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OpplandNorway

Oppland is the place where the traditional and the modern meet. Its colourful landscape, green fields, brown stave churches and blue mountains with white summits sit alongside recent developments for the Olympics and local tourism.

With its long history as an agricultural county, Oppland has some of the most exciting activities for those interested in history. At the Valdres Folk Museum (Valdres folkemuseum) in Fagernes, there are around 100 different buildings from traditional farms in the region. The museum also has a folk music archive and an instrument workshop.

Lillehammer can boast one of the oldest and largest open air museums in Europe with the Maihaugen Folk Museum, which offers exhibitions and activities for all ages, perfect for a weekend break in Oppland. Outside, the area is divided into the Rural area, the Town, the Residential Area and the Cultural Landscape, which all demonstrate different time periods.

Go to Nord-Sel to experience a reconstructed Middle Age farm. Here you will find Jørundgård, the building from the 1995 Norwegian film Kristin Lavransdatter, which was based on the trilogy of books by Sigrid Undset. You can visit her farm, Bjerkebæk, in Lillehammer. The building has been preserved as she decorated it in the 1920s. In Gausdal, the home of another Nobel Prize winner, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s Aulestad, is also open to visitors and also has a guided tour.

Oppland is of course well-known for its fantastic nature, including the mountain areas of Jotunheimen, Dovre and Rondane. Using Gudbrandsdalen as a base, you have easy access to all seven national parks during the journey to Oppland, ideal for outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking and rafting. Remember to bring your camera!

In the winter, the county offers many opportunities for frolicking about in the snow, with a number of ski centres spread over the mountain areas. Some of the most popular are located in Beitostølen, Hafjell and Kvitfjell. Kvitfjell was developed for the Winter Olympics in 1994. Regardless of which centre you choose; you will be able to experience some of the most spectacular views Norway can offer.

For families with children, Hunderfossen Family Park (Hunderfossen familiepark) is a good choice. Here you will find attractions based on Norwegian fantasy and traditions, but with a modern twist. If you want to do something creative, Hadeland Glassworks (Hadeland Glassverk) offers both a glass museum and also a glass blowing workshop.

Ideally located, Oppland is easily accessible by both train and car from other parts of the country and from Gardermoen Airport. If you want to see Lake Mjøsa, you can take the Skibladner, the oldest paddle steamer in service in the world, which offers traditional food, ragtime music and even has its own postage stamp.

Top hotels in Oppland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quality Hotel Strand Gjovik
Quality Hotel Strand Gjovik
4 out of 5
Strandgaten 15, Gjovik
The price is Rs9,216 per night

Located in the heart of Gjovik, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Gjovik Glassverks and within 16 miles (25 km) of Biri Travbane and Ringsaker Church. Ringsaker ...

3.9/5Good! (337 reviews)
Gjovik stay

"NIce room with lake view, very good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Quality Hotel Strand Gjovik
Scandic Lillehammer Hotel
Scandic Lillehammer Hotel
4 out of 5
Turisthotelvegen 6, Lillehammer
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs8,101 per night

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Norwegian Olympic Museum, Maihaugen Museum and Lillehammer Art Museum. Lillehammer ...

4.2/5Very Good! (783 reviews)

"Wonderful location and a fantastic breakfast that is included in the room price."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Scandic Lillehammer Hotel
Dombås Hotel
Dombås Hotel
3 out of 5
Dombaasgrendi 1, Dombas, Dovre
The price is Rs9,624 per night

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dombås Ski Area and 4 mi (6.4 km) from Fokstumyra Nature Reserve. Rondane National Park and Falketind ...

4/5Very Good! (256 reviews)
Great quiet hotel

"Great, clean and friendly. Great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Dombås Hotel

Popular places to visit in Oppland

Lom Stave Church
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Lom Stave Church

Learn about the local history of Fossbergom when you take a trip to Lom Stave Church. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the area's museums.

Jotunheimen National Park
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Jotunheimen National Park

Explore the great outdoors at Jotunheimen National Park, a lovely green space in Tessanden. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Galdhopiggen
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Galdhopiggen

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Galdhopiggen during your travels in Hardanger. Wander the parks and lakeside while you're in the area.