Lillehammer is located in beautiful surroundings at the northern end of lake Mjøsa (Norway’s largest lake).
There are a variety of things to do in Lillehammer, especially if you love spending time outdoors. If you wish to get to know other people, signing up for a student group is a good idea.
The student city Lillehammer
About the city of Lillehammer
Located approximately 2 hours away from Oslo City by train, Norway's capital city, Lillehammer is known to be a famous tourist destination (especially during winter). The city has a total number of over 28.000 inhabitants, which approximately 5.000 are students studying at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Lillehammer.
In addition to being a famous tourist destination, with places such as Hafjell alpine resort and Maihaugen outdoor museum (external links), Lillehammer is a true student city with a variety of bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants. The student hub 'Studenten' located on campus organizes parties, social events, concerts and quiz nights. Lillehammer's official website provides an updated overview of upcoming activities and events in the region (external link).
For the culturally minded, there are a number of museums and art galleries to choose from. Lillehammer also offers a variety of other festivals, cultural and sports events such as a Jazzfestival, the Norwegian Festival of Literature, Culture Night, the Amandus Youth Film Festival, World Cup events in ski-jumping, down-hill skiing, slalom, and cross-country skiing and the Birkebeiner race, a long-distance (54 km) cross-country ski marathon from Rena to Lillehammer (external links). After lectures, students can spend time at the ski-slopes (the nearest alpine resort is just 20 minutes from Lillehammer), hiking and enjoying the stunning nature.
During winter, the Lillehammer region is truly a winter wonderland. The first snow usually comes in November, and from December to the end of March the landscape is covered in white. Very few places in the world can offer a vast selection of snow-related activities such as; cross country skiing, snowboarding, downhill skiing, tobogganing, (dog) sledding, etc. Alpine ski centers are usually open from late November until the middle of April.
Olympic Games 1994 and Youth Olympics 2016
Lillehammer is best known for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 1994. The city has a long tradition for organizing World Cup events in ski-jumping, down-hill skiing and cross-country skiing. Many of the sport venues (ski jumping and ice hockey arena, bob track, ski slopes) from 1994 are still being used to organize big sports events throughout all seasons. In 2016 Lillehammer hosted the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games. The entire Lillehammer area has a truly spectacular scenery: mountains, lake Mjøsa, waterfalls along the Mesna river and kilometres of beautiful hiking and cycling routes.
If you need other equipment, this can be rented for a small fee at Vandreskoen (external link).
There are a number of different student groups at Campus Lillehammer. If you are into board games, computer games/other games, the Gaming Society would be something for you, or if you like movies, sign up for Lillehammer Movie Club. Are you good at singing, apply for the choir. If you like to play instruments, join the Music Group.
If you are more of an active person, sign up for Lillehammer Student Sports (LSI) to join the sport clubs – volleyball, football, dancing etc. Or you can sign up for the Outdoor Group, whom is specializing in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and extreme sports. If skiing/snowboarding is your thing, Skhilåmi would be perfect for you.
A complete overview of all student groups at Campus Lillehammer can be found in our Student groups and NGOs’ web-page.
Even though Lillehammer is most famous as an winter wonderland, there are a broad variety of activities to do when the snow has melted. As the city is built in the mountains, there are many different hikes to be done. Check out UT.no's webpage (external link only in Norwegian), where you can look up different hikes in Lillehammer. If you like biking, Hafjell alpine resort converts to a bike park during when there is no snow left, or you can go mountain biking. For more tips on what to do during summer, check out Visit Lillehammer's overview of summer activities (external link).
During winter, the Lillehammer region has great conditions for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating among other. There are kilometres of free ice-skating trail on Lake Mjøsa. Hafjell alpine resort, located 20 minutes away from Lillehammer, is the best place to go downhill skiing and snowboarding. You also can find some cross-country trails in Hafjell, but many can be access from Lillehammer city and Sjusjøen. For a good view of cross-country trails (and the conditions of them), visit Skisporet.no (external link only in Norwegian). If you love dogs, going dog sledding with Sjusjøen Husky Tours would be a great thing to do.
Each year, several sports events are held in and around Lillehammer. You have the World Cup in a variety of sports, Raw Air, some years X-games and others. The International Office is collaborating with Visit Lillehammer in offering students the possibility to volunteer during these events. Check out our Volunteering web-page for more information.
For more tips on what to do during winter, check out Visit Lillehammer's overview of winter activities (external link).