Viking House: Forget about your lifestyle, now you are a Viking

Above the Hemsedal valley, among the mountains, there is a cabin so unique that only a few in Norway are built this way. This cottage, as the name suggests, is built in a style that will make you feel like an adventurous Viking back in the Viking Age. You will live as the Vikings lived, you will be part of nature as they were, and, if you are brave enough, you will also find and open a secret door leading to the Chieftain’s Hall, a celebration venue for a proper Viking feast.

Place to be

When you see the building for the first time, you won’t be sure whether it is just a hill or an actual cottage. Surrounded by forest and lake, Viking House is built into the ground which gives it a unique cave-like feeling. Thanks to a round shape, walking through a hallway with white walls and red Viking drawings seems like a labyrinth. 

Although the interior is adapted to the standard of living of the 21st century, we have left all the decorations inside the cottage, which will take you back to the famous Norwegian period of time. Big tables with wooden benches and chairs, walls with hanging animal skins and troll paintings, tables with old-styled candle holders. These are the little things that make up a real Viking experience.

On the other hand, we have renovated the bedrooms to make you feel comfortable. We tried to equip them exactly as the true Vikings would have equipped their homes if they were in the present times. Rooms are decorated with wooden plates with Rune signs indicating Happiness, Blessing, and Healing. Each room has wooden hangers from tree branches, and other natural material pieces, even some real animal skins. You will also find hand-made wooden lamps with roped cord and ambient light bulbs here, and hand-cut wooden night tables from local trees.

Most likely for

For extra-large groups interested in the Viking era and Viking style of celebration, the Viking House is perfect. The cabin has a total of thirteen bedrooms and can accommodate up to thirty persons. Its advantage is also a direct connection to Chieftain’s Hall, a special venue that will intensify your imaginary move into the Viking Age. For this reason, the cottage is also suitable for groups looking for adventure outside by day and gathering inside by night.

If you are craving for something special and rustic, and like a little bit of role-playing, Viking house is a place to be. It doesn’t matter if you are a family, a group of friends or colleagues who have come to the Scandinavian Alps to strengthen the relations. For all of you, a stay at Viking House will be a unique experience that you will remember for a long time.

Late night after feast in Viking dining hall

But keep in mind that the cottage is really built to remind you of the Viking era. There is no Wi-Fi signal in most of the rooms, you can catch a reception only in the living room closest to a terrace. This fact makes the place a perfect haven for lovers of the Vikings, but also those who need a real digital detox. So leave your laptops at home and rather pack an ax and matches in your backpack!

What to do

When you come to the Viking House, you can decide – either to spend time in the mountains like real Vikings or try to imagine how modern Vikings would probably spend their free time. If you choose the first option, you will enjoy chopping wood, making fire, roasting meat, and swimming in a cold lake, which lies directly in front of your terrace. In contrast, the second option involves trying all the outdoor activities that Hemsedal offers. You will ride a bike, hike in the mountains, or cross-country ski if you appear here in winter. Don’t forget the canoe and go for a trip around the lake.

In addition to being exceptional warriors, the Vikings also knew how to rest after a good performance. For example, did you know that the Vikings knew the magic of saunas? You don’t have to worry, you won’t lose this pleasure even if you stay in this place. Sauna for seven people and a traditional wood-fired hot tub are positioned right next to each other and close to a lake for cooling down swim.

As true followers of the Vikings, you should also meet and spend time all together. The perfect opportunity to do this is a gathering on one of your terraces. You can also use Gapahuk, a grassy area with roofed shelter and equipment for grilling. This place is right opposite your terrace. Prepare great food and listen to stories told by others. If you have children with you, you can prepare a night trail of courage for them. Adults will enjoy the warm mead, which is inextricably connected to Viking culture.

Everything you need

  •  Private parking lot.
  •  5 toilets plus six showers.
  • Fully equipped kitchen within a big walk-in fridge and freezer, two stoves and ovens, dishwasher, and all necessary appliances.
  • Smaller kitchenette great for coffee and tea preparation. 
  • Dining room which can be easily called a feast room. 
  • Living room and lounge area with a warming fireplace.
  • Four bedrooms with three beds, eight bedrooms with two beds, and one bedroom with a single bed. The single beds can be arranged to form a larger combined mattress.