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HamarNorway

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.

Top Hotels in Hamar

Scandic Ringsaker
Scandic Ringsaker
3.5 out of 5
Kårtorpvegen 1, Furnes, Hamar
The price is $84 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated in Hamar, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ankerskogen Swimming Hall, Inland University College, and Kirsten Flagstad Museum. Hamar Sagbladfabrikk ...

3.9/5Good! (542 reviews)
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"Nice Hotel but a little out of town. The Room needed air conditioning as it was hot during the day and night. Had good parking and the food was very basic menu."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Scandic Ringsaker
Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
3 out of 5
Torggata 23, Hamar
The price is $125 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (306 reviews)
Pleasantstay, if only for just one night

"We stayed here for one night while visiting the town to see a concert. Although we didn’t spend a lot of time at the hotel, we really didn’t want to leave the next morning. We could easily see ourselves staying here again. Great service with meals served throughout the day and clean rooms. Great ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
Victoria Hotel Hamar
Victoria Hotel Hamar
3.5 out of 5
Strandgaten 21, Hamar
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Located in the heart of Hamar, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hedmark Art Centre, Hamar Region Tourist Information Office, and Torggata Street. Galleri ...

3.9/5Very Good! (957 reviews)

"Very close to station and for boat trip on 1856 built paddle steamer on lake also good railway museum"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Victoria Hotel 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.

Vacation Rentals in Hamar

Steinvik Camping
Steinvik Camping
2 out of 5
Kastbakkveien 5, Ringsaker

Situated in Ringsaker, this campground is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Ringsaker Church and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Ringsaker Kirke. Biri Travbane and Proysen Cottage are ...

Steinvik Camping
Hunderfossen Hytter
Hunderfossen Hytter
3 out of 5
Fossekrovegen, Lillehammer
The price is $91 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Situated in Lillehammer, this cabin is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Norwegian Road Museum and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Hafjell Alpine Center. Hunderfossen Family Park and ...

Hunderfossen Hytter
Birkebeineren Apartments
Birkebeineren Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Birkebeinervegen 24, Lillehammer
The price is $144 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Situated in Lillehammer, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Norwegian Olympic Museum and BJERKEBÆK - SIGRID UNDSETS HOME. Norwegian Vehicle Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Plenty of room

"The apartment was very nice and clean. There was plenty of room for 5 people, and it would easily fit 6. The only thing I didn't like was that we had to put all our own sheets and duvet covers on. After a long day of driving, that was a little bothersome. Other than that, great location and ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Birkebeineren Apartments
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.

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Gail

Sep 24, 2018

We were there to try to find family history at the archives. They were very helpful.

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