Lillehammer is a town and municipality in Oppland county, Norway. Lillehammer is a small city and has about 28.000 inhabitants. The city centre has many traditional wooden houses and enjoys a picturesque location overlooking the northern part of lake Mjøsa and the river Lågen, surrounded by mountains. Lillehammer is known as a winter resort and it was also a host city for the 1994 Winter Olympics. 

The Norwegian currency is the Norwegian Crown and 10 Crowns equals to 1.05 Euro . For the latest updated exchange rates visit the XE Currency Converter page.

What To See...


Storgata is Lillehammer’s most central road and definitely one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Along this pedestrian street you will find many traditional, wooden buildings, that are characteristic and you will find them in small villages, as well as larger cities in Norway such as Bergen. Here you will also find plenty of cafes, restaurants and other shopping venues.

Lysgardsbakkene Arena

This attraction is the trademark of Lillehammer. It was used during the Olympic Games, by athletes who made downhill skiing, but still today offers a spectacular view from the top of the hill, where the downhill started. From the landmarks of the city that you have to visit.

Maihaugen Open Air Museum

Maihaugen Museum in Lillehammer is one of Norway’s largest open air museums. The museum offers more than 200 buildings from different seasons, the possibility for various activities, for children and adults, numerous exhibitions and many places to eat. The museum is open daily from 10:00-17:00 and the ticket costs 175 NOK per person and 85 NOK for children. We highly recommend you to visit it, as it is one of the most interesting things you can do in Lillehammer.

Nearby Excursions

Lillehammer is a town located southeast of Norway and is a gateway city to the magical world of Norway’s fjords, which are located west, central and north of the country, on your way from Oslo. The best way exploring the fjords, but also the most affordable at the same time, is the car. The choices going northwest are truly infinite, just make sure you have enough days, but also driving many hours on roads at very low speeds. Some of your best choices are Alesund, Geiranger, Flam, Bergen and many more, which we have discussed in detail in other articles.

What To Eat

What we have said in all other Norwegian cities of course also applies to Lillehammer. Norway’s extreme prices along with the indifferent Scandinavian cuisine, in our opinion, prevented us from testing food in many restaurants. In Lillehammer, unfortunately we do not have to suggest you anything specific to taste, as we preferred again to cook  in our own room. However, choices are not too many here, if you want to eat somewhere, it is a good idea to visit a site with restaurant reviews like Tripadvisor.

How to move

Lillehammer is a small town that you can explore in just a few hours on foot. You do not need any means of transport to visit the main sights and in our opinion an overnight stay is enough to see what the city has to offer. The nearest airport is Oslo airport and is around 2 hours away by car (147 km).

Where to stay

Your limited choices as far as concerned accomodation in Lillehammer is one of the city’s negatives. Hotel rates in Lillehammer start at 100-120 NOK per night for a double room near the city center. You can make your reservations via

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