Oppland is a county in Norway. This wide landlocked county is home to great lakes, major rivers and the highest mountains as well as key overland transport corridors.
- Gudbrandsdalen - King of Norway's eastern valleys, stretching from the lowlands at lake Mjøsa to the alpine central highlands.
- Valdres - The Valdres Valley is in the heart of Oppland, extending from the higher elevations and ski hiils of Beitostølen, down to the mountainside farms, lakes and forests through Fagernes and to the lower elevations of Bagn. There are are numerous stavkirker or stave churches in this area.
Oppland is an landlocked county of Norway, sharing lake Mjøsa with Hedmark county. Together Oppland and Hedmark constitute the wide interior between Oslo and Trondheim. Oppland is characterised by rows of mountains and valleys extending from the ocean accessible lowlands around Oslo up to the high plateaus and mountain peaks of central Norway. From the southeast, one can travel from Oslo by auto, bus or train along the highways and track carved in the mountainsides and along the long finger-like lakes and rivers. As you approach the northwest of Oppland, the highlands feature snow capped mountains, even in the summer, and access to downhill and cross country skiing, hiking and even fishing and hunting.
The northern Oppland route along highway E6 passes through the major cities of Gjøvik and Lillehammer, site of the memorable 1994 Winter Olympics, and eventually to Trondheim on the western coast of Norway. The quaint town of Lillehammer is certainly worth the effort for the shops and town.
The central route E16 allows the traveler to pass from the fertile fields of Ringerike to the south of Opland, though the mountain side farms of the Valdres valley, passing through Bagn, Aurdal, Fagernes, and east toward Telemark and later the major city of Bergen on the west coast.
Valdres offers a beautiful mix of lakes, mountains, and traditional farms. It is anchored with Fagernes at a key intersection of valleys. This is the location of the Valdres Folkmuseum, which contains a collection of farm buildings and history of the area, including food, art, costume, music and dance.
One can travel north to Beitostølen for downhill and cross country skiing in the winter. Hiking, Fishing and Hunting are also enjoyed, as well as local arts and crafts: pottery, tapestries, and rosemaling painting.
You can find car rentals in major cities and airports. Major roads connect Oppland to Hedmark/Sweden (E6 + RV25 Hamar-Elverum, E6 + RV29 Hjerkinn-Alvdal), to Sør-Trøndelag and Trondheim (E6), Møre og Romsdal (E6 + RV136 Dombås-Åndalsnes-Molde/Ålesund), Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland/Bergen (E16) and Buskerud (RV51 Fagernes-Gol). RV51 Valdresflya from Beitostølen to Vågå is classified as a future "Natural Tourist Route" by the natuional road authorities.
Train lines Oslo-Gjøvik and Oslo-Lillehammer-Trondheim
Express buses mainly traveling on E6 (Oslo-Lillehammer-Trondheim, Oslo-Lillehammer-Skjåk, Oslo-Lillehammer-Måløy, Oslo-Lillehammer-Kristiansund) and E16 (Oslo-Fagernes-Årdal-Sogndal, Lillehammer-Fagernes-Bergen)
- Nor-Way Bussekspress (express buses). . Most express buses running through the region are operated by this company. Connections to Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Nordfjord and Møre
- Valdresekspressen (express coach), ☎ , fax: +47 61 36 16 00, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. . Route (Up to six daily departures): Oslo-Hønefoss-Valdres-Sogn and Oslo-Hønefoss-Valdres-Jotunheimen.
- Øst-Vest Xpressen (express coach), ☎ , fax: +47 61 36 16 00, e-mail: email@example.com. . Route (One departue per day): Bergen-Voss-Lærdal-Valdres-Land-Lillehammer.
- Gudbrandsdalekspressen (express coach). . Route: Oslo-Gardermoen-Lillehammer-Gudbrandsdalen.
- JVB (local buses), ☎ , fax: +47 61 36 16 00, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 08-16. . Connections to Gjøvik, Gol, Lærdal and Gjende.
Valdres offers a number of examples of stave churches, some dating back to viking times 1000 years ago. The Slidre Domkirken (Stone Cathedral), and Stave Kirken at Lomen are two of the many examples of churches from medieval times. There are examples of runic writing and viking carving in these ancient relics. They are not generally open for tours, however, many of them are staffed by students in the summer months. They will provide tours at designated times, usually for about 20 kroner (2007 prices).
- Valdresflye (RV51 from Beitostølen to Vågå). "A drive across Valdresflye provides an endless vista of countless mountains and lakes. Passing its highest point at 1389 metres above sea level, it grazes the edge of Jotunheimen National Park. In the adjacent areas Heidal, Sjodalen and Valdres, you’ll find a well-kept countryside that is rich in tradition. Rafting in the Sjoa will get your adrenaline pumping." 0.
- Valdres Folkemuseum, Tyinvegen 27, 2900 Fagernes (E16 to Fagernes, entrance to northwest of town), ☎ , fax: (+47) 61 35 99 01, e-mail: email@example.com. Summer Daily:10 a.m. – 4 p.m, offseason until 3pm. NOK 60 - Adults, NOK 25 Children.
- FIS World Cup Cross-Country in Beitostølen, Øystre Slidre Idrettsarrangement AS, Idrettens Hus, 2953 Beitostølen
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- Cross-country skiing in all mountain areas and close to cities and towns.
- Downhill skiing near Lillehammer (Hafjell, Kvitfjell) and Valdres (Beitostølen, Aurdal)
- Rafting, Heidal, Sjoa. The Sjoa river is famous and often used for rafting - either alone in you kayak, riverboard or on large rafts together with your travel mates or colleagues.
- Skibladner (the world's oldest paddle steamer), ☎ . Late June to Mid August. The steamer is in operation during the summer months on the Mjøsa lake just south of Lillehammer. Voyage between Lillehammer, Moelv, Gjøvik, Hamar and Eidsvoll. From NOK 180 (adult), children free.
- Bitihorn, ☎ . Late June to Mid September. The passengerboat from 1912 operate on the lake Bygdin (1.058 meters above sea level) nearby Jotunheimen. Voyage between Eidsbugarden-Torfinnsbu-Bygdin.