Activity holidays at Storaas
Storaas Hotel is located in picturesque surroundings, ideally situated close to a number of great summer experiences. Mountain lovers can enjoy hiking on Mt. Blefjell, Mt. Knutefjell, Mt. Gausta and the Hardanger Plateau. Alternatively you can visit Rjukan and survey the ‘Heroes of Telemark’ World War II heavy water sabotage operation if you are interested in Norwegian industrial and war history. Historical attractions such as Heddal Stave Church, the Silver Mines and Blaafarveverket (the Blue Colour Works) are not far away. Back at Storaas you can relax and stimulate your taste buds. We take pride in serving good home-made food prepared in our own kitchen from locally-sourced ingredients.
There are several excellent opportunities for walking in the countryside around Storaas. You can follow marked trails and paths or you can find your own way through completely unspoilt countryside. There are several lakes containing both trout and perch. The forest is usually full of berries and mushrooms from the end of July onwards. The numerous lakes in the area are suitable for canoe and kayak trips.
Mt. Heimstulfjell (approx. 700 metres above sea level) lies within walking distance of Storaas and offers a great view and the opportunity to take a swim in mountain lakes. Duration: approx. 3-4 hours.
Mt. Bletoppen (4.402 FASL)
A lovely walk starting on the wooded mountainside with several swimming sites en route. Day trip. Approx. 15 minute drive by car from Storaas. Toll road..
Mt. Gausta (6177 FASL)
Magical view. On a clear day you can see 1/6th of Norway. It takes between two and three hours to hike to the top. It is possible to purchase drinks and snacks at the top. Approx. 75 minute drive by car from Storaas.
The highest mountain plateau in Northern Europe at over 1,000 metres above sea level. Drive to Rjukan. Take the Krossobanen (aerial tramway) up to Hardangervidda. Cycle or hike into Hardangervidda. There are opportunities both for spending the night in cabins or undertaking day trips.
Day trip by car: Blaafarveværket
Take a trip to Blaafarveværket(The Blue Glass Works) and onwards to Sigdal and Eggedal and visit the artist Theodor Kittelsen's home, Lauvlia. Kittelsen (1857-1914) is one of Norway’s most enduring painters. Continue over the mountains to Numedal and then back to Storaas.
Day trip by car: Numedal
Numedal is a mediaeval valley containing beautiful old houses. Visit one of the many stave churches and enjoy a meal consisting of local food at Rollag Station before driving across the mountains to Tessungdalen (the Tessung Valley) and Lake Tinnsjø. Visit a mountain farm en route. Then return to Storaas.
Day trip by car: round trip of Telemark
From Storaas to Notodden, visit the Blues House, followed by the 13th century Heddal stave church and then drive across Mt. Gausta to Rjukan. Return to Storaas along Lake Tinnsjø.