Lillehammer General Information
As the host of the XVII Olympic Winter Games, Lillehammer has brand recognition across the globe. While Norway has a wealth of ski resorts to choose from, understandably, the home of the 1994 Games is the poster child for winter sports fun in the country.
Not every Winter Games host fares as well or endures in the public eye as Lillehammer has over the years. The small town of 26,000 people simply won the world over however and for many, came out of nowhere to grab the international event from the likes of Anchorage, Alaska and Sofia, Bulgaria. Indeed, in all probability, the likes of Lillehammer may never host a Winter Games again. Rare is a host city in the modern Olympic era after all, which for all intents and purposes, is less of a city and more of a diminutive town. For a taste of Lillehammer’s singular charm then, take the 185 km trip up from Oslo and settle in for a few memorable days. Olympic mementos pervade the town of course, from the impressive Lygårdsbakkene Ski Jump to the Norwegian Olympic Museum, Ski Simulator to the Olympiaparken. Other worthwhile points of interest include the Lillehammer Art Museum and fabulous, open air Maihaugen Folk Museum.
- Lillehammer Art Museum
- Lygårdsbakkene Ski Jump
- Norwegian Olympic Museum
- Lillehammer Church
- Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb at Kristins Hall
- Maihaugen Folk Museum
- Winter Sports
- Ski Simulator
- Handleriet Kafé
- La Piccolo Italia
- Svare & Berg
- Blåmann Restaurant og Bar
- Toppen Bar
- Marcello Nattklubb
- Woody’s Bar
- Hamar Sports Bar
- Blå Bar
Lillehammer has a dry inland climate, with long, cold winters and short summers.
- Winter (November to March) -12-0°C
- Spring (April to May) -3-13°C
- Summer (June to August) 8-19°C
- Fall (September to October) 1-12°C
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