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A man and two women looks at a statue in Peer Gynt Park
Rondablikk, Peer Gynt Park, Lillehammer.
Photo: Ian Brodie
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Top 5 art experiences in Peer Gynt’s kingdom

The Gudbrandsdalen valley has been a source of inspiration through centuries, and the region can offer a wide range of art experiences for its guests.
Peer Gynt huset

Peer Gynt art exhibition 2015

1) The Peer Gynt art exhibition

Every year the Peer Gynt Festival holds an art exhibition in Vinstra, with prominent Norwegian artists. The art exhibition opens the first Saturday of the festival, and can be visited every day during the festival between 9 am – 4 pm. You can find the exhibition at the Peer Gynt Festival office in Vinstra. There is no entrance fee to the exhibition.

2) Ringebu stave church and Rectory

The Ringebu stave church is worth a visit in it self, as it was built in year 1220 and is one of 28 preserved stave churches in Norway. However, if you walk past the stave church you can also visit the stave church exhibition and an art exhibition, with original paintings of Jakob Weidemann, in the Ringebu Rectory.

“Herd”, Gitte Daehlin (2011)

"Herd", Sør-Fron

3) "Herd", in Sør-Fron

The art installation "Herd" in Sør-Fron ("Flokk" in Norwegian) offers an unique experience for its visitors. Park at a marked space along the E6 road, and follow the signs on a path down to a farm field. 21 bronze figures look out over the river Gudbrandsdalslågen from a field near the medieval farm Sygard Grytting. Surrounded by grazing sheep, the tall and elegant bodies with glazing glass eyes rise up from the field and stand side by side. The view, the field, the statues - let your imagination run free, and experience one of the Gudbrandsdalen valleys most special art installations.

4) Harpefoss art hotel

Harpefoss hotel is a historical hotel from the late 19th century. Today, the building is not an ordinary hotel, but an art hotel with an artist-in-residency program. A wide range of artists, including designers, writers and musicians can stay here to work with specific projects related to the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The art hotel has art exhibitions, concerts and more, and also has a small café during some parts of the summer season. Get contact information to Harpefoss art hotel here (information only in Norwegian).

5) The Peer Gynt statue at Rondablikk Høyfjellshotel

The local community in the Gudbrandsdalen valley is colored by their world famous storyteller Per Gynt, and the dramatic poem “Peer Gynt” by Henrik Ibsen. The historical person that this story is based on lived in the valley, and the stories about him are still told here. Visit the large Peer Gynt statue at Rondablikk Høyfjellshotell, and see Peer Gynt in a buckride in front of the Rondane national park – home of the King of the Mountain.