Set on a cobalt-blue lake, Gjovik is a picturesque town where you can experience Norway through a local lens. Enjoy hiking, ziplining and scenic cruises in the summer, or bundle up for cross-country skiing in the winter. Gjovik is set in one of the largest and most bountiful farming regions in Norway, making it a paradise for food lovers.
Things to do in Gjøvik
Gjovik has a rich culinary heritage and is filled with farm-to-table restaurants spotlighting fresh, locally grown produce. Visiting traditional farms is a unique chance to see your food make the leap from paddock to plate. If you enjoy seafood, be sure to sample the town’s local delicacy, Mjøsa trout.
The charming Skibladner paddle steamer has been cruising around Mjøsa Lake since 1856. Tours take you out onto the lake and showcase the beautiful scenery, stopping at waterside towns and villages along the way.
With more than 1,500 kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks to explore, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy winter in Gjovik. Some wind through sun-dappled forests and others take you up to scenic mountain peaks.
Built into the side of a mountain, Gjøvik Olympic Hall is one of Scandinavia’s most spectacular sporting arenas. Cheering on the local Gjovik Mammuts ice hockey team is a great opportunity to experience the stadium in action.
Set in a sun-dappled forest, Gjøvik Climbing Park will test your skills, strength and nerves. The high ropes course meanders through the treetops and features tightropes, suspension bridges and rope ladders. The zipline will get your adrenalin racing.
Getting around Gjøvik
Gjovik is compact and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars are a good way to explore Gjovik and the Mjøsa Lake region at your own pace while trains run between Gjovik and Oslo in around 2.5 hours. Oslo Airport is a 1.5-hour drive south.