Small-town, quaint Norway with a hint of an international flari
No smoking in bars, pubs and night clubs, the shops close at 5 pm on regular days - making the main street look a bit empty.
A Winter Athlete's Haven
A very great part of Maihaugen is the exhibition in the main building. Don't miss out this!The exhibition shows you the development of Norway through the history. You will follow a path through several rooms which tell you stories about many historical aspects of Norway. Starting from the stone age you will reach the present at the end. Come and...more
The town area inside Maihaugen is a resembling of houses that make up a street in a small city. There are shops, a pharmacy and a bakery. The latter is open and inside is a cafe where you get ice cream, coffea and waffles. The post museum and the trainstation are also located in this urban part of Maihaugen.Please get the opening hours and fees for...more
A very strange place for a historical open air museum is the modern quarter of Maihaugen. Here houses are set up which were taken from an area in the region where an airport was built. Instead of tearing them down, they were moved to Maihaugen. These houses are from 50 years ago to nowadays, this mixture gives the area a typical look of a living...more
This place is well known to me - I worked with them to create their environment policy and...more
What the... should we do with this grain silo? That was a discussion topic in the Lillehammer...more
I stayed in Rica Victoria for couple of nights and found it really good in accordance with the star...more
A very good restaurant and open and airy. Used to be a metal workshop. Located in the Mesna Center complex just up from Lilletorget. A place you can sit for a long time and enjoy. Not a hurried place, but good service overall.Norwegian raw materials, crossover themes. innovative sea food, and what they do with red deer i great.more
This is a roadside motel, cafe and restaurnat that caters both for road transit travellers and a local clientele. it is telling for quality and prices that local associations and clubs frequently hold their meetings here (not in summer - everybody is gone fishing or so).The food get a good local rap, and the variety is apparently a plus. I have...more
World food with a Norwegian twist, plus some archetypical Norwegian dishes. That's in a nutshell what På Bordet offers. This is the best and most innovative dining in Lillehammer. You will be seated a long time at this table...There won't be many customers for this sort of dinner event, so opening days are limited.Dress can be formal or informal,...more
The high end - well, if there is any:Start the evening at Mølla Hotel's top bar, normally called just Mølla. Enjoy the view, sunset, lights of town from the top of the old silo.Move on to Paa Bordet at the old Mormors Hus in one of the back streets (in Elvegaten) off Storgaten, just a few minutes pleasant walk up from Mølla across Storgaten into...more
We were there in the late afternoon and this was just about the only open pub. Very dark inside, but candlelit so it is nice. Obviously not aimed at tourists, it was an insight into typical pubs in small towns in Norway. Ha ha dress code?? They wouldn't give a damn what you are wearing there!more
Especially women's knitwear and traditional designs (with a modern expression), but also various stuff for interior decoration, bed covers , jewelry and other things. Mainly geard toward Norwegians, thus most of the stuff is fairly genuine. Varying prices, sometimes good sales. A moose broke in through the main window once last winter and got stuck...more
A bit of an upmarket sports wear store, mostly for men. You will find hunting , fishing and hiking wear, and also some sports goods. They do have some very good selections of outerwear and shirts etc. A good place to get gifts for a wilderness man, or the odd souvenir gadget for fishing, hunting etc.They are specializing in fly fishing. Quite...more
Lillehammer has probably the largest concentration of sports goods cum outdoor gear shops in Norway. Oslo will have more, but very spread out. Fjallraven, the Swedish outdoor clothing store has their Norway office and outlet in Storgaten (north).Rustadstuden is on the other side of the street, a bit further north, with frequent sales and good...more
Every winter when the streets become icy, the spark comes into the Lillehammerians' lives. Not an emotion, but close.
This spark is a contraption with a handlebar and a front wooden seat, propped up on two iron runners.
Just as sure as the spark enters the streets, the local newspaper's editor gets the first letter of complaints over why the municipality is putting sand on the ice. When it's slippery, old ladies want to slide!
The result is that part of Storgaten main street and half of many bike trails and pavements are a sand-free zone for the spark. Best translated as "kick-sledge", I suppose?
Numerous kick-sledges, originally provided for free loans to the public by the Lillehammer Municipality's environment department were stolen by media people during the Olympics, and taken away by containers. Great souvenir, even if collapsable, a bit on the big side for the suitcase. Better bring a container.
Near the town centre's Storgaten's Mesna river bridge, there seems to be a collection point for drunks thrown out of the pubs due to exessive drinking. Go past them without argument - this is the place where moods and arguments heat up into the night and where alcohol-induced random violence may take place.more
The steep east-west streets of Lillehammer are often icy in winter and driving here and parking without the proper tyres or experience can be interesting. Likewise, clearing and gravelling the pavements are the responsibility of the house owners, but it seem sometimes that they are on longish holidays. So after a long day of skiing, you broke your...more
Ever since Lillehammer came into existence due to its position at the nothern end of Lake Mjosa and end station of the lake shipping and eventually also the railway, catering for visitors and travellers has been one of the mainstays of the local economy.
Many painters have tried to copy the winter light here (see the local galleries, the main painting exhibition, and the walls at the Breiseth Hotel), and many lung patients came for recuperation and recovery for tub and other ailments at the local sanatoria (still, there is one). Skiing took off when leisure time became more pronounced in the mid-war period. In the 50'ies Lillehammer had a direct winter air link with Copenhagen by DC3s, using the ice-covered lake as runway. The Olympics in 1994 was another tourism enhancement trick that served the town well in that respect.
So, I am just admitting it, this is a genuine tourist trap!
Unique Suggestions: Make use of the tourist office.
Get into the town surroundings when the town centre activities die down in the afternoon.
Do some totally genuine tourist trap things: try the bobsleigh run, the Hunderfossen Troll team park, sledging in the Olympic Park.
Fun Alternatives: See what there is to see in your collective opinion, and push on to greener pastures and wilder scenery.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring hat, scarf and gloves to Lillehammer in the winter. It is considerably colder here than in coastal Oslo.
Negotiating the Mesna trails during winter is a very different proposition during winter. You are better off abandoning the summer map and get your skis out. Above the rim where the terrain levels out, there is very good skiing on groomed and non-groomed trails through the vicinity of the river (and elsewhere). Get a ski map from the tourist office...more
Straight through Lillehammer runs the Mesna River. Not much to speak of, as the river bed in town centre seems full of trash and with little water. Hyd-el production has taken most of the water into a tunnel and through turbines underneath town.However, if you continue up past the old power plant just east of MesnaSenter and the Old Car Museum, you...more
Just east of town, near the ski stadium lies the "undeveloped" Abbortjernet Lake ("Perch Lake"). No facilities here, but who needs that? You can walk or bike up from town past the ski jump area above town or use a car/taxi/bus to get to or close to the ski stadium and walk from here by help of a map and directions given by the tourist office.The...more
www.sjusjoen.com is the web site of the Sjusjoen Ski Association. The web site has weather forecast for the main xc ski areas and the alpine skiing venue at Natrudstilen, groomed track updates and general info about skiing conditions and events. They have three web cams that are very useful for planning purposes.more
Hafjell skiing area offers good mountain biking during summers. There are touring tracks, downhill and freeride tracks in all grades of difficulty. A bike lift takes you and your bike from the base of the ski area to the top and deposits you to choose whether you will bike gravel roads and trails in the mountains for a day or more with your family...more
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...more
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...more