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Stay: wooden dwellings for lovebirds: a stay in Valdres natur- og kulturpark

Old places have something special. I can't quite describe it, but perhaps a soul? It is certainly a fascinating idea that people have lived and experienced their lives in certain places for hundreds of years. Vasetstølen is no exception, and I think that's why it appealed to me so much when I first visited. In the 16th century, Vasetstølen was a summer farm where the cattle could graze on fresh grass and herb-rich vegetation somewhere right in the middle of the Valdres area. Especially in autumn, when nature begins to change colors, it is a gift to enter here after a long walk. The fireplace crackles, and a bowl of rømmegrøt warms you up. Do not expect refined cuisine here, but rather dishes based on tradition. This place is particularly worth visiting for those who want to experience the simplicity of classic Norwegian farm life.

Winter landscape Norway

If you are looking for a special place to stay in Valdres natur- og kulturpark, I have a wonderful recommendation for you: Herangtunet Boutique Hotel in Heggenes. I have never slept there myself (my inlaws have a cabin nearby) so in that sense I do not have any skin in the game, but I once looked around and I was completely overwhelmed.

The interior has a kind of rugged grandeur with suites in various styles and themes. And just look at the location! I can picture myself with a blanket on my lap, next to a bonfire with a hot coco in my hand. Absolutely stunning. Additionally, they offer all sorts of activities that will immediately make you understand why I completely fell for Norway. In any case, are you in love? Or about to? Book a night or two. You’ll leave a different person. By the way, the surroundings of both Vasetstølen and Herangtunet are stunningly beautiful. There are numerous beautiful hiking trails, and if you feel like picking blueberries or mushrooms, the lower-lying forests are a goldmine. Here, you also have a good chance of encountering reindeer. I have seen a large herd pass by multiple times in the area, both in winter and summer. It's good to know that you shouldn't get too close to them. Especially not in winter. They have a lower heart rate during that time to conserve energy and might not run away if you approach them. But that doesn't mean they don't get stressed. So keep your distance, ok? All in all, a stay in the Valdres area is like food for your soul.

**Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive at Oslo Airport (OSL). Public transport really takes forever to get you there, so it is most wise to reserve a car in advance. Since Norway has one of the best fast-charging networks in the world, I would advise you to rent an electric car. Better for the environment, cheaper to charge and it gets you everywhere. Check here for availability.


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