It doesn’t matter where I have lived, at first I’ve always been excited to get to know the new city, town or village. I’ve seen some of the sights and taken some tours. And then I’ve settled down. Loved and lived the life in a new place until I’ve moved on to the next destination. And then I’ve realized it.
I didn’t actually see any of the real sights. Like in Dublin, the Book of Kells.
But yeah, I did some other cool stuff. Like spent time in the student pubs. Went swimming at the 40-foot. And spent a lot of time in the Wicklow mountains.
But this time, in Norway, we kind of decided to get to know this place really well. Also outside the obvious outdoory stuff in the mountains and rivers.
Hence when we got the chance to visit the fairly local family adventure park “Hunderfossen” we jumped at the chance. There isn’t really a better time to do this than in the off-season, when the day starts with a promise of rain and turns in to a glorious early autumn sunny day. A winner! With no queues.
So if you ever get lost in the Lillehammer region (Winter Olympics ’96, anyone?), and your budget is little flexible, this is not a bad place to take a stop. A mix of adventure, typical amusement park type of stuff and education made fun; there is something for the whole family. And instead of being just your typical amusement park, here you definitely get the feel of the Norwegian folklore. And trolls.
Although I have to admit, I did kind of feel like a fool doing couple of the rides on my own while my husband and baby watched.
Yeah, that’s me, waving.
The drawback? Entry price. Adults NOK 360,- ($62/€50) and kids over 90cm of height from NOK 295,- ($51/€40) and up. And you have to pay for parking. Also, curiously enough, even though the park is geared towards international visitors, on some of the more interesting rides like the “Eventyrslottet” (fairytale castle), all the storytelling was only in Norwegian. Strange.
These aside, a great day out, recommend! And this said, we have ticked one more box of our “to do list” in this region. Now we just need to get on few of these mountain tops before the deadline!