A wonderful day trip from Oslo for those who enjoy a leisurely and calm heart rhythm
Only 125 kilometers north of Oslo, on the west side of Mjøsa lies the Totenbygdene like a beautiful patchwork along Norway's largest lake. Drive the E6 to Minnesund and turn off towards Gjøvik. The trip along Mjøsa through the cultural landscape of Totenvika is worth the trip in itself.
Feel free to stop at Evjua Strandpark in Totenvika for a good meal at the restaurant Viken II, which is located a little outside Mjøsa.
On Kapp in Østre Toten you can visit an artistic pearl of a place, namely the Peder Balke-centre
In the listed building from the 18th century, Peder Balke decorated the banquet hall with 12 wall paintings in 1834 and the hall is the very heart of the art centre. In addition to the murals, you can experience changing exhibitions of contemporary art in the summer months as well as an information center about Peder Balke. The Peder Balke Center has a pleasant café where you can eat a tasty lunch, drink good coffee and a delicious cake. The interior shop, the 4 seasons, is located next door and has a wide selection of local goods such as flowers and vegetables as well as beautiful interiors for your own home or as a gift.
In recent years, interest in Balke's work has steadily increased, first with the exhibition Peder Balke – Vision and Revolution at the Nordnorsk Art Museum in 2014. This exhibition was a collaboration with the National Gallery, which culminated in the exhibition Peder Balke in London (in the period November 2014–April 2015). In April 2017, the exhibition Peder Balke – Painter of Northern Light opened at The Metropolitan in New York.Read more about Peder Balke and the art center here
Sculptural stop: Allium
Remember to take a stroll over the tractor road to the sculpture Allium (or the onion as the locals call it) by Sverre Wyller. The beautiful sculpture is conceived as a classic still life in the rich cultural landscape at Toten. Seen from a distance, it also works like this, with Mjøsa in the background. Allium is placed as a portal over the original main axis into the garden. The sculpture is positioned diagonally across the road - to not only be a portal - but also an independent form in the landscape. This is just one of several beautiful art installations nearby.
Read more about the others here
Mjøsa's Ark – Mjøsa's own museum
Only a couple of kilometers from the Peder Balke center is Mjøsa Ark, one of the Mjøs museums. Mjøsa's sheet tells about life in and around Norway's largest lake, Mjøsa. Here you will find 500 square meters of historical treasures from the Stone Age and the Viking age, and up to how we use Mjøsa today, and how we look after our drinking water source.
Fjorn is located right next to Mjøs Ark, which serves delicious dishes with a panoramic view of Mjøsa.
Skibladner docks right outside Mjøsas Ark on Wednesdays and Fridays. Read more about timetables and booking information at Skibladner here
We understand if you want to stay another night. Here we have some good tips for places to spend the night:
Grøna Skysstasjon på Totenåsen
Quality Hotel Strand, Gjøvik
Clarion Collection Hotel Grand, Gjøvik