Hamar is located on the shore of Norway's largest lake, Myøsa - one of the deepest lakes in Norway and Europe. One of the recreational areas consists of Hedmarksmuseet “ The Hedmark museum“, located on Domkirkeodden, an important historical landmark in Hamar. The museum is one of Norway’s largest medieval museums, providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until today. The glass structure covering the medieval cathedral ruins is the main attraction, designed by the famous architect Kjell Lund.
The open air museum by Mjøsa comprises over 60 antique buildings from the Hedmark villages. Permanent exhibitions are available in Storhamarlåven from the 1700s, converted to a museum by architect Sverre Fehn. Guided tours of the country’s largest ecological herb garden are also available.
Swimming areas surround the museum. The beach area called "Koigen" is located just a few steps away from the city center. Here you will find basketball courts, volleyball courts, skateboarding facilities, a sandy beach with an artificial island, a barbecue area, a playground, etc. It is also the home to Norway's most expensive diving board, having cost 25.8 million NOK -- yes, you read that correctly; and yes, it has been the subject of satire! :-)
Down by the lake Mjøsa, you will find Skibladner. Skibladner is known as the world’s oldest paddle steamer. When the ship’s bell rings and Skibladner puts out to sea, you will discover “the art of slow travel”. Skibladner has been carrying passengers across Mjøsa since 1856, and is today the world’s oldest paddle steamer still providing this type of service.
A new cultural center “ Hamar Kulturhuset” was opened in March 2014. Kulturhuset is the cultural nexus for cultural production and artistic development in the region and a major cultural venue. Kulturhuset offer concert and theater performances, youth culture, music workshops, conference hall, library, cinema, cafeteria and office space. It includes a variety of large and small rehearsal rooms adapted to local and amateur choirs, bands, and dance and theater groups. You will find the program here.
Kirsten Flagstad, Norway’s most famous international opera singer, was born at Strandstuen, Hamar in 1895. Today the little house, which is the oldest building in Hamar, is home to the Kirsten Flagstad Museum. In 1935, she became an overnight international sensation when she made her début at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as “Siegelinde” in Wagner’s opera “Die Walküre”. After her momentous breakthrough, Kirsten was hailed as ”The Voice of the Century”. The museum has a unique collection of costumes, props, photos and artefacts from the artist’s life and work, photographs and programs from a number of productions, recorded performances and various recordings on record and CD. Daily guided tours during the summer season.
Down by the lakeside, you will also find The Norwegian Railway Museum. This is a museum for railway enthusiasts, children and those interested in Norwegian history. The grand station buildings create a nostalgic atmosphere in the museum park, and the main exhibition takes you on a short journey through Norway’s transport and railway history. Norway’s shortest railway line is just a few hundred meters long, and a trip on the pellets-fired steam train is a highlight for many visitors.
Additionally, Hamar is known for its indoor long track speed skating and bandy arena, the Olympia Hall, better known as Vikingskipet (“The Viking ship”) for its shape. This is the inspiration for our RaAM logo! It was built to host the speed skating competitions of the 1994 Winter Olympics that were held in nearby Lillehammer, and Dutch tourists (especially) frequently come to visit. It has been the host for the world’s second largest computer party The Gathering starting on the Wednesday in Easter each year, for the last 13 years.
In nearby Ottestad, you will find the Norwegian Emigrant Museum. The museum chronicles the history of emigration, remigration and immigration. Its open-air museum gives you a glimpse of life in a Norwegian pioneering community in the American Mid-West. The museum building houses exhibitions and a research library, among other things. You could combine a visit here with a walk along all or part of the "Ottestadstien" in the Norwegian countryside; the entire trail is 15.6 km of light hiking (4 hours). Information about that trail, and others in the nearby area, is found here (in Norwegian, with maps).
Ankerskogen water park is one of the most visited water parks in Norway. It has been used 355 days a year for 30 years for the benefit of approx. 230000-250000 visits a year. The Water Park was renovated in 2013 and offers spa and fitness center, four pools, bath & play, sauna, and steamroom. Another nearby fitness center that permits drop-in visits for aerobics classes, pilates, spinning and other classes, as well as squash and studio training is Espern; see here.
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