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Things to do in Lillehammer

Experience the Lillehammer Region and its wide offer of recreational activities.

A summer paradise for families with children, the area offers treetop climbing and the adventure park of Lilleputthammer in addition to the Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, which is open all year.

During winter, the region transforms into a snow-dusted wonderland with Norway’s widest offering of alpine and cross-country skiing. And the ski bus stops right outside the hotel! 

Lillehammer is also a cultural city with highly acclaimed museums and festivals.

Playfull Lillehammer

Lillehammer offers a multitude of attractions for children of every age, including an amusement park, waterpark, children’s zoo, and playland. Hunderfossen Family Park, Lilleputthammer, Jorekstad Fritidsbad, Lekeland, Barnas Gård, and lots more. Create your own entertainment-packed holiday. Ready for some tummy-tickling?

Lillehammer Art Museum

Lillehammer Art Museum

Lillehammer Art Museum is one of Norway's leading art museums. More than 1400 artworks by Norwegian artists from the 1800s to this day are on permanent exhibition.  

You'll also find an exhibition about the Lillehammer Painters, who stayed at First Hotel Breiseth in the early 20th century. 

The museum is located in the center of Lillehammer.

Hafjell Alpine Resort

In Hafjell, you can enjoy great skiing conditions whether you are a novice or expert, on a family holiday, or on an action-packed off-slope skiing adventure.

Hafjell is located 15 km north of Lillehammer and is one of Norway’s most accessible ski destinations – with a snow guarantee!

Bring the whole family – the resort offers three separate family areas with a variety of ski-based games and activities for the youngest.

The winter town of Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a winter wonderland. Five ski resorts, 2,000 km of cross-country trails and a wide range of winter activities await you.

Contact us at the hotel for tips and information on what you can experience in Lillehammer during winter.

Read more about what you can experience in Lillehammer here!

Culture and amusement parks

In Lillehammer, nature, culture and active experiences go hand in hand. The Maihaugen open-air museum is within walking distance of central Lillehammer. Here, you can experience what life and work was like in Norway in olden days, reaching back 500 years. At the Lillehammer Art Museum, you can visit the exhibition "Anna Ancher – Skagen’s inner and outer space".

The Olympic city of Lillehammer is alive and thriving, and all facilities that were once used in the Olympic competitions are open to visitors. The Norwegian Olympic Museum is recommended.

Lillehammer also offers a number of amusement parks and centres for all ages, such as Hunderfossen, Lilleputthammer Miniature Park, Jorekstad Fritidsbad (aqua centre), Lekeland (play world), Barnas Gård (open farm), and many more. Or you can stroll along the charming pedestrian street with its historic wooden buildings and several small specialty shops and galleries. Here, you can eat ice creams and enjoy life.

Sjoa River

Rafting is a popular summer activity. Sjoa is known as Norway’s and one of the world’s best rafting rivers. Here, you can enjoy river experiences in magnificent natural surroundings. Rafting is suitable for most people who like speed and excitement, from slightly older children and upwards. You can also try your hand at canyoning, which is a mixture of climbing, swimming, jumping into stream pools and moving on foot along and in the river.

Or why not try riverboarding, where you race down the river on a board. Along the way, there will be pit stops and games where you can enjoy all the fun of the river. You will be equipped with a riverboard, full wetsuit, flippers, swimming gloves, a helmet and vest. Sjoa is 1.5-hour drive north of central Lillehammer, but definitely worth a visit if you crave a little excitement.

Stay at First Hotel Breiseth, which is centrally located in Lillehammer within short distance of the railway station and pedestrian street. If you arrive by car, the hotel has a large free carpark.

Explore the mountains on horseback

You can also experience the mountains on horseback. Ride in mountainous terrain past deep gorges, up on mountain peaks and down to impressive waterfalls. The region has several riding centres that offer everything from short hourly trips and daytrips to horseback weekends. There are trips for beginners as well as the more experienced.

The region also has two of Norway’s national parks, Rondane National Park and Langsua National Park.

Hafjell Bikepark and Hafjelltoppen

Hafjell Bike Park offers downhill cycling, which is an exciting and ever-more popular activity suitable for anyone who can ride a regular bike. The facility has 15 trails graded from green to black that are spread over a total of 28 km. The trails are as suitable for complete beginners as for experienced cyclists. In addition to downhill cycling, there are also great opportunities for all other types of cycling, and a separate gondola lift takes you up to a great park area on Mosetertoppen, where you can enjoy lunch at the Skavlen restaurant with a fantastic view.

A trip to Hafjelltoppen is perfect for those travelling with small children or seeking short mountain trips. The path up to the summit is approx. 2 km in length and the hike to the viewpoint takes about 30 minutes. Park at Pellestova and follow the footpath that starts just to the right of the gate. The clearly signposted path will lead you all the way up to the top. If you visit on a clear day, you can gaze across to the Olympic icon, Fakkelmannen, and towards Skeikampen, Jotunheimen and Rondane.

Nordseter and Nevelfjell

Nordseter is a scenic mountain area by the mountain of Lillehammerfjellet located 850 metres above sea level and only 15 minutes from central Lillehammer. The area is a perfect starting point for mountain hiking, angling or paddling on the lake of Nevelvatnet.

At Nevelvatnet, there is a shelter cabin, campfire site and bathing jetty. You can hire canoes, rowboats and kayaks, and there are many nice lakeside places to go ashore.

Nevelfjell (1089 AMSL) is one of the best viewpoints in Eastern Norway
From Lillehammer, you can drive up to Nordseter (approx. 20 min.), pass through the gate and continue up to Nevelåsen (the hill between Nevelvann and Reinsvann) where you can park. The path runs along Nevelåsen up to Nevelfjell, 1089 AMSL. Neveltoppen is the most-visited mountain in the area around Lillehammer and is a great destination for family trips.