Welcome to Lillehammer
Lillehammer – in the heart of Norway – is the ideal destination for anyone in search of amazing adventures in the great outdoors. The town has some of the country’s most spectacular scenery right on its doorstep.In Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen, you can explore the very best of Norwegian countryside – from high mountains to forest-clad hills and cultural landscapes – in one single day. Your next adventure is never far away, and the opportunities for hiking, cycling, skiing or horseback riding are boundless.
Our museums and cultural centres, such as the spectacular Maihaugen, will leave you enriched and inspired. Lillehammer is renowned for its arts scene and has a vibrant community of local artists from whom you can buy unique work.
Attractions & Culture
In the Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen region, cultural experiences and active outdoor pursuits go hand in hand. Learn about Norway’s cultural history at Maihaugen and Bjerkebæk, visit Lillehammer Art Museum and explore the arenas built for the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Maihaugen open-air museum is within walking distance of Lillehammer city centre and provides an insight into what it has been like to live and work in Norway over the past 500 years. Enjoy the idyllic surroundings and experience life like it was in the old days. There are guided tours every day from May to mid October.
The open-air museum has more than 200 historic houses from as far back as the 13th Century to homes of the different decades of the 1900s. These show how people have lived in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. A main attraction is the Garmo stave church from the 1200s.
Visit houses from each decade during the 20th Century and feel the nostalgic memories when you enter the 1970s and -80s house. You may also visit the childhood residence of Norway’s Queen Sonja.
Sigrid Undset’s home – Bjerkebæk
The nobel laureate lived at Bjerkebæk where she created a distinctive home in two old log houses. The museum is open every day from approx. 20th of May to 31th of August, and weekends in September.
The author home lies within walking distance of the centre of Lillehammer. The museum is one of
Lillehammer’s most beautiful cultural attractions. Sigrid Undset moved into the first log house in 1919 and called the place Bjerkebæk. She purchased a second log house and erected it adjacent to the original building to form an inner courtyard. She furnished the house with style, making room for items of personal value and extensive library.
The two medieval works Kristin Lavransdatter and Olav Audunsson were both written while Sigrid Undset lived at Bjerkebæk. At Bjerkebæk there is also a small café and a museum shop. In the summer season you can experience the home and the lush gardens as they were in the author’s time.
Lillehammer Art Museum
Lillehammer Art Museum is one of Norway’s leading art museums. You will find numerous works by famous Norwegian artists, such as Fritz Thaulow and Edvard Munch. The collection consists of over 1500 works dating from the 19th century to the present day.
Part of the collection is always on show. The museum building was designed by Snøhetta for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994. The museum shop sells art books and Norwegian decorative art objects and the museum café sells lunch dishes and a wide choice of freshly baked bread and cakes.
The Norwegian Olympic Museum
Lillehammer’s Olympic heritage is alive and well, and all the arenas used for the various events are open to the public. If you would like to learn more about Olympic history from 1896 to today, we recommend the Norwegian Olympic Museum – the only one of its kind in Europe.
The Norwegian Olympic Museum in Lillehammer is a top modern and exciting museum. Be enchanted by unforgettable olympic moments made by athletes from all over the world, and experience olympic history from ancient times to the present day.
The Winter Olympics that took place in Lillehammer in 1994 and Oslo in 1952 play a central role in the museum and will bring back memories from the celebrations that took place during these two Olympics.
The museum is an exciting museum with a lot to experience and see, from medals and other original objects, a biathlon simulator, and movies that prolong the golden moments and bring out the goosebumps.
In the museum you will also find contemporary exhibitions.
The Olympic Museum is located at Maihaugen in Lillehammer.
Shopping in Lillehammer
Lillehammer’s pedestrian street became famous during the 1994 Winter Olympics, and the charming wooden buildings create a beautiful framework for a shopping experience out of the ordinary. You will find a multitude of speciality shops selling products not available from the standard high-street chains. For coffee or a snack, find a seat at one of the many welcoming cafés.
Lillehammer is also famous for its arts scene. In Fabrikken, the old factory premises, many artists have their ateliers, and you will be able to see them in action and buy their unique work.
If you prefer shopping centres, we recommend a visit to Strandtorget and its over 60 stores. The centre, located along the E6 by the turn-off to Lillehammer, is easily accessible by car.