Lillehammer  is a small town in the county of Oppland in south-central Norway.
Lillehammer is best remembered as the site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, but it's also worth a visit in the summer for its beautifully preserved late 19th-century wooden houses.
Lillehammer is on the shores of Lake Mjøsa, with the bulk of town on the east bank. From the train station it's just two blocks to Storgata, the main pedestrian shopping street in the heart of the old city center.
Lillehammer (27,000 inhabitants) is considered Norway's oldest winter sports resort and was host of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Lillehammer region provides you with a combination of long-standing tradition and modern activities and services. You will find excellent museums and galleries, Olympic venues, a large number of restaurants and wide selection of shops and accommodations.
The Lillehammer region is also famous for its' ski terrain and excellent winter sport facilities. Nearby at Nordseter and Sjusjøen, you will find the best network of cross-country ski trails in Northern Europe, comprising 350 km. The excellent ski centre is located at Hafjell, 15 minutes away by ski bus and offers a mountain village feel with full amenities and ski in/out accommodation.
Lillehammer does not have its own airport, but Oslo's Gardermoen is well connected by train with departures once hourly (1:40, 227 Kr each way).
Lillehammer is along the main train line from Skien and Oslo towards Trondheim. The trip to Oslo takes about two hours and there are departures hourly.
Another option is to arrive Oslo by plane and pick a rental car from the multiple options provided at the airport rental desks. However, one must plan for a relatively long drive (2-3 hours) because of the potential road construction delays and strictly enforced speed limits (varying from 50 km/hr to 80 km/hr).
NOR-WAY Bussekspress and Lavprisekspressen operate bus lines to and from Oslo city centre as well as Gardermoen airport.
Central Lillehammer is best covered on foot. Buses to various regional destinations depart from outside the train station.
120 meters to jump, Lysgårdsbakkene
Many of Lillehammer's newer sights are related to the 1994 Olympics and are located in the commemorative Olympic Park (Olympiaparken).
- Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, Olympiaparken, . The ski jumping site for the Olympics, now a year-round attraction with a chairlift to the top (or, if you're feeling frisky, a hike up 954 steps). Visit the ski jump tower to gaze down at the K120 jumping hill and an excellent view of Lillehammer and Lake Mjøsa. Chairlift 40 kr return incl. ski jump tower admission, plus an optional 25 kr for the bobsled simulator. The site is a solid 20-30 min uphill hike from central Lillehammer, walk up Fossgatan and follow the signs for Olympiaparken/Chairlifts. Open 9 AM to 8 PM summer, 9 AM to 5 PM spring/fall, 11 AM to 4 PM winter.
Lillehammer Olympiapark in Spring - Lysgårdsbakkene (Ski Jumping Hill)
- Lillehammer Olympic Bob and Luge Track, Olympiaparken. The Bob and Luge Track is another attraction from the '94 Olympics. During both summer and winter, tourist are welcome to try the different types of bob. Ranging from experiencing the wheelbob during the summer (yes, the track is open during the summer as well), and trying skeleton, taxi bob or a raft in the winter. In the summer season the arena has Drop In from 10 am till 5 pm, and gives a rare opportunity to experience a real adrenalin rush during the holidays. As one of 17 tracks worldwide, and one of 4 offering the experience of a wheelbob this is a chance you will not get any time soon!
- Norwegian Olympic Museum, Håkon Hall, Olympiaparken.
- Maihaugen, . Northern Europe's largest open-air museum with 200 buildings. Among the traditional Norwegian buildings is the Garmo stave church from 1200 ac. Modern times are also represented at the museum. In the Residential Area there are one-family homes from almost every decade of the 1900s. Open daily in summer 10 AM to 5 PM, daily 11 AM to 4 PM except Monday in winter. Admission 140/80 kr peak/off-peak.
- Lillehammer Art Museum, . Modern Norwegian art.
- Skiing and other winter sports in Winter, as well as some decent hiking in Summer.
- Visit an escape Room called the Perfect Escape. It has 3 different themed rooms. One of them is called "The Vault" which is based on real events in Lillehammer's history where you are supposed to break into the Bank of Norway and rescue the Nation's gold from the Nazis in WW2.
Lillehammer's main shopping street is the rather inaptly named Storgata ("Big Street"), a pedestrian street lined with wooden houses, boutiques and restaurants.
- Oylsund Kafe , Storgata 52. Kebabs, fish products and similar fare from 50 kr. Open daily.
- Kanten Kro, Lysgårdsbakkene (top of ski jump chairlift). Rustic turf-roofed Norwegian house serving up daily specials from 100 kr and beautiful views over Lillehammer.
- Egon Restaurant, at centrum, offers a selection of pizzas and other dishes around 50-250 kr and a selection of drinks.
- Paa bordet, Bryggerig. 70. Gourmet-restaurant with an excellent wine cellar. Menu ca. 300-400 Nkr.
- Lillehammer Youth Hostel, (by the railway station in Lillehammer), ☎ +47 61260024, .
- Nordseter Hyttegrend, Nordseterveien 1351, 2618 Lillehammer, ☎ +47 61 26 40 12, . checkin: 15.00; checkout: 10.00. Nordseter Hyttegrend i situated in beautiful natural surroundings at Nordseter 850m only 12 km from the centre of Lillehammer with many great activities. Choosing to stay at Nordseter Hyttegrend you can enjoy the Norwegian mountains and activities for everyone in the family summer as well as winter. We welcome you to an unforgettable holiday at Nordseter.
- Hafjell Hotel (Hafjell Hotel & Apartments), Aaslettvegen 3 (North of Lillehammer), ☎ 61285550, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Hafjell Hotel & Apartments are located north of Lillehammer at the ski resort of Hafjell. They have hotel and self catered holiday apartments. Medium.
- Mesna Accommodation, Sørmessenvegen 702, 2610 Mesnali (20 minutes drive from Lillehammer), ☎ +47 97870309, . Mesna Accommodation is located about 20 minutes drive from Lillehammer. At Mesna Accomodation you can rent your own room, or an entire house. In total there is 42 beds. Mesna Accommodation also has a lot of different activities to offer, such as Icelandic horse riding, dog sledding, snowtubing, archery and canoeing . Medium.
There is an informative tourist office in the railway station building.
- Tourist Information Office in Lillehammer, (Lillehammer's Tourist Information Centre is at the Bus and Train station.), ☎ +47 61289800, . Monday-Friday 09.00-16.00 Saturdays 10.00-14.00 Sundays Closed In Summer there are longer opening hours. All the information you need on Lillehammer and the area in one place. The Tourist Information office will arrange accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and private lodgings in Lillehammer and surrounding areas. Souvenirs of Norway. See a display of Norwegian products for purchase in the Tourist Information. There is also a small souvenir shop with a good selection of traditional souvenirs and gifts and stamps and postcards can also be purchased. Free brochures. All the brochures that you may need on Lillehammer and nearby area are freely available as well as exhibitions giving information on journeys further away. Also on sale are walking and skiing maps.
|Routes through Lillehammer