to Oppland County and the weather right now! Oppland County is one out of 19 countys in Norway with a area of
25.191 km2 and a population of approximately 186.087.
Each County is divided into
different municipality. For Oppland County you will find the name of
the municipality to your "right" (municipality for the whole country is 429) or read a short story given below.
Principal industries are Fishing, agriculture, industry, trade and commerce, public services.
National Parks: Dovre, Jotunheimen, Rondane, Ormtjernkampen.
Nature reserves: Fokstumyra, Vassfaret.
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Oppland, in the centre
of southern Norway, is bordered by seven other counties. The main
traffic arteries between the south and the north of the country, the
railway and the E-6 highway pass through the county. The key east-west
road connections are E 16, RV 15 and RV 9. Fagernes Airport at Leirin in
Valdres is the county"s local airport. Oppland has northern Europe´s
highest mountain peak, Galdhøpiggen (2.369m), and 56% of the county´s
area is more than 900m above sea level. Both Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres
are valley and mountain areas, while Toten, Land and Hadeland are level
agricultural areas. The county´s two major cities are Gjøvik and
The nature in Oppland is diverse, with a wide
variety of flora, fauna and topography. The county has large expanses
of forest, mountains, waterways and traditional farming landscapes, as
well as four national parks and two nature reserves.
demographic distribution in Oppland varies greatly, with population
concentrations in the north and west of Lake Mjøsa and along the main
traffic arteries through the valleys. The population is less
concentrated in the municipalities north and west of the county.
Because of the stable and good climate and very little pollution
Oppland County is a good county to grow up and live in.
the years prior to the XVII Olympic Winter Games in 1994, a great deal
of money was used to upgrade infrastructure such as water and sewage
systems, the energy supply, roads, railway and telecommunications. The
area around Lake Mjøsa now has one of the world´s most modern
telecommunications networks and is ideally suited for technologically
advanced companies. The site that served during the Lillehammer Games
as the International Broadcasting Centre is today part of Lillehammer
College. Beginning in the autumn 1997, the college will also be able to
offer Norway"s first college-level film studies.
The number of
students at the college has doubled in relation to before the Olympics.
And for the county as a whole, the Olympic Winter Games also boosted
expertise in the areas of languages, customer service and events
road open from early May and normally well into the month of November.
During May and parts of June, the top of Valdresflye (1.389 m.a.s.l.)
is an extremely popular starting point for magnificent spring ski trips
across the level mountain plateux to the east or up toward the
Jotunheimen peaks in the west. The plateux are white, the days are long
and you won´t have a care in the world. The road leading across
Valdresflye is a journey through a landscape that has evolved over the
course of millions of years.
lies on the foot of Bitihorn mountain. Bitihorn rises 1.607 meters
above sea level. On the top you can view towards Bygdin and a row of
pinnacles in Jotunheimen, Valdresflya, Vinstervatnet, Øystre Slidre, Vestre Slidre, Øyangen and Slettefjellet.
national road across the Valdresflye plateau passes along the border of
Jotunheimen National Park, with Gjende as the key gateway into this
heritage-listed nature preserve. The trip across the Valdresflye
plateau provides plenty of opportunities for walks in varying
landscape, where you yourself select the length and level of difficulty
based on time, weather and physical constraints.
Among the many
ideal starting points for trails marked by the Norwegian Mountain
Touring Association (DNT) are Bygdin, the Valdresflye plateau, the Gjende district, Maurvangen and Bessheim. Besseggen
near Gjende - where Per Gynt of Ibsen-fame performed his fameous
stage-ride is the most popular route among the DNT-marked trails.
industries are still significant for employment and living patterns in
Oppland. The rural districts are fundamental for the business
community, supplying raw materials to the wood and wood-processing
industries, and meat,
dairy products and vegetables to the foodstuffs industry. The structure
in the processing industry is characterised by small and mid-sized
With its fish farming, companies in the Valdres area have been able to specialise in supplying products such as fermented trout and smoked salmon and trout.
Oppland is Nonrway´s largest travel destination, both in terms of the number of
travel-related companies and bed-nights. The travel industry in the
county had 15% of the total number of bed-nights in Nonrway in 1995.
The travel industry is a major employer and contributes a large number
of jobs for women. It also provides spin-off effects for local
businesses and the transport industry. Tourist traffic has been on the
rise both before and after the Lillehammer Games, and today the travel
industry is our most important export product, with an emphasis on
high-quality tourism, culinary traditions, culture and attractions.
Organises charter tours to Oppland via Fagernes Airport in Leirin.
year Oppland is host to a large number of courses and conferences.
Facilities for hosting courses and conferences are located throughout
the county, but with most concentrated around Gjøvik and
Lillehammer / Øyer. Oppland has many public sector jobs, in the
municipalities, the county municipality, the regional governmental
departments, the postal service, the telephone company and the
Norwegian State Railways (NSB).
"Build on the past, live
in the present, shape the future." Oppland has rich traditions in the
fields of music, dance, literature, wood-carving, architecture and
handicrafts. The locals are very aware of the tremendous value of this
rich culture and take good care of it. Folk music traditions have deep
roots in Valdres and the Gudbrandsdal Valley, both among individuals
and groups. Local groups and individuals have won prizes at a number of
music competitions and festivals. The prestigious "Spelemannsprisen"
has several times been won by folk musicians from Oppland. The Harding
fiddle dominates folk music in the Valdres district, while the ordinary
fiddle is more common in the Gudbrandsdal Valley.
On the west
side of Lake Mjøsa, the traditions are different, even though folk
music has become more popular in recent years. But here there is
especially great interest in string bands, big bands and small
ensembles, not to mention choir. Gjøvik in particular has a good music
education programme for youth, and this has laid the groundwork for a
wealth of musical experiences. Seen as a whole, Oppland today has a
vibrant music community, in which traditional music lives side by side
with the latest international trends.
has been the home of many famous authors. The three Norwegian authors
who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature all have bonds to
Oppland. Knut Hamsun was born at Garmo in Lom, but moved later with his
parents to Nordland. Later in life he returned, and lived for periods
of his life in Valdres and at Toten. Sigrid Undset purchased Bjerkebæk
in Lillehammer in 1921, and lived there until her death in 1950.
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson bought the farm Aulestad in Gausdal in 1874, and
it is still in the family"s possession. Other famous Oppland authors
are Olav Aukrust, Tore Ørjasæter, Tor Jonsson, Jan Magnus Bruheim, Hans
Aanrud, Mikkjel Fønhus, Vera Henriksen, Kirsten Langbo and Ragnhild
have since the last century and up to today lived and worked in
Lillehammer. This includes, for example, Thorvald Erichsen, Lars Jorde,
Fredrik Collett, Alf Lundeby, Kristen and Halvdan Holbø. Several others
lived in Lillehammer either permanently or for periods of their lives.
Many of these found their motifs in the Gudbrandsdal Valley. Today,
Jakob Weidemann lives and works in Lillehammer In addition, we have
significant painters such as Reidun Tordhol, Solveig Hiorth Andersen,
Einar Sigstad, Arne Paus, Ole Kr. Reinsbu, as well as handicraftsmen
and women such as Liv Blåvarp, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Johan Mæhlum, Marit
Hosar and Ragnhild Enge. The Lillehammer Art Museum, which has one of
the country´s best collections of Norwegian pictorial art, houses many
works by Oppland painters.
has a very rich cultural heritage, and is one of the country´s leading
counties when it comes to architecture and other types of cultural
monuments. Of the country"s approx. 2500 preserved buildings, around
500 are located in Oppland. The country"s largest concentration of
heritage listed farm courtyards is located in Heidal in Sel
municipality. Of the 30 stave churches heritage listed in Norway today,
nine of them are located in Oppland. Garmo stave church, which
originally stood at Garmo in Lom, is now on display at Maihaugen in
Lillehammer. There is also a Norwegian stave church in Slask, Polen.
This stave church originally stood in Vang in Valdres, and was
purchased by the Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm Friedrich IV in 1841.
has a network of well-developed, cultural-historical museums. The
largest is The Sandvig Collections, Maihaugen, which is the country´s
largest outdoor museum with around 150 buildings. Similar, but smaller
museums include Valdres Folk Museum, Toten Ecological Museum, Eiktunet
at Gjøvik, Lands Museum, Hadeland Folk Museum and the Museums in
Nord-Gudbrandsdalen. There are also special museums such as the
Norwegian Museum of Historical Vehicles, Norwegian Road Museum in
Lillehammer and the Norwegian Mountain Museum in Lom.
connection with the XVII Olympic Winter Games in 1994, several large
monumental buildings and athletic facilities were built in the
Lillehammer area. At Maihaugen, a major cultural centre was built, with
a hall seating up to 730 persons. In connection with the earlier
Lillehammer By"s Malerisamling, a large, new art museum was built, and
the institution is now called the Lillehammer Art Museum. The old
magnificent building that earlier housed Lillehammer Sparebank was
restored and established as the Banken Cultural Centre.
1994 Olympics, two large sports halls were built, Kristin and Håkon
Halls, the latter with a seating capacity of 10.OOO Two modern ski
jumping hills were also built at Lysgards bakkene, and a ski arena for
Cross-country and Biathlon. For Alpine events, Hafjell in Øyer and
Kvitfjell in Ringebu were expanded and upgraded. And a Bobsleigh and
Luge Track was built north of Lillehammer at Hunderfossen.
air, and sanatoriums for chest patients and convalescents, provided the
initial basis for Oppland"s tourist industry. Of the older sanatoriums
located here at the end of the last century and beginning of this
century were Tonsåsen, Breidablikk, Fossheim and Maristuen in Valdres;
in the Gudbrandsdal Valley, the oldest is Gausdal Høyfjellshotell,
built as a sanatorium as early as 1878. Granheim Lung Centre in Follebu
in the same municipality has a similar history.
Pure air and
water, beautiful and unspoiled uplands are today a resource in great
demand. Recreation and peace and quiet as a part of the health
programme are still very important — and become constantly more
important for those who live in densely populated areas with a high
degree of pollution. But nature has its limits, and it is important to
ensure that animals and plants are not subject to excessive amounts of
tourist traffic. Environmental protection and "green tourism" are
important concepts. We must use nature for recreation, and at the same
time also preserve it as an invaluable resource.
protection, preservation of mountain areas, forests and nature
reserves, as well as preservation of cultural history in all building
and planning activities are important tools when used in combination
with the monitoring of water and air quality. In certain areas of the
county, the population doubles during the winter and summer holidays
and Easter. The tremendous number of tourists travelling to the region
are also in need of health services, and the county municipality
operates two somatic county hospitals and three special hospitals.
has long traditions in organising conferences, cultural festivals, folk
music events and not least of all sports events. There is considerable
events organising experience, not least of all when it comes to large
and demanding sports events such as World Cup competitions, Olympics
and other major championships. Among the typical annual athletic events
worth mentioning are Birkebeinerrennet, Ridderrennet, Olympic Day Run,
in addition to various World Cup competitions in Nordic and Alpine ski
disciplines, "Villmannen over Valdresflya" and the mountain marathon at
the same site.
In the sphere of culture, we have the annual
Kristin Days at Jørundgard in Sel, the Peer Gynt Festival at Vinstra,
with a performance of " Peer Gynt" at Galavannet lake, the Jørn
Hilme-festival at Fagernes, the "Landskappleiken" folk music festival
which from time to time is held in Oppland, the Sigrid Undset Festival
and various other festivals with plenty of music and dancing.
the 1994 Olympics, Lillehammer and Gjøvik have plenty of indoor events
capacity, which can also be used for seminars, conferences, concerts,
etc. The county also has several national sports facilities, as well as
county-wide facilities for various ski disciplines, track and field,
ice hockey, bobsleigh/luge, motor sports, rafting and hang-gliding.
Oppland is ideally suited for leisure activities, sports and recreation, both summer and winter.
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