Oppland is Norway mountain county and is located in the center of southern Norway. Some believe that Oppland was Norway's most populated area until the 1800s. Than the population declined dramatically with emigration to Oslo and America. Today there are just under 200 000 inhabitants here.
In Oppland there is Opplandstrafikk who manages the buses. There is easy to get around in the Lillehammer and Gjøvik areas by bus.
Outside these areas, it runs few buses and it is necessary to plan a bit.
From Oslo you can travel by train to Gjøvik and in Gudbrandsdalen (Oslo-Lillehammer-Dombås-Trondheim).
- opplandstrafikk.no Public transport in Oppland. (Only norwegian, but use translate function at top of the site.)
- nsb.no National railway company
In the nort of Oppland, you will find Norway's wildest mountain scenery (Jotunheimen) with crystal blue rivers and small lakes.
The blue water comes from the many glaciers on the mountains.
Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain (2469 meters above sea level) and the famous hike over Besseggen is located here.
Also Dovrefjell and Rondane is famous mountain areas. Dovrefjell is a highland area where you can see musk.
Rondane is known for its beautiful scenery with marshes and is often depicted in fall colors.
You'll also find two valleys (Valdres and Gudbrandsdalen) which extends towards the mountains.
In the valleys, you can see tall green hillsides with small and large farms. It is said that many of the Norwegian fairy tales have their origin from this area.
Farther southeast in the county, you will find Mjøsa which is Norway's largest lake.
Mjøsa stretches from Lillehammer in the north, Gjøvik in west, Hamar (Hedmark) in east and Eidsvoll (Akershus) in the south.
The area is otherwise hilly with large forests and small lakes.
The major cities in Oppland is Lillehammer and Gjøvik.
Other important places are Fagernes, Vinstra and Otta (which is the smallest city in population).
Lillehammer is the main city in Oppland and have a population of 27,000 inhabitants. The city is located north of Mjøsa and south of Gudbrandsdalen.
In the city center, you find a pleasant shopping street with both local and national stores.
In 1994, Lillehammer hosted the Olympic Games.
The population in Gjøvik is about 30,000. The city center is mainly inside a large shopping center (CC Gjøvik), but you will also find a small shopping street outside.
The city is located west of Mjøsa where you also find the main port to Skibladner. Skibladner is an old paddle steamer and landmark for Mjøsa region.