It took us about 2 ½ hours to drive North from Oslo to Lillehammer. I imagine it usually is a little fast but we ran into some road/tunnel construction in Norway. Did I mention that Norwegians are really good tunnel builders? Anyway after the construction the ride up was pretty enjoyable. The road took us along a huge lake that was surrounded by small mountains. The color of the lake was this aqua blue greenish that was very appealing to the eyes. We were staying in place called Nordseter Apartments, which was about 20 minutes up the mountain from Lillehammer.
Upon arriving at the location we could see that the views over looking a flock of sheep and the valley with lake below were fantastic. After checking in (its extra money if you didn’t bring your own sheets and towels) with the supper friendly desk clerk we headed down to are apartment. Lets just say we were pleasantly surprised by our accommodations. We stayed in a building with four units (two uppers and two lowers) that all faced the field and valley below. Before we even got inside we noticed the sound of bells coming from the field. About 20-30 sheep with bells were grazing on the grass in the fenced in field. It was really neat to hear the bells and see the free-range sheep hanging out.
Inside the apartment (cabin) was a spacious living room/kitchen/dining area in an open arrangement on the right. The interior was very country style and warm feeling. There was a wood stove against the wall proceeded by a bookcase filled with National Geographic issues dating back to the 70’s. Next to that was the TV, which was to the right of large windows. Leaving this area you walk through a hallway, which leads to the bathroom or bedroom. The bathroom was very large with heated floors and a nice sized sauna. The bedroom was spacious as well and had large windows for fresh air. Overall the Nordseter apartments were very enjoyable. Eating our dinner with the 10pm sun still shining over the sheep was very relaxing and full of good feelings.
But before we actually ate dinner we decided to take the ride down to Lillehammer and check out the town. The town of Lillehammer is very quaint and compact. There is one main road that goes through the center of town that is dedicated to pedestrian traffic only. The hills that cross through the town were interesting especially while driving a stick. We walked around for a while admiring the town which has a small river and waterfall going through it. Since we arrived in the evening most of the shops were closing down. There were still a bunch of people lingering around and we got to explore a bit. Me being a big fan of the Netflix show Lilyhammer I was a bit curious while walking around. I was looking for something I recognized from the show. There didn’t seem to be any attempt by the locals to advertise or cash in on the show’s popularity with souvenirs and t-shirts. What I did see that reminded me of the show were the pair of bridges that connect Lillehammer to the land across the river Lagen.
While heading back to our apartment/cabin we took a visit to the ski jump that was used when Lillehammer hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994. It was interesting to see the ski jump during the warm months. There was no snow around of course and we were able to climb down the 100’s of stairs to the bottom and back up.
Overall Lillehammer is a nice place you can spend a day or two relaxing and checking out. We only stayed for a night but wished it were longer. Oh well the next day we had a long drive to Trondheim ahead of us.