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The Espedalen valley route with Peer Gynt

Explore the raw Norwegian nature in the Espedalen valley, with steep hills and untouched forests. You can also visit the potholes in "Hell".

This suggested route is connected to Lillehammer, but you can also travel to the Espedalen valley from Vinstra.


A two-hour drive north from Oslo you can visit Lillehammer, the Olympic city from 1994. This city can offer arts and culture, as well as nature experiences.

Visit Maihaugen, one of Europe's largest outdoor museums, for a walk in Norwegian history and 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.

You can also visit Lillehammer Art museum, which is one of Norway's leading museums with several exhibitions from both historical and new painters.

Maihaugen, Lillehammer

Maihaugen, Lillehammer

Farm holiday or a short stop at Kulturstua i Ro

"Kulturstua i Ro" is a mountain farm dating back to the 12th century. Its old log buildings are surrounded by steep fields, horses and chickens, a herb garden and terraced flowerbeds. The farmhouse restaurant is located at the heart of the farm, and serves food with local ingredients from the season.

Lunch and dinner must be ordered in advance. Contact "Kulturstua i Ro" for more information

Experience the potholes in Hell

Traveling through the Espedalen valley, the potholes in Hell are a must to visit(in Norwegian: Helvete). Experience some of the wildest nature Norway has to offer as you walk down the steep hills where forces of nature have shaped the bedrock. Find out how to get to Hell  (information only in Norwegian).

Mountain road to Gålå

Follow the Peer Gynt road over the mountains to Fefor and Gålå (Peer Gyntvegen). This is a gravelled mountain road through magnificent mountain landscape, with many scenic sights and spots to stop and enjoy nature. Stay at one of the hotels or cabins close to the festival to explore the nature around the Gålå area by foot, on bike or on a horseback.

Peer Gynt vegen

Peer Gynt road

"Kulturstua i Ro"

Peer Gynt at Gålå

The Peer Gynt Festival has a broad program, with unique concerts, an art exhibition, organized trips in the mountains and much more. The main event during the festival is the well-renowned theatre production of "Peer Gynt".

The theatre production on the shores of lake Gålåvatnet presents the authentic Peer Gynt. In the mountains where the historical Per Gynt once roamed, you will experience Norwegian culture, music and nature on a unique outdoor theatre venue.

The play is accompanied by music inspired by the original "Peer Gynt-suite" by Edvard Grieg, and if you look closely, some of the scenes use paintings of Edvard Munch as inspiration.

Experience the three grand masters in Norwegian culture - Ibsen, Grieg and Munch in one evening by lake Gålåvatnet.

The Peer Gynt road to Skeikampen

When you travel back to Lillehammer, make sure to continue on the Peer Gynt road from Gålå to Skei, to explore the last part of the mountain road in Peer Gynt’s kingdom. Pack your lunch and stop at one of the viewpoints for a relaxing lunch in one of Norway's most beautiful mountain regions.