Hiking in the mountains

The mountains of Øyer

The Øyer mountains are excellent for walks, and the pleasant terrain makes it possible for the whole family to take a trip for some hours, a day or even more. The Øyer mountains consists of the mountain area between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen. Total area approximately 43.000 hectare of which approximately 20.000 hectare are above the tree line.

There are still farms working in the Øyer mountains, and they are worth a look. There are well developed and marked footpath networks both down in the valley and in the Øyer mountains. You can get some suggestions where to walk at Lillehammer Tourist office.

Øyer mountains includes mountain areas between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen valleys. Øyer mountains has large expanses and great hiking terrain. Height above sea level varies from 700 meters in the southern part of Åstdalen to 1232 meters at Eldåhøgda, which is the highest point in the municipality of Øyer.

Although it is a mountain, the terrain is open and flat, with a lot of marshes, ponds and small ponds. Large areas are covered with birch forest, which grows up to about 1000 meters above sea level, some places slightly higher. In southern and western areas, you will find pine forests. In some places there are also pine trees.

Easy to find - stop anywhere
Øyer mountain is an excellent area for exploring typical mountains. The road leads you through great mountain terrain and you can stop almost anywhere to look for a bird. But on the map you will find some recommended places that are extra favorable. 


Øyer mountains includes parts of the mountainous regions between Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen. The area covers about 43,000 hectares, whereas half of it is bare mountain. Øyerfjellet has large mountain plateaus and great hiking terrains. The height above sea level varies from 700 metres in the southernmost part of Åstdalen to 1232 metres in Eldåhøgda, the highest point in Øyer municipality.

Did you know …
… that Øyerfjellet used to be Gudbrandsdalen’s largest municipality when it comes to mountain dairy farming, with more than 300 operating mountain farms?

… that the first registered breeding Pine Grosbeaks in Southern Norway was in this area? The species still breeds regularly in Øyerfjellet.

… that the Pallid Harrier has been seen several times in Øyerfjellet?

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