Storgaten - the main street pedestrian zone
Favorite thing: Storgaten is the main feature of lillehammer town for visitors and most locals alike. essentially a two-street town, Storgaten is the historic one with most preserved wooden houses and a good variety of shops and eateries.
During summer restaurants, coffee shops and pubs spill into the street, while in winter the winter theme is complete: white road with a gravelly path for the less sure-footed. You can see locals negotiate Storgaten on spark kick-sledge (see another tip) and occsionally on skis as well.
Storgaten stretches the city scape-length of Lillehammer, but the part that is car-free is where most of the action is (not so impressive, however). The pedestrian zone goes from Mesna river/bridge at Lilletorget in the north to Søndre Park in the south. Start further north, however, because there are some good views, architecture and shops stretching out to where the small old villas take over the urban scene.
Fondest memory: Strolling Storgaten on a Saturday at noon-time is always fun.
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mountains, lakes, and whitewater rivers
Favorite thing: Lillehammer is a beautiful city, but I think many tourists find it a little anti climatic. If looking for a great way to end a tour of the city, olympic parks, and mailhaugen, go for a drive an hour and a half north, and jump on Norway's most popular whitewater river- the Sjoa (pronounced shoe -a). After all that olympic talk, it is nice to get out and DO SOMETHING!! There is only one company there that offers inflatable kayak trips. I think their name translates to wilderness calls. Inflatable kayaks, put the bobsled to shame. I would recommend it to anyone who is in shape, and wants to go do something, instead of look at something.
Favorite thing: Lillehammer is a small city to the north of Oslo. It does not have much to offer for a city, its beauty is by its location by lake Mjøsa and its nature around.
I always try to check out the...
Favorite thing: I always try to check out the churches because they are usually quite pretty or somehow architecturally interesting. Here's the main one from this town, called the Lillehammer Kirke. As usual for older churches, this one's also surrounded by a cemetary, which I've always found somewhat of an oxymoron (I hope I don't get smitten out of heaven for that comment).
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