The main pool is one of Norway's largest, 25x50m. Part of this pool is roped off and has all sort of special floats for kids. There's also a specially heated pool for rehabilitation, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub (cost 10 kr per round), a shallow outdoor pool which is open in summertime. Also a 65 meter slide which kids love. There are huge windows all around the pool, so in the winter you can swim while you watch the snow blowing outside. The changing rooms have saunas. You need a 10 kr coin to operate the lockers, or bring your own lock. Ankerskogen also has indoor tennis courts and a Nautilus gym. You'll also find a cafeteria here. The center was due to be renovated starting in 2010, but they planned on staying open to the public the whole time.
The Viking Ship is a modern speed skating arena, and was built for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. It name comes form its appearance: an upside-down Viking ship. It regularly hosts major speed skating events, such as world championships. Also known for hosting The Gathering each Easter, a computer gathering mainly for young people which has had over 5,000 participants. Each spring and fall, the Vikingship also hosts a very popular 3-day long market for second-hand/ antique goods. The Viking Ship is situated near Åkersvika, a nature reserve, known for it's rich bird life. At the parking lot there is a "bird tower", where you can get a good view of the bay.
A must-see. Medieval cathedral and folk museum along Lake Myøsa. The ruins of the cathedral are encased in a glass house. Lovely walks and beaches by the lake. The open air museum is free and open year round, all the time. The opening hours of the museum vary according to season. There's a nice cafe there as well. Concerts and theater productions are often held in the glass house, but be sure to bring a blanket with you in the evenings- even in the summer, it gets cold there after the sun sets! The Medieval Festival usually takes place here over a long weekend in June.
HamKam is the local football team, which bounces between the first and second division. Watch the normally reserved Norwegians cheer on this team to victory (or not!). Hamar has recently built a beautiful new football stadium called '''Briskeby Arena''' for the home games. You can find out when the next match will be from the website. "Next match" = "Neste kamp" in Norwegian. If HamKam is listed before the other team, then it's a home game. Wear green and white to show your support!
An inexpensive guesthouse in the residential area, but within easy walking distance of the city center. Family rooms available, lots of parking. Breakfast included. Simple but clean & friendly.
A recreational area for the citizens. During the winter there are good possibilities for cross-country skiing. Check out [http://ut.no/sted/516483 ut.no] for hike and trail routes.
This cafe has the best cakes in all of Hamar. Great for lunch and light dinners. Outdoor seating overlooks the pedestrian street. Centrally-located.
Beach area close to the city. Excellent for bathing during the summer. Also possible to use the beach volleyball court or the skate park.
Museum showing emigration from Norway, with a collection of six buildings (amongst them a church built in 1896 in Minnesota).
This hostel, part of Hostelling International, is located near Vikingskipet, a fifteen minute walk from the city centre.
Sandwiches, cakes, coffees, and culture. The perfect place for lunch. Enjoy your meal and tour the museum afterwards
Documents the history of the Norwegian railroad system. Lots of child-friendly exhibits. Also has its own library.
Skibladner is the world's oldest preserved paddle steamer, and sails on lake Mjøsa during the summer.
Shows football matches on multiple screens. Possible to play dart and shuffle board.
Eco-friendly gourmet. Popular, so reservations are a must, at least in the evening.
Pub for a bit older crowd. The backyard is a good place to be during the summer.
Museum dedicated to Norway's most famous opera singer, Kirsten Flagstad.
One of the few places to go for people between 18 and 20. Young crowd.
Italian restaurant with pasta and pizza located in a quiet backyard.
Shows football matches on multiple screens. Can play dart there..
Situated outside the city-centre, and close to the E6 highway.
This is the largest shopping mall in Hamar, with 70 stores.