Lillehammer is a town of approximately 27.000 inhabitants placed in the eastern part of southern Norway, 180 km north of Oslo.
The town is a well-known tourist-, sport- and outdoor recreation town in Scandinavia, materializing many of the current and future management and business challenges related to leisure and recreation, as well as tourism and sport events.
Birkebeinerrittet (Birken Cycle Festival) on August 29th can be worth watching for those who are interested.
Surrounded by national parks
Lillehammer is situated at the north end of lake Mjøsa (Norway’s largest lake), and the town is the main gateway to Gudbrandsdalen, one of Norway’s largest valleys.
Gudbrandsdalen offers dramatic scenery, a rich cultural and natural heritage and is surrounded by several national parks such as Jotunheimen National Park and Rondane National Park.
Forested land, moors and high mountains are important landscape characteristics. The fjords of Western Norway are approximately six hours away by bus or train, or a short plane ride to one of the regional airports, for those who like to extend their stay in Norway.
Outdoor sports, recreation and tourism
The Lillehammer-Gudbrandsdalen region is a stronghold for nature-based tourism, outdoor recreation and outdoor sports, such as cross-country skiing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, etc.
Lillehammer is a well-known winter sports destination and hosted the XVII Olympic Winter Games in 1994.
Lillehammer has recently achieved status as a sustainable tourism destination.