History of Hindsæter

Guest book from 1898
The first guest book -
The original hotel - todays old part
Hindsæter Hotel in 1898

With the nature-romantic period around 1850 and the rising interest to experience the nature, climb and discover the highest mountains, more and more people asked farmers for shelter on their way to an adventure. In the eastern Jotunheimen, since 1600 farmers from the valleys kept one or more summer farms higher up. Hindsæter with around four summer farms was one of the fairly large places.

The owner of Hindsæter, Otto Østrem, decided to buildt a wooden timber hotel to give all the guests a shelter and begun a new kind of business. When he was ready he bought a book - the first guest book of "Hindsæter Turisthotell" - which we still own today. The first guest came the 4th of July, 1898 from Denmark, Helsingör and her name was Mari Jensen. There were quite many artist staying at Hindsæter during its first years,  the poet Theodor Caspari, the painters Lars Jorde and William Henry Singer and the arcitect Carl Berner. They all were inspired by nature. Later Hindsæter was therefore also called for "Artist's Hotel". In 1969 the hotel was extended and in unknown year the pretty veranda was pulled down.

However, you can always see the culture landscape of the summer farming history with nice timber sheds, stone walls, wooden fences and animals. There is about five summer farms around Hindsæter, where the sheep and cows are bred every summer. Also today you will find excellent service and shelter at Hindsæter with its historical milieu and you will enjoy the view over the river Sjoa, Stuttgonglie Naturreservat and the peaks of Jotunheimen - just like over 100 years ago.

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