Oppland

Oppland is a county in Norway. This wide landlocked county is home to great lakes, major rivers and the highest mountains as well as key overland transport corridors.

Towns

Sør-Fron Church - a landmark in Gudbrandsdalen valley

Other destinations

Understand

Oppland is an landlocked county of Norway, sharing lake Mjøsa with Hedmark county. Together Oppland and Hedmark constitute the wide interior between Oslo and Trondheim. Oppland is characterised by rows of mountains and valleys extending from the ocean accessible lowlands around Oslo up to the high plateaus and mountain peaks of central Norway. This is the highest county in Norway as 50 % of the county lies above 1000 meters, and 80 % is above 600 meters.

Oppland is made up of two major valley systems: Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres, between these there are forests, highlands and eventually Jotunheimen in the north-west corner. Oppland also includes the fertile lowlands around lake Mjøsa (Toten and Gjøvik) and lake Randsfjorden (including Hadeland district). Oppland stretches from the outskirts of Oslo the highest mountains of the interior.

Oppland has a largely continental climate and includes some of the coldest and driest areas in Norway. Summers are pleasantly mild or warm, while winters are relatively cold. Lillehammer has a January average at -9.1°C, while the northern sections of Gudbrandsdalen can be colder. There is slightly more rain in summer than in winter. The northern corner of Oppland (places like Skjåk in Ottadalen) are among the driest places in Europe. The coast of West Norway gets about 10 times more rain than Skjåk. Skjåk does in fact have far less precipitation than Malaga, and only slightly more than Almeria (the driest city in Europe).

Routes

From the southeast, one can travel from Oslo by auto, bus or train along the highways and track carved in the mountainsides and along the long finger-like lakes and rivers. As you approach the northwest of Oppland, the highlands feature snow capped mountains, even in the summer, and access to downhill and cross country skiing, hiking and even fishing and hunting. The northern Oppland route along highway E6 passes through the major cities of Gjøvik and Lillehammer, site of the memorable 1994 Winter Olympics, and eventually to Trondheim on the western coast of Norway. The quaint town of Lillehammer is certainly worth the effort for the shops and town.

The central route E16 allows the traveler to pass from the fertile fields of Ringerike to the south of Opland, though the mountain side farms of the Valdres valley, passing through Bagn, Aurdal, Fagernes, and east toward Telemark and later the major city of Bergen on the west coast. Valdres offers a beautiful mix of lakes, mountains, and traditional farms. It is anchored with Fagernes at a key intersection of valleys. This is the location of the Valdres Folkmuseum, which contains a collection of farm buildings and history of the area, including food, art, costume, music and dance. One can travel north to Beitostølen for downhill and cross country skiing in the winter. Hiking, Fishing and Hunting are also enjoyed, as well as local arts and crafts: pottery, tapestries, and rosemaling painting.

Talk

Norwegian is the spoken and written language, and in the northern part their own distinct dialect. English is widely spoken and understood.

Get in

By car

Norway's main road, the E6, runs south-north through Oppland and connects most of Oppland to other parts of Norway. Road E16 runs western (Valdres) and southern Oppland, the E16 connects Oppland to Bergen in the west and central Sweden in the east.

By plane

There are no major airports within Oppland itself.

By train

Oppland is served by three lines: The Gjøvik line from Oslo (terminates at Gjøvik), the main line north to Trondheim runs through, and the Rauma line Åndalsnes-Dombås:

By Bus

Express buses mainly traveling on E6 (Oslo-Lillehammer-Trondheim, Oslo-Lillehammer-Skjåk, Oslo-Lillehammer-Måløy, Oslo-Lillehammer-Kristiansund) and E16 (Oslo-Fagernes-Årdal-Sogndal, Lillehammer-Fagernes-Bergen)

There are a number of buses into the Jotenheim including the Fjord 1 service along the Sognefjellet to Sognal from Otta and Lom, and buses to Gejnde.

Get around

By car

You can find car rentals in major cities and airports. Major roads connect Oppland to Hedmark/Sweden (E6 + RV25 Hamar-Elverum, E6 + RV29 Hjerkinn-Alvdal), to Sør-Trøndelag and Trondheim (E6), Møre og Romsdal (E6 + RV136 Dombås-Åndalsnes-Molde/Ålesund), Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland/Bergen (E16) and Buskerud (RV51 Fagernes-Gol). RV51 Valdresflya from Beitostølen to Vågå is classified as a future "Natural Tourist Route" by the natuional road authorities.

By train

You can use the trains listed in the Get in section.

By bus

Local buses are handled by Opplandstrafikk (web site in Norwegian only). Route info also on rutebok.no (available in English).

See

Valdres offers a number of examples of stave churches, some dating back 800 years almost to the Viking age. The Slidre Domkirken (Stone Cathedral), and Stave Kirken at Lomen are two of the many examples of churches from medieval times. There are examples of runic writing and viking carving in these ancient relics. They are not generally open for tours, however, many of them are staffed by students in the summer months. They will provide tours at designated times, usually for about 20 kroner (2007 prices).

Slidredomen Church in Slidre, Oppland
Lomen stave kirke in Lomen, Oppland

Do


Norway,  +47 61 34 09 90, e-mail: .

Stay safe

Norway is generally a very safe place to visit. Oppland is peaceful countryside and quiet small towns, and at least as safe as anywhere else in Norway. Be careful around waterfalls (slippery rocks and cliffs), do not walk on glaciers on your own. Highlands such as Jotunheimen can occasionally be cool (down to 0°C) even in summer, bring enough clothes if you go hiking for more than 1 hour.

Go next


Routes through Oppland

Bergen Flåm  W  E  Gardermoen Kongsvinger
Gothenburg Oslo  S  N  Oppdal Trondheim


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