You would think that traveling to Norway in January would mean that you would encounter loads of snow. It actually wasn’t until we traveled four hours to find some actual flakes. After some nightly planning, we decided to take a day trip to Lillehammer, Norway, which is a place that held the winter Olympics in 1994. Our destination was to Maihaugen Museum which is a combination of both indoor and outdoor artifacts regarding Norway’s history. We’re kinda nerdy when it comes to traveling, whereas we really enjoy learning about culture and understanding how they came to be.
This was perhaps one of the most scenic drive that I’ve taken in Norway. I’m glad that we made good use of the daytime to really see all that this beautiful country has to offer. All of it’s surrounding mountains and valleys creates the most picturesque landscapes. Of course, it was tough that we were on a bit of a time crunch because of the limited amount of daylight. We didn’t have much time to stop and snap photos, unfortunately. If you look closely at the photos, you’ll see the ice that has formed over the river. During the drive, we saw a lot of ice skaters.
At one point, my son got really antsy because he had to take a wee. Once we pulled over, I felt that it was also a good opportunity to take a few snapshots.
Maihaugen “open air” Museum is truly a magnificent place. I found this to be a great spot for families because it’s an exhibit that is both informative for parents, but fun for the kids because it allows people the freedom to roam about without any rules. I was particularly glad that we got to do this because it’s tough to keep my little guy quiet. When you have an open space such as this, it gives children the freedom to be children. You’re not enclosed in a space where you have to constantly go, “shh! be quiet!” Not to mention, it was nice to be able to walk up and touch different things. The atmosphere was wonderful. It even started snowing while we were there! We were only able to spend about 90 mins there because we wanted to be able to walk around town but we got our money’s worth: one of the cabins that we were in was built back in the 1700s! Again, total nerds.
The downfall about traveling to Norway in January is that there are so many things that you want to do and see but you can’t because you are limited to maybe 5 hours of daylight. I’m not used to waking up before the sun at 9am. With that being said, we weren’t able to explore the town much after the museum because we decided to go eat at this amazing pancake house which I will talk about in a future post.
Lillehammer is a very cute town. Plenty of shopettes for people to browse into and warm up. Was the drive worth it? Definitely had a great time! However, I would recommend traveling here when you have more daylight if you were making a day trip, or spending the night if you’re limited. I wished we could’ve seen more but I’m glad that I got see and tasted all that we did with our limited time. The total travel time was 8 hours round trip. It sounds crazy but it wasn’t so bad when you’re able to see all the pretty landscapes!