stave church
Nore Stave Church Nore Stave Church is located in Nore and Uvdal municipality in Buskerud. Nore Stave Church was built according to an architectural… Read more
Nore Stavkirke
Uvdal Stave Church, as it stands today, does not have its original appearance but is a result of steady expansion and modifications until the 1800s.… Read more
Uvdal Stave Church
Hardangervidda is the largest national park in Norway, and the scenery is varied with steep mountainsides and spectacular views. Read more
Hardangervidda
Places to stay
A unique experience with overnight stay in the world's only moose observation tower. Read more
Moose observation tower
Gjendebu is beautifully situated by the west end of the lake Gjende, in the geographic centre of national park Jotunheimen, which is the most famous… Read more
Gjendebu Turisthytte DNT
Situated in the very heart of Jotunheimen right at the waterfront of magnificient lake Gjende, Gjendesheim Lodge offers a wide variety of activities,… Read more
Gjendesheim Tourist Lodge
Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer: the best and most obvious choice for business travellers and families in Lillehammer. Read more
Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer
Geilo is a mountain town that offers many summer activities such as mountain walking, fishing and other outdoor activities. Geilo is also one of… Read more
HI Geilo Youth and Family Hostel
Lodge, cabin and apartment accommodation in the mountains 12 km from Lillehammer. Read more
Lillehammer Fjellstue og Hytteutleie
Lodge, cabin and apartment accommodation in the mountains 12 km from Lillehammer. Read more
Nordseter Apartments
Lodge, cabin and apartment accommodation in the mountains near Lillehammer. Read more
Nordseter Cabins
Squeezed in between the Hegge Fjord and Jotunheimen, Norway's highest mountain range, in the Norwegian province of Valdres, one can find the village… Read more
Herangtunet Boutique Hotel Norway
Tveitehaug cottages are high standard timber buildings arranged in a well-planned, agreeable manner, short distance from Ål ski centre. Cottage… Read more
Tveitehaug Hytteutleige
Havsdalsgrenda is siuated ski in/out in Havsdalen, with a beautiful view to Hallingskarvet. The apartments have high standard. Read more
Havsdalsgrenda Geilo
If you like being in the mountain hiking, bicycling or skiing, Liatoppen Fjellstue is a great place to start. During wintertime there are ski trails… Read more
Liatoppen Fjellstue
Nythun is a small hotel in the mountains, located in the Valdres region of Norway. We offer accommodation in rooms, apartments or a 4-bedroom cabin… Read more
Nythun Mountain Hotel
The summer mountain farm in the Ryssendalen Valley originates from 1842 and is completely renovated and extended. There are two bed rooms, a spacious… Read more
Sørre Hemsing - summer farm accommodation
Beautifully situated at the top of the valley of Espedalen, Dalseter has a wonderful view of the valley and the mountains in Jotunheimen National Park Read more
Dalseter Mountain Hotel
Apartments We have six apartments, three on the ground floor and three on the first floor, all with same-level access. The apartments are well… Read more
Nythun Mountain Hotel - Apartments
Thon Hotel Hallingdal is situated in the centre of Ål with shops, Ål culture centre and Ål station all within walking distance. Hallingdal's larget… Read more
Thon Hotel Hallingdal
Mølla Hotell, the most charming hotel in Lillehammer is situated in the center of the city, not fare from the railway/buss station. Mølla Hotell has… Read more
Mølla Hotel
The Furulund Guesthouse is located in the heart of the Valdres region, between Oslo and Bergen. It dates back to the beginning of the 1900s. Furulund… Read more
Furulund Guest House
Skattebøl Fjellgard is beautifully located with views over lake Strandafjorden in Ål. This is a very old farm with barn and… Read more
Skattebøl Fjellgard
Fagernes Camping is a 4-star camping site, close to the town center of Fagernes and next to the Valdres Folk Museum. Open for accommodation all year.… Read more
Fagernes Campingpark
Gomobu Mountain Lodge is located at the small mountain village of Vaset in Valdres, 1000 msl. This is a great starting point for your mountain… Read more
Gomobu Mountain Lodge
Geilolia Hyttetun offers well kept cabins of good standard, with 3-5 bedrooms - located just by the slopes in the Ski Resort. Also a range of… Read more
Geilolia Hyttetun (Cabin Village)
Geilo Holiday offers, together with LEGO Norway, the whole family a great building experience! Live in a cabin filled with LEGO blocks, LEGO bedding… Read more
The LEGO cabin at Geilolia Hyttetun
Haugseter Mountain Lodge is uniquely situated along the Jotunheimvegen by the Vinstervatn lake. We are a modern mountain lodge with 8 apartments (44… Read more
Haugseter Mountain Lodge
Thon Hotel Highland is suitable for families and small groups, as well as for larger meetings, events and conferences. Read more
Highland Lodge
There are different ways to spent your holiday at Bøflaten camping, it's established with a big lawn with 50 electricity points. Beside that… Read more
Bøflaten Camping
Nermo Hotel is a small, family run hotel dating back to 1877. At Nermo, you will find warm hospitality, friendly staff, first-class food and a… Read more
Nermo Hotell
Situated amongst beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings, we offer exciting activities, good food and ample meeting facilities. Scandic… Read more
Scandic Valdres
At Tyinholmen you will find unexplored nature, snow covered mountains all year, spectacular glaciers and waterfalls. The main lodge has several… Read more
Tyinholmen Høyfjellstuer
Birkelund camping is situated in an ancient cultural landscape with long traditions in agriculture and mountain dairy farming. You can still find… Read more
Birkelund Camping
High standard apartments in the center of Beitostølen. 4-7 beds, penthouse with loft. 50m to alpine center, cross-country trails, shops and… Read more
Beitostølen Gjestegaard AS
Bjørkestølen is a 4 star year-round family camping in Tisleidalen, located beside Tisleia River 800 m above sea level, midway between Fagernes and… Read more
Bjørkestølen Family Camping
Leira Camping & Cabin Centre is a family run establishment located near the Strandefjord, 3 km South from Fagernes. 11 cabins and 5 apartments of… Read more
Leira Camping and Cabin Centre
Eidsbugarden Hotel is a traditional hotel with a history that goes back to 1868 when the poet and mountain hiker Aasmund Olavsson Vinje built the… Read more
Eidsbugarden Hotel
Filefjellstuene is located 900 m.a.s.l, by the old "King's Road" connecting East and West. It is easily accessible from the E16 between… Read more
Filefjellstuene
Family-run hotel located on the mountain pass between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen (Fv. 27). Excellent starting point for mountain hikes - summer as… Read more
Venabu Fjellhotell & Cabins
Hunderfossen Hotell & Resort is only a 2 ½-hour drive from Oslo. The best choice if you are going on a holiday with your family, are taking time out… Read more
Hunderfossen Turistsenter
Bergo Hotel is located in the heart of Beitostølen. It has a unique, warm, pleasant and romantic atmosphere. The interiors echo the Valdres tradition… Read more
Bergo Hotel
At Brimi sæter we offer unique experiences and self-produced food. You get to know the farmyard and history, and learn about the process producing… Read more
Brimi Sæter
Ustedalen Hotel Geilo is located in peaceful surroundings with a panoramic view over the beautiful Ustedalsfjord. Family friendly. Read more
Ustedalen Hotel & Resort
Bardøla Høyfjellshotell has 26 cosy cabins situated in the forest behind the hotel. Enjoy peacefulness or the hotels facilities. Read more
Bardøla Høyfjellshotell - cabins
Grønolen Fjellgard lies at the heart of southern Norway, surrounded by majestic mountains and vast plateaus. At 800 meters above sea level you… Read more
Grønolen Fjellgard - Apartments
Nordseter Hyttegrend is situated in beautiful surroundings at Nordseter, 850 meters above sea level and only 12 km from Lillehammer. Read more
Nordseter Fjellpark, Hyttegrend
Looking for condos to rent i Hafjell? Alpine Apartments Sorlia in Hafjell is Norway's first rental units with a thorough ecological profile. The… Read more
Alpin Apartments Sørlia
Rødungstøl Høyfjellshotell is beautifully situated by Rødungen lake, 1050 masl, in Bergsjøområdet,… Read more
Rødungstøl Høyfjellshotell
Alpine Apartments Solsiden is perfectly located close to the family ski slopes of Hafjell Alpine ski resort. Alpin Apartments Solsiden in Hafjell have… Read more
Alpin Apartments Solsiden
the cabins lies 1050 meters above sea level, surrounded by the beautiful nature of Hardangervidda. Perfectly located for hiking and… Read more
Hakkesetstølen Cabins
Nøsen's surroundings are of great natural beauty. Each season has its own charm, and the view can take your breath away. There are a number… Read more
Nøsen Yoga Retreat
Welcome to the Storefjell Adventure Storefjell Resort Hotel is a full service hotel on the high mountain. It is situated centrally on Golsfjellet,… Read more
Storefjell Resort Hotel
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, right in the heart of the mountain village of Heidal, you will find Nordre Ekre. Surrounded by national parks, the… Read more
Nordre Ekre farm hotel and restaurant
Farm house located in peaceful surroundings, and within a 10-minute walk from town centre. Read more
Suttestad Gård
Øigardseter Mountain Lodge is situated in Høvringen, the gateway to the majestic Rondane mountain range. Read more
Øigardseter Mountain Lodge
Scandic Elgstua – conference hotel in the middle of Hedmark. Scandic Elgstua opened June 1st, 2013. It is situated next to the Elgstua kro and… Read more
Scandic Elgstua
Kvitåvatn Fjellhytter is a good choice if you prefer self-catering, whilst staying in the most stunning environment. Read more
Kvitåvatn Fjellhytter
Cabins in the town centre. These cabins are copies of the first workers' houses built in Rjukan during the industrial revolution. Read more
Rjukan Hytteby
High-standard cabins, winter-insulated and for rent year around. Elverum Camping is situated at Glomma River just outside the city centre. Elverum… Read more
Elverum Camping
Family-run hotel located on the mountain pass between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen (Fv. 27). Excellent starting point for mountain hikes - summer as… Read more
Venabu Fjellhotell & Cabins
GudbrandsGard offers an unique experience, whether you come to relax with your family and friends, or you come to find inspiration with your… Read more
GudbrandsGard Hotell
Skinnarbu (1000 meters above sealevel) is located by Møsvatn lake overlooking the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Read more
Skinnarbu Nasjonalparkhotell
Gaustatoppen Booking has the biggest selections of cabins in the Gaustatoppen area. Alle cabins are well-equipped and keep a very high standard. Read more
Gaustatoppen Booking - Cabins and apartments
Ski-in-ski-out located close to shops, skirental and pizzeria. Read more
Gudbrandsgard Hyttegrend
Gaustatoppen Booking has the biggest selections of apartments at Destination Gaustatoppen. Read more
Gaustatoppen Booking - Apartments
Stay cheap and centrally at Rjukan Gjestegård! Read more
Rjukan Gjestegård
Well-equipped, winter-insulated cabins, sleeping up to 8. With beautiful view towards Gaustatoppen. Read more
Rjukan Hytte og Caravanpark
Gaustatoppen Turisthytte was built in 1893 and at a height of 1,850 meters, has the most fantastic views from the top of the mountain. Read more
Gaustatoppen Turisthytte
Affordable accommodation in the Gausta area at Gaustatoppen Hostel. Read more
Kvitåvatn Fjellstue
Affordable accommodation in the Gausta area at Gaustatoppen Hostel. Read more
Kvitåvatn Fjellstue
The school is in walking distance to the centre of Elverum, which has all an urban life can offer. It is not far from wilderness, Trysil Mountain and… Read more
Elverum Folkehøgskole
Gaustablikk høyfjellshotell is situated in beautiful surroundings by the foot of Gaustatoppen. An ideal hotel for nature-lovers. Read more
Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell
Kalhovd lies on the east bank of the Kalhovd Fjord, at the eastern rim of the Hardanger Plateau and is a natural gateway to the plateau. Read more
Kalhovd Turisthytte
Rjukan Gjestehus (guesthouse) offers communal kitchens and rooms with free wired internet access. Simple décor and furnishings are provided at Rjukan… Read more
Rjukan Guesthouse
Gaustatoppen Booking AS has the largest selection of cabins and apartments in Gaustatoppen area. Read more
Gaustatoppen Booking
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    Day 1: Oslo–Lillehammer

    Estimated time by car: 2 hours 15 minutes
    Distance: 183 kilometres

    The Olympic city of Lillehammer is located at the very southern end of the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The traditional wooden houses in main street of Storgata has many niche shops, restaurants and other cultural experiences.

    Pay a visit to Lillehammer Art Museum and continue to the open air folk museum of Maihaugen. Finish at the ski jump facilities of Lysgårdsbakken with the bonus of a view over Lillehammer. Get a good nights sleep in Lillehammer.

    Day 2: Lillehammer–Hafjell–Hunderfossen

    By car Lillehammer–Hafjell: 20 minutes
    Distance: 16 kilometres

    By car Hafjell–Hunderfossen: 7 minutes
    Distance: 4 kilometres

    From Lillehammer, travel northwards to Hafjell, one of Norway’s major ski destinations. In summertime, the area is considered to be amongst Norway’s most well-developed cycling parks.

    On the other side of the valley, the big thing is bobsleighs on wheels. There you will also find the fairy tale theme-based Hunderfossen Family Park with family-friendly accommodation alternatives.

    Day 3: Hunderfossen–Ringebu–Muen

    By car Hunderfossen–Ringebu: 40 minutes
    Distance: 43 kilometres

    By car Ringebu–Muen: 30 minutes
    Distance: 30 kilometres

    Continue northwards through the Gudbrandsdalen valley. Make a stop at the stave church of Ringebu before you leave the main route E6 and head to Venabygdsfjellet. Explore the mountain hiking or by horse.

    The mountain of Muen is a good spot for a panoramic view of Rondane National Park. Spend the night at a hotel or camping of your choice at Ringebu or nearby.

    Day 4: Ringebu–Gålå–Elgtårnet

    By car Ringebu–Gålå: 30 minutes
    Distance: 30 kilometres

    By car Gålå–Elgtårnet: 50 minutes
    Distance: 40 kilometres

    Cross the U-shaped Gudbrandsdalen valley, starting at Gålå. This destination is known for its seasonal outdoor play Peer Gynt, and is also a good starting point for driving the mountainous Peer Gynt Road via Fefor all the way down to Espedalen valley.

    The tower-shaped lodge Elgtårnet is a good place to spot moose from above. Further south, the famous natural potholes at Helvete are amongst the biggest in Northern Europe.

    A group of people standing on the top of the Besseggen ridge in Jotunheimen
    Hiking the Besseggen ridge.
    Photo: Visitnorway.com / Espen Kristiansen / Field Productions

    Day 5: Elgtårnet/Espedalen–Fagernes

    Estimated time by car: 2 hours 40 minutes
    Distance: 165 kilometres

    A visit to Valdres is a natural next step. The Besseggen ridge has been listed by National Geographic as one the world’s best hiking tours, and Bukkelægret is equally a 2,000 metres high hike. The mountain village of Beitostølen is located by the foot of the Jotunheimen mountain range.

    The predictable climate of Valdres and its surroundings comes with a snow guarantee during the winter season, which makes it a good spot for skiing. Taste the area’s famous semi-fermented trout, celebrated during the Rakfisk festival in November.

    You can find suitable accommodation options in many places, such as in the city of Fagernes.

    Day 6: Fagernes–Nesbyen or Elverum

    By car Fagernes–Nesbyen: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Distance: 90 kilometres

    By car Fagernes–Elverum: 2 hours 40 minutes
    Distance: 175 kilometres

    Halfway between Bergen and Oslo, Hallingdal offers many activities. The valley has well-developed areas for hiking, biking and skiing. The small cities of Gol, Geilo, Ål, Nesbyen, and Hemsedal are all excellent points of departure, and offer varied accommodation. For close contact with bears and other creatures typical for this part of Norway, visit Langedrag Nature Park and the Bear park in Flå.

    Alternative route: to Elverum in the Østerdalen valley
    The Østerdalen valley is shaped by Norway’s longest river Glomma. South of the city of Glåmdalen the valley landscape changes name to the Glåmdal valley. The valleys offers numerous activities by and on the river and in the mountains. Spend the night in Elverum.

    Day 7: Nesbyen–Nore in Numedal

    Estimated time by car: 1 hour
    Distance: 65 kilometres

    Numedal is the southernmost of Eastern Norway’s lush, big valleys. Here, you can visit four stave churches that are solid reminders of the rich past. The traditions of Numedal as a trade route during the Middle Ages are celebrated every summer at Middelalderuka (the Medieval week).

    Hardangervidda national park is great for hiking and skiing, and the whole valley of Numedal has specialised in wooden cabins as well as other comfortable accommodation alternatives.

    Day 8: Nore–Rjukan

    Estimated time by car: 1 hour 50 minutes
    Distance: 110 kilometres

    From Numedal, the road to the small city of Rjukan in Telemark bear marks of the silent charm of the Norwegian countryside. Rjukan is located deep down in an unusually narrow valley, so narrow that a sun mirror has been placed atop of a mountain to reflect the winter sun down to the city.

    A short distance away, you’ll find Hardangervidda National Park with great skiing and hiking options according to season. At the altitude of 1,883 metres, on the Gaustatoppen mountain, you can see one sixth of Norway on a clear day.