If you are visiting us from outside Norway and you are new to the beauty of the Norwegian countryside and its outdoor culture, this is an ideal starting point for you. 

Whether you would like to go for a short hike and witness spectacular scenery right on our doorstep, say hello to our pigs or take a slightly longer hiking, skiing or canoeing trip nearby, we can promise that you will make many memories here and get a good taste of the outdoor life of Norway, always remembering the favourite Norwegian motto:

«Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær.»

«There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing»

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In addition, you could visit nearby towns full of fascinating history and experience some Norwegian town culture, silver mines or even drive a little further to our cobalt mines, famous bear park or to take in the wonders of our capital city Oslo.

 
Hikes - Right outside the door   Walk around Buvannet Lake, run around the Telemark Circuit, or head to the top of Northern Rua, a nearby hill (5-10km hike). In the summer we recommend a visit to Storaasgrisen, our free-range "happy pigs" that spend all summer on our farm.  Please ask for maps at reception.

Hikes - Right outside the door

Walk around Buvannet Lake, run around the Telemark Circuit, or head to the top of Northern Rua, a nearby hill (5-10km hike). In the summer we recommend a visit to Storaasgrisen, our free-range "happy pigs" that spend all summer on our farm.

Please ask for maps at reception.

 
Ski and Hiking Trips - 10 minutes away   Blefjell offers fantastic ski runs in the winter for cross country skiing, both skating and classic. In the summer you can wander across endless expanses and hills. It is a relatively flat mountain region and therefore perfect for all tastes and levels of competence.  Bletoppen (1342m above sea level) is definitely worth a visit. Bring lunch and climb up towards some amazing views.

Ski and Hiking Trips - 10 minutes away

Blefjell offers fantastic ski runs in the winter for cross country skiing, both skating and classic. In the summer you can wander across endless expanses and hills. It is a relatively flat mountain region and therefore perfect for all tastes and levels of competence.

Bletoppen (1342m above sea level) is definitely worth a visit. Bring lunch and climb up towards some amazing views.

 
Canoeing and beach life - Buvannet   Take a canoe and paddle over the water to some of the little islands on the other side. Price is 270, - per canoe per day. This include two life jackets and two oars. Each canoe takes two people.

Canoeing and beach life - Buvannet

Take a canoe and paddle over the water to some of the little islands on the other side. Price is 270, - per canoe per day. This include two life jackets and two oars. Each canoe takes two people.

 

Other Day Trips and Tours

The Storaas Sisters hotel lies with many experiences for large and small only a short distance away! We have made some recommendations below. Just ask us and we will help you plan your day trip.

Day Trip Suggestion 1:

Destination Rjukan UNESCO World Heritage site and great views from the top of Gaustad Mountain (Gaustatoppen)

View from Gaustatoppen (1883 meters above sea level)

View from Gaustatoppen (1883 meters above sea level)

About Rjukan

Rjukan is known to be at the heart of industry in Telemark, due to the invention of artificial fertilisers and the Heavy Water sabotage during WW2. This small town was established when Norsk Hydro started the production of artificial fertiliser here between 1905 and 1916.

 We recommend the following: 

-    Vemork Industry Workers Museum. Visit the excavated heavy water cellar!
-    Gaustatoppen with amazing views and the Gaustabanen (railway) inside the mountain.
-    Climbing park at the top of Krossobanen.
-    Go back in time and take a trip with the Tinnsjø ferries or Rjukan railway.
-    Take the mountain road over Tuddal on the way back, to visit Heddal Stave Church, Norway's largest stave church.  NB The road is closed during the winter.

For more info contact reception and we will help you out firmapost@storaas.no

Day Trip Suggestion 2:

Destination Numedal and a journey through the Middle Ages.

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Langedrag Nature Park. Photo: Gro Saugerud  

Numedal (“the Valley of the Middle Ages”) 

In the Middle Ages Numedal was a popular route between east and west Norway and those who lived here could buy what they did not produce from tradespeople passing through. Today there is both a transport route between East and West, as well as a valley filled with experiences that make for an interesting day trip from the Storaas Sisters Hotel. Here are our suggestions:

-    Visit Rollag Stave Church from the latter part of 13th century and other medieval sights
-    Go on a draisine (light auxiliary railway) trip from Veggli
-    Visit Farmen Fløtterud, see the wildlife and visit the farm shop
-    Visit Langedrag, a natural park that is idyllically situated among high mountains.  Here there is something for people of all ages and you have the opportunity to see wild animals in natural surroundings. Famous for its wolves, there are also elk, mountain foxes and many more. 

               Read more about Langedrag Nature Park here

-    Take the road from Veggli and across to Austbygdi, over the mountain with a stunning view. NB The road is closed in winter.

 

Destination Kongsberg and Notodden - older and newer industrial history

Kongsberg town, Norway

Take a day and explore Kongsberg. This former mining town situated on a dramatic salmon river was founded by the Danish king Christian IV in 1624 after silver was discovered in the surrounding hills.  Kongsberg is today known for the major companies within the oil, weapons and space industry.

One of the main attractions the city has to offer is the silver mines, where you can be taken down 2300 metres into the mines, enjoy lunch at Saggrendadammen where miners used to sleep and also hike the mining hills and see the mines from above.

In addition there is the 18th Century Kongsberg Church, the largest Baroque Church in Norway, seating 2400 people.

The Jazz Festival, held every year at the beginning of July, is a highlight on the calendar and attracts many internationally famous artists across the music industry. 

Also, just 5 minutes’ drive from the centre of town, you have the Kongsberg downhill ski centre.