If you're interested in visiting Lillehammer, you've come to the right place. Here are all the basic travel tips you need before visiting the beautiful town of Lillehammer, Norway.
About the Town of Lillehammer
Lillehammer is a picturesque town in south-eastern Norway - many remember the name Lillehammer from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Today, Lillehammer attracts travelers year-round for outdoor activities and relaxation close to nature at Lake Mjøsa. There are lots of sports events each year, especially in February and March.
Things to Do & Attractions in Lillehammer
Summer in Lillehammer: You can go fishing at the Mesna River - Hiking is also very popular here. Visit the Maihaugen open-air museum. In Hafjell, you'll find family activities and then there's Forested waterpark. Storgata pedestrian street is Lillehammer's famous shopping area. Business hours here are Mon - Fri 9-5, Sat 10-4.
Winter in Lillehammer? Countless options, what else would you expect from a real life Norwegian ski resort. Activities in and around this town are countless and go up each year, especially during the winter months. So what can you do around here? To start with, go skiing like everyone else, or try dog sledding, sleigh rides, Hunderfossen Winterpark (a winterized amusement park), the Luge Track in Hunderfossen, the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jump, ice fishing, and much more. Ski buses connect Lillehammer to the ski areas Hafjell and Nordseter/Sjusjoen. More buses leave the town center about every 30 minutes to attractions nearby.
Also make sure to bring your camera to your Lillehammer visit, for this town is a beautifully picturesque travel destination.
How to Get to Lillehammer
Most travelers get to Lillehammer by flying to Oslo and then using a train or bus to Lillehammer. Trains leave hourly from Oslo, and the train ride to Lillehammer takes 2 hours. Lillehammer Skysstasjon is the main terminal for buses, trains, and taxi cabs.
You can also drive to Lillehammer by simply following the E6 highway in Norway (from Oslo it's a 2-hour drive, from Trondheim it's 4 hours). Lillehammer's Tourist Information office is found at the train station.
Distances aren't far in this town, so you can get to most places easily on foot.
Accommodation in Lillehammer
The Radisson SAS Hotel (4-star) in Lillehammer is the town's most popular hotel, and it was the proud official hotel of the Olympic Games. Central location, with a large private park close to ski and riding schools.
First Hotel Breiseth is found in the center of Lillehammer, close to Olympia Park and the main terminal. It's a modern 3-star hotel that can get busy at times due to its central location and reasonable prices.
Hotel Molla near Lillehammer is a great choice for low-cost quality accommodation. This 2-star hotel outside of town is nicely decorated with lots of rustic charm, bringing out the history of the romantic old mill. It's a very natural and friendly place.
Especially if you want to visit during the winter months, I would highly recommend booking your hotel in or around the town several months in advance to ensure a good nightly rate and availability of the dates you are looking for. If you are interested in visiting Lillehammer during the Christmas holidays, keep in mind that you may need to book even earlier! But it's always worth trying to get a last minute room in case someone else had to cancel - just don't rely on it.