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What to do in Lillehammer

Male exchange student in ski equipment going downhill in Hafjell alpine ski resort in winter

There are a variety of things to do in Lillehammer, especially if you love spending time outdoors. If you wish to get to know other people, signing up for a student group is a good idea.

Student groups

There are a number of different student groups at Campus Lillehammer. If you are into board games, computer games/other games, the Gaming Society would be something for you, or if you like movies, sign up for Lillehammer Movie Club. Are you good at singing, apply for the choir. If you like to play instruments, join the Music Group.

If you are more of an active person, sign up for Lillehammer Student Sports (LSI) to join the sport clubs – volleyball, football, dancing etc. Or you can sign up for the Outdoor Group, whom is specializing in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and extreme sports. If skiing/snowboarding is your thing, Skhilåmi would be perfect for you.

A complete overview of all student groups at Campus Lillehammer can be found in our Student groups and NGOs’ web-page.

Winter activities

During winter, the Lillehammer region has great conditions for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating among other. There are kilometres of free ice-skating trail on Lake Mjøsa. Hafjell alpine resort, located 20 minutes away from Lillehammer, is the best place to go downhill skiing and snowboarding. You also can find some cross-country trails in Hafjell, but many can be access from Lillehammer city and Sjusjøen. For a good view of cross-country trails (and the conditions of them), visit (only in Norwegian). If you love dogs, going dog sledding with Sjusjøen Husky Tours would be a great thing to do.

Each year, several sports events are held in and around Lillehammer. You have the World Cup in a variety of sports, Raw Air, some years X-games and others. The International Office is collaborating with Visit Lillehammer in offering students the possibility to volunteer during these events. Check out our Volunteering web-page for more information. 

For more tips on what to do during winter, check out Visit Lillehammer's overview of winter activities.

Summer activities

Even though Lillehammer is most famous as an winter wonderland, there are a broad variety of activities to do when the snow has melted. As the city is built in the mountains, there are many different hikes to be done. Check out's web-page, where you can look up different hikes in Lillehammer. If you like biking, Hafjell alpine resort converts to a bike park during when there is no snow left, or you can go mountain biking. Visit Lillehammer has a great overview of the different activities and offers held during the summer season.