The history of Hamar in one day


The day starts with a guided hike on the Pilgrim route along Lake Mjøsa from the Skibladner quay in Hamar to Domkirkeodden. Distance: 2 kilometres.


This is of Norway's largest medieval museums providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until today. The guided Medieval Tour includes both a visit in the ruins of the Bishop’s palace and the glass cathedral. Learn the history of the only inland medieval town in Norway and the people who lived here, and later how this town perished.

Simenstad farm

At Simenstad, relics have been discovered that tell of early settlement, and the well-preserved farm has buildings whose history dates back to the 1700s, as well as an intact interior. We are served a two-course lunch made from local produce.

Ringsaker Church

This church is a stone basilica dedicated to Saint Olav, built around the mid-1100s. Nearby is also the Mjøskastellet Fortress, build during the period 1233-1236 as a result of a landowner argument between King Håkon Håkonsson and the bishop of Hamar.

Fireplace in the kitchen at Simenstad

This distorted pine tree with the rest bench beneath, at the path along Lake Mjøsa, is a beloved subject for artists.

Simenstad Farm is located in a rural landscape with a panoramic view of Lake Mjøsa. The name of the farm derives from the Viking Age and oldest written document is from 1327.

In the historic garden, herbs, berries and vegetables are grown, including 25 varieties of rhubarb.

Price NOK 970 per person, including:

  • guided tour at Domkirkeodden, Gregorian chant Cathedral
  • two-course lunch at Simenstad farm, coffee/tea
  • visit at Ringsaker Church
  • tour guide.

SUITED FOR: Bus groups tours. 15 - 40 persons.

SEASON: All year.