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Travel Norway with Ibsen, Grieg and Munch

Experience Norway through the author, the composer and the artist who were all inspired by a folk tale in the Gudbrandsdalen valley - "Peer Gynt".

The late 19th century led to a renewed interest for the Norwegian culture and nature in Norway. Artists travelled the Norwegian mountains and fjords in search of the nation's beauty and history. Norway's three grand masters of art, Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg and Edvard Munch were no exception.

Ibsen wrote the dramatic poem "Peer Gynt" after his inspirational journey through the Gudbrandsdalen valley. He later asked Grieg to compose the music to the theatre play, inspired by the same Norwegian folk culture. Munch was inspired by Ibsen's drama, and used many of the moments in the theatre play as inspiration in his paintings.

Travel from Oslo to Bergen and explore the Norwegian culture and nature with Ibsen, Grieg and Munch, and connect to their inspiration - Per Gynt.

Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo and explore the Norwegian culture

The Ibsen museum in Oslo is situated in Henrik Ibsen's home, where he lived the last 11 years of his life. Join a guided tour to understand the young and the old Ibsen, and learn about his inspirational travel through the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The tour ends with a walk in Ibsen's footsteps, in his old hallways.

Munch was inspired by Ibsen's theatre play "Peer Gynt", and used moments from the drama to inspire his art. Visit the Edvard Munch museum to see his original art, and see how he captured the moments in his unique way.

After your cultural day in the Norwegian capital, travel north to Lillehammer. This is a 2-hour drive north from Oslo, and Lillehammer is the gateway to the Gudbrandsdalen valley.

  • Recommended accommodation in Lillehammer - Mølla Hotell: Lillehammer was a growing city when Ibsen travelled through there in 1862. Along the Mesna river in the city centre a mill was built this summer, and has today been rebuilt in to a hotel. Mølla Hotel offers packages with tickets to "Peer Gynt" by lake Gålåvatnet.
Ibsen museum

Ibsen museum, Oslo

Day 2 - Historical outdoor museum - Maihaugen

Experience what Ibsen saw on his inspirational journey through the Gudbrandsdalen valley in 1862. Join a guided tour in one of Europe's largest outdoors museums, Maihaugen in Lillehammer, to see the Peer Gynt loft, where the historical Peer Gynt once lived. Guides and actors will take you back to the 19th century to see the buildings and culture that inspired Ibsen, Grieg and Munch.

Continue your journey and travel north from Lillehammer and up the Gudbrandsdalen valley, in to Peer Gynt's birthplace.

  • Recommended accommodation in the Gudbrandsdalen valley - Rondablikk Høyfjellshotell: Seated in Peer Gynt's kingdom, overlooking the home of the Troll King in Rondane National Park, Rondablikk Høyfjellshotell is a mountain hotel that offers high standard in rooms, as well as a swimming pool and sauna. The mountain concert during the Peer Gynt Festival is about 200 metres away from here. The hotel offers packages with tickets to the theatre play "Peer Gynt" at Gålå.
A group of people in old costumes walk past the stave church at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Eastern Norway

Maihaugen, Lillehammer

Day 3 - In Peer Gynt's Kingdom

In 1862, Ibsen travelled from Oslo to the western part of Norway to collect folk tales as inspiration to write again. It was in the Gudbrandsdalen valley that he found the inspiration for “Peer Gynt”, through nature, culture and a local folk tale.

Henrik Ibsen's drama "Peer Gynt" is considered a masterpiece in literature as well as theatre play. Every year since 1989, the Peer Gynt festival produces the theatre production of "Peer Gynt" at Gålå, at an outdoor venue by a lake, with nature as its spectacular scenery. The drama is performed at its birthplace, where the folk tales come from, and where Ibsen might have been told the stories that inspired him to write the poem. This is the most authentic experience of the world famous theatre play "Peer Gynt". 

Most hotels in the Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen valley region offer packages with tickets and transport to and from the theatre venue by lake Gålåvatnet.

Day 4 - Travel to Bergen

Travel to Bergen over Otta. On this route you will travel the Sognefjellet national tourist route to Sognefjord, and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøyfjord. Prolong for one day or continue to Bergen (you should estimate at least 8 hours to travel from Vinstra to Bergen).

At Troldhaugen in Bergen you can visit Edvard Grieg's villa and composer's cabin. Every day during the Peer Gynt Festival, the Edvard Grieg Museum invites you to a lunchtime concert in the Troldsalen chamber music hall. Grieg's famous lyric pieces as well as his arrangements of Norwegian folk songs will be on the repertory.

Travel home from Bergen Airport, or continue your travels in Norway.