LILLEHAMMER (literally "Little Hammer"), 50km north of Hamar and 180km from Oslo, is Lake Mjsa's most worthwhile destination. In winter, it's the Norwegian ski centre, a young and vibrant place whose rural, lakeshore setting and extensive cross-country ski trails contributed to its selection as the main venue for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. In preparation for the games, the Norwegian government spent a massive two billion kroner on the town's sporting facilities, which are now the best in the country. Spread along the hillsides above and near the town, these include a ski-jumping tower and chair lift; a ski-jumping arena with two jumping hills and chair lift; an ice hockey arena; a bobsleigh track and a cross-country skiing stadium which gives access to about 30km of cross-country ski trails. Several local companies, including Saga Arrangement, Gudbrandsdalsvegen 203 (Tel:61 26 92 44, Web:
), operate all-inclusive winter sports and activity holidays, though if this is what you have in mind, you may as well book your holiday with an agent back home. As you would expect, most Norwegians arriving here in winter come fully equipped, but it's possible to rent (or purchase) equipment when you get here – the tourist office will advise.