On your way from Oslo to Lillehammer, take the chance of a stopover by the scenic Lake Mjosa to admire Hamar, the capital of Hedmark County. The main attraction here is the Hedmark museum in Domkirkeodden; this architectural masterpiece ingenuously conserves between glass walls a medieval church and an Episcopal fortress and also hosts a vast photographic archive. Winter-sports enthusiasts will find the famous Vikingskipet which hosted in 1994 the speed skating contests during the Olympic Games of Lillehammer. The city-centre is also a nice place for walking, offering pedestrian alleys, squares, a farmer's market and a cinema.
Oslo abounds with sights of interest, such as museums, parks, urban districts with listed buildings and a well-developed array of shops. As most sights are within walking distance of each other, you can leave your car behind. Oslo City Hall is located in the city center only a few hundred meters from the city's main street and overlooks Oslo Fjord filled with moored pleasure craft, shrimp trawlers, cruise ships, charter boats and ferries to all the islands. Oslo has a wide variety of restaurants, bistros and bars. Most are located within such a limited area that they are within walking distance of each other. In addition, each quarter of the city has an unusual atmosphere all worth visiting.
Considered "the town of all towns in Norway" by locals and not only, Bergen is a great city with tradition and one of the most important economic centers in Norway. The famous hanseatic wharf of Bryggen will meet the tourists coming here by sea; tradition is the key-word in Bryggen, rebuilt in its initial form after many fire destructions; that's why it was named by UNESCO a World Heritage City. Bergen's natural scenery is amazing: the surroundings seven mountains offer scenic views and are accessible either by cable car of funicular railway; the unique fjords: Hardangerfjorden, Sognefjorden, Geirangerfjorden - invite you to a breathtaking boat trip. Bergen is also a cultural city and the splendid houses - today museums - of the famous composer Edvard Grieg and violinist Ole Bull are living proofs.
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