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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.

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.

Ove Gjesdal
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Places 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
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
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
Hallingdal is situated midway between Bergen and Oslo, with short distance to Western Norway's fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. Read more
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
Things to do
Lillehammer has been an important trading area since 1300s. River Mesna runs like an artery through the town ans has been an important factor for… Read more
Lillehammer Town centre
Lillehammer Art Museum is one of Norway's leading art museums. The collection consists of over 1500 works dating from the 19th century to the present… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
Maihaugen is the ideal day out for both young and old. Maihaugen is one of the largest open air museums in Norway with 200 buildings from the 1200s… Read more
Maihaugen Museum
Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena is the city's major landmark. The ski jumping facility consists of a large and a small ski jumping hill - HS138 and… Read more
Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena
This is Northern Europe's only artificially frozen bob- and luge track, and the only bob- and luge track in Scandinavia. The track is located at… 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
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
From here it is possible to combine breathtaking mountain adventures with skiing through birch-clad terrain. The network is linked to the trails from… Read more
Venabygdsfjellet, Cross-country Skiing
Follow E6 to Frya, then drive for 24km on road 27, past Venabu and to the highest point on the mountain pass 1054 metres asl. to the foot of Muen.… Read more
To fully understand Ibsen's inspiration for Peer Gynt, the 60 kilometre Peer Gynt Road running from Skei via Gålå to Espedalen is a must. Enter the… Read more
Peer Gynt Road
With Northern Europe's largest potholes, Helvete Nature Park is an experience out of the ordinary! Exploring this area named Helvete (Hell) is one of… 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 you to… 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 mountain plateau in Europe. This is where you will find Norway's largest national park. The scenery is varied with steep… Read more
Gaustatoppen, which many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway, towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883… Read more
Places to stay
Experience the moose observation tower in Espedalen, and enjoy a spectacular and unusual outdoor adventure! Stay the night in a 12-metre-high moose… Read more
Moose observation tower
Gjendebu is the oldest of the huts belonging to the Norwegian Mountaineering Assosiation (Den Norske Turistforening – DNT), established in 1871.… Read more
Gjendebu Turisthytte DNT
The ferry to access the world famous Besseggen ridge hike leaves right outside the door. Accessible by car, Gjendesheim is an excellent base for… Read more
Best of Besseggen Weekend
Bardøla Høyfjellshotell, certified as a National Park Hotel, is surrounded by beautiful mountains in the ski-resort Geilo at the foot of… Read more
Bardøla Høyfjellshotell
The family run hotel located in Haugastøl, 1000 meters above sea level, offers high quality accommodation, meals in our restaurant, coffee bar,… Read more
Haugastøl 1000 Moh
Our cabins are situated in the Bardøla Forest right behind the hotel. Here you will find peace and quiet while you can still enjoy the conveniences of… Read more
Bardøla Høyfjellshotell - cabins
The hotel is situated in beautiful surroundings, only 800 metres from Geilo town centre, close to Geilo Ski Arena. The Hotel has 86 rooms and a total… Read more
Ustedalen Hotel & Resort Geilo
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
TREKKING MOUNTAIN to FJORD 2015 Geilo to Aurland - day by day Program Meeting point: Bardøla Høyfjellshotel, N 3580 GEILO Thursday: Arrival in Geilo… Read more
Trekking in Aurlandsdalen, Norway
Hafjell Hotell is located in the village center of Øyer municipality, 15 km north of Lillehammer town, in close proximity to Hafjell Alpin Centre and… Read more
Hafjell Hotel
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
Havsdalsgrenda is comprised of 94 high standard and modern apartments, and is located with ski in/out possibilities in Havsdalen in Geilo, and only… Read more
Havsdalsgrenda Geilo
Thon Hotel Bjørneparken is situated in the middle of Flå centre, directly connected to Bjørneparken Shopping Mall. The hotel has 56 light and modern… Read more
Thon Hotel Bjørneparken
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
Our apartments are situated on top of the mountain, 1030 m.s.l. It is far enough out to get away from it all, yet close enough to take it all in.… Read more
Aurdal Fjellpark Valdres
Accommodation in cabins and apartments with 4 to 26 beds. Our cabins are situated on top of the mountain, 1030 m.s.l. It is far enough out to get away… Read more
Aurdal Fjellpark Valdres - Cabins
Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer: the best and most obvious choice for business travellers in Lillehammer. Our hotel comprises 142 rooms, offers indoor… Read more
Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer
This is where the Haugerud family started their business back in 1960 with a petrol filling station. Since then a motel, shop and a cafeteria have… Read more
Dovre Motell
Spidsbergseter Resort Rondane Spidsbergseter Resort Rondane is a family owned Mountain Hotel, situated on the Venabygds Mountain, also known as the… Read more
Spidsbergseter Resort Rondane
Kamben Høyfjellshotell is the ideal place for spending a wonderful holiday. Situated 1000 meters above sea level it is surrounded by beautiful scenery… Read more
Winter offer at Kamben Høyfjellshotell, Golsfjellet
At Øigardseter we offer accommodation in traditional surroundings. Here we have the mountain lodge, modern apartments, and a simpler large cabin. All… Read more
Øigardseter Mountain Lodge
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
Skarsnuten Hotel, at 1000 m.s.l, has a magnificent view to mighty mountain Hemsedal. Skarsnuten is a design hotel, where nature plays a prominent part… Read more
Skarsnuten Hotel
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HI Geilo Youth and Family Hostel
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Rjukan Hytteby
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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.The cabin was… Read more
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Kvitåvatn Fjellhytter
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Kvitåvatn Fjellstue
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Gaustatoppen Booking - Apartments
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Gudbrandsgard Hyttegrend
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    Day 1

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Oslo to Lillehammer: 2 hours 15 minutes.
    Distance: 183 kilometres.

    Day 2

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Lillehammer to Hafjell: 20 minutes.
    Distance: 16 kilometres.
    Estimated time from Hafjell to Hunderfossen: 7 minutes.
    Distance: 4 kilometres.

    Day 3

    Continue northwards through the 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.

    Estimated time by car from Hunderfossen to Ringebu: 40 minutes.
    Distance: 43 kilometres.
    Estimated time from Ringebu to Muen: 30 minutes.
    Distance: 30 kilometres.

    Day 4

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Ringebu to Gålå: 30 minutes.
    Distance: 30 kilometres.
    From Gålå to Elgtårnet: 50 minutes.
    Distance: 40 kilometres.

    Day 5

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Elgtårnet/Espedalen to Fagernes: 2 hours 40 minutes.
    Distance: 165 kilometres.

    Day 6

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Fagernes to Nesbyen in Hallingdal: 1 hours 40 minutes.
    Distance: 90 kilometres.

    Alternative route: to Elverum in Østerdal.
    The Østerdal 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.

    Estimated time by car from Fagernes to Elverum in Østerdal: 2 hours 40 minutes.
    Distance: 175 kilometres.

    Day 7

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Nesbyen in Hallingdal to Nore in Numedal: 1 hour.
    Distance: 65 kilometres.

    Day 8

    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.

    Estimated time by car from Nore in Numedal to Rjukan in Telemark: 1 hour 50 minutes.
    Distance: 110 kilometres.

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