Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Lillehammer
The area of Lillehammer was settled back in the Norwegian iron age. By the 1800s Lillehammer had become a busy market and in 1827 it officially became a merchant city. Lillehammer shot to fame when it hosted the 1994 Winter Olympic Games and many winter sport events are held here.
The beautiful city of Lillehammer features wooden houses of the 19th century set in a stunning location bordered by mountains beside lake Mjøsa and the Lågen river.
Lillehammer's snowy slopes provide great winter sport opportunities. Many people visit Lillehammer's Hafjell resort for skiing weekends. Lillehammer ski weekend breaks are popular because of the great range of Alpine slopes suitable for skiers of all levels. Hafjell boasts sophisticated snow-making facilities so you need never worry about snow skiing conditions. All the trails are clearly marked and meet at the same end point. Ski right into the night as the landscape is lit up by Hafjell's vast floodlight system. Explore the 350km of cross-country trails during your skiing weekend in Lillehammer. These trails will take you through mountainous terrain and forested sections. Other activities you can enjoy on the glistening slopes include tobogganing, snowshoeing, snowmobile rides and kick sled safaris. A wonderfully unique experience is a dog sled safari. You will have your own dog sled team and have to harness them up before driving into the white wonderland.
One of Lillehammers greatest attractions is the Sandvig Collection found at Maihaugen. This is Europe's biggest open-air museum with 185 buildings and over 40 000 items. Discover rural living in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley by examining homes, churches, farmyards and various tools. Go on a guided tour to find out more. Many exhibits are created each year which are both interesting and educational. In the summer months animals can be seen in the museum. Rabbits and hens wander through the Olsen home's backyard whilst farm animals feature in the rural section.
Of course the Olympic Games are an important part of Lillehammer. A visit to the Norwegian Olympic Museum will enlighten you as to the complete history of the Olympic Games, right from their beginnings in ancient Greece. Various walks can be taken to many of the Olympic venues and many activities can be enjoyed at these sites.
Grand hotels in Lillehammer will round your holiday off. If you prefer there are many guest houses, apartments and caravan/camping spots in the city.
Whether a weekend ski break in Lillehammer or a longer stay to explore the other amazing features of this lovely city, you will be left with unforgettable memories.