Central Norway

Central Norway is a mix of charming towns, dramatic mountains, fascinating wildlife and arguably Norways best hiking. The area is also known for its white water rafting. From a hiking point of view this area is outstaying with number of trails and hikes which go more than a dozen different national parks and go through glaciers and waterfalls.

One of the most prominent national parks is Jotunheimen national park is one of Europes premier and highly regarding hiking destinations.  Jotunheimen translates in the home of the giants for a very good reason. The park is made up of some of the most spectacle wilderness scenery and includes deep lakes, waterfalls, over 60 glaciers and one of the highest peaks in Europe.

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Lillehammer which is central within the region is best known as being one of the country’s premium resorts after gaining notoriety from hosting the 1994 winter Olympics. It lies just to the north of lake Mgosa and surrounding by a range of farms and forests. The resort includes two Olympic ski slopes which are open to the public between late November and late April. The town also has a range of museums including the Norwegian Olympic museum and Lillehammer Art Museum both of which are highly regarded throughout the country and indeed Europe. The art museum in particular is the home to some works by the famous artist Edvard Munch.

Doverfjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park is also of significant merit. And combines rich cultural heritage and breath-taking nature. It also has an abundance of wildlife including arctic foxes, wild reindeer and most importantly the rare Musk Oxon. These extraordinary animals weigh up to half a ton and have been in the Arctic since the days of the woolly Mammoth days.  They used to be far more frequent throughout Scandinavia but this is now one of the only places in Europe where they can be seen in the wild. The park is also home to a Wild Reindeer centre which acts as an observation point.

The beautiful Sjoa River provides an outlet for Lake Gjende and Gjendesheim in the Jotunheim National Park and is perceived to be one of the best rafting rivers in Europe. This is largely due to its ability to a wide range of abilities and also water activities. Kayaking is also immensely popular in this area and it offers the perfect chance to explore some of the beautiful rivers and streams throughout the region.

On the Western side of the region is the village of Lom. This village acts perfectly as gateway to this part of the world and sits at the entrance of Norways famous fjords. The main attraction for the village is magnificent mountain scenery but also a stunning stave church which is believed to date back to 1170 and built in a Norman style.

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