Our History

There was once a man from Lillehammer who sat on his porch and read the newspaper. His name was Anders, and he lived on a large and beautiful farm a little north of the city, by a large waterfall called Hunderfossen. He had acquired the farm by marrying his noble daughter Kari, and large areas of forest followed. Not only that, but father-in-law Simen had also established a cozy inn and campsite in the area.

Probably the world's largest and most famous troll

This is how the world’s largest sitting troll came to Hunderfossen near Lillehammer. On the underside of the troll, stone caves were dug with space for Asbjørnsen and Moes’ magical fairytale world. And around the troll there was an adventure park full of activities!

En fantastisk reise

And even more, the cozy inn was extended to a hotel and restaurant in the same distinctive style. The Norwegian Road Museum was all a good neighbor, and with the Olympics in Lillehammer in ’94, a Scandinavian bobsled and toboggan run was added to Hunderfossen. Visitors came from far and wide, and Hunderfossen became one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. And the fairytale park continued to grow with each passing year!

And the fairytale is far from over – because the Fairytale Park will never be completely finished …

Hunderfossen
Hunderfossen Hunderfossen

En fantastisk reise

And even more, the cozy inn was extended to a hotel and restaurant in the same distinctive style. The Norwegian Road Museum was all a good neighbor, and with the Olympics in Lillehammer in ’94, a Scandinavian bobsled and toboggan run was added to Hunderfossen. Visitors came from far and wide, and Hunderfossen became one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. And the fairytale park continued to grow with each passing year!

And the fairytale is far from over – because the Fairytale Park will never be completely finished …

Hunderfossen Hunderfossen

Hunderfossen-trollet

The Hunderfossen troll is the world’s most famous and photographed troll. It is 14 meters high above the ground, when he sits! Legend has it that the troll was petrified by the sun one early spring morning. The troll sat in his own thoughts, suddenly the sun shone, and therefore he remained seated. The Hunderfossen troll guards a real adventure.

If you dare to walk between the legs of the troll, you will be in Asbjørnsen & Moe’s fairytale world, in Ivo Caprino’s fairytale cave. Among boulders, logs and moss, you meet our cultural heritage in the form of unique tableaux from the fairy tales we know so well. All designed by Ivo Caprino and his good helpers.

In the fairytale cave there are more than 150 trolls gathered – can you find them all?

 

There was once a man from Lillehammer who sat on his porch and read the newspaper. His name was Anders, and he lived on a large and beautiful farm a little north of the city, by a large waterfall called Hunderfossen. He had acquired the farm by marrying his noble daughter Kari, and large areas of forest followed. Not only that, but father-in-law Simen had also established a cozy inn and campsite in the area.

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