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Introduction

Host to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer offers great skiing and excellent activities for everyone. Lillehammer is a magical town during the winter months offering a large number of award winning restaurants and wide selection of shops.

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Sights and Activities

Dog sledding, Olympic Bobsleigh & Luge, Ice Skating, Tobogganing and Horse Sleigh riding are just a few examples of activities offered. A combination of snow-sure conditions and long standing wintersports traditions will enhance your holiday experience in one of Norway's most established resorts.

Ski Centre

The excellent ski centre is located at Hafjell, 25 minutes away by ski bus, and offers a mountain village feel with full amenities and ski in/out accommodation.
Resort information:

  • Total Piste (km): 30 kilometres, of which:
  • Green: 9
  • Blue: 11
  • Red: 9
  • Black: 5
  • Number of lifts: 11 - including the New Gondola Lift
  • Longest Run (km): 4.5
  • Mountain Restaurants: 2
  • Cross Country Trails (km): 450
  • Resort Height: 220 metres
  • Top Station: 1,200 metres

Other facilities include a free ski bus to and from Lillehammer centre. The Olympic Park with ski jump area and the Olympic Museum are other highlights. Shops, supermarketsa and banks are available both in Hafjell and Lillehammer.

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Weather

Lillehammer has relative dry and warm summers with temperatures around 18 °C to 20 °C from June to August and nights of 12 °C to 14 °C. Winters are from December to March with average highs between 0 °C and -5 °C and lows between -5 °C and -10 °C. Precipitation averages around 750mm a year, with June to October being the wettest time. Most of the precipitation from December to March falls in the form of snow.

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Eat

A wide choice of cafes and restaurants are to be found in Lillehammer, most of the best are along the Storgata Main Street all serving traditional and international cuisine. Hafjell offers a good choice of cosy and relaxed restaurants ideal for all the family. A good choice of hotel restaurants are available offering both traditional and international dishes, once again children are very well catered for in this area.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Lillehammer HostellRailway station Jernbanetorvet 2Hostel86

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most Norwegian households are connected to the Internet in some way (often broadband), making cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet, but a limited number of computers and limited opening hours.

However, if you bring a laptop with a wireless connection you will find wireless internet zones just about everywhere (gas stations, city centres, cafés, shopping centres, hotels etc.), sometimes free, but be prepared to pay for it though. It is not unusual for hotels to have a terminal for guest use. Well over half of the camp grounds have wifi internet, but if it's crucial for you, best to ask before paying for your camping space.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Norway is 47. Emergency numbers include Police at 112, Fire at 110 and Emergency Medical Services at 113.
If you are unsure which number to call, 112 is the central for all rescue services and will put you in contact with the correct department. For non-emergencies, the police is to be called on 02800.

Cell phone Coverage generally is very good, except maybe some of the valleys, fjords and mountains. The company with the best coverage is Telenor. The other main operator is Netcom. These two deliver coverage to a multitude of other companies (Tele2 and Network Norway are two smaller companies that deliver coverage in the main cities, but utilize the othe two's net when outside).Prepaid sim card are available in all shops that sell phones and also petrol stations and kiosks. Prepaid has been in a slump in Norway after forced registration was effected, so prices are a bit higher for these than for subscriptions.

If you plan to do quite a bit of websurfing on the phone then Telenor's Prepaid (or "Kontant" in Norwegian) might be the ticket. You can surf as much as you wish, but the card doesn't get charges for more than 10 NOK per day (worth it if you use more than 2MB per day on the days you surf - though after 500MB the speed get's axed to 100kb/s).

Post

Red mailboxes are found easily and post offices are plentiful, with opening hours on most being 9:00am to 5:00pm, with usually shorter hours on Saturday. Stamps can usually only be found at post offices although some popular tourist venues might carry them. Norway's postal system, "Posten", has a good website with a lot of English information including up to date prices and also details about the opening hours of the nearest post office. The most commonly sent format for travellers are letters and cards up to 20 grams, check their website for current prices. If you want to send packages, you might also use international courier companies lik DHL, UPS or TNT.

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