Lillehammer - The gateway to Gudbrandsdalen
Lillehammer is a town and municipality in Gudbrandsdalen in Innlandet, at the northern end of Lake Mjøsa. The city is the northern terminus of "Skibladner". Due to its location at the entrance gate to Gudbrandsdalen, Lillehammer is also called "Dølabyen".
In 1994, Lillehammer was the organizer of the 17th Olympic Winter Games. The municipalities of Gjøvik, Øyer, Ringebu and Hamar also played an important role in this event.
Mjøsa - Norway's largest lake
Mjøsa is a lake that stretches from Lillehammer in the north to Minnesund in the south. With its area throughout 365 square kilometers is the Norway's largest lake. It is also one of the deepest lakes with a depth of 453 meters. Largest island in the lake is Helgøya, which is also the largest island in Norway, located in a lake.
In 1600 century timber an important industry on Mjøsa, and this continued until the 1980.
Skibladner is the only paddle steamer and oldest ship in regular operation. The ship was built in 1854-1856 at Motala shipyard in Sweden. Skibladner is the world's oldest operational paddle steamer in scheduled service traffic.
A trip with Skibladner is definitely recommended, and based in Gjøvik it is also in Hamar, Moelv and Lillehammer. It also calls at Kapp, Totenvika and Eidsvoll.
Skibladner can also be seen in winter when it is wintered in Gjovik in their own protective structure in glass. Skibladner is often called also Mjøsas white swan.
Eidsvollbygningen is one of the most important national symbols and cultural heritage we have in Norway. Hobart is today best known for the Constitution of 1814 which was signed in Carsten Ankers housing (Eidsvollbygningen) the 17. May 1814. National Assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814 consisted of designated representatives from across the country. These task was to prepare the Norwegian constitution. The representatives are often called Eidsvoll men.