Hamar is a city in Hedmark, Norway, facing the impressive Mjøsa lake.
Take the E6 national highway north from Oslo. Takes between 1 and 1.5 hours.
All trains between Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Røros and Skien-Lillehammer stop in Hamar. 1 hour 15 min from Oslo, about 1 hour from Gardermoen Airport.
- Vikingskipet (The Viking ship), Åkersvikveien 1, . The Viking Ship is a modern speed skating arena, and was built for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. It name comes form its appearence: an upside-down Viking ship. It regularly hosts major speed skating events, such as world championships. Also known for hosting The Gathering each Easter, a computer gathering mainly for young people which has had over 5,000 participants. Each spring and fall, the Vikingship also hosts a very popular 3-day long market for second-hand/ antique goods. The Viking Ship is situated near Åkersvika, a nature reserve, known for it's rich bird life. At the parking lot there is a "bird tower", where you can get a good view of the bay. 30 NOK. edit
- Domkirkeodden, Strandvegen 100, 2315 Hamar (From city center follow signs for museums), ☎ +47 62 54 27 00, . A must-see. Medieval cathedral and folk museum along Lake Myøsa. The ruins of the cathedral are encased in a glass house. Lovely walks and beaches by the lake. The open air museum is free and open year round, all the time. The opening hours of the museum vary according to season. There's a nice cafe there as well. Concerts and theater productions are often held in the glass house, but be sure to bring a blanket with you in the evenings- even in the summer, it gets cold there after the sun sets! The Medieval Festival usually takes place here over a long weekend in June. edit
- Railway Museum (Jernbanemuseet), Strandveien 163, Hamar (Follow the signs for museums (Museene) form the city center. Then follow the signs marked Jernbanemuseet. You can also walk along the lake, past Domkirkeodden (about 3km). Or city bus 1 from the train station/city center), ☎ +47 62 51 31 60, . Vary according to season. Documents the history of the Norwegian railroad system. Lots of child-friendly exhibits. Also has its own library. edit
- Go to a HamKam soccer match. HamKam is the local soccer team, which bounces between the first and second division. Watch the normally reserved Norwegians cheer on this team to victory (or not!). Hamar has recently built a beautiful new soccer stadium called Briskeby Arena for the home games. You can find out when the next match will be from the HamKam website: . "Next match" = "Neste kamp" in Norwegian. If HamKam is listed before the other team, then it's a home game. Wear green and white to show your support!
- Ankerskogen swimming hall (Ankerskogen svømmehall), Ankerskogveien 7, 2319 Hamar, ☎ +4746918000, . Mon - Fri 10.30 - 21.00 Sat & Sun 11.00 - 17.00 Early morning swimming-Mon-Wed- Fri 06.30 - 08.30. The main pool is one of Norway's largest, 25x50m. Part of this pool is roped off and has all sort of special floats for kids. There's also a specially heated pool for rehabilitation, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub (cost 10 kr per round), a shallow outdoor pool which is open in summertime. Also a 65 meter slide which kids love. There are huge windows all around the pool, so in the winter you can swim while you watch the snow blowing outside. The changing rooms have saunas. You need a 10 kr coin to operate the lockers, or bring your own lock. Ankerskogen also has indoor tennis courts and a Nautilus gym. You'll also find a cafeteria here. The center is due to be renovated starting in 2010, but they plan on staying open to the public the whole time. Child 50, Student/Senior Citizen 60, Adult 80. Family (2 adults, 2 children) 250 on weekendsAnkerskogv. 7, 2319 Hamar. edit
- Alle Tiders, Torggata 73 (In the center of town on the pedestrian street, 5-minutes' walk from the train station.), ☎ +47 6253 0145. Mon-Sat 10-12, Sun 14-21. This cafe has the best cakes in all of Hamar. Great for lunch and light dinners. Outdoor seating overlooks the pedestrian street. Centrally-located. edit
- Kunstbanken (Hedmark Art Center) (The Art Bank), Parkgate 21, 2317 hamar (1 minute's walk from the train station in the center of town), ☎ +47 62 54 22 60, . Tues-Fri 11-18, Sat 12-17, closed Sun and Mon. Sandwiches, cakes, coffees, and culture. The perfect place for lunch. Enjoy your meal and tour the museum afterwards edit
- Seierstad Pensionat, Holsetgt 64 (From the Hamar exit on the E6: follow Vangsveien until the Statoil gas station (Ringgata). Take a right and drive to the first set of lights. Turn left and drive for about 300 m. The guesthouse will be on your right. OR 15-20 minutes' walk from the train station. City busses will also get you there.), ☎ +47 62 52 12 44, . An inexpensive guesthouse in the residential area, but within easy walking distance of the city center. Family rooms available, lots of parking. Breakfast included. Simple but clean & friendly. Single: from 500 kr, Double: from 700 kr, Triple: 1050 kr. Student discounts available (1 night 450 kr, more than 1 night 400 kr, room-sharing 300 kr per person per night). edit
- Gåsbu/Vangsåsa is a recreational area for the citizens, mainly in the winter with good possibilities for cross-country skiing.