Lillehammer is a small town in the country 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 18th-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 does not have its own airport, but Oslo's Gardermoen is well connected by train with departures once hourly (1:40, 212 kr).
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.
Central Lillehammer is best covered on foot. Buses to various regional destinations depart from outside the train station.
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.
- Norwegian Olympic Museum, Håkon Hall, Olympiaparken.
- Maihaugen, . Europe's largest open-air museum with 185 traditional Norwegian buildings. Open daily in summer 10 AM to 5 PM, daily 11 AM to 4 PM except Monday in winter. Admission 90/75 kr peak/off-peak.
- Lillehammer Art Museum, . Modern Norwegian art.
There are excellent skiing and other winter sports opportunities in winter, as well as some decent hiking in summer.
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.
- Mary's Guesthouse, Jernbanetorget 2 (2nd floor of railway station), tel +47-6124-8700, . Location is as central as it gets, rooms are basic but clean and equipped with private shower/toilet. Singles/doubles from 550/650kr including an excellent breakfast spread. Visa/MC accepted.
There is an informative tourist office in the railway station building.