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The one-day Peer Gynt experience

If you have limited time to visit the Gudbrandsdalen valley, consider this schedule for a full Peer Gynt day in the Lillehammer and the Gålå region.
Maihaugen, Lillehammer

Maihaugen, Lillehammer


Most hotels in Lillehammer offer packages with accommodation, transport and tickets to Peer Gynt by lake Gålåvatnet. Find a hotel that suits you as a base for your Peer Gynt experience. If your package does not include transport, make sure to book a bus ticket in advance.

The walking street in Lillehammer is famous for its small shops and relaxed vibe, and is a must-see when you visit the region. Make sure to stop by a store to purchase some snacks and drinks for your Peer Gynt day.

Peer Gynt at Maihaugen

Visit Maihaugen, one of Europe's largest outdoor museums. The museum houses old buildings from the Gudbrandsdalen valley, where you can experience how Norwegians lived in the 17th century.

Maihaugen offers a Peer Gynt guided tour, "Go Round About, Peer!", where guests can experience the Norwegian culture that inspired Henrik Ibsen to write the world famous poem. Guests will also learn about Edvard Grieg and Edvard Munch, and their connection to the Gudbrandsdalen valley and the Norwegian culture.

Guided tour every day during the Peer Gynt Festival at 1:15 pm. The guided tour is included in the entrance ticket to Maihaugen.

Peer Gynt vegen

Peer Gynt road

Festival bus over the Peer Gynt road

After the guided tour at Maihaugen you can travel to the theatre venue by lake Gålåvatnet with the festival bus, departing from Maihaugen at 2 pm (only on days with theatre performance).

The festival bus will also stop at hotels in Lillehammer, Øyer (Hafjell) and Skei (Skeikampen).

The festival bus travels to Gålå over the Peer Gynt road. This is an old, graveled mountain road through Peer Gynt's birthplace, where he once roamed. Expect scenic sights as you travel through one of Norway's most beautiful mountain regions.

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 Henrik Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt".

The outdoor theatre production by 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.

Suggested schedule

10:00 am Walk the famous Lillehammer walking street
11:00 am Visit Maihaugen
12:00 am Lunch at Maihaugen
1:15 pm Guided tour at Maihaugen: "Go Round About, Peer!"
2:00 pm Festival bus from Maihaugen to the theatre venue by lake Gålåvatnet
5:00 pm Dinner at the Peer Gynt theatre venue
6:30 pm Introduction to the theatre play in English or German
7:30 pm The theatre production "Peer Gynt"
11:00 pm Return to your hotel with the festival bus

Explore more

It is possible to experience Peer Gynt at Gålå and get a taste of the Gudbrandsdalen valley in one day, but it is however recommended to spend more time in the Gudbrandsdalen valley to get the most out of your Peer Gynt experience.