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A family vacation in Peer Gynt’s Kingdom

Combine your trip to the Peer Gynt Festival with these family friendly activities on the route from Oslo to Gålå.

The Peer Gynt Festival can fascinate and entertain the entire family. To get the most out of your visit to Norway and to Peer Gynt´s kingdom, consider this route that leads you to the best family activities between Oslo and Gålå.

Arrival in a cultural capital

Norway's capital Oslo has much to offer a traveling family. From cultural input to adrenalin rush, you can find it here.

As you are traveling to see Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic poem "Peer Gynt", a stop at his home in Oslo is a great beginning on your journey. Walk in Ibsen's hallways at the Ibsen Museum in Oslo, where he lived the last 11 years of his life. Visiting this museum is a great way for the family to get to know Ibsen and his literature – like "Peer Gynt".

Explore some of the most famous cultural places in the Norwegian capital, and go for a walk on the roof of the Oslo Opera House or visit the Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park , with it's 212 bronze and granite sculptures.

If you want more action, Norway´s larges amusement park "Tusenfryd" is outside Oslo, and you can go zip-lining down the Holmenkollen ski jump.

Sightseeing in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park. Frognerparken

Vigelandsparken, Oslo
Hunderfossen familiepark

Hunderfossen familiepark

Family activities in Lillehammer

A two-hour drive north from Oslo you can visit the Olympic city from 1994, Lillehammer. This is a very family friendly city that offers a wide range of activities.

Visit Maihaugen, one of Europe's larges outdoor museums, for a walk in Norwegian culture. The museum houses old buildings from the Gudbrandsdalen valley, where you can experience how people lived in the 17th century. During the summer season there is a wide program suitable for the entire family.

Lillehammer is also close to Hunderfossen, a fairy tale theme park based on trolls and Norwegian folk culture. As you are traveling to see a theatre play that also embraces the Norwegian trolls, this could be a good way for the family to get to know the Norwegian myths and folk stories.

In Lillehammer there are many possibilities for hiking in beautiful mountains. Walk up the ski-jump in Lillehammer, or take the chairlift and get the best view of the city.

In Hafjell, 20 minutes north of Lillehammer, you can ride a gondola that takes you on top of the mountains. There are also possibilities for downhill biking, mountain biking and zip-lining in this area.

You can combine accommodation in Lillehammer, Hafjell and Skei with the Peer Gynt Festival, as the hotels offer bus transport to the Peer Gynt Festival venue on Gålå.

Culture and nature at Gålå

If you choose to travel over the mountain and stay in the Gålå region, this area offers many activities to combine the Peer Gynt Festival with. Go horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking, or you can even go for a swim next to the Peer Gynt theatre venue. 

Experience the theatre production "Peer Gynt" by lake Gålåvatnet. In the mountains where the historical Per Gynt once roamed, you will be served Norwegian culture, music and nature from the unique outdoor theatre venue. The play is accompanied by music inspired by the original theatre music by Edvard Grieg, and if you look closely, some of the scenes clearly use paintings of Edvard Munch as inspiration.

The play embraces Norwegian folk tales with trolls and mystical creatures, and will engage and amaze both young and old.

Make sure to purchase your tickets for the theatre play in advance.

Photo: Ian Brodie