Hamar is a city in Hedmark, Norway, facing the impressive Mjøsa lake. The city, which has a population of 31,000, was first established in the middle of the 11th century, but destroyed by a Swedish army in 1567.

In 1849 the city was re-established, and is now the largest city in the Norwegian inland (i.e. the counties not connected to the ocean). During the 1994 Winter Olympics three of the sporting events were held in Hamar: Figure skating, short track speed skating and speed skating.

Get in

The city of Hamar

By car

Take the E6 national highway north from Oslo. Takes approximately 1.5 hours. From Oslo Airport it takes an hour.

By plane

Oslo Airport, Gardermoen

Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (IATA: OSL) is Norway's largest airport, located in Gardermoen, 90 kilometres south of Hamar. Direct flights are available to 107 airports, including 24 airports in Norway. The largest airlines in Norway, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air Shuttle, operate direct flights to many U.S., European and Norwegian destinations from Oslo Airport, as well as large domestic networks. Flights by about 30 other airlines make this airport easy to reach from most of the world. There is free wifi at the airport. Password is sent in an sms (a number from any country would do).

To travel between the city and the airport:

By train

All trains between Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Røros and Skien-Lillehammer stop in Hamar. 1 hour 15 min from Oslo, about 1 hour from Gardermoen Airport. From Lillehammer a trip takes 45 min, and from Elverum 25 min.

Get around

By bus

There are five bus lines in the city, going from the suburbs and through the city centre. The cost is 33 NOK for a single ticket if you buy on the bus.

By taxi

Taxis are expensive. The minimum charge in Hamar is at least 97 NOK, increasing to 141 NOK late at weekend nights. The phone number for Hedmark Taxi is 03650.


Domkirkeruinene (cathedral ruins with protective building)
The settler church at the Norwegian Emigrant Museum


Bathing at Koigen during the summer.


Torggata, the pedestrian street in Hamar, got some shopping possibilities, with two small shopping malls connected to the street. Maxi Storsenter is the largest shopping mall, located a bit outside of the city. In 2014 a new mall will open closer to the city centre.






Stay safe

Norway is a fairly safe country in general, and Hamar is no exception.

Go next

Routes through Hamar

Trondheim Lillehammer  N  S  Oslo Göteborg

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