is a county
, bordering Sør-Trøndelag
, Møre og Romsdal
, Sogn og Fjordane
. The county administration is in Lillehammer
. Oppland is, together with Hedmark
, one of the only two landlocked counties of Norway
Oppland extends from the lakes Mjøsa
to the mountains Dovrefjell
. The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are Gudbrandsdalen
Oppland includes the towns Lillehammer, Gjøvik Otta and Fagernes, and Norway's two highest mountains, Glittertind and Galdhøpiggen.
Several museums and other attractions are situated in Oppland and tourism is important to the economy, Valdres and Gudbrandsdal being popular attractions. The Gudbrandsdal surrounds the river Gudbrandsdalslågen, and includes the villages Øyer, Dovre and Dombås. Valdres includes the area extending from Jotunheimen down to Bagn at Begna river. It is a well known place for skiing and winter sports. The main population centres in this area are Beitostølen and Fagernes.
times the inner parts of Norway was called Upplönd
'the upper countries'. The first element is upp
'upper'. The last element is lönd
, the plural form of 'land'.
In 1757 the inner parts of the great Akershus amt were separated, and given the name Oplandenes Amt. This was divided in 1781 into Kristians Amt (named after the king Christian VII) and Hedemarkens Amt. In 1919 the name Kristians Amt was changed (back) to Opland fylke, and the form Oppland was settled in 1950.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1989). It shows two Pulsatilla vernalis
In the late Iron Age
, Oppland was a petty kingdom
Some kings of Oppland:
Oppland County has a total of 26 municipalities: