4 Toboggan Tobogganing, sure—but not as you know it. Forget sliding around in your local park on £5 bits of moulded plas- tic. After the end of the 1994 Winter Olympics, the Kanthaugen freestyle skiing arena was converted for hi-tech tobogganing use, and has since proved extremely popular with both adults and teens. Toboggans come equipped with steerable runners and brakes, letting you to race other to- boggans down the winding 250m long groomed slope. At the bottom, simply hook up to the tow-bar lift and ride back to the top. Full equipment hire & lift pass by the hour.
6 Other Winter Sports Lillehammer is one of Scandinavia’s most-established winter sports resorts with superb legacy facilities left by the 1994 Winter Olympics. But it’s not just the well-known Olympic disciplines that are available. If you’re looking for something a bit different, there are all kinds of distinctly Norwegian ways of getting out into the snow and ice of the surrounding pris- tine wilderness. Options include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, elk-safaris, ice-fishing and snowmobiling. Apart from the first two—equipment avail- able for hire in the village of Sjusjøen (regular ski-bus from Lillehammer) - it’s best to make all arrangements in advance.
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5 Maihaugen A two-part museum dedicated to pre- serving Norway’s folk heritage and traditional architecture—but before you switch off, it really is much more interesting than it sounds.
Indoors are a series of exhibitions portraying the everyday lives of Nor- way’s fishermen, farmer’s wives and shopkeepers from the Viking era through to today. The beautifully landscaped outdoors section contains Europe’s largest collection of tradi- tional architecture; houses, barns, schools—even whole farmsteads and town streets—transported from all over Norway. Must-sees include the reconstructed workshops and Garmo stave church.