We emphasize good service and we are committed to constantly improve the quality of our product. We are therefore proud that we were one of the first hostels in the world to be certified as a HI Quality Hostel with good practices and standards.
Now we continue this hard work to become an even more sustainable company through Hostelling International, which means that we can eventually adorn ourselves for being one of the few HIQs (S stands for sustainability) hostels in the organization. We have been working closely with ‘Visit Lillehammer’ and HI Norway in 2017 and are now a Green Key overnight company and in 2018 we also will be sertificeted as a HIQs hostel .
Some of the measures we have implemented:
- Mapping of energy use, garbage handling and opportunities to change the routine of the employees and guests.
- We encourage our guests to get around together and tell this both on the website and physically in our premises.
- Our employees are in the spring of 2017 in the “Cycling to Work” campaign, and we strive to drive collectively, go or ride a bike where is physically possible.
- In cooperation with HI Norway and the peace corps, we have volunteers that help us focus on sustainability, suggesting and implementing concrete actions here at Lillehammer Station.
- Become a Green Key company in november 2017 and get HIQ’s approval in 2018
We value local production, history and culture. For this reason, mostly of our furniture is locally purchased from the region or from Norway. This way, we help to save energy and carbon emissions from the transport. Nonetheless, we promote local designs, and encourage local economy growth, contributing to generate more income and more jobs for people around. Local is better and more sustainable too! Check on how our decoration and furniture looks nice.
In Stasjonen, we are concerned about serving the best food to you. We use many organic ingredients and most of what we sell is homemade by our chefs in our own kitchen. Our specialties are the Norwegian waffels!, the cakes and the bread from the local bakery. The smell of fresh made waffel shall meet you when you visiting us. For drink, you can have either a healthy smoothie, a local appel cider or a local and delicious beer from Lillehammer brewery or Gausdal 704.
Travel green Lillehammer
- Do as the locals – “Lillehamring”. Gather as much information as best local tips. Help look after the landscape by not littering natural areas. Protect the nature. Hostel staff is always prepared to give you the best advices.
- Eat local. Local products and services give you a unique flavor of Lillehammer, Gudbrandsdalen and Norway. All our local products are marked with the “local product” sign. Help us to support local communities and small local busineses
- Swap and share. We have areas where you can leave or swap books, food, clothes and other travel necessities.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle. Support us in our efforts to recycle – you will find system and information at our place. Ask us if it`s unclear where you can dispose of recyclables. Switch the lights off, turn down the heaters, unplug what you`re not using and join. And leave the car behind! You`ll see a lot more and it`s cheaper!
- Be social. Hi Lillehammer hostel are a great place to meet people from all around the world – you`ll always get an opportunity to enjoy a meal with other guests in the guest kitchen or other common areas and make valuable friendships.
- Join our free and green activities. Free bike hire and free guided tours weekly in the summer season are some of the offers. We have also suggest 10 other free tings to do in Lillehammer!
10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN LILLEHAMMER
Our guide to you that gives you more memories of your stay here at Lillehammer.
- Go the 954 stairs in Lysgårdsbakken or just enjoy the view from the top. The 1994 Olympic Jumpbak is one of Lillehammers finest viewing points.
- Visit Maihaugen Open Air Museum, open all year from 07:00 to 22:00 (free entrance for outdoor areas). Exceptions from June to September when it opens from 07:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 22:00. There you can see old farms, stave church, seating areas, “fishing church” and look into the windows to get a look how Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen used to be around the 1700s.
- Visit the factory, open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:30 and Saturday from: 12.00 to 15.00. See jewelry designs, furniture fitters, painters, glassblowers and other artisans at work.
- Stroll in the pedestrian street – Enjoy the ambiance of one of Lillehammer’s best-visited attractions.
- A walk along Mesnaelva to Svarga – The walk along Lillehammer’s life is an attraction and was one of the first attractions the tourists visited in Lillehammer with its waterfalls and natural pearls. Today, the water level is mostly shallow, but in the case of heavy rainfall or on “water splash days” you can experience the river like in old glory days. At the turning point bridge “Svarga” you will find a special house where Marcello Haugen lived. It is alleged that he had psychic abilities and the stories are many around him.
- Evening trip through Fåberg – Borrow our bikes for FREE. We recommend a bike ride via Fåberg – a nice round trip of approx. 20 kilometers. Finish with a FREE cool bathroom in Vingnesvika before strolling over Vingnesbrua and back to the station.
- Run an escalator on Strandtorget – Someone in the family wants to shop safely, so the trip to a shopping center may not be avoided? Go down the stairs under the railway and walkway down to the promenade at Mjøsa. On the trip there is a nice street art of local celebrities. The escalator runs in the center – when you get tired of the center you can take a walk along Mjøsa and enjoy the view.
- Throw some pebbles on Mosodden – If you go down the trail north of Mesnaelva / Station and follow the roads down towards Mjøsa, you will come to one of Lillehammer’s bathing places. Take a bath or play “stone skipping” – the water temperature is rarely above 18 degrees. For those who are not familiar with this game: find a stone as flatest as possible and toss it over the water to see how many times you manage to make the stone bounce over the water.
- Visit Vegmuseet in Hunderfossen 12 km north of Lillehammer. Large open-air museum with excellent hiking opportunities, bus tours, smithing, machines, horseback riding for children, activities and toys for young and old.
- Take part in an exciting tunnel walk in the Fjällprengning Museum.