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Oppland is a county in Norway.
Oppland is an inland county of Norway characterizied by rows of mountains and valleys extending from the ocean accessible lowlands around Oslo up to the high plateaus and mountain peaks of central Norway. From the southeast, one can travel from Oslo by auto, bus or train along the highways and track carved in the mountainsides and along the long finger-like lakes and rivers. As you approach the northwest of Oppland, the highlands feature snow capped mountains, even in the summer, and access to downhill and cross country skiiing, hiking and even fishing and hunting.
The northern Oppland route along highway E6 passes through the major cities of Gjøvik and Lillehammer, site of the memorable 1994 Winter Olympics, and eventually to Trondheim on the western coast of Norway. The quaint town of Lillehammer is certainly worth the effort for the shops and town.
The central route E16 allows the traveler to pass from the fertile fields of Ringerike to the south of Opland, though the mountain side farms of the Valdres valley, passing through Bagn, Aurdal, Fagernes, and east toward Telemark and later the major city of Bergen on the west coast.
Valdres offers a beautiful mix of lakes, mountains, and traditional farms. It is anchored with Fagernes at a key intersection of valleys. This is the location of the Valdres Folkmuseum, which contains a collection of farm buildings and history of the area, including food, art, costume, music and dance.
One can travel north to Beitostølen for downhill and cross country skiing in the winter. Hiking, Fishing and Hunting are also enjoyed, as well as local arts and crafts: pottery, tapestries, and rosemaling painting.
You can find car rentals in major cities and airports. Major roads connect Oppland to Hedmark/Sweden (E6 + RV25 Hamar-Elverum, E6 + RV29 Hjerkinn-Alvdal), to Sør-Trøndelag and Trondheim (E6), Møre og Romsdal (E6 + RV136 Dombås-Åndalsnes-Molde/Ålesund), Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland/Bergen (E16) and Buskerud (RV51 Fagernes-Gol). RV51 Valdresflya from Beitostølen to Vågå is classified as a future "Natural Tourist Route" by the natuional road authorities.
Train lines Oslo-Gjøvik and Oslo-Lillehammer-Trondheim
Express buses mainly traveling on E6 (Oslo-Lillehammer-Trondheim, Oslo-Lillehammer-Skjåk, Oslo-Lillehammer-Måløy, Oslo-Lillehammer-Kristiansund) and E16 (Oslo-Fagernes-Årdal-Sogndal, Lillehammer-Fagernes-Bergen)
Valdres offers a number of examples of stave churches, some dating back to viking times 1000 years ago. The Slidre Domkirken (Stone Cathedral), and stave kirken at Lomen are two of the many examples of churches from medieval times. There are examples of runic writing and viking carving in these ancient relics. They are not generally open for tours, however, many of them are staffed by students in the summer months. They will provide tours at designated times, usually for about 20 kroner (2007 prices).