Lillehammer, Norway

Lillehammer Travel Blog

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entering the lillehammer area

Lillehammer, home of the 94' winter olympics. There was an old sign as we entered town( I missed the photo opportunity) and other reminders that the Olympics had been held there, including the ski jump paths up the hill from town. There was a cool metal cutout type sign from the games as well(see pics). This is a quaint town on the northern end of the largest lake in Norway(lake mjosa), and it is cool to visit because most of the shops and tourist stores are all on one street so you can find a place to park and hit it all(see/visit it all) in one shot. This is also a college town as we found out, as later in the day we ran into some students studying here for a few months that came from Minnesota. we had a chance to talk to kari and a couple of her friends and found they were also taking 10 days to see St.

Petersburg and Moscow as well as other places in Norway(Oslo for sure), and learned they now have a "commoner" for a Governor in Minnesota & not a famous wrestler or anything :) It easily noticeable to catch/hear the American English and it seemed rare to hear at that time of year. I think most americans are on some beach or someplace perhaps warmer than -10 degrees :) I heard American English and saw Columbia ski jackets and had to say hi. (Many Americans prefer to go during the summer months, with the beautiful schenery in the Northern rural areas of Norway, which are snowed in during the winter months)

It is roughly just over a 2 hour drive to get to Lillehammer from Oslo and it is quite a scenic drive along the way(from where I am staying it is a shorter drive and most of it is along lake mjosa).

ice fishermen near lillehammer, fishing on Lake Mjosa (biggest lake in Norway)
We drove just as many miles pretty much as we saw houses. I am exaggerating, but the area we traveled is more like being in rural Montana or the eastern side of Washington State. Then you have the denser places like Oslo and such but the country only has like 5 Million people and in most places it's not all crammed in like most of Western Washington (Seattle area), and our sprawling metopolitan areas stateside.

I bought some souveniers for my family and friends, and by now I am still not liking the prices(mostly due to poor exchange rate) but I am getting used to the prices.  Some of the items are surprise gifts and I have family and friends reading this so I can't tell you yet, but I did get something for my niece(niese in norwegain - pronounced in English nee-essay(well close to that) I got her a cute little pink shirt for $20 US that has an animated picture of a moose and moose and norga written below that(norge = norway).

T-shirts run about $20-40 US(most 30-40) and more for specialty spots like the hard rock cafe. Also got a thimble that says norge for my aunt who collects them and also is 1/2 norwegian like my mom(mother). When I get back and I give out the gifts I will share more of what I bought :)

I am also going to Germany on this trip but the Norway part is more important and that is where I want to get most souvenirs from since that is where part of my heritage comes from. (Liz and her family were nice enough to send some cool original items home with me).

We also bought some new snow boots for my friend Liz, which came in handy for the even colder evening ahead at the winter park. I looked for a ski jacket but could not find anything I liked or that fit that would not set me back $400(that would not cost me $400), so I am waiting.

entering lillehammer from the bridge crossing the lake
I did buy a Norwegian scarf for myself but most went of my $ was spent on others as it seemed easier to part with that $ as most things that I wanted for myself I can get back home cheaper and only want a few souvenirs for myself. (I have purchased a scarf now and a norge knit hat as well, along with items that i received as gifts from others since I have been here.

Finally before leaving Lillehammer we stopped by McDonalds for a quick bite, I think I will save most of that for the review, but I can say it was possibly the smallest restaurant bathroom I have ever seen, and the place was just packed with people(full of people). In Norway they have a law where they have to provide two seperate prices at fast food/carry out restaurants. One price for sitting down, and one price(cheaper) if you take your food to go.

entering lillehammer from the bridge crossing the lake
Bit of a strange concept to me but hey... Something to do perhaps with tax's and it should be cheaper if you don't use part of the facilities and also less mess to clean up for the workers I guess.

Next we drove to the Winter park, and then on for good fun with Liz's parents. Both events I plan to write about. so pay attention! :)

 

ted332 says:
Norway- one of my dream destinations! :)
Posted on: Mar 19, 2008
oldschoolbill says:
I will be waiting for the next events!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2008
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entering the lillehammer area
entering the lillehammer area
ice fishermen near lillehammer, fi…
ice fishermen near lillehammer, f…
entering lillehammer from the brid…
entering lillehammer from the bri…
entering lillehammer from the brid…
entering lillehammer from the bri…
the back of the bus shows the area…
the back of the bus shows the are…
the main street for tourist and ot…
the main street for tourist and o…
cool winter olympics metal sign
cool winter olympics metal sign
troll outside a shop
troll outside a shop
appropriate for norway pub = vikin…
appropriate for norway pub = viki…
Liz and mr. troll
Liz and mr. troll
***FUNNY***
alley off the main dr…
***FUNNY*** alley off the main d…
police - i think they were watchin…
police - i think they were watchi…
policia
policia
we ate here, i am going to review …
we ate here, i am going to review…
the water was frozen on small wate…
the water was frozen on small wat…
shirt i got my niece in lillehammer
shirt i got my niece in lillehammer
gift shop in lillehammer
gift shop in lillehammer
Lillehammer
photo by: Jollyjetsetter