Welcome to the Hamar region!
If you are thinking about arriving early or staying after the International Convention, the Hamar region has a lot to offer.
In the Hamar region you can experience varied nature, rich cultural heritage and a wide range of activities and experiences. The region offers a lot of experiences due to food traditions and the good life.
One of Norway’s largest medieval museums providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until today. The glass structure covering the cathedral ruins is the main attraction, and this is where visitors are told the dramatic story of how the church was destroyed. They also get to experience the fantastic acoustics as the guides show off their singing skills. The open-air museum by Mjøsa comprises over 60 antique buildings from the Hedmark villages.
Kirsten Flagstad Museum
Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) was called “the voice of the century” as well as “the world’s greatest Wagnerian soprano.” She had an exceptional stage career in the USA as well as in Norway. Kirsten Flagstad later became the first Director of the Norwegian Opera. The Museum encompasses family mementoes, a photo collection, original costumes from The Metropolitan Opera House i New York and a music room. Kirsten Flagstad Museum is located in “Strandstuen,” the oldest building in Hamar.
Atlungstad Brenneri (Distillery)
Atlungstad Brenneri is one of four remaining distilleries in Norway, and the only historical distillery still in operation. At this beautiful location by the lake Mjøsa in Stange, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the production facilities, distillery museum and the barrel room. In September/October groups can witness the annual filling of the large distillery tanks. During the summer season there are guided tours and aquavit tasting, summer theater, concerts and other events.
The Munch Center
Edvard Munch is born in Ådalsbruk, Løten, and lived his first year here. The exhibitions at the Munch Center at Klevfos focus on the young Edvard Munch and the visits he made to the area after his family moved to Oslo. It also focuses on his childhood work. Among other things, you can read the correspondence between the Munch family and their good friends at Ådalsbruk, and you can try your hand at painting skin tones, like Munch did.
The steamboat Skibladner
When the ship’s bell rings and Skibladner puts out to sea, you will discover “the art of slow travel.” Skibladner has been carrying passengers across Mjøsa since 1856, and is today the world’s oldest paddle steamer still providing this type of service. An impeccably dressed head waiter will ensure that you are comfortable in one of the region’s best restaurants. The unique interior, with its plush, mahogany, brass ceiling lights and gilded mirrors, are reminiscent of a time when gentlemen arrived wearing top hats and ladies came dressed in layers of skirts.
Few rural areas can offer such valuable natural qualities as Stange Vestbygd. Here are some of the most fertile agricultural areas in the country, as well as a large part of lake Mjøsa. If you are looking for an authentic farm experience, elegant manor houses or golf, come to Stange Vestbygd. Please welcome to stillness, wide-open spaces are beautiful farmland wherever you look.
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Kayaking at Mjøsa
Experience Norways biggest lake, lake Mjøsa, by kayak! Infoteket, the local turist office in Tingnes offers kayak rental. They have both single-person kayaks and double-kayaks. They organize introduction courses and group tours with or without a guide.
Climbing park Domkirkeodden
Along the coast of Mjøsa, on Domkirkeodden in Hamar, you will find the new climbing park Klatreparken Domkirkeodden. In historical surroundings, young and old enjoy different trails with different levels of difficulty. Airy experiences with a beautiful view the lake Mjøsa from the top of the old pine trees, and a unique design that reflects historical epochs and events.
Simenstad farm – Culinary heritage in authentic surroundings
Simenstad Manor Farm is located in a rural landscape with a panoramic view of Lake Mjøsa. The name of the farm derives from the Viking Age and oldest written document is from 1327. The same family has been the owners of Simenstad since 1775. Enjoy delicious home-made seasonal food based on local farm produce and the garden supplies the kitchen with ecological ingredients, adding exciting flavors and delicious salads. Additional cultural activities include guided tours through historic buildings, sleigh rides (winter) and folk music events.
Wood Hotel in Brumunddal – stay at the world’s tallest timber building
Wood Hotel, in the world’s tallest timber building, stretches an impressive 86 metres above ground level, and has 18 floors and 72 hotel rooms. In addition, it features a suite and 6 meeting and function rooms of which the largest has a capacity of up to 140 people. The hotel enjoys a perfect location by the edge of Mjøsa in Brumunddal, and this high above ground the views are bound to be amazing. Visits the hotel’s restaurant for a delicious meal with Mjøsa as your next-door neighbour, or use the venue for a business meeting/conference.
RIB Safari Mjøsa
RIB Safari offers boat tours on lake Mjøsa. Experience the beautiful countryside and feel the wind, speed and breeze when travelling around by RIB on the largest lake in Norway.
The Norwegian Railway Museum
The Norwegian Railway Museum is a museum for the whole family. Norway’s shortest railway line is just a few hundred metres long, and a trip on the pellets-fired steam train is a highlight for many visitors. Leikvangen station and the mini train are in the middle of the park and are a firm favourite with children. In the play area, children can use their imagination as they play with trains. The model locomotive Urskog is ready to depart and everyone can have a go at being an engine driver on the train simulator. The grand station buildings create a nostalgic atmosphere in the museum park, and the main exhibition takes you on a short journey through Norway’s transport and railway history.
Norwegian Forest Museum
The Norwegian Forest Museum has a national responsibility for presenting the history of hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry. With more than 100,000 visitors annually, the museum is one of the largest in all of Norway. Be sure to visit the museum’s new exhibition: The Fantastic Tree. An exhibition presenting the growth of a tree and how the photosynthesis is the foundation of all life.