Home to the country’s capital, Oslo, and many of its tallest mountains, Eastern Norway hugs the south-east corner of this Scandinavian nation. Rolling hills blanketed in pine and spruce forests rise to snow-capped peaks in the Jotunheimen mountain range, which is a nationally-renowned destination for outdoor pursuits.
Things to do in Eastern Norway
Whether you want to discover the museums and gastronomy of Oslo or hike to the top of Norway’s tallest mountain, Galdhøpiggen, Eastern Norway offers something for all travellers.
Sightsee in Oslo. Serving as the capital of Norway, Oslo is a vibrant city filled with outstanding museums and architectural icons at the head of the Oslofjord. Discover the region’s nautical history at the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, marvel at the sculptures of Frogner Park, then see Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” at the Norwegian National Gallery.
See the Olympic landmarks of Lillehammer. In 1994, Lillehammer hosted the Winter Olympics, with this exciting event documented at the city’s Norwegian Olympic Museum. You can test your skills on the biathlon simulator and see the Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track or coincide your visit with an exhilarating event at the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena.
Explore the mountains of Jotunheimen. Home to many of Norway’s highest peaks, Jotunheimen is a spectacular mountain region that’s popular with hikers and climbers. You can soak up the scenery along Sognefjell Road, hit the hiking trails that traverse Besseggen Ridge or ride the scenic ferry from Gjendesheim to Memurubu.
Discover Norway’s whaling history in Sandefjord. Occupying a 1917 building in the heart of Sandefjord is the Whaling Museum, which illustrates the country’s historic fishing traditions. Highlights of the collection include a life-size blue whale and a mid-20th-century whale catcher that once plied the waters of Antarctica.
Getting around Eastern Norway
Oslo Airport is the main aviation gateway to Eastern Norway while a network of trains connects cities and towns across the region. Buses and trams travel throughout Oslo and the city centre is compact enough to explore on foot or by bicycle. Rental cars are available in Oslo for getting around.