Lillehammer Travel Guide

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Well known because of the Olympics, Lillehammer is a small town with a population of 25,000 people. The city lies at the northern end of Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa at a distance of 160 km from Oslo. It is surrounded by farms, forests and small settlements. The intimate and cosy main walking street, “Storgata”, has well preserved wooden buildings and is located in the heart of Lillehammer.

Lillehammer was founded as a trading post in 1827 and granted full market town status in 1842.Lillehammer is an important year round tourist destination. During the winter, Lillehammer is a skiing Eldorado for ski enthusiasts. Here you will find one of northern Europe’s best cross-country ski resorts. In 1994, the city successfully hosted the Winter Olympics. During the summer is Lillehammer’s main atttraction, Maihaugen, The Sandvig Collections. Maihaugen is one of Europe’s biggest open air museums. It boasts 140 examples of working farms, a 13th-century stave church and a variety of houses. Other attractions are the Olympic Park, Norwegian Olympic Museum, Lillehammer Art Museum, the paddle steamer, Skibladner, and Hunderfossen Family Park.

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