Known as a ‘Scandinavian Treasure’ since becoming the venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Hafjell Alpine Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Norway, offering both family friendly skiing as well as something for those seeking a little more action. Located just 15 minutes north of Lillehammer, Hafjell is one of Norway’s most accessible ski destinations.
Skiing in Hafjell
The ski area in Hafjell has now been extended and a new high speed state-of-the-art gondola operates directly from the resort base. Here you will find almost 40km of piste. The other main area which we recommend to visit is Kvitfjell, 30 minutes drive beyond Hafjell. Kvitfjell is home to the Olympic mens downhill and boasts close to 30km of pistes. Both resorts offer floodlit skiing in the early winter when darkness falls and slopes are generally open until 8 pm. A truly excellent area for the absolute beginner and beginner intermediate. Excellent snow conditions will ensure fast and heartening progress for all levels of skier. Transfers from Hafjell are included, transportation to Kvitfjell will carry a supplement.
There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Lillehammer. The Maihaugen Museum is a fascinating trip for both young and old. The open-air museum is a ten-minute walk from the Birkebeineren Hotel, and within it, you will find Norwegian homes from various periods, exhibitions, a theatre, a fine museum shop and a café. Another museum you’ll find ten minutes away from the Birkenbeineren is the Norwegian Olympic Museum. Check out a few other Lillehammer après ski highlights below!
Take a dip in the large indoor swimming pool, which comes complete with a superb slide!
Hunderfossen Winter Park
Take in spectacular attractions such as the Ice Hotel, the Ice Cathedral and Ivo Caprino’s Fairytale Grotto at this fantastic amusement park!
Tobogganing at Lillehammer Park
Winter fun at its finest – a tow-bar on the ski lift pulls you and the sled up the hill while you are sitting on the sled. Once at the top, a spectacular ride down a professionally prepped track awaits you!
Visit the Norwegian Energy Center
Really good for all ages, with new and old technology. With English guide. For schools in Norway, they use this center for youth up to an age of 20 years. 12 minutes walking distance from the Hotel.