Located where the Moelva River meets Lake Mjøsa, Moelv is one of the largest towns in the Norwegian municipality of Ringsaker. It’s believed to have been inhabited since the Norwegian Stone Age and now serves as a shopping, dining and transport hub for the surrounding agricultural region.
Things to do in Moelv
A short drive from Moelv is Ringsaker Church, which was originally built in the mid-12th century in a Romanesque style. It was later expanded to incorporate Gothic features and in 1652, it was topped by a new tower and spire by the renowned Norwegian architect Werner Olsen. In addition to being a beautiful stone landmark, the Ringsaker Church is historically important for its role as a polling station for the 1814 Norwegian Constituent Assembly elections.
Located on an islet in Lake Mjøsa are the castle ruins of Mjøskastellet, which was built by Håkon IV Håkonsson in the 13th century. It’s believed to have been Norway’s largest tower building in the Middle Ages, with a chapel, a hall and a prison among its features. Join a guided tour to explore the castle’s foundations on foot or slowly paddle past on a kayaking expedition.
Golfers can book a round at the Mjøsen Golfklubb, a public golf course with scenic views across Lake Mjøsa. Golfing apparel and accessories are available at the on-site pro shop while the clubhouse is a friendly spot for after-round drinks and meals.
Getting around Moelv
Moelv is around 30 minutes’ drive from Hamar and just under two hours from Oslo. Oslo Airport is 1.5 hours away. Regular trains connect to the Moelv railway station and the town is small enough to explore on foot. Renting a car is the most convenient way of accessing the surrounding attractions.