Hamar

Travel Guide
Hamar showing a lake or waterhole and kayaking or canoeing as well as a small group of people

Sitting in a picture-perfect location on the banks of the Mjøsa lake, this welcoming town is filled with interesting sights, but also offers outdoor fun aplenty.

Mjøsa is the biggest lake in Norway, and the lovely town of Hamar stands on its banks. Spend a few days here to take advantage of the many outdoor activity options afforded by the lake and the surrounding countryside, to gain insight into the agricultural life of Norway, and to choose from a wide selection of fascinating tourist attractions to visit.

Get familiar with the history of the area by paying a visit to the Hedmarksmuseet, which was once named the most beautiful museum in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. Start in the Viking period and learn about regional history right up to the present day. Included in the museum grounds are the ruins of Hamar Cathedral, which is around 850 years old. The stone remains of the building are encased in a vast protective structure made from glass, making visiting them a wonderfully strange experience.

The Norsk Jernbanemuseum (Norwegian Railway Museum) and the open-air Migrasjonsmuseet (Migration Museum) are also great options for relaxed family days out. However, many more activities are also available for days when you want to move around a bit more. Bring your kids to the Ankerskogen swimming pool to go wild among its waterslides and multiple pools. Or, get back to nature with a swim in the lake instead.

Alternatively, rent a kayak or a boat to stay relatively dry while you explore the lake. Join the many locals who fish here regularly. Or see this beautiful landmark in a truly memorable fashion as you step aboard the Skibladner. This is the oldest paddle steamer in the world still in regular service. Try to imagine sailing down this same peaceful route in 1856, when the boat first launched.

Fly into Oslo Airport and you can reach Hamar by car in around 1 hour 45 minutes. Hop aboard a train instead and the journey will be even faster. Along the way, you will be treated to some of Norway’s finest scenery.

Scandic Ringsaker
Scandic Ringsaker
3.5 out of 5
Kårtorpvegen 1, Furnes, Hamar
The price is $92 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Situated in Hamar, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ankerskogen Swimming Hall, Inland University College, and Kirsten Flagstad Museum. Hamar Sagbladfabrikk ...
3.9/5 Good! (638 reviews)
Good
"The room had enough space for parents and a child. We brought a travel bed with us, and with the current set-up of the room we could probably have had room for a second travel bed if they had removed a 3rd bed in the room. No AC in our room, which is probably the biggest drawback. A swimming pool ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Scandic Ringsaker
Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
3 out of 5
Torggata 23, Hamar
The price is $141 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in the heart of Hamar, this hotel is steps from Hamar Region Tourist Information Office, Torggata Street, and Hedmark Art Centre. Inland University College ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (426 reviews)
Lovely staff, disappointing room
"It was a lovely stay all together. However, there were a few downsides. The hotel is placed in city center, so the noise levels during the night from Saturday to Sunday were quite disruptive. The suit itself was also underwhelming. We got a superior suit, but it didn't have any additional amenities. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
Scandic Hamar
Scandic Hamar
3.5 out of 5
Vangsvegen 121, Hamar
The price is $108 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Situated in Hamar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Briskeby Gressbane, CC Hamar, and Inland University College. Hedmark Art Centre and Hamar Region ...
4/5 Very Good! (964 reviews)
Ok for one night
"We knew about the work that was happening at the hotel, so we were expecting it to a certain degree. But the amount of work that was going on was a bit surprising. Several sections on floor we had our room on were covered in plastic, and we were not expecting such a mess on the floors where guests ..."

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Scandic Hamar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hafjell Resort Alpin Apartments Solsiden
Hafjell Resort Alpin Apartments Solsiden
3.5 out of 5
Nordlia 53, Øyer
The price is $74 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out apartment building in Hafjell is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hafjell Alpine Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lilleputthammer ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (35 reviews)
"Fine leiligheter med perfekt størrelse. Tredje gang vi leiger der og e like fornøyd kvar gong.."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Hafjell Resort Alpin Apartments Solsiden
Hafjell Resort Hafjelltoppen Gaiastova
Hafjell Resort Hafjelltoppen Gaiastova
3.5 out of 5
Lunnstadmyrveien 240, \N, Øyer, Oppland
The price is $88 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the mountains, this Øyer apartment building offers ski-in/ski-out access within 9 mi (15 km) of Lilleputthammer, Hafjell Alpine Center, and Lillehammer ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
"We rented the apartment for some family time in the Norwegian mountains. Very helpful and friendly staff during check-in, spotless apartment in fabulous location and great service from the vaktmester when a leak in the sink turned the water off (he came shortly and fixed the problem). We would definitely ..."

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Hafjell Resort Hafjelltoppen Gaiastova
Hunderfossen Hytter Hafjell
Hunderfossen Hytter Hafjell
3 out of 5
Fossekrovegen, Lillehammer
The price is $85 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Lillehammer cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Norwegian Road Museum, Hunderfossen Family Park, and Lillehammer Bobsleigh ...
4/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
Hytte Nordtunet
"Veldig hyggelig og imøtekommende personale. Vi bodde i Nordtunet 2. Hytten trenger oppgradering. Det var to kokeplater som fungerte svært dårlig, brukte 30 min på å steke en pølse. Veldig lytt mellom badet og rommet ved siden. Hodeputene var for litt for tykke. Pluss for god liggekomfort i de to ..."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Hunderfossen Hytter Hafjell
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