This is what you see to the south from the cabin. A stroll around the lake will take three hours. Trekking the mountains around it too will add another three or four hours, with a spectacular view of the whole Jotunheimen. It's a brilliant all-day trip. You start and end up by the cabin. On foot. No driving needed. Photo: Tom Henning Bratlie.National park: The cabin is situated in a protected wildlife area, with very strict regulations. It's easy to see why. In the background: The Besseggen ridge that inspired the Nobel prize-winning playwrite Henrik Ibsens "Peer Gynt" play, and the mighty Besshø peak (2 258 meters above sea level) behind it. You may reach them both on foot from the cabin, if you're willing to make it a decent full day-trip. Photo: Tom Henning Bratlie.
Trekking with Norwegian trolls
Trekking with Norwegian trolls
8 guests
3 bedrooms
7 beds
1 bath
8 guests
3 bedrooms
7 beds
1 bath
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It's rustique. It's primitive. And it's stunningly beautiful. Welcome to Jotunheimen national park, home of the giants in Norse mythology. If you're into trekking, solitude and enchanting nature, look no further. Trolls apart; It's family friendly :)

The space

Enjoy our cosy and authentic family-owned Scandinavian-style log cabin, built by my great grandfather in 1922 for seasonal hunting and fishing purposes. The property sits in the heart of "Jotunheimen" ("home of the giant trolls"), a scenic mountainous area of roughly 3.500 km² in southern Norway. The location is excellent - hidden from the main road R51, just 15 meters from the lake Nedre Sjodalsvatn and the rafting-favorite river Sjoa.

It's the ideal starting point for hiking and climbing, angling or fly-fishing, rafting or glacier walking in this national park with more than 250 peaks above 1.900 metres, including Northern Europe's two highest ones: Galdhøpiggen at 2.469 metres, and Glittertind at 2.465 metres. You also have the majestic Besseggen ridge and the characteristic light-green color pro-glacial lake Gjende within day-trip easy-trekking distance.

The premises is off-grid, although we're using solar panel systems for electricity & gas for cooking, as the cabin sits in a stunning national park there is no access to running water, however the lake is a few steps from your door and there is an outhouse under a tree.

The cabin was renovated and upgraded in 2015, and extended to a total of 96 m², including a new kitchen, hot water tank and three bedrooms.

Please feel free to contact me for more information about the cabin, the location, booking or availability. I'm looking forward to hear from you :)

Guest access

Free parking comes with the booking, but you can't drive all the way. Last 400 meters on foot or by boat only. During winter, parking is approximately 800 meters from the cabin. Skis or snowshoes are recommended.

Interaction with guests

I will be present on your arrival, and I'll stay the first night if needed. The cabin will be heated and prepared for you, and I'll show you around and let you in on the routines for gas, water and solar panel systems.

Other things to note

If you'd like to stay out of season, it might be possible to arrange. Please send me a message at least a few weeks ahead though. I'll need to sort the logistics out, and I'll need to make sure it's even possible, depending on service and maintenance available to me. Extra charges might be applied, due to heavy snow and/or difficult weather conditions.

Free parking on premises

Extra people $18 NZD / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $91 NZD
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 toddler bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 3
2 bunk beds
Common spaces
2 sofas

House Rules
No parties or events

please note that this is an old, authentic cabin in a protected and strictly regulated national park. there is only limited access to hot water, but you may refill water directly from the lake, some 15 meters from the cabin. the water is also highly recommended as drinking water, as it is absolutely clean - coming directly from the glaciers. there is no need to bring bottled water.

You must also acknowledge
No parking on property - you have free access to a parking space some 400 meters from the cabin.
Amenity limitations - there is no WC, as there is no sewage system available to us. there is an outhouse, though :)


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

6 nights minimum stay

4 Reviews

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Stefan User Profile
August 2017
Charming cabin in wonderful location. The enviroment is beautiful and quiet. Good location for family activities. The cabin is spacious, convemiemt and well equipped. Thor was a wonderful host.

Sebastian User Profile
August 2017
Unser Aufenthalt in Thor´s Unterkunft war einfach einzigartig. Als wir ankamen fühlten wir uns gleich zu hause Die Hütte ist sehr gut ausgestattet ,super gemütlich und liegt in einer wunderschönen Landschaft direkt am See. Ein toller Ausgangspunkt für zahlreiche Ausflüge und Angeltouren. Thor selbst ist der perfekte Gastgeber der sich wirklich sehr gut um seine Gäste kümmert . Wir kommen auf jeden fall wieder !

Espen User Profile
January 2017
Ein wahrhaft magischer Aufenthalt! Thor’s Hütte befindet sich in einer der spektakulärsten Gegenden im Herzen des schönsten Naturparks Europas. Jotunheimen. Es liegt isoliert, zentral für Wanderungen und ist doch leicht zugänglich. Man genießt den Naturpark unmittelbar an einem idyllischen See. Thor traf uns bei der Ankunft und zeigte uns alle notwendigen Dinge - wie Holz finden, die Solarpanele aktivieren, Gas einrichten etc.. Auch servierte er uns ein herrliches Abendessen - Rentier-Ragout nach dem Rezept seiner Großmutter. Er half uns, die besten Wanderrouten in der Gegend zu finden - Bessegen, Sikkilsdalen, Besshø - und überließ uns unserem Schicksal. Ein fantastischer Typ! Die Hütte ist so modern, wie es in einem geschützten Naturpark möglich ist: kein fließend Wasser, outdoor Plumps-Klo und Solarpanele, sowie der etwa 500 Meter lange Abschnitt zu Fuß oder per Ski zur Hütte. Die moderne Küche ist großräumig und warm. Es ist ein Ort, an dem man es tagelang aushält, und von dem es jeder wert ist. Wir wanderten tagsüber und hingen in der Küche, und am Abend vorm Kamin. Wir lasen "Der Herr der Ringe” und blickten auf die gleichen Berge, die JRR Tolkien inspirierten, als er über Mittelerde schrieb. Magisch. Wir empfehlen Hotel Lynneberg in Jotunheimen.

Doris User Profile
August 2016
Nach unserer langen Reise war die Ankunft bei Thor fast, als ob wir zu Hause ankommen würden. Der Empfang von Thor war sehr herzlich und das Essen vorzüglich! Tessanden ist von uns aus zu weit weg, dass wir regelmässig und zu verschiedenen Jahreszeiten dahin zurückkehren können!

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Thor User ProfileThor is a superhost.

Hello there, stranger :)

I firmly believe you choose AirBnb because you want a genuine experience; a stay with that extra something that hotels just can't provide. That extra something I aim to deliver. It can be local knowledge, a trip around the blocks, someone to help you plan your trip before you're here, a host that may recommend and book tables or places, or in other ways improve your stay. I'm here to help, and I want you to have a great time, whatever that entails, or means to you.

I'm a Norwegian journalist - and a freelance foreign correspondent - currently commuting between work in Oslo, Norway and spare time in Berlin, Germany. I've been travelling alone for years - on several continents - and hopefully you'll benefit from my experiences. I do believe I know a few things about what a traveler appreciates on the road.

I love cooking; healthy, vegetarian or not, Norwegian seafood, anything that might tickle the taste buds. I read Spanish, German and Scandinavian languages too, but please allow me to reply to your message in English :)

I'm looking forward to hear from you. Welcome you are!


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