Below our cabin lies a meadow used as sheep pasture, and on the other side is the shop. Thor Heyerdahl built this cabin when the Bergensbanen was finished at Ustaoset. The timber haul ensured that still today it is a very simple 800m walk from the train station by the lake. Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet National parks can be reached by foot or bike. Several downhill and mountain bikes are in the shed. Parking by the cabin in summer. Elevation 1011 meter. Please ask for details.
This cabin was erected by Thor Heyerdahl senior. It had been built as a home for a family in the typical historic fashion of Hallingdal. Kitchen and bath are now modern. The annex is considered the oldest wood construction still standing at Ustaoset.
Sauna, WC and shower, 2 hallways, 2 bedrooms + 2 loft bedrooms, kitchen, dining room very tight for 5-11 persons, living room. Chairs for use outside are in the wood shed, wood, bikes, sleds. Coffee machine and all the kitchenware needed for a lot of people. We try to offer fully flexible arrival and departure times, we even offer you to store your gear in the outhouse before and after your stay, so you can enjoy your full day, however, some times guests are leaving and arriving on the same day, if you have ordered cleaning we must be able to clean between guests without interference between 1100 and 1600. So when you want to use the cabin before 1600 or leave after 1100 this must be agreed approx. 1 week before, based on booking and workload.
I do not live there most of the year, but have two local hosts who check between guests, who will help with anything that is broken, or with cleaning (optional, book ahead). Additional services are available: Taxi (Vindegg no). Delivery of groceries from local shop Joker.
Ask for a letter with details. Remember to check these points: bring sheets. Print out map w directions. Order cleaning if you need while booking. Have you removed ashes to a metal bucket before you leave? Very good cellphone coverage. Satellite TV in the cabin.
Seasons: Guaranteed enough snow for cross country skiing from mid-December to 1. May near the cabin. Guaranteed possible to hike from 10. June till 1. December. The best time of the year is April and May with large skis, klister and much sun. Around May melted snow will collect in dams and creeks in new places, so small detours will be needed to follow the favorite ski tracks.
Ustaoset is a small sheltered valley above the forest line where high winds can sweep under certain conditions. Always take snacks, warm clothes, drinks and make sure you are close to the cabin before you get tired.
We had an inspection by the fire department in Sept. 2015, and complied.
You must be prepared to leave by 1300 if you are cleaning the cabin yourself. However, if you need to save time we can offer cleaning for 900kr. Please order cleaning when you book the cabin. When we arrive to clean the cabin we need to have it free of luggage and guests. At the earliest we will start work at 1100.
I am a trained biologist, and have enjoyed biking and climbing most of my life. Professionally, my work covers effect, health and safety of pesticides, medicines, and contaminants of water. I am also kept busy by my family with 3 kids.