Norway's Olympic Valley: Lillehammer - Gudbrandsdalen - 8202123526

Front Cover - Norway's Olympic Valley: Lillehammer - Gudbrandsdalen

Olaf Heitkøtter og Arvid Møller, Norway's Olympic Valley: Lillehammer - Gudbrandsdalen, Second Edition, © 1989 J.W. Cappelens Forlag AS, Gjøvik, Norway, Hardcover, 101 Pages, 82-02-14298-9. 

Photographs and text on the geography, people and culture of the Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen area of Norway.

Back Cover - Norway's Olympic Valley: Lillehammer - Gudbrandsdalen

Norway's Olympic Valley

With the announcement that Lillehammer will play host to the Winter Olympic Games in 1994, this charming little town and the valley of Gudbrandsdalen have suddenly been put on the map. Providing a colourful and informative presentation of the town and valley, this book takes you from Lake Mjøsa to the Mountains of Dovrefjell, through wild and beautiful landscapes where old trades and modern industries exist side by side in communities that have retained their rich traditions in painting, folk music and poetry. You will meet a lot of interesting people and hear some quite extraordinary stories about one of the more exciting and inspiring parts of Norway.


  • See Norway's Olympic valley!
  • The Birkebeiners' trek over the mountains
  • Lillehammer - the gateway to Gudbrandsdalen
  • The Nansen School
  • 5,000-year-old skiing traditions
  • A tourist town
  • Maihaugen
  • The preservation of culture
  • The seasons
  • Animal life
  • Nature conservation
  • Brown cheese
  • The cheese slicer - a Lillehammer invention
  • Norwegian sledges are making tracks across the world
  • Ski sticks and ski wax from Lillehammer
  • The mountains are for the young and old alike
  • The coaching inns
  • Horses and pagan wildness
  • An oasis for the royal family
  • The cottages in Gudbrandsdalen
  • The poets of Ottadalen
  • Høvringen in Rondane
  • The hunter Jo Gjende
  • Bears in Murudalen in 1979
  • Mountain plateaus, lakes and rivers supply the food
  • The 17th of May
  • The tourist valley
  • The home arts and crafts industry
  • An industrial fairy tale 85 Wool means culture
  • Pipes made Lillehammer world famous
  • Stone - a fascinating material
  • Folk music and folk dancing
  • The artists' town and the artists' valley
  • Spring light against the melting snow
  • The Gudbrandsdalen sense of humour
  • Forestry and the forest

A book about Norway's Olympic valley can only present some of the many verses of the national anthem to which Nobel prize winner for literature, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, alluded almost a hundred years ago. The intention has been to give just a sample of the features of the 220-kilometre cleft in the mountains of eastern Norway.

The valley's 80,000 inhabitants stand ready to attend to their duties as hosts before, during and after the 12th Winter Olympic Games in 1994. They are keen to show visitors around a town and a valley that really are luxuriant, wide, tranquil, beautiful, enjoyable, dynamic and full of traditions and culture.

Presented here were a few of favourite verses in the song about Lillehammer and Gud-brandsdalen, an evergreen in colours, words and contours. We hope that everyone who comes here will recognise the particular stanzas that we have presented — and discover some favourite verses of their own. For it all lies here in perfection, waiting to surprise the minds and senses of all who come to visit.

Now we must bid you welcome to the final verse. As so many of the other pieces in the mosaic called Lillehammer and Gudbrands-dalen, this too is exciting, dramatic and lyrical. Enjoy your trip - and come back soon!

© J.W. Cappelens Forlag a s 1989
Cover design by Ane Valderhaug
Art and graphic design by Anne Lise Wigdahl
Printed by E. Moestue a.s, Oslo
Bound by Gjøvik Bokbinderi A.s, Gjøvik
ISBN 82-02-14298-9
2. edition 1994

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

LC control no.: 90146085
Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name: Heitkøtter, Olaf, 1928-
Uniform title: Se Norges OL-dal! English
Main title: Norway’s Olympic valley : Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen / Olaf Heitkøtter and Arvid Møller.
Published/Created: [Oslo] : Cappelen, [c1989]
Related names: Møller, Arvid, 1939-
Description: 96 p. : ill. (some col.); 27 cm.
ISBN: 8202123526
Subjects: Gudbrandsdalen (Norway) --Description and travel.
Lillehammer (Norway) --Description and travel.
Gudbrandsdalen (Norway) --Pictorial works.
Lillehammer (Norway) --Pictorial works.
LC classification: DL576.G8 H4513 1989
Geographic area code: e-no---


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