Mountain roads The Peer Gynt Mountain Road The Peer Gynt Mountain Road The beautiful nature and traditional culture of Gudbrandsdalen have been a source of inspiration to several artists. The myths and stories holds everything from trolls to historical persons, like our local Per Gynt. The same caracter that inspired Henrik Ibsen when he wrote his world famous masterpiece, Peer Gynt. Welcome to the Peer Gynt Mountain Road. The road is 60 km long, passing through some of Norway's most beautiful mountains and is the main mountain road through the Gudbrandsdal valley, leading you straight into the realm of Peer Gynt. Lillehammer to Peer Gynt Mountain Road Start at Lillehammer and drive 5km north of town on E-6. Turn then right to Skeikampen/Gausdal. Skeikampen Skeikampen is situated at the southern end of the Peer Gynt Mountain Road and is a tourist town with lots to do and see, only half an hour's drive from Lillehammer. Skeikampen is prominent by the dominent Skeikampen mountain (1124 m.a.s.l). Fagerhøi We are now leaving Skeikampen, and travelling into the realm of Peer Gynt, passing Nisjuvatna, Dørdalen, Dørdalsknappen (1126 m.a.s.l) and are approaching Fagerhøi. A magnificant view of the Jotunheimen to the west and the Rondane mountains to the east. Straight ahead are the mountains of Ruten and Heidalsmuen. Af Fagerhøi there are numerous places to go fishing, hiking and biking. On the way to Gålå we pass the wievpoint of Listulhøgda (1053 m.a.s.l.) which is the highest point of the road. Gålå-Fefor There are many things to do and see in Gålå, for example the Solbrå Seter (alpine pasture farm) Museum where the famous Gudbrandsdal cheese was first made in 1863. PEER GYNT At the beginning of August, a performance of Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" with music by Grieg is arranged at the outdoor arena by Gålåvatn lake. On the way to the Espedalen valley, we pass the Hattdal valley and the Rutenfjell mountains (1517 m.a.s.l.). Espedalen Espedalen - our friendly wilderness with uniques flora and an exciting cultural past with remains from mining operation started here in the 17th century. The works area with Espedalen mountain church. "Helvete" (Hell) the largest potholes in Northern Europe. Skåbu You can drive to Skåbu from Espedalen and carry on to the Jotunheimen road (toll road) to Bygdin. There is a tourist information office, crafts outlet and local history exhibition situated here. Skåbu church. From Skåbu, you can drive to Vinstra, Harpefoss or follow the Rv 255 road down to Gausdal and Lillehammer. We recommend a visit to Karoline and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsons home, Aulestad, in Follebu. THE FRIIS MOUNTAIN ROAD Friisvegen – the road through the wilderness, the highest mountains transition between Lillehammer and Østerdalen, with the highest point of 1158 m. This tour offers many opportunities, both by car and on foot. Follow the road RV 219 from Atna in Østerdalen and make a turn at the signpost Friisvegen. From the junction Friisvegen lead you over the mountain, past Friisbua, through Øksendalen and passing Måsåplassen and then down to Ringebu center. Friisvegen and Ringebufjellet offer fantastic view as far as the eye can see and offers a variety of outdoor activities. We encourage all guests to use the mountain’s opportunities for relaxation and physical activity. Visit also Ringebu stave church. Ringebu stave church, built c. 1220, is one of 28 surviving stave churches and is one of the largest. The decoration in the church is in baroque style and with imposing woodcarving. King Frederick IV’s monogram on the choir screen dates from 1703 as also does the pulpit. The soapstone font survives from the original pole church. The church is located in Ringebu, 45 km north of Hafjell. THE BIRKEBEINER MOUNTAIN ROAD If you choose not to do as the Birken riders and bike trip across the mountains,you can enjoy the same mountain plateau from the car. Birkebeiner Road (Tore Road) runs from Sjusjøen to Messelt in Stor-Elvdal. From Sjusjøen the road run north past the holiday villages and mountain farms: Storåsen, Krok-sjøen, Elgåsen, Aksjøen, Storstilen and Øvre Åstbru toll plaza and Gammelskolla. Route 27: Turn off E6 about 5 kms north of the charming village Ringebu, a very scenic road crossing the mountains between the valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen, and it is also the shortest distance Lillehammer – Trondheim. Coming from the south: First up a small valley Venabygd, then crossing a plateau with the oldest mountain formations in Europe, then on National Tourist Road Rondane from Enden to Folldal, with a very scenic view to the Rondane massif. Many activities along the route. BJØRNSON ROAD Turn off the E6 north of Lillehammer or at Vinstra (Gudbrandsdalen), and you are on FV 255 Bjørnsonvegen, a beautiful stretch of national highway. Along FV 255 Bjørnsonvegen is Aulestad, the home of the writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, author of Norway’s national anthem. Lining the route are small village churches, art galleries, handicraft shops. Don’t miss the geological potholes. FV-255 Bjørnsonvegen makes for a rewarding detour from E6, but it is also an opportunity to carry on over the mountains to the fjord country on the west coast. RONDANE MOUNTAIN ROAD Route 27: Turn off E6 about 5 kms north of the charming village Ringebu, a very scenic road crossing the mountains between the valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen, and it is also the shortest distance Lillehammer – Trondheim. Coming from the south: First up a small valley Venabygd, then crossing a plateau with the oldest mountain formations in Europe, then on National Tourist Road Rondane from Enden to Folldal, with a very scenic view to the Rondane massif. Peer gynt rondane friisvegen birkebeiner bjørnson Overnatting Øyer mountain The local mountains offer breathtaking mountain expanses, as well as mountain peaks with spectacular views. Churches in Lillehammer region Our churches Aulestad artist home Welcome to beautiful Aulestad - one of Norway's best preserved artist homes. Guided tours in the home several times each day during summer season. Gudbrandsdalen The local mountains in Gudbrandsdalen offer breathtaking mountain expanses, as well as mountain peaks with spectacular views.