Inside Norway: Maihaugen and Elvesæter

October 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm 4 comments

Maihaugen View
Location: Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum, Lillehammer, Norway.
 
We left Oslo early in the morning and headed northwest to Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum in Lillehammer, Norway.

Espa Boller
 
On the way, our tour guide set us up for a surprise treat. At a Shell gas station, we stopped to enjoy the buns that it sells. The buns have become so popular that it has sold millions since it started selling them. I’d say they’re good but no better than what you can buy at Cinnabon.

Maihaugen Map
 
The Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum is one of Norway’s main attractions. It was set like a small village showcasing Norwegian culture and way of life through different times in history. We went there in the off-season so we missed many of the exhibitions and activities designed for people of all ages.

maihaugen Tour Guide
 
An kind elderly lady, dressed in traditional costume, served as our guide around the property.

Garmo Stave Church
 
The stave church is one of its main attractions. Originally built in 1150 in Garmo, Oppland County, it was demolished and replaced at the site by a new church in 1879. In 1882, its materials were sold at auction, brought to Lillehammer and re-erected where it now stands.

Maihaugen Maihaugen
Maihaugen Maihaugen

 

We looked inside wooden houses with furnishings dating as far back as the 15th century. Unfortunately, some of the houses were locked for one reason or another.

Oppland County Oppland County
Oppland County Oppland County

 
After lunch, we hit the road and proceeded to Elvesæter, a small village in the valley of Bøverdal. It was a pleasant drive with beautiful scenery all around. It was a prelude to more spectacular views that we’d see on the way to Bergen later. By the way, don’t you find a sod-roofed house cute?

Garmo Stave Church Garmo Stave Church

 
Just before reaching at our destination, we stopped and took a look at the Lom Stave Church. Originally built in the 12th century, it was rebuilt and renovated during the succeeding centuries.

Most of these churches were built during the Middle Ages. In Norway, there used to be more than a thousand of them. Today, there are less than 30 left.

Elvesæter Elvesæter

 
At Elvesæter, we stayed at Elvesæter Hotel which was a unique experience in itself. It used to be a farming estate converted into a family-run hotel over the past century. Tracing its roots back to the 17th century, it has been designated as a historic protected site. As a result, it couldn’t be upgraded to modern standards. The rooms, although comfortable, have a minimalist feeling to them. Forget having a TV and a nice bathroom. On the plus side, you get to stay in a place that is rich in Norwegian history.

Elvesæter Elvesæter
Elvesæter Elvesæter

 
Our tour guide took us hiking on a trail that kept going up. The mountain air and scenery made the effort worthwhile. After half an hour, however, some folks gave up. I myself couldn’t keep up with the group. Well, I had to stop once in a while to enjoy the view and snap some pictures. Somehow, I managed to go back to the hotel on my own.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michaela  |  October 21, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Amazing place, beautiful photos 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  October 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      michaela:

      definitely, on the beautiful places i’d been to. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Zee  |  October 23, 2016 at 5:01 am

    I’m loving reading your account of the whole trip! Keep em coming🙂

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  October 24, 2016 at 11:19 am

      zee:

      i’m glad. it must be worth the effort then. 🙂

      Reply

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