Otta is situated in the heart of Gudbrandsdal valley, at the meeting point of highway E6, road 15 and the railway. Otta is the foremost tourist center in the Gubrandsdal valley.
From Otta, daytrips can be made to famous mountain areas such as Rondane, Jotunheimen and Dovrefjell as well as the fjords Nordfjord and Geiranger.
Sjoa is the name of the river which runs through Heidal. The river is protected by law from hydroelectric development. Popular river for rafting and river paddling.