Gudbrandsdalen is a valley in Oppland. This grand, central valley runs for some 250 km from Lillehammer to the highlands and high central mountains.

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Sjoa river rafting

The Sjoa river is famous and used for rafting - either alone in kayak (only for the very experienced) or on large rafts. ''Caution'': The river is treacherous, go with a guide and get first hand information. Several operators offer rafting.

DO   —  Heidal, Sjoa river

Rondane range and national park

Rondane mountains was protected in 1962 as Norway's first national park. No road through the park but road 27 along the edge, access also from Høvringen at E6 north of Otta.

SEE   —  Map

Lesja Church

A landmark in the high, even valley at Lesja, noted mainly for the large and unusually rich altarpiece carved in wood.

Bjorli ski resort

Bjorli ski resort does not have big and very steep hills, but plenty of snow and long season.

DO   —  Bjorli

Ringebu Stave Church

One of the few remaining of Norway's once countless stave churches. Built around 1200 AD.

Hafjell ski resort

Hafjell alpine skiing resort was a 1994 olympic venue. Summer activities too

DO   —  Øyer

Kvam (war memorial)

Heavy fighting during second world war between British and German troops.

SEE   —  Map

Dombås railway station

Dombås junction where the Rauma railway branches off towards Åndalsnes.

OTHER   —  Map


Wide network of groomed cross-country trails the hills near Lillehammer

DO   —  Map


Dovrefjell mountains/plateau and national park.

Hunderfossen Troll Park

Amusement park (fair) for families

OTHER   —  Map

About Gudbrandsdalen

Gudbrandsdalen stretches from Lillehammer at the northern shores of Lake Mjøsa to the higlands around Dombås and county border with Møre og Romsdal, about 250 km. At the watershed there is in fact a lake, Lesjaskogsvatnet at Lesjaskog, that is shared by Lågen river (flowing east) and Rauma river (flowing west to Åndalsnes). Gudbrandsdalen is home to the great Lågen river. The Gudbrandsdalen district also includes several connected valleys and their tributaries (notably Ottdalen with Otta river, as well as Gausa, Sjoa and Vinstra rivers), large parts of Oppland county falls within this area. These tributaries are among Norway's prettiest and wildest rivers. Many of these rivers, particularly from the west (the right) carry glacial melt water, as can be seen on the opaque color.

Gudbrandsdalen and adjacent valleys are surrounded by major mountain ranges such as Jotunheimen, Breheimen (next door to Jostedalsbreen), Reinheimen/Tafjord/Romsdalen, Dovrefjell and Rondane. At Otta the main valley is joined by the major Otta valley that also holds the road to Stryn and Geiranger.

Because of its central position in the interior of South Norway, Gudbrandsdalen hosts E6 (the main north-south road with branch to Åndalsnes and Ålesund) and the Oslo-Trondheim railway (with arm to Åndalsnes). About 70,000 people live in the area, the regional centre Lillehammer is home to about half the population.

Gudbrandsdalen district sits in the rain shadow and is one of the driest areas in Norway. The climate is continental: winters are cold and summers are mild. Bjorli, the most north-western village, receives heavy snowfall and is a popular winter resort.

Source: wikivoyage